BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
403 Reviews

3.2
403 Reviews
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
123 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I had a great learning experience working at BNP Paribas

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    Former Employee - NONE  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - NONE in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Friendly people who are willing to teach you
    Competitive Compensation
    Relatively flat structure ensures access to different levels of seniority

    Cons

    Brand influence not as strong in the US as in Europe due to smaller presence

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good work-life balance in exchange for 2nd tier shop

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance. Friendly atmosphere depending on office. International vibe, with colleagues from all over the globe, not just France. Decent base salary at junior levels.

    Cons

    Usually in second place to the more bigger brand names in banking, eg, often not the lead bank in transactions. Bureaucratic. Some employees on the payroll because Daddy is an important client of the bank back in Paris. Risk averse culture, merit pay is minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt the best elements of the local business culture, eg more merit pay in the U.S., while still keeping the best elements of European culture, eg work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Financial Controller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNP Paribas as a contractor

    Pros

    nice place to work; environment is good

    Cons

    not really developing; too bias on French

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to motivate everyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way

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

    No frills big fin tech job

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

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

    Pros

    Great 401k benefits for an entry level position
    Good experience for an entry level IB with the expectation to work with non wall street obnoxious types.
    Company initiatives are on the right track

    Cons

    Red tape
    French senior management often disruptive and closed
    Tenure over merit cultire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Totally enjoyed it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNP Paribas

    Pros

    People there are very smart and responsible

    Cons

    few full time opportunities to get

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Environment

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

    I have been working at BNP Paribas part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good environment and decent pay.

    Cons

    Some people speak french which I cannot understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it pretty well for the management.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    4 of 5

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    Former Employee - Intern Equity  in  Paris, TX
    Former Employee - Intern Equity in Paris, TX

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

    Pros

    there are good and intelligent colleagues. the atmosphere is friendly and demanding. work is is also interesting and demanding

    Cons

    sometimes boring work. no jobs for interns (none of my fellow interns got a job offer).
    sometimes long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire own interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    None not much goof pay if your french

    Cons

    Alot if your not French

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication try it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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