BNP Paribas
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www.bnpparibas.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

BNP Paribas Reviews in France

Updated Mar 22, 2014
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3.6 48 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

(19 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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No career growth and lack of Opportunities for Software Developers.

Software Developer Intern (Former Employee)
Montreuil, Ile-de-France (France)

I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern

ProsSalary for Interns are generally high, 9 to 5 job, flexible working hours, relaxed work environment. Lot of After work fun activities organised by Interns.

ConsLack of International mindset, French language is mandatory to work, more emphasis on Intern-personal communication & relationship with managers, Dirty politics.
If you are an aspiring manager with no skills and lots of patience, this company will serve your needs. Caution: Installing a software/IDE/Version control in your system can take up to 6 weeks.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage software developers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to learn, not to develop, very bureaucratic culture

Associate In M&A (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery solid technical skills thoughout the business lines, very decent employers froma social perspective with better than average benefits

ConsSuper bureaucratic, poor management, zero capacity to think outside of the box

Advice to Senior ManagementRenew management, stop promoting the same type of people over and over again...not enough diversity at the top promotes an unpleasant "lets do what we have always done " type of culture. very boring after a couple years

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good for exposure but too bureaucratic and rigid

Analyst (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at BNP Paribas as an intern for more than a year

ProsBig bank with wide resources and support teams, very good exposure at entry level in terms of work done and different teams and departments.

ConsIts very bureaucratic where things move very slowly which can get very frustrating at times. Human resources are too helpful in terms of employee development.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo away with too much hierarchy and invest time and resources in employee development.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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BNP Paribas Structured Finance, a lot smart people, average management

Associate (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

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

ProsIn my experience (structured finance), staff quality of the european offices is very good, working atmosphere is fairly friendly and working hours are comparable to other BB Investment Banks. Leading position in Europe makes for interesting projects and A-list clients.
Juniors are usually quickly involved in all aspects of transactions making a great place to learn.

ConsBNP Paribas' compensation packages are generally below market for junior and mid-level positions.
Being a very large organization internal processes are fairly cumbersome and bureaucratic.
Internal mobility level is low and career path can be slow (although with the after effects of the financial crisis it is probably true of many large corporate/investments banks.
Management qualities are not really valued, resulting in average (sometimes poor) mid-level management.

Advice to Senior ManagementPerformance evaluation and promotions should better account for management abilities, 180° evaluation would greatly benefit the organization
Increase internal mobility to reduce turnover and align salaries with market benchmarks.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very nice company

Trader Assistant (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern for more than a year

Prosgood salary
wide exposure to a dealing room
smat people

Conshierchical atmosphere
lazy support people
no real career opportunities

Advice to Senior Managementpromote support function

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Director (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNo micromanaging
Job security
Great central Paris office location
Good name value
Fairly solid senior management

ConsLow salary
Internal politics
Arbitrary decision making
lack of visibility re strategy, internal process etc

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Above average

Assistant Trader (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at BNP Paribas full-time for less than a year

ProsDynamic group, Salaries are good in regards to average of the market, Big CE, Not in La Defense so you are in the center of Paris for the luckiest

ConsOffices are too old and there are no nice facilities for employees, Management is kind of random, Find new opportunities in the group is a bit hard even for internal employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good environment for a first experience in banks

IT Architecture (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at BNP Paribas as an intern for less than a year

ProsBig company, good working conditions, good restauration

ConsComplex hierarchy, rigidity, no innovation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Conservative

Analyst (Current Employee)
Les Paris (France)

I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHelped in avoiding financial risk by taking measured exposure to risky investment

ConsStatus quo approach to mid-term long term scope for expansion

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be visinary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Big company but not very open minded

Analyst (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

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

Prosbig company, good reputation, salary not very high but you can get some little bonus

Consmanager like to talk a lot to make a show, but the result looks poor.
international bank but not international mind.
very slow to change and do anything.

Advice to Senior Managementbe more open minded, and listen the young people, they also has some good ideas to improve the quality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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