BNP Paribas Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
422 Reviews
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422 Reviews
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
133 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really friendly place to work with a great approach to work life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to learn (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough people to perform the necessary work; not a good work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Beaucoup de contraintes sur le plan commercial: de nombreuses proc (in 8 reviews)

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    quant developer

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good bonus
    quantitative trading experience
    quality people

    Cons

    work culture wasn't great
    too secretive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good to work here Good to work here Good to work here

    Cons

    no cons Good to work here Good to work here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Mgt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Depending on group, have good work-life balance

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is overall reasonable
    - Opportunity to take more responsibility if proactive
    - Bank is growing platform in the U.S.

    Cons

    - Pay is below banking peers (CIB team)
    - Not good visibility into remuneration and promotion path
    - Mentoring of career track can be lacking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trading analyst in equities derivatives

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Small office, less hours than many of the competing banks

    Cons

    Equities division is overwhelmingly french speaking, very few juniors, juniors pay is much lower than competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad pay, worse management

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    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Young, driven team. New equipment. Great location. Free food often.

    Cons

    New manager completely overwhelmed. Fired four people in nine months out of a six person department and encouraged employees to work off-clock to meet impossible deadlines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience at BNP

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

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

    Pros

    Younger management, less of a logjam at the Director/MD level.

    Cons

    Bad place if you are American. There is a blatant preference preference for native French speakers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot rely on the high margin, complex products. The basic blocking & tackling would bolster the bottom line with an investment in equity research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic place to intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern earlier this year in the Manhattan office. The people are friendly and engaging, the work interesting and the compensation for interns was very high, better than other banks I've interned with.

    Cons

    Long hours (it's banking, what do you expect). Many employees are French nationals or French speakers so it can be difficult to talk with them or join a conversation when they aren't speaking English.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Steady, no rock & roll

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    Former Employee - Front Office Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front Office Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at BNP Paribas as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Varied landscape
    Variety of work
    People focused

    Cons

    They keep all the dross
    Managers are clueless ( in general )
    Poor salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the layers of management in France

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The French do not know how to run or manage the investment banking business in the US.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There were some very good people there, the office environment in NYC was generally collegial, and the infrastructure and systems while *way below* the quant systems of other big i-banks, were workable if you could program them yourself or get a sheet built for you. The compensation was significantly below the larger banks, but the work hours were less demanding and the amount of vacation was downright absurd (7 weeks).

    Cons

    There was constant tension with Paris or London, who tried to micro-manage every decision or client relationship. They kept people around who never made money, were terrified of making decisions, and hid themselves in layers of opaque management. They also fired people who did make money because they either didn't fit into the culture or challenged management. It was bizarre at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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