European Commission Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
Jean-Claude Juncker
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is excellent and so is the pay (in 14 reviews)

  • Easy to find life/work balance - No stress at all - Multilingual working environment (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • This being the public sector, for permanent officials it is optional to actually work (in 3 reviews)

  • EC as an institution is burdensome and not fully transparent in terms of administration, human resources etc (in 2 reviews)

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  1. A great place to work, because of its mission and people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adlinistrator in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Adlinistrator in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at European Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - it's a public administration, so you work for the general interest, not to enrich the shareholders - Great long-term project - International (EU-only) working environment - motivated and angaed colleagues - high professionalism - great sets of skills and competences (sometime underemployed, though) - great work-life balance conditions - good to great salaries for statutory staff

    Cons

    - it's a public administration, so things can be sometimes slow and very dependent on sometimes unpredictable political decisions - some aspects of its culture are a bit retro (it's not Google...) - the external public would see you as a fat cat on the gravy train

    Advice to Management

    trust your staff more!


  2. Administrative assistant - contract agent FGII/7

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    only internal tax 11%, internal pension fund (only after 10 years of service), 80 to 85% reimbursement of medical bills

    Cons

    no extra legal benefits, no luncheon vouchers, no group insurance, no salary increase since 2008 nor indexation, only half of public transport reimbursed, no double holiday pay, no end of year bonus, extremely late reimbursement of medical bills and very time consuming administration for payment requests and strict administrative rules compared to belgian medical insurance


  3. Good for middle and senior management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Boring. Hierarchical. Artificial creation that will not last forever.

    Advice to Management

    Entry exams should be different. There should definitely be an option to fire people. They are way too spoiled knowing that whatever they do, they have job for life.


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  5. Inefficient, but the political work is quite interesting

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    Former Intern - Trainee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Trainee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at European Commission as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -first-hand exposure to EU policy-making, the unique opportunity of being directly involved in policy formulation -flexible work conditions, 2-hour lunch is not unusual -great for people who enjoy having power and doing little--you just delegate the work onto the consultants, and you can just sit and enjoy coffee with colleagues

    Cons

    -the whole institution is built on inefficiency, which makes you feel sometimes that you are absolutely wasting public money -office politics runs high--if you want to get to top, you have to know how to conduct office politics & diplomacy


  6. Great conditions

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, nice multicultural atmosphere

    Cons

    Hierarchy and the red tape


  7. amazing workplace

    Former Intern - Trainee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Trainee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    -International environment -Dealing with EU legislation -Lot of learning opportunities - Dealing with multiple stakeholders

    Cons

    - a lot of bureacracy - Depends a lot of the unit where you are assigned - No career possibilities (public concours is obligatory) - Public sector cons


  8. administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at European Commission full-time

    Pros

    extremely diverse working environment and possibilities to change career path.

    Cons

    It is a very bureaucratic organisation.


  9. Policy Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Policy Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Policy Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International environment, good working hours, high salaries

    Cons

    low career development, very bureaucratic


  10. interview

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Officer in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Policy Officer in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    international environment, involvement in the decision making process, supporting colleagues

    Cons

    difficult to get in, short contracts


  11. Conference interpreter

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at European Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, learning opportunities, good remuneration, very good work conditions,etc

    Cons

    Are there any worse aspects at working for the European Commission ? Maybe a feeling of repeating many similar meetings, and the extensive use of so-called globish which is bad english, often read rapidly !



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