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CBRE Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 6, 2019

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  1. "Great company!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation, work life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    None. None. None, none. None

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    CBRE2019-11-12
  2. "Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Systems Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    -Benefits Expensive and No discount stock buying options

    CBRE2019-11-19
  3. "Working in Data"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work life Balance, Location, environment

    Cons

    Slow pace, Human Resources, not much challenging work

    CBRE2019-10-22
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place for Assistants"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, large spending accounts for events and swag, team outings, very high-profile brokers and company recognition. They do some nice things for Admin Appreciation week.

    Cons

    The health insurance is horrible coverage, very high costs and they won't cover even basic things like annual pap smears - I received a $2000 bill for mine. The senior executives and brokers are treated like kings and queens even if they facilitate and encourage a hostile work environment, which they absolutely do. These executives thrive on the "kill or be killed" mentality even within their own teams.... Complaints to HR will not do you any good, they will simply fire you to keep you quiet. I know of at least 4 assistants in the year I was there that had this happen. Since I left, over 6 assistants have been hired to replace me and every single one is gone in 6 weeks or less. You can be terminated at any time if your executive decides they want you gone, even if your performance is exceptional. They very much stand behind the "employment at will" clause that says you can be let go for no reason. I saw amazing assistants get fired left and right - it creates a terrible sense of paranoia that you're next and you should basically have your resume ready to go at any time. The performance expectations are unrealistic and not attainable - you basically need to be a psychic mind reader and dedicate your entire life 24/7 to the job. It is completely normal to work 12-14 hour days, 6 days a week for the entire team and only go home to sleep and change clothes. You will eat all of your meals here, you will have zero work life balance and your health will absolutely decline. Its a running joke among the admins on what ailments will happen to any new assistants hired because it is a real thing. The pay is excellent, mostly because of all the overtime but don't expect a large bonus, certainly no where near the level the other team members get even though you do most of the actual work on deals. Its a thankless job that will drain the life out of you and leave you with no time to date, see friends or family, exercise, travel or ANYTHING that you enjoy because when you do get rare time away from the office you are so exhausted that you basically go into a coma. Also, CBRE instituted a new communication hierarchy where instead of your boss discussing things with you directly, they now will tell an HR rep who then has a meeting with you to relay the information. You then go back and forth a hundred times because you aren't allowed to receive corrective conversations directly from your superior. However, because of this - your opinions are never really taken into consideration and explanations don't make sense because the HR rep isn't aware of what actually happened. You're basically just told to improve this or that but in very vague terms like "be more proactive", improve your "ability to anticipate any future scheduling needs that may arise in real time" and "personal assistance to an executive should now also extend to their family, staff and others deemed as VIP". It's the worst place I've ever worked in 20 years and leaving there was by far the best decision of my life.

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    Advice to Management

    Understand that employees need to feel valued and actually be valued. Executive's success is in a large part due to the person at their right hand side, so assistant's needs and concerns should be listed to. If you demand that they dedicate their lives to your company then at least provide some on-site perks like a yoga studio or fitness area, nap pods, meal stipends, etc. Assistant's should get a generous bonus... based in part on their Executive's sales - if a broker is making $21 BILLION a year in sales, then yeah their EA absolutely deserves a bonus of .000002 % of that. Also, if you have the same role constantly having turnover, then recognize that the problem isn't the 20 assistants that were in that position, its the executive. It's 2019 - why do you still only have 5 women in leadership roles when you have over 90,000 employees? Stop being part of the problem.

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    CBRE2019-10-24
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great team work and atmosphere."

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    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good work life balance and company structure.

    Cons

    sometimes you will not get holidays off as month end close always comes first.

    CBRE2019-10-23
  6. "Inefficient and stunted."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great location and amenities. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is awful, leadership is disorganized, no respect for personal boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    Update your financial systems to save time and money.

    CBRE2019-11-04
  7. "Overall great working environment but so so benefits"

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to work hands on with clients are plentiful, office environment is nice, work life balance is generally in order, 3 weeks vacation starting out

    Cons

    Insurance coverage is not great especially considering the size of the company, no opportunity for flexible work arrangements, working environment almost depends solely on your manager (corporate rules out the window...), no tracking of hours for comp time of overtime pay- "it's all part of your expected duties compensated with salary"

    CBRE2019-09-16
  8. "CBRE"

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    Current Employee - ICM Applications Analyst 

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance and team outings

    Cons

    Salary could be more for what type of job is done

    Advice to Management

    Some management should be less micromanaging

    CBRE2019-09-24
  9. "No Work Life Balance"

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    Current Contractor - Real Estate Services Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE for less than a year

    Pros

    Clean Office; Nice Staff Personnel

    Cons

    No Work Life Balance for staff

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    CBRE2019-09-24
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place for designers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Client Service Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good location, good events

    Cons

    work life balance not the greatest, no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    More training in managing creatives and how they work.

    CBRE2019-09-28
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