I have been working as an intern for a smaller commercial real estate development firm in Seattle for the past couple years. I am entering the CRE brokerage realm soon, but the one thing that keeps pulling at me is the culture. I understand it's different for various markets and firms, however there is the inherently selfish nature of brokerage that makes me hesitant. I am fully aware of the fact that it is a "dog eat dog" world and I actually really enjoy the competitive environment. I simply worry that there is a more rampant lack of integrity in this aspect of commercial real estate than other areas. Thoughts?
CRE Brokerage Culture
As with most other professions the culture depends on the firm. The best thing to do is to go out and meet people at the firm you want to work for. You can Network and see if you make a connection with anyone.
If you know an industry professional you can get their point of view of a particular firm and it's reputation and culture.
from certified user @copecre
Really depends on your firm. No matter where you go, you'll probably run into some dicks.
But before you make any decisions of where you're going to work, spend a ton of time meeting with people in that office. Get coffee with them, lunch, drinks, whatever. Odds are you'll find out pretty quickly if you click with the firm.