BNP Paribas Reviews in Paris, France

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
411 Reviews
3.2
411 Reviews
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really friendly place to work with a great approach to work life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Relaxed work environment with the opportunity to learn (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough people to perform the necessary work; not a good work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Long hours (it's banking, what do you expect) (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive environment, good technical expertise, strong exit opportunities thanks to reputation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Reputation, networking opportunities, interesting and constant deal flow

    Cons

    Difficult business environment due to increasing restrictions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Analyste at Financial Management dept

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Specialist  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Financial Specialist in Paris (France)

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competent people
    Good work / life balance mix
    Interesting working environment

    Cons

    Very French environment at the head office
    Management made from top French engineering school.
    Weak HR follow-up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Real Estate & Private BAnking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Paris (France)

    I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern

    Pros

    Strong entrepreneurial culture, open-minded senior professionals

    Cons

    Low pay, low infrastructure, bad work life-balance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Opportunities But Lots of Politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Paris (France)

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Huge opportunities, it is such an amazing bank probably the most global bank in the world with expertise in all financial domains. The salary is usually ok. The atmosphere is also generally nice and you do lots of passionate things with great people.

    Cons

    Not always very diverse (especially management, all French) and to climb the ladder there are always lots of politics involved. Therefore you wonder how some incompetent people are not fired (don't wonder, ask who's who..). Also, when you end up in a team with incompetent people usually it also influences the team's efficiency and as a consequence your work/life balance because you end up having to catch up for the waste of energy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    great benefits, and a lot of vacation (9 months in France) so work-life balance is great too.

    Cons

    The initial salary is good when you join the firm, but then evolution is very limited.
    Paris centric organization with very slow administrative processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee to be more pro-active and give them opportunity to be creative, and
    with that will come efficiency.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A sound global bank with interesting career opportunities in different geographies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Paris (France)

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company has strong values and makes sure to transmit them to staff. There is a big ongoing investment in efficiency and decentralization which have been historical obstacles on the ability to take decisions quickly. Finally, the global footprint allows for cross-border deals and also career opportunities.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and there is still plenty of red tape. The compensation / bonus is not up there with other investment banks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management communication to staff needs to be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting experience although not optimal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Architecture  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - IT Architecture in Paris (France)

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Balance work/personal life, friendly atmosphere most of the tilme

    Cons

    Salary and fake international mobility since you need to resign before joining the destination organization, although part of the same Group. Unbelievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align your salaries and measure reached objectives with associated incentives. You can do more or less, same treatment. Don't lie on international mobility or opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career growth and lack of Opportunities for Software Developers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern  in  Montreuil, Ile-de-France (France)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Montreuil, Ile-de-France (France)

    I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage software developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate In M&A  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Associate In M&A in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Renew 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for exposure but too bureaucratic and rigid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Its 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do away with too much hierarchy and invest time and resources in employee development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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