CBRE Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
503 Reviews
3.4
503 Reviews
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is no work-life balance and they always try to low-ball when you get hired (in 24 reviews)

  • Best in business for commercial real estate (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 14 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    The people and the compensation. It's a great place to work and constantly drive yourself to be better. Couldn't be happier.

    Cons

    It's a 100% commission job, so the pay is inconsistent and challenging. Leadership can be challenging but given the nature of the business, it's a normal part of the environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, good compensation, but a company is only as good as the people you work directly with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    CBRE is a great company that doesn't micro-manage excessively.

    Cons

    Negatives all depend on the department you are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for, but have to put in a lot of effort to be noticed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operating Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Operating Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Have some very solid leadership in place in some areas.
    -Great parties and gatherings.
    -Very good company and platform.

    Cons

    -Work load can be heavy at times, and will not be compensated for it.
    -You have to make sure that management notices the amount of work and effort you are putting in.
    -Vacation time was not great previously, but they have addressed the issue more or less.
    -Limited growth path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be more open to employee ideas and suggestions, instead of having the attitude of "we're management, and we know better.
    -Stop the rampant nepotism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and vacation

    Cons

    Harder for people in entry level positions to advance. Most leaders are recruited as managers and executives from competing firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operations management should pay more attention to cultivating an engaging work environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An excellent place to work and grow professionally

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Challenged daily to improve processes for client operations

    Cons

    Compensation was low for what is expected, that said, very generous bonus plans and benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review compensation strategy to attract and retain best employees

  7.  

    Chauvenistic Calgary Team

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    The Christmas Party was fun?

    Cons

    Completely sexist. Like Mad Men but worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Average overall experience, nothing to write home about

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Quality of the upper management.

    Cons

    Large corporation employee can easily get lost or ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Stability and job security is high

    Cons

    Too many baby boomers, needs young talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher  in  Kitchener, ON
    Current Employee - Researcher in Kitchener, ON

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Many 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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