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CBRE Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
561 Reviews
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561 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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  1.  

    Good company to work at least at the local level.

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    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
  2.  

    Analyst - Debt & Structured Finance

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work-life balance....NOT

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entry level Accounting Coordinator (temp to hire)

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    Current Employee - Accounting Coordinator in Bloomington, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Coordinator in Bloomington, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    I could be bitter, but this employer really invests in their staff and follows a modern approach (ie address free work stations, morale committee monthly activities, green ideals, etc)

    Cons

    If you're not an accountant or don't want to be one, the Bloomington, Mn office might be hard to map out a career path... But the overall feeling of employer investment in staff and creativity will help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tbd

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast Paced, Change Oriented, With a culture leaning towards the mobile and balanced.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely. Workplace 360 culture of sit anywhere, anytime, is good for employees on the go. Great work-life balance, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Pricey medical benefits, Combating the 'This is how its always been done' culture to create positive change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Promote and encourage change, stay relevant!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic and challenging

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    CBRE focuses on world-class service and developing their employees to be the best they can be.

    Cons

    Huge corporate environment, offices all over the world. Most of the time your job will only ever involve a portion of the CBRE group, as there are many business units and functions worldwide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During my time at CBRE I saw a few face changes in upper management. I wish you all the best and success in your futures!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Great if in the right position

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    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
  10.  

    Large company that works together to get the job do e

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    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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run away. Run far far away.

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    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

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