CBRE Reviews

Updated 11 September, 2014
Updated 11 September, 2014
499 Reviews
3.5
499 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.  

    Enriching

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Environment, Organization, Career Opportunities, good balance between work/salary

    Cons

    No stocks benefits and more formation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfactory, not exceptional.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Company does focus on Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. Operational performance for clients is extremely good.

    Cons

    No room for growth; use of sub-contractors keeps salary levels low, and allows company to bring-in talent below market value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Helpful superiors

    Cons

    Not a formal internship program. Rather boring work

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  5.  

    CBRE is a Fair employer.

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    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    CBRE has decent benefits and is a fair employer. Large company with many international and national clients / accounts, so there is great opportunity to move up in Facilities Management and Project Management.

    Cons

    Office culture varies from account to account. Perks also vary and rely mostly on client approval and on individual account’s senior leadership. Rewards / Perks generally do not trickle down the totem pole unless your management team fights for you. Landing on a great account with a client that is satisfied with CBRE Services is the key. …Good Luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action and don't forget about the little people that make the organization work and maintain the client relationship. Investing and promoting continuous learning would help improve moral, ensure growth and loyalty from your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I wish I was still there

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Spent nearly seven years with the company and enjoyed my time spent. Meet and work with some really good people.

    Cons

    I will say there is the proverbial politics to be played but you can get by playing the game. I would say they need to focus on the support staffs more and less on executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on support staffs more and cut out the useless middle to lower upper management positions and CBRE will shine more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The inmates are running the asylum - BEWARE!

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    Former Employee - I T  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - I T in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Use of the Flavia coffee machine is free. You might get a promotion if you look good in heels and/or are incompetent. (But wait! There's still hope for a promotion... if you are an oompa loompa... and incompetent.)

    Cons

    Management (people with management titles but no management skills), discrimination, no empathy, narcissism, no accountability, gross and rampant incompetence. "RISE" values - (Racist Incompetent Sociopaths Everywhere)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best place in the industry, salary is average but work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Great place to work, friendly and professional staff with the best people from the industry, lots of great projects

    Cons

    salary is average and lower than IB and Financial Services, taking into consideration that staff here is very prepared and with great backgrounds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing what you do, the team work in the company is great, very nice place to work, but try to get higher fees and higher compensations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Several Years Under My Belt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE part-time

    Pros

    stable, growing company; competitive firm

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about allowing more telecommute or other work/life balance options, and having more transparency regarding salary ranges, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working at CBRE

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager
    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are focused on customer service.

    Cons

    Takes longer than it should to promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    too much focus on upper management, not enough focus on team work and assisting middle management

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    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

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

    Pros

    Great potential to grow with the company, and learn new skills. PTO and holidays are comparable to most companies. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management is focused on doing as little work as possible, while leaving middle management to fend for themselves. If you ask for assistance with something, rarely is it actually given. Upper management is so worried about their own backs that they link up together and basically make it impossible to ever get a resolution on issues you're having with them. Instead, they look at middle management as "disposable" and the place is basically a revolving door. It's true, what they say, the higher you get the less work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training your middle management and giving them the support they need to grow, within the company, instead of hindering their performance with your own lack of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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