CBRE Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
500 Reviews
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
Robert E. Sulentic
123 Ratings

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people and the compensation. It's a great place to work and constantly drive yourself to be better. Couldn't be happier.

    Cons

    It's a 100% commission job, so the pay is inconsistent and challenging. Leadership can be challenging but given the nature of the business, it's a normal part of the environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Working at CBRE

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    • Senior Management
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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
  3.  

    Several Years Under My Belt

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Indifferent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FM EMEA
    Current Employee - FM EMEA

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

    Pros

    Pay very good, interesting portfolio of clients

    Cons

    Arrogance of some snr mgmt was not impressive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid company and amazing opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs looking to thrive in Commercial Real Estate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform. Challenging, interesting, fun. Team culture full of individuals that with strong work ethic.

    Cons

    "Your either in or your in the way" Internal and external clients can be very demanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    CBRE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    CBRE offers competitive remuneration packages

    Cons

    Individualistic team and not a good environment to learn in

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    I am not sure about the pros.

    Cons

    There is a lack of training.

  10.  

    Not a great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay was good and there was some autonomy when it came to leading your individual team.

    Cons

    Management is very disorganized and distant from the staff. Lots of mundane data collection and an over emphasis on reporting made it dificult to focus on core responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics of FM and stop constantly trying to reinvent yourselves. CBRE can be a great company but it's time to invest a little more back into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Safe, ethical, not too imaginative.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Management  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Property Management in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources - more than any other firm. Great clients and excellent training. Very ethical and sets high standards for all levels of employee. Very safe place to work - very conservatively run.

    Cons

    A very big company. Pretty easy to get lost in the bigness of it all. Pretty stingy with benefits and not very willing to spend money on employees to boost satisfaction or morale. Compensation trends below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy with the small things that make work a pleasure and help employees feel appreciated. Pay market compensation to attract the very best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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