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"headless firm..no direction"

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

benefits, large corporate backing, easy midtown location

Cons

no real direction. fickle in what they want to do in the US

Other Employee Reviews for BNP Paribas

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Don't like being woken up at night... but that's the job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee / milk... Next to a shopping mall... Flexible work hours if manager is ok, but have to cover support tasks.

    Cons

    Hate the open office space, really noisy and interfering each other's work
    Don't like being woken up at night... but that's the job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bank of the changing world - not quite"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Vacation: AVPs get 6, VPs get 7-8, Directors get 8+
    - Health Benefits (Vision, Dental and Health)
    - 401K (Matching is fairly standard in the industry)
    - People are generally nice
    - Work-life balance is much better than American banks in NYC
    - In July and August people generally take their vacations so it isn't that hectic

    Cons

    - Way too many layers within the organization.. One person manages another 2 who then manage another 2 people.. makes no sense..
    - No management vision is articulated to employees
    - Too much red-tape / bureaucracy
    - Nothing happens when it is supposed to .. "this is a french bank, you can't expect fast turn around on anything" is a phrase I always hear.
    - All key decisions are made in Paris, so you have no visibility
    - No room to move up, people come here and stay here for years and years
    - If you are an American you will find it hard to fit in as most management is French
    - Place is very cliquey - unless you are French, you will be left out
    - Management doesn't provide direction, no ownership from management to drive the company.. the little guy gets thrown under the bus

    Advice to Management

    - Communicate more
    - Drive the company (Manage up and down, not just up)
    - Recognize people that do the work
    - Make the organization flatter --- too much hierarchy and nothing gets done

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