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BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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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)

  • beaucoup de travail avec des journ (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    good work environment, smart people

    Cons

    difficult to get a promotion


  2. "Evolving Culture - Senior Leadership Weakness"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collegial at the desk level; lots of room to grow / learn

    Cons

    Poor communication of evolving changes; have to learn about changes via rumor mill; low morale amongst employees

    Advice to Management

    Invest in middle layer management

  3. "Currently employed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, managers and people

    Cons

    Salary, management/corporate culture, free time.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good but limited opportunities for advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation, benefits, very nice people

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management, bureaucratic promotion track that does not reward high achievers


  5. "BNP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    good learning enviornment, good people to work with

    Cons

    not many women in management


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "BNP Paribas Consulting Americas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are very nice and interesting, the team is very international, a great job to get to know financial industry/financial institution

    Cons

    Staffing need to be improved

  8. "Great career starting company with a creative thinking upper management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Open dialogue with employees to a large extent by upper management; mobility is encouraged; plenty of networking opportunities; big on diversity through business networking groups.

    Cons

    Lower management is so focused on work output that they forget to encourage their employees and they have too many cliques and play favorites. Need more open mindedness for more creativity and less micro managing.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management provides good quality information to the employees but there is a disconnect in that lower management remains robotic in their output. Creativity is the key, empower your managers to use it to improve the processes and make thing more efficient.


  9. "Great environmental"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture
    Work life balance
    Great learning opportunity
    Ability to move laterally
    Exposure to various spaces within the bank

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Mobility
    Compensation is on the lower end

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency would be much appreciated.

    Perhaps review the current compensation structure..


  10. Helpful (4)

    "BNP Paribas - Pros vs Cons"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - IT - Assistant Vice President 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

    BNP has an excellent vacation policy.
    ** Analysts - start with 21-25 days
    ** AVP's - start with 30 days
    ** VP's and higher - max out at 35 days

    Health benefits are also very comprehensive.
    ** Medical, Dental and Vision are covered

    Pay - if you are a new hire it is possible to start with market value

    Volunteering options for many community activities.

    BNP promotes a work-life balance ...BUT ... to be continued in the Cons section.

    Work from home options available, but dependent on the attitudes of the individual departments management.

    BNP does afford the opportunity to make job changes within the company.

    Cons

    Raises / Bonuses - horrible. The past 5 years have been the worst and you would be lucky to get 2-3% for both.
    There has been major global downsizing due to a $9 Billion fine. In the IT departments alone there were over 100 job cuts in 2016. So this is also a factor in the lower raises and bonuses.

    Jobs have also been either outsourced or near-shored in order to cut costs.

    Although BNP promotes a work-life balance, this does seem to trickle down to all of the departments within the company, especially in the IT departments. And if you attempt to take advantage of this then you take the chance of being "unofficially" flagged as not being a team player.

    In IT there are long hours and weekend work constantly all year round even if it's not your scheduled on-call or off-hours rotation. Even though some of the work is planned in advance, that requires most staff from all departments, the amount of projects that require off-hours and/or weekend work is off the charts.

    Many in IT senior management have their own political/business agendas that end up having repercussions on the working staff.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more conscious of the work-life balance policy being promoted within the company and allow your staff to take advantage of it. This will help prevent work burn-out and the low morale which is a big issue at the company.


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