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CBRE San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  • Innovative methodologies on Work methodology derived to have a better Work & life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • There is little upper management interaction/ supervision (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "senior director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBRE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    top quality company with strong leadership

    Cons

    very corporate structure that can be tough to take


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Property Managment Experience"

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive and encouraging leaders, I work with a great team and work life balance is good. A lot of resources are made available to help you be successful. I appreciate all the company holidays that are observed.

    Cons

    Medical benefits could be better due to high premium and high deductibles. 3% 401k match is good, but could be better. 3 weeks a year PTO is good, but no sick days are given separately.

    Advice to Management

    I think leadership is doing a great job, maybe improve the benefits a little by increasing 401k match and offering sick days.


  3. "Marketing specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn all aspects of commercial real estate business. Work with a variety of companies. Good foundation for going into brokerage

    Cons

    Success depends on market status, highly competitive, must be a strong go getter orthis is not the right industry for you

    Advice to Management

    Continue to implement mentor programs to ensure the junior brokers are well set up for their future career in brokerage. More support staff


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  5. "Sr. PM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBRE (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work flexibility and good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of growth in the profession.


  6. "Competitive environment- endless upside"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Strongest brand in Bay Area

    Cons

    The usuals that are associated with an organization of 40,000+ employees

    Advice to Management

    Less involvement with brokerage professionals


  7. "Positive experience. Learned a lot."

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Worked on a small team, so I got to see everything the broker did, including site tours, pitches, and all the prep that goes into inking a deal.

    Cons

    It was pretty long hours and it was never standard. I never knew exactly when I would be able to leave.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Too Much Work, Too Little Pay"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a fantastic talent pool of wonderful, creative people in their marketing department.
    With very little time, and often times, not a lot of help, the designers (now called something else) come up with fantastic solutions. Or at least they did before the restrictions.

    Cons

    The marketing and branding execs are much to strict about set guidelines, templates and creativity. When something doesn't work, it takes an act of Congress to change it. Their web platform is quite outdated as well. Most of all, the pay is very low. when you have hard working and amazing marketing people, you would think you would want to keep them. A fair way is a great way to do so. CBRE is very slow with the wage increases. Management tends to not listen and respect those working under them. A little respect goes a long way.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the strengths of your employees, not the weaknesses. Brand guidelines are just that, guidelines. Trust the creative professionals to do what they do best. Pay your professional adequate wages, or you will lose them. Overall, respect and understand those who are trying to make money for you.


  9. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in Alameda, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of chances to learn about commercial real estate through training and workshops. Managers are very supportive of growth.

    Cons

    Huge company, can get lost in the mix. Never sure what my exact standing is. Internal transfer process causes a lot of stress.


  10. "Profesionalism"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, smart professionals, many resources

    Cons

    Independent contractor, do it yourself environment

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Employees should come first"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is ample opportunity to grow within the company, but you may have to switch accounts to do so. This is an international company, so unlimited opportunities to transfer to locations of your choosing.

    Cons

    If you don't negotiate your salary to what you want upfront, then it's a long and slow process that doesn't keep up with inflation. You must transfer in order to get decent pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    "Clients don't come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, then they will take care of the clients." -Sir Richard Branson


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