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BNP Paribas Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance could be better (in 38 reviews)

  • Senior management from France rotated every 3 years (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    global company with wide ranging operations, many positions and lateral transfer possibilities.

    Cons

    archaic traditional management structure, bureaucratic, centralized decision making in Paris with no direct understanding or knowledge of US operations.

    Advice to Management

    delegate, decentralize, empower


  2. "Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leasing Solutions Case Study Research Leader in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Leasing Solutions Case Study Research Leader in Durham, NC

    I worked at BNP Paribas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work at

    Cons

    There are no down sides


  3. "Great Environment - Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNP Paribas (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company - worked with some greats teams. Culture was fine.

    Cons

    No cons to speaks of

    Advice to Management

    They were a bit behind on technology compared to their peers but were revamping it by the time I left.


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  5. "Client Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, good work-life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Complicated management hierarchy, multiple reporting lines, pay is subpar compared to the rest of the street

    Advice to Management

    Pay your good employees fairly to increase employee retention, cut out needless layers of management, simplify management structure / reporting lines


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities with a Global Perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    *Although the pay is a little lower than market rate, you have really great benefits (30 days off plus holidays, awesome health insurance, lots of meaningful corporate perks).
    *Lots of opportunity to serve in expat assignments. Even in the absence of such an assignment, working every day with exceptionally bright people from all over the world is fantastic.
    *Managers respect the need for growth

    Cons

    *Exceptionally bureaucratic.
    *A bit too risk-averse (granted, this is understandable given the bank's recent track record with U.S. regulators).

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the bureaucracy where possible. Not every decision needs to be escalated to Paris.


  7. "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst Investment Banking in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst Investment Banking in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNP Paribas full-time

    Pros

    -Pay is "street"
    -Bigger name in Europe, but still known in US

    Cons

    -CIB America's is poorly run and managed
    -Culture is very much like the larger BB firms
    -Facetime is a must but never talked about
    -Staffing is done through a "business manager" who doesn't know how long each assignment will take or what a potential deliverable will consist of
    -Turnover rate is higher than most of its European peers

    Advice to Management

    -Limit coverage exposure to less cyclical industries


  8. "BNP Paribas"

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    Current Employee - FX Options Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - FX Options Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to start your finance career

    Cons

    no cons at the moment


  9. Helpful (2)

    "BNP -- look elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    generous benefits -- vacation time, health insurance etc.

    Cons

    Management completely top-down driven, no input from people lower on the food chain asked for or acknowledged. Salary is low compared to other Wall Street investment banks. IT is way behind the times and the upper management is clueless. Politics drives a lot of what goes on -- counts for more than what you accomplish for the company.

    Advice to Management

    listen to someone other then yourselves.


  10. "Vice President - Compliance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodside, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodside, NY

    I have been working at BNP Paribas (More than a year)

    Pros

    34 vacation days a year

    Cons

    long hours, Paris runs the company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Solid CIB environment with good people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Coverage in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Coverage in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Not cut throat and people genuinely like to work together.

    Great benefits (30+ days vacation even at associate level and your are encouraged to use it). Great 401k benefits. Mandatory 2week vacation each year. Healthcare benefits are market.

    Relatively flat structure in Coverage / Relationship Mgmt Groups with access to highest levels of mgmt, MDs, D on daily basis. Good exposure / learning opportunities for VP and below.

    Job security

    Known brand in Banking (US and Globally)

    Good work life balance in Coverage. Especially compared to other NY firms. Hours more like a regional US bank.

    Cons

    Like all banks becoming more and more regulatory / compliance / bureaucratic.

    Compared to other banks (US) that I have worked at BNP seem rigid and very bureaucratic. To the point where its hard to get work done occasionally and meet external deadlines. Bank and certain people in mgmt (particularly French mgmt "dropped into groups" from Paris can be under-skilled) get in the way.

    Risk Dept is very French, overwhelmed, conservative.

    Technology and internal systems are ancient. Firm would be embarrassed if made public. Bank is cheap here.

    Advice to Management

    Get better technology reporting systems to make everyone's lives easier.

    Less French in Risk Mgmt


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