BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
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  1. Employee cares

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    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

  2. Helpful (4)

    Criminal organisation?!?

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    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

  3. Choose wisely!

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    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

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Bureaucratic and frustrating; incompetence is acceptable

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    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Watch your back!

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    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Cut Throat Environment

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Too french!

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    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

  9. Helpful (3)

    The New York Branch reflects the opposite of BNPP values

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    close to public transit options in NY

    Cons

    Some departments, including HR and Audit/Compliance do not follow whistleblower framework policies. In fact, several auditors have been terminated after discovering major compliance issues in US and latin america. Poor outlook for the parent holding company if these issues continue.

    There are several issues oh how the Jersey city branch is run. New employees are not regularly reported as new hires to NJ division of labor, and due to on-going reorganization, when there is a layoff, NJ has no record of your employment at BNP. Keeping in mind that they are moving hundreds of IT and operations jobs from NY/NJ to Montreal, this creates an issue.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Disgusting is too nice of a word to describe BNP Paribas.

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    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

    The only reason to work for BNP is if you're looking for the time off: 25 days annually for analysts and it goes up from there. Other than that....ummmm, errr....ahhhh...I'll get back to you. Actually, probably not.

    Cons

    Pay is laughable. However, since internal employee reviews of the company have all pointed to this as a huge negative for several years...can you guess what management decides to do in an attempt to correct it? They institute a new policy that states if you go "above and beyond" going forward you "may" get a little more of the pie next bonus cycle, yet there is no guarantee. So basically, do more and maybe we'll give you what you've been worth all along. Talk about an insult to those who have consistently gone above and beyond for mere peanuts year in and year out with no promotions or decent raises, and don't want to do it anymore since there was never an incentive or reward given when there should have been. Why couldn't BNP instead simply raise salaries on a whole, say 5%, since the problem was endemic within the corporation? Everyone without wool over their eyes knows that they're getting shafted at least 5% lower than current market rate. That's a no-brainer folks, but these fools in charge rather push more work on an already tired and demotivated workforce.

    French management coming over to fill positions of managers leaving (the new trend by the way) have absolutely NO clue, are rude and sarcastic, and do nothing to learn the culture or what matters to the employees here in North America. My group had a manager pushed on us from France with zero option to rebut. He started as a lower level manager and was promoted, within one year, to HEAD of the group, and now grabbing more groups from satellite offices. I was with the bank for SIX years and never saw anyone move that fast. Yet those of us who have been there and had fought the good fight were passed over constantly and handed the BS excuses as if we were all born this morning and weren't able to see the writing on the wall. BNP expects you to die in the position you're given if you're non-French or don't speak French, plain and simple. Now wonder people are leaving the bank like Krakatoa is about to explode for a second time.

    Avoid this place like the plague or don't listen and go and work for them. Eventually you'll see that this company is primitive both in it's business approach and handling of it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to give. This company is akin to the Titanic and Paris is too arrogant to move or see things differently. "Bank of the changing world" ....my you know what......

  11. Helpful (2)

    Run the other way .......

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

    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

    The day eventully ends and you can ask to leave

    Cons

    Too many to list. After 20+ years of dedicated service I NEVER thought I wold be escorted out of the building.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management that LEADS by example

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