CBRE
3.3 of 5 391 reviews
www.cbre.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

CBRE Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.3 391 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic

Robert E. Sulentic

(73 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "CBRE is the biggest player in the commercial real estate industry"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Work can at times be demanding but there's rarely an issue with work-life balance"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "politics, target driven, work/life balance"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Upper management says how great they are when it is not always true"
    in 14 reviews
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Average overall experience, nothing to write home about

Construction Project Manager (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 8 years

ProsQuality of the upper management.

ConsLarge corporation employee can easily get lost or ignored

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Chauvenistic Calgary Team

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

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

ProsThe Christmas Party was fun?

ConsCompletely sexist. Like Mad Men but worse.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsStability and job security is high

ConsToo many baby boomers, needs young talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to start after graduation - but leave after the first year

Marketing Assistant (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsWell known company - looks good on resume
good benefits
OK bonus packages

ConsInsane hours, not paid overtime
little recognition from management
can't move up the ranks easily
pay is very low for new graduates

Advice to Senior Managementrecognition goes far - give your employees positive re-enforcement and honest feedback to keep them on board for longer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great opportunities but hampered by hierachy and bellow average IT hardware (IT support is good though)

Researcher (Current Employee)
Kitchener, ON

I have been working at CBRE

ProsMany locations, many jobs, many departments, wealth of knowledge shared over in-house software but hard to take advantage of in terms of time and knowing how to access it.

ConsMyriad of support software all has different UI, sometimes hard to navigate and find what you need but it is there...somewhere.

Advice to Senior ManagementAggregate different support software and provide some autonomy to city offices. IT needs to be updated to keep up with the rest of the world.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good experience with large commercial real estate projects

Engineer (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at CBRE

ProsLarge company that has many opportunities for people interested in managing real estate.
Can work from home a few days/week

ConsHR department is incompetent-makes frequent payroll mistakes related to pension contributions and the hr websites are riddled with mistakes and poor programming design. It's obvious that CBRE in Canada doesn't consider the HR department to be very important in terms of employee growth and development.
Benefits are barely competitive-monthly benefits costs are excessive.
Workload is excessive for the pay but that relates to the account one is working for.
No interaction between the various accounts. No company sponsored group get togethers unless employees pay for it themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to spend some time focusing on the human aspect -career development-a HR that is more than a skeleton crew - rather than looking only at the financial numbers.

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at CBRE

ProsFlexible; good; work-life balance; office cutlure

ConsWages; personal growth; stagnant; management

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Challenging work load

Building Engineer (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsFamily type of atmosphere, you work is appretiated, and respectfull clientele

ConsNo overtime when there used to be plenty of it to go around.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake into consideration the cost of living in areas of employment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good place with great opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at CBRE

ProsYou can make some money and have some opportunities not able to be other places.

ConsShitty pay, really shitty pay.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good company to work for

Facility Coordinator (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsLargest in the industry - globally. Has many new processes, programs and tutorials to offer that benefit the outsourced FM market clients. Manny best practice procedures that integret well over several product/services lines. Ethical, transparent, communicates well with employees.

ConsNot as much training, coaching, personal career opportunities to advance as I'd like to see. May be so large they lose connections with employees. May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks.

Advice to Senior ManagementReach out more to lower, middle management

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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