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, lots of opportunity to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    jobs spec and coverage - great people

    Cons

    political and corporate big machine makes out of the box initiatives difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Terrible people… terrible company…

    Former Employee - Accountant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Accountant in London, England

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

    Pros

    I don't work there anymore

    Cons

    There isn't enough space to describe how bad this company is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shortsighted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bonuses shocking. Promises everything, delivers nothing despite high personal performance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience in order to move on.

    Cons

    Compensation very poor, below market average. Middle management poorly trained displaying flagrant lack of people management skills and often display favoritism. Bonuses never delivered upon even if you display consistently high performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good if you are aggressive and political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Close to good lunch spots.

    Cons

    Bullying, harrassment and favouritism are rife. Great place to work if you are aggressive and political. Avoid it like the plague if you are in an administrative role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    pretty standard american company experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    friendly enough environment, hours are reasonable, good name on your CV, good working hours, probably good opportunities to get somewhere if you stay long enough

    Cons

    very little opportunity to stand out, micromanaged, quite uninspiring, repetitive work, busy over christmas period (year end for invoicing), pay was average at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to make it a bit more interesting, and try to notice people with potential a bit better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    a lot of politics , but i hear they're doing better now.

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    since leaving, management have changed, so i hear they are doing better. IT was originally outsourced, then the company bought up our contracts, so people cheered up.

    Cons

    30-50ish calls a day
    high volume of calls due to outages
    stationary at your desk/all remote support across EMEA
    supported around 600 or 6000 employees amongst several people ( i hear they have more IT staff now though)
    felt very much like working in a call centre
    a lot of politics, and unhappy staff
    no real pay rises at the time..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    speak to your employees and get everyones views, people have a lot on their chests there, and incentive to train and better themselves,,,no body wants to answer calls all day, and then when offered other work to do, have to do this on top of calls.. thats too much..
    otherwise, just keep up the good work and keep improving the place like you are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    top quartile property types generating top fees = top bonus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    good working environment, good team

    Cons

    politics, target driven, work/life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good reputation in your CV

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Administrator in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere and people

    Cons

    Too politicized and very hard to do career progression

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok Company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great office locations in London, Team social events and the annual quiz

    Cons

    An "US and Them" feel between Fee Earners and Non Fee Earners. Lack of responsibility, micro management, poor work ethic, lack of flexibility with working from home, very long hours in the office, No sense of a work life balance, poor progression potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times.

    Doesn't Recommend

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