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Great team environment lack of career advancement opportunities

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BNP is an overall good employer.The salary is not great but the benefits definitely complement it.The work environment is definitely a plus; with good team-spirit and a lot of solidarity amongst team members.Management is often involved. However, workers feedback is mostly ignored.Most of my activity is stressful and I feel like the wages should reflect that which is not the case.The career advancement opportunities are scarce even though they are advertised as a great pro for this company.Overall, there is room for improvement but a good employee nonetheless.

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Great benefits specifically if you have kids

Cons

Underpaid stressful activity
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overall great company

great company with above average benefits and generous PTO policy. French culture is pretty strong at this bank , but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Pressure and lack of respect

BNP paribas is a international financial institution, as an employee unless you are a trader working to increase profits you will get no recognition. All supportive staff are just pawns for the banks end goals

Pros

flexible hours and no micro managing

Cons

everything else low pay for the work and pressure
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No respect for employees

I had a terrible experience working for this bank in Switzerland, Europe. Software was a Stone Age. Office was dusty, never properly cleaned, was not possible to open a window, no cafeteria, no parking for employees. Lots of banking formalities were not automated. No respect for employees. No pay for over hours.

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Salaires

Cons

Dirty office, slow and outdated software
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Good benefits/time off

BNP Paribas provides good benefits and time-off. There are ongoing restructures and offshoring which occurs. Working hours at BNP Paribas can be long depending on team.
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Well managed, lots of opportunity for change and advancement

Good overall experience. It is a huge bank so there are a lot of opportunities for growth and change if you want to move to a different department of function. Good coaching and development as well from formal in-house courses to your managers. I may have been lucky but my managers are very good at teaching and mentoring.
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Globally diverse organization with many opportunities for advancement.

BNP PARIBAS is a leading provider of financial services globally with a significant presence in North America. If you are looking for a career with the potential for upward mobility than BNP Paribas is definitely worth consideration.

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Respectful work environment

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Buyer Beware

Pluses are 1) generous vacation days 4wks to start across the board (but you may not be able to use it all as constant cost cutting means you will be doing way more than your fair share for your salary) and 2) the 401k match of a certain percentage of your salary. Depends on your team, but in the decade long experience, there has been no work life balance. It's been progressively longer and longer days and then weekends to be able to do all the work.There are more French expats at the company than one would expect. There is a chance you will experience culture shock if you are an American used to working in an English speaking professional environment. If your dept has many French speakers, you could feel like an outsider as they will speak to each other in French conversationally and if the conversation changes to work matters you end up missing out on important information.

Pros

generous vacation days, good benefits

Cons

Local CEO changes every few years. below market pay, no work life balance, constant cost cutting
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Probably depends on where you're based

BNPP is a solid bank, so job security is pretty much guaranteed, as long as you perform "as expected". Pay is where it usually hurts, to be seen if the bank will adapt more to the market. For now, talent seems to leave the bank much more than advance internally.

Pros

Job security

Cons

Low pay
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Not a fun place

A lot of pressure to deliver in short time and always short handed. A lot of company politics. There is no support and training to improve your skill.
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Being part of a global investment bank

I worked as a VP in the investment banking division.Management is a bit too politicized / too institutionalized, which constraints some more entrepreneurial initiatives.The good thing is that most of BNP folks are nice to work with, yo uget access to an international network and a vast amount of internal resources, and work/life balance is better than in US peers.

Pros

Nice colleagues

Cons

not enough entrepreneurial spirit
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Unprofessional management creates a toxic environment!

Complete lack of leadership and professional skills from the Management!They "divide to conquer" by encouraging throwing other team members under the bus as the only way to get promoted instead of developing a team-spirit. Inconsistent and impulsive directives discredit the Management's decisions and affect negatively the staff workload/stress/life balance.Very high turnover rate to escape this place justified by the Management as "personal reasons". Anyone speaking out against frequent misconduct is pushed out of the company by Management who prefers hiring Visa holders that will have to remain quiet and stuck in that position.

Cons

Zero work-life balance, unprofessional, toxic
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Excellent Culture

Coming from another European bank (NYC CIB office) it has been refreshing over the past three years to observe much more balanced and clear management. Systems are difficult at times (though is the case for all big banks) but attention and money are put toward improvements. I like my team and division - I suspect experiences will differ accordingly. Good pay and excellent benefits. Bonuses could be bigger but that's what everyone says everywhere.
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Bad place to work

Management plays favorites and bullies out the ones they don’t like.Some senior managers can’t navigate MS Office and simple tasks. Face time pressure and politics play heavy role.
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Bnp the best

It was my best experience till now we had a high sense of team work and the culture of the company is beyond all expectations however the salary is a bit lower but you have other benifits
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Beware of Job Description

The job description may describe a great job, but if you care about your next job with what you learned, pass this one up. What is described is not indicative of the opportunities available to you.

Pros

Great benefits

Cons

Lack of opportunities
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Be Careful

It’s a cliche but “They don’t know what they’re doing.” Some managers are trying to go one way, and others going another. There is no vision, just a constant battle between Europe and the US.

Pros

Come and go as you please

Cons

Everything else including low compensation
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Horrible

HR will not hear your side. Management has favorites. They promote racist people who they know is a racist. They allow their management to be mean due to their diva moments as one manager called his behavior towards his team. The pay is minimum wage almost for back office and the call center. Honestly theres better jobs and better pay. They don't allow to move within the company unless if you're a favorite. Bank of the West is not the place to work for. The systems are like working in the late 80s. Not updates technology. Hasn't the same since it become BNP.

Pros

Nothing. The co workers were the best.

Cons

The bathrooms in Omaha location smells like human waste all the time for years.
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Stay away

Not requested to join as legacy system full manual work, not at all balanced life. Need to improve in technology and they should provide better trainings for new joiners

Pros

Nothing as such

Cons

Full of cons only
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Its not about revenue

Company focuses alot on sustainability balance and society not only about money so even if something is profitable sometimes company discourages it balance is the right word

Pros

Concerned with overall balance

Cons

A little slower
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Accepting of Complacency, Managers Not Digitally Trained

Generally felt displaced from management at the more junior level, extreme lack of thought into organizational structure and strategy so that many hurdles have to be jumped in order to get a simple job completed. There is also a lack of communication strategy which it feels like the juniors are disconnected from higher management. Also many (not all) of the directors are unable to perform rudimentary processes with existing technology, like spell check, approving internal requests, scheduling calendar invites, navigate Microsoft word and power point. There also doesn't seem to be an onus on the manager to "manage" but instead to command and demand which makes the position very tiring. The more positive aspects of working here is that at least the company is focused on sustainability banking and diversity and inclusion. Compared to another bank I used to be at, there is also a little more visibility at the junior level to the senior bankers (which is a double edged sword). There has been an attempt to reconnect junior analysts with the more senior bankers, however, nothing has changed, and it doesn't feel like there has been effort to make change besides empty. If only they could execute the strategy and communication from up top to the more junior analysts, that would help quite a lot.

Pros

Late work meals after 8:30 & Uber, lack of management gives a sense of freedom.

Cons

Facetime pressure to stay at the office late and come in early, especially with older managers, managers are unable to use technology properly and navigate the Microsoft Word Suite, strong sense of facetime, lots of admin work which gets in the way of personal development in a role of this caliber.
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