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CBRE Chicago Reviews

Updated October 11, 2016
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  • The workload can be demanding making work life balance tough sometimes, even though the pay is decent it may not be commensurate with work (in 49 reviews)

  • There is little upper management interaction/ supervision (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Good Starting Point"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBRE (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent time off.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and you can't really do more than you are tasked with.


  2. "Great Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive leadership and customer focused culture.

    Cons

    Too much focus on Brokerage


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The fast food of the real estate appraisal industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Appraiser (Commercial Real Estate) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Appraiser (Commercial Real Estate) in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBRE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to market reports, free water taxi, nice views of the city from their office.

    Cons

    The flex office environment; not enough work; low fees; tight turns; pressure to hit unsupportable values, deceptive compensation structure... Shall I go on?

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management is to get a clue. The solution to gaining market share is not to add staff when you damn well know you don't have the work to go around. Also, and I can't believe there hasn't been a class action lawsuit filed, stop the deceptive compensation structure. Full disclosure on the Standard Plan (and they know exactly what I am referring to). They may be the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world, but they are by far the best.


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  5. "Parking... It is all about the Parking"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Real Estate Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Real Estate Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have to identify a Pro in order to get this posted? Well, if you believe you can control where and how people park, this is the place to work!

    Cons

    CBRE owns a building in Rosemont, IL where the only thing they are concerned about is whether there is someone parked inappropriately. They don't bother to clean the parking lot so we have all types of trash there, including medical stuff, food stuff. At times you need a shovel to get through the parking lot, but hey you won't have any people parking incorrectly.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the nut who is obsessive about the people parking in the parking lot. Give them a broom and tell them to sweep the parking lot.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well known brand, global, great corporate offices.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, no loyalty, doesn't deliver on its commitments. High egos everywhere. Never seen a company with so many CEOs and Presidents (it may be to support the high egos across the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! Drop all the CEOs and presidents titles (there is suppose to be only one CEO, you should not need a title to get your job done). The dark green customer concept is the biggest scam.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Talented people. Entrepreneurial Culture."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE (More than a year)

    Pros

    CBRE attracts talented people and has the global scale to provide employees with great career opportunities. The company is growing rapidly so employees must be able to deal with change and ambiguity as business models evolve and new businesses are acquired and integrated into the company. CBRE has an ethical business culture, a strong balance sheet and a solid vision to grow it's business.

    Cons

    Departments and regions tend to work in isolation and/or in silos and there could be more consistency in sharing and executing processes in a standard fashion across geographies and adjacent business units.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your vision and convictions for how you would like to run the business and be more open to ideas and experiences of new employees which may provide fresh perspective and opportunities.


  8. "Solid company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    The vision insurance plan isn't great.


  9. "What you'd expect from a global commercial RE firm."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CBRE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, professional work environment, competitive salary

    Cons

    As you'd expect, producers (i.e. brokers) get the most coddling for obvious reasons. I enjoyed my support role but eventually tired of working for fussy salespeople. The property management division was fantastic; the people are great to work with. Overall, CBRE was good to me - I started as a receptionist and was afforded the opportunity to move up several levels within the company before I had to move on for personal reasons. I have kept in touch with my former coworkers for years because of the relationships I was able to build here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great people, management, benefits and a beautiful work enviroment

    Cons

    Would have liked to work from home more

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for growth if you are noticed by the right people.

    Cons

    Health insurance deductibles are too high.

    Advice to Management

    Since Talent is a primary component when putting Facility Management deals together, please compensate appropriate to the years of experience the employee is bringing with them.



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