BNP Paribas

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BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
497 Reviews
3.3
497 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 55 reviews)

  • Good working environment with colleagues who are very willing to guide me along when I was in doubt (in 32 reviews)


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

  • Senior management doesn't acknowlege you if you don't have a title (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It wasn't the worst place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to French culture....you then know you are nothing ;-/
    Good health benefits and policies

    Cons

    Focus on minutiae
    Over-value of French Employees
    Devalue of American employees
    An employee needs to remain in their role two years before moving internally, so if you sense say after 6 months of joining that the role is not a good fit, you may have to make the decision to leave the organization at that time when maybe you could have found another role internally (if policy had permitted). A policy like this leads to high turn over and employee dissatisfaction (because you know you have to leave or give 2 years worth of your life......)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend time reading employee chats, emails or favoring only the French.
    Americans work hard and are willing to contribute - just let them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Steady, no rock & roll

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Vacation days, pretty laid back environment,401k etc. Great people, very friendly

    Cons

    Gets frustrating after a while because If you are not French, dont expect advancement. Not worth working here unless all you are looking for is a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    IT System

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The biggest draw of this company is its great vacation package. AVPs get 30 vacation days and VPs get 35 vacation days. This cannot be beat by any wall street company that I know of.

    People are very friendly and hardworking in the group that I'm working at.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy in the workplace which prevents productive work. Management does not listen to the opinions or suggestions of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the smart, talented people in your organization before you lose them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer that offers quality work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNP Paribas

    Pros

    work/life balance, international mobility, stability, benefits

    Cons

    center of decision in Paris, mobility is hard and done through personal network, very french, pay lower than market average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was not a good experience

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

    I worked at BNP Paribas part-time

    Pros

    good vacation time, some very bright people, interesting events for women and minority involvement

    Cons

    Not enough people to perform the necessary work; not a good work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although there were interesting events for women and minorities, not a lot of opportunities for women to advance high in the organization structure or to receive equal pay.

  9.  

    Choose wisely!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Too many to list - just read the financial news

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FOLLOW THE REGULATION

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits

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

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits amazing amount of vacation days.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance way too many politics envolved

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    dysfunctional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate, Sales and Trading
    Former Employee - Associate, Sales and Trading

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start being loyal to your employees and maybe the good ones will stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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