BNP Paribas
3.2 of 5 372 reviews
www.bnpparibas.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.2 372 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

(111 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Really friendly place to work with a great approach to work life balance"
    in 39 reviews
  • "Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to learn"
    in 24 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance: Frequent need to stay OT till as late as 11pm"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Bureocracy - hard to change things, especially when Paris headquarters has to be involved in the decision making"
    in 8 reviews
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    Choose wisely!

    Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNone that I can think of

    ConsToo many to list - just read the financial news

    Advice to Senior ManagementFOLLOW THE REGULATION

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

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    Front Office Sales (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood vacation package. Good place to learn. Smart people in derivatives space.

    ConsNot a great platform to work for. Very dysfunctional office. Management attitude is divide and conquer. I would recommend working for BNP Paribas but simply outside of the US. If you are not French it remains difficult to grow within the company.

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    dysfunctional

    Associate, Sales and Trading (Former Employee)

    Prostime off policies, OT pay, 401k benefits, there are some good people working there...but not the majority.

    Consmanagement was lost and could not retain good talent.
    reward system is dysfunctional

    Advice to Senior Managementstart being loyal to your employees and maybe the good ones will stay

    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 take it easy and wait for retirement

    (Current Employee)

    ProsAs everybody says, great, amazing benefits, unparalleled vacation policy.
    Not bad life/work balance.
    If you are fine with working 9-5, waiting for retirement, this is not a bad place to do that.

    ConsWhile benefits are great, compensation is below average for IB.

    If you have any career aspirations ( and I mean any at all ), you should not be here.
    Anything and everything suggested by a non-French person is always ignored.
    With the exception that in some business areas, decisions are made in London, rather than Paris.

    When being ignored, prepare to be ignored thoroughly - language policy in BNP is French rules. Which means on meetings french speakers would often switch to French and forget about you. If there's somebody else in the room from US, you can talk to those. And wait for conversation to come back to English, which it sometimes does. You will be then told about decision made.

    As many reviews mention, most of managers are shipped from France. There's constant rotation of these, so be prepared to have a new manager every year or two. This rotation often moves people between business and/or technical areas so also be prepared to teach your new manager the ropes (every time).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of recognition. No motivation. Incompetency of many managers

    Analyst, Finance (Current Employee)

    ProsThe only pros I could think of is time off policy. Nobody else on the street gives 25 days of PTO to an analyst. AVPs get 30, and VPs get 35

    ConsNo mentorship, guidance and support whatsoever. Every man is for himself. Managers are not interested to help you grow and develop, unless you self-promote and 'play the system'. Low pay with no raises for a couple of years. A lot of managers are rather incompetent, so you can't expect any guidance, while trying to resolve an issue or get a question answered, especially regarding the new and growing regulatory environment. And here is an example of a very unique situation: an employee regularly working overtime reports to a manager who is on a reduced work schedule (works 4 days a week), and who storms out of the office at 5:30 PM every day. One definitely can't complain about micromanagement here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest into your analyst, help them grow, encourage, and promote them. Show they they are valued, don't make them feel invisible. Take them under your wing, when you can, and provide guidance. At least 2-3% yearly raise would be very helpful too. Most of us pay rent, that goes up every year by 5-10%, and can't afford the increase if you don't give us a raise.

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    Ability to become has been thoroughly squandered

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood systems
    great research/quants
    good mid tier employees

    Conspoor company culture.
    no understanding of organic growth. Prefer external hires and pay more than existing employees
    no vision

    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, if you're lucky enough to get in.

    Administration (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsVery laid back. Not too corporate, and dont have stacks of paper work and red tape to cut through to get something done. AMAZING benefits, they still believe in the PPO insurance policy. And they had great pay and bonuses, for all, even the little man. Lots of bank holidays too.

    ConsNot too much room for advancement. Company hasn't been very stable as of yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    General

    Program Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood place to work. Enjoyed the project I worked on. Interesting working on a global project and interacting with the different regions and the complexities associated with it.

    ConsI don't have cons to report.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInterns are really part of the team, they undertake important missions, are given responsibilities and contribute to the team. Good training

    ConsThere are few full time employment opportunities at the end of the internship. High intern turnover.

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    IT Infrastructure (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPerks are really ok there

    ConsManagement sometimes hard to cope with

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more human

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

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