BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is overall reasonable (in 55 reviews)

  • Interesting working environment (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance: Frequent need to stay OT till as late as 11pm (in 13 reviews)

  • senior management allowed to meet him (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Review BNP Paribas

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Large international gp with global reach

    Cons

    The company culture is bureaucratic and not responsive enough.


  2. Horrible... just horrible.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent Vacation policy. (thats it).

    Cons

    French run
    US management has no decision making power, or just makes the wrong decisions over and over again.
    No products to sell in US.
    High Turn over, most employees are axed after 2 years right before all benefits vest.
    Laisse-faire work attitude....even more so of management.

    Advice to Management

    If i were sitting in an office in Paris..... I would shut the US IB down. Its just a drain of money and resources.....


  3. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNP Paribas

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

    Pros

    laid back and relaxed culture, easy working hours, no pressure

    Cons

    horrible management and staffing, two class regime of French and non-French


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Employee cares

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company says they care about employees

    Cons

    They don't care. They are all verbiage and no action

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul their HR department


  6. Helpful (4)

    Criminal organisation?!?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good American managers, good benefits, large balance sheet

    Cons

    Now hampered by sanctions, hopeless French top managers, compensation will be affected by sanctions, senseless cost cutting

    Advice to Management

    Many good people have gone because of the Bank's policies and politics. Get them back before the business falls apart. Put an American in the top spot


  7. Choose wisely!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Too many to list - just read the financial news

    Advice to Management

    FOLLOW THE REGULATION


  8. Helpful (3)

    Bureaucratic and frustrating; incompetence is acceptable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some well qualified and hard working colleagues

    Cons

    French laissez-faire: it's not my problem. They have little competence, no urgency, and no accountability. For them, vacation is the most important aspect of work.
    French misunderstanding of American business. Provides French -level standards of customer service and quality (low, during European time zone) even when told this isn't competitive with U.S. competitors.
    French-installed leaders manage upward, not downward

    Advice to Management

    Separate US businesses from French operations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Watch your back!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structured Finance in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Structured Finance in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Eventually you can go home

    Cons

    If not French, you will never have a career or chance, management not the brightest, its all a CLUB

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way


  10. Helpful (1)

    Cut Throat Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at BNP Paribas (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A European company so everyone gets great vacation time.

    Cons

    Upper management pressures sales teams to bring in book of business. Traders must make money fast or they are out. Can't use all your vacation days.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Too french!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None not much goof pay if your french

    Cons

    Alot if your not French

    Advice to Management

    Communication try it



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