CBRE Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
511 Reviews
3.4
511 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 26 reviews)

  • The paramount industry leader in commercial real estate (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 15 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Yeah But Nah.

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    Former Employee - Facilities Specialist  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Facilities Specialist in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Learning the importance of having strong policies & procedures.

    Cons

    Too many policies & procedures! It took forever to get any project etc up and running, let alone completed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many 'managers' & not enough Indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Industry best class services company with vast resources and experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time for 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
  3.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenwich, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Many plans and procedures in place to help with varied property management situations.

    Cons

    Large size of company can complicate simple tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Known Company with Awkward Social Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AP Cleark  in  El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - AP Cleark in El Segundo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company is well known, easy to move up, free breakfast every other Friday, and good IT assistance.

    Cons

    Social environment is almost none existant. People act as robots and don't even greet each other or be in lunch rooms with an akward silence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make a more social atmosphere to build morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    All the tools are there...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Broker
    Current Employee - Broker

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

    Pros

    For a commission based employee, you can make money if you learn how to select the tools from the CBRE platform. There is literally something out there for any size/shape/flavor client. Motivated leadership and a corporate culture that prides itself on being the best, we sure love to talk about how awesome and big we are. The great brokers can turn this into a value for clients.

    Cons

    The industry as a whole needs to become more diverse - we still are very heavy on silver-haired white guys. The company is striving to make headway here, but the biggest gap is a lack of wiling mentors/support. Example - HR didn't know what to do with me when I needed to determine maternity leave, as a commissioned salesperson I fell outside of the standard process and had to negotiate with my partners (all men) the terms of leave. They were more than fair, but other women might not have been as lucky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Powerful, big green machine, does best deals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Broker  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Office Broker in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Biggest broker in the world; gets best instructions. Chance to work on some big deals. I worked in New York office. Felt like centre of broking world.

    Cons

    Culture a bit brutal. Big brokers think they are Gods - and more important than the clients. You can be treated roughly when a deal is closing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax a bit; you are No 1.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The best introduction to commercial real estate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brokerage Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Brokerage Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at CBRE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to learn about New York commercial real estate.
    As an intern, you learn the ins and outs of brokerage.
    Great mentors that are always willing to give advice.

    Cons

    Not many perks, only offer water and coffee.
    Keep in mind that it is a very corporate and professional culture, so if you are looking for a more laid back environment this might not fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide interns offers to return to CBRE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Professional and friendly - Great group to work for.

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Parsippany, NJ (US)

    I have been working at CBRE as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees I work for make this a great job. I never mind doing what is asked of me and always feel appreciated. I especially like that they offer a lot of training. It is always good expand your knowledge and skills.

    Cons

    Their invoice/purchasing system could be better. There should be more options when creating PO's.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great company, Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Great people, lots of support, lots of team interaction, fast-pace, cool work spaces

    Cons

    None so far - have not been here long

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Client Service Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Great place to start gaining experience.

    Cons

    no permanent job offers right now.

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