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CBRE Reviews

Updated 22 November, 2014
Updated 22 November, 2014
547 Reviews
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547 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 28 reviews)

  • The paramount industry leader in commercial real estate (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 16 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunity and treat employees very well

    Cons

    There are no significant unusual cons

  2.  

    Great if in the right position

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Broker in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Broker in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In a smaller market, CBRE produces great referrals...but only if you are in a position to receive them. Great name recognition

    Cons

    downside of referral business is that splits are low and if you aren't receiving much from the network, you can probably make more with a different shop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of time spent on conference calls, which can be positive if utilizing the network, a time waster for some

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large company that works together to get the job do e

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, my local group is very flexible and easy to work with. They like to move people around and promote from within.

    Cons

    working on an account separates you from feeling like you work for them... Feels more like you work for the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reach out more to client based employees. Need better medical benefit options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work-place environment

    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at CBRE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training program and work-place culture.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, distant from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate employees at industry standards.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away. Run far far away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Memphis, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Memphis, TN (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    You get a free t-shirt

    Cons

    Everything else (including the paint color). Salaries are horrendously low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Start over. Listen to people. Honestly listen even if they disagree with you. Allow people to enjoy work again. Get a sense of humor.

    The Client Accounting office in Memphis has undergone the saddest, darkest transformation I've ever experienced. It can be attributed to poor, unqualified, inexperienced senior leadership. The wrong people in these roles has ruined what CBRE once offered--an enjoyable place to work that valued individualism, creativity, and honest open feedback. It is the land of drones who are told to keep any opinion that is not that of a director quiet. If you disagree or think something should be handled differently they immediately call you negative and they will and do retaliate. The office is also completely controlled by an HR representative who is states away but called upon to make decisions about people's lives and futures that he/she has never even met, spoken to, questioned, etc. This company claims it owns you at all times if you happen to supervise people whether you are at home, out to dinner with friends, or at a sanctioned company event. Middle managers are put into horrible positions. All employee reviews, meetings, disciplinary actions, hiring decisions, etc. are prepared/made at a controller level or above but are forced upon middle managers to be delivered as their own. I witnessed employees get into trouble for a bad attitude because they didn't smile at a certain controller in the elevator. I've witnessed leaders take ideas and work prepared/presented by others and claim it as their own. I compare the new CBRE client accounting office in Memphis to the Death Star. If you want to work for the Dark Side without an opinion, without being valued after years of service, without doing true accounting (this shop basically is a data processing center with many jobs moving offshore or being prepared to move offshore daily), without privacy in any aspect of your life....go for it. They may trick you for a year or two. I feel genuinely sorry for those who wrote reviews after less than a year of service. The koolaid will wear off. They will see. They will see how far from the RISE values some of those in charge live their lives (professionally and personally). I would rather be unemployed and live under a bridge than return to a place I once loved dearly. It was home then. It is Hell now. My thoughts are with all of the employees who remain there.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    controller

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    Current Employee - Controller in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Controller in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Pretty good company but worried about outlook than the actual work

    Cons

    back office in MN are more experienced in warehouse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve employees in bigger cities in accounting decision making

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Industry best class services company with vast resources and experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, access to resources and experience, deep and well developed company values. A great group of individuals and opportunities to work at home and independently.

    Cons

    Work life balance may be a challenge; upward mobility and advance is dependent on hours and location flexibility. Multiple bosses may make work challenging and require flexibility in changing agendas and timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and allow networking opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    CBRE Staffing Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexibility and only those that are liked by management get promoted. The company itself is great and well-known in the industry. Two days work from home is nice.

    Cons

    Upper leadership is the biggest issue in the deparment and holds negative reviews by a majority of the recruiters currently in the department. There's very high turnover rate in Staffing department and company as a whole and that says it all. Almost all recruiters that started in the department 2 years ago have already left the company. Those left will most likely only go as far as Staffing managers if they are liked by current managers. Leadership solicits for advice but does nothing to address the situation. Things are very unorganized in the Staffing department and recruiters do a lot of administrative tasks. There is zero alignment between the Staffing department and the vision and mission of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on career development in Staffing department and create paths to grow into other areas of HR. Create more flexibility with schedule. A set work schedule is taking away from flexbility, especially for those with families. Hire more recruiters with positive, "can do" attitudes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Work-life balance....NOT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you are right out of college looking to start your career. Decent benefits and vacation. Lots of employee recognition events geared towards the early twenties age range.

    Cons

    The company preaches "work-life" balance, however this is not true for all employees. Workload is not distributed well amongst the employees/teams...and upper management (controllers and up) seem to not hear the reasons turnover is so high. Very top heavy with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to employee concern. And...if you are going to preach work-life balance, make sure that ALL employees are given this opportunity to have balance!

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

    A mix of good and bad. Ultimately, CBRE is doing really well as a global company, but doesn't compensate employees enough.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I love my co-workers and clients.

    Cons

    CBRE is really cheap and doesn't pay its employees fairly, even if they've been with the company for 10+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making workers take monthly courses that have nothing to do with their current jobs. Please pay all employees a living wage. Give fair raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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