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BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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BNP Paribas CEO and Director Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
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  • compensation under consultancy standards (you may see it as the price you pay for the work-life balance) (in 40 reviews)

  • charge de travail qui peut des fois (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Credit Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNP Paribas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working hours not bad.

    Cons

    Most employees are very unhappy. Firm tends to lock employees in on Visa's and therefore the promotional structure is non-existent as they know the foreign employees don't have options, this, in turn, bleeds over onto all employees. Very inefficient in all processes and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Management tends to be very fickle in entry and exit of markets which leads to low morale and high turnover.


  2. "Worked full-time for over 10 years."

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Impossible to communicate with people in Canada Offices. No leadership in the team. No opportunities or no talent development. French comes first.

    Advice to Management

    Should learn how to communicate with people in USA. Impossible to communicate with any higher managements.

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good work life balance.

    Cons

    conservative and cold culture, very slow


  4. "Big Slow Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Some locatios closed on saturdays

    Cons

    Big Slow and unorganized. Try to appear to be customer centric and push sales like a Wells Fargo without the technology and infrastructure in place. Issues rarely resolved. Managers on the branch level completely incompetant.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  5. "Poor culture, would avoid S&T here"

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    Former Intern - Fixed Income in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Fixed Income in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNP Paribas as an intern

    Pros

    Interns paid hourly, very healthy compensation

    Cons

    Very hierarchical place, emphasis placed on who can network the most as they were looking to fill Sales positions. Some trading desks and managing directors have a horribly poor culture, and half of my team ended up leaving within a year. Bad exit opps as well, would avoid this place.


  6. "Bad Politics During and After the recession Time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Strong modeling repository built up by the global and local quant teams, especially on the interest rate front.

    Cons

    1. Have distinct feels of hierarchy that may be related to French culture.
    2. A lot of people pleasing, lacking team work, and other big corporate staff.
    3. This was worse during the crisis time.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself into your subordinates' shoes so that you can better motive them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture, mobility, benefit package, work environment

    Cons

    low salaries, no remote work, slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    valorize and reward junior staff

  8. "Learn a lot but harsh hours"

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    Former Employee - Analyst Leveraged Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst Leveraged Finance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Network
    Implication to the deal process
    Important dealflow

    Cons

    Too important dealflow
    Harsh hours
    Bad work life balance


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good career mobility. A little less than intense than most wall street firms.

    Cons

    Compensation was below-average. They reported and paid bonuses late (mid-march) so it was hard to find a new job in the early year scramble, and they always preserved an option for themselves once the market had been made for bonuses by paying so late.

    Were never really taken seriously by clients.

    Technology was an issue too. Didn't spend on IT, most of the infrastructure was in Europe.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and learn , vacation, and laid back environment, good people depending on the group you are in

    Cons

    US HR policies on overall comp / promotions/ raises
    Seems like it is made up and are not consistent from year to year. Get a pay range per title and stick to it
    Reward the hard workers and trim to fat

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan for the US, do we want to compete for market share or just be in the game. It's fine if we just want to be in the game and not be top 10 just let everyone know, stop overpaying for people on the street, we have talent in house that is cheaper , loyal and understand the BNP way.


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