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CBRE Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
562 Reviews
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562 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)

  • Great place to learn about New York commercial real estate (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 17 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work! Good people!

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Solid company from top down management leadership.

    Cons

    I've heard that compensation in general is below average, but the work environment makes up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overview

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Omaha, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Omaha, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Treat employees respectfully and tried to come up with benefits and services if not already included.

    Cons

    More of training classes offer to enhance skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more of advancement opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice employer if you are willing to ask for promotions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AFM in New Haven, CT (US)
    Current Employee - AFM in New Haven, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    large employer, many opportunities to transfer and to learn different aspects of the business

    Cons

    Being on account is hard to see opportunities within the company and one has to be proactive in searching those out and pursuing them. Rarely someone would offer you promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in touch with your team, what their strengths are. Assign work based on those strength wherever possible so the team as a whole succeeds

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    CBRE Miami

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great brand name recognition, good structure, instills team cooperation

    Cons

    Little training offered, low salaries, tedious admin processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    CBRE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Tables go up and down so you can stand.

    Cons

    Cronyism, nepotism, and favoritism is part of the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Reverse Career Advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Got to meet new friends, free coffee. Did I mention the free coffee. Compensation was average. Free creamers for the coffee.

    Cons

    There was a lack of judgement in promoting a Senior PM to a Director Position. This individual lacked the social skills to lead a team – was very narcissistic. Several Senior PMs and PMs left the Firm for the Competition. A lack of contracts necessitated a wave of lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must question the soundness of the remaining Directors RL & MR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management Transparency Non-Existent and Be Prepared to Work Around the Clock

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Downtown location. Very cool people to work with. Having the ability to be the "number one" in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. There is no way around it. It is a nonstop revolving door in the Staffing department. There are a few people that apparently need to go back to Highschool because that is the way they act. Constantly playing games, backstabbing and acting like they support you when they really don't. The new leader that took over last year has brought the entire companies morale down to non existent. They continue to promote people that have no idea what they're doing into positions with no accountability. There is no work-life balance. You have a leader telling you that if you can't get all of your work done in a 10 hour day that you need to be at home sourcing at night working at night. That is not a healthy life to lead. There is no upward mobility and when you even bring up the fact that you'd like a promotion, they scoff at you like you haven't worked so hard. They really just don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of when you have 20 people leave in one department in a year that maybe something is wrong with that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    CBRE Staffing Department

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    • 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.  

    Good company to work at least at the local level.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Global company with good presence and aggressively expanding in all aspects of commercial real estate from leasing, buying, selling and consulting. So if you want gain experience in any aspect of commercial real estate this the place.

    Cons

    Growing to big to fast and like in many large corporations the corporate office is out of tone with the field office. Completely revenue and commission driven. Hard to break in if your are in the brokerage division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate wisdom is not always the best for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Analyst - Debt & Structured Finance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Solid Brand. Good opportunities when you leave

    Cons

    Compensation. If you are not a deal originator, your comp will not be on par with other finance professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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