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European Commission Reviews in Brussels, Belgium

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
103 Reviews
3.6
103 Reviews
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European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso
José Manuel Durão Barroso
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Pros
  • the pay is good, the work-life balance is definitely positive, and there is a pretty good esprit de corps (in 10 reviews)

  • Good working environment, working in confortable context (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Hierarchical structure that slows down all decision making (in 3 reviews)

  • In the end I was glad the private sector would have me back (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Doing international trade negotiations for the EU

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    Current Employee - Trade Negotiator  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Trade Negotiator in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    International, intellectually challenging, working for public good

    Cons

    Administrative career (lack of reward for most competent players)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to competence of managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    As grey as it gets.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator - Policy Officer  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Administrator - Policy Officer in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, health insurance package (incl. spouse), 10-20% reductions at car dealerships, 10% reduction at gyms, centrally located relatively modern offices.

    Cons

    Mundane people, mundane work. When it comes to contract/temporary agents the system doesn't allow to retain or rehire these people flexibly and the EU machinery doesn't care what happens to you afterwards thus accepting a contract only rewards you short term, in the prevailing circumstances it will result in a career break which will be hard to fix without pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your contractual and temporary staff, don't let the acquired knowledge to be lost and their careers to be broken.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Every DG has their own culture, here I will rate OIB

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    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Excellent life-work balance
    -Decent pay and benefits, including language training

    Cons

    -You must speak french to fit
    -Environment is too local, not very international contrary to the other DG's
    -Corruption, nepotism and incompetence are very widespread
    -Probably the service of the European Commission with less graduates working there
    -Old fashion management, highly hierarchical
    -High internal tensions among departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To create incentives to stop corruption, nepotism and incompetence
    To evaluate staff based of measurable milestones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good to try, but not for long

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    Current Employee - Contract Agent II  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Contract Agent II in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, good learning possibilities, language training, and why not mention it, many holidays and exceptional holiday when needed for personal circunstances.

    Cons

    Limited professional development, extremely bureaucratic, thouroughly classist, advanced age ranges, long working hours, lack of efficiency in management coordination, lack of leadership, in despereate need of a profound clean-up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great colleagues but very inefficient

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Officer  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good location (Brussels)

    Cons

    Stupid tasks, inefficent processes and very unequal management (in terms of skills and recognition)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clerverly choose your department: the atmosphere and the tasks depend a lot on the people around you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Prepare to jump through many political hoops

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a very international workplace, which for me was very interesting. The compensation is great. Work-life balance is good. If you wish to work in public policy, it's a very interesting place to be. There is interesting work that can be done, if you develop the skill to find it.

    Cons

    This being the public sector, for permanent officials it is optional to actually work. Office politics reign supreme above competence. While there are definitely people who work hard and care about what they're doing, the general atmosphere is of indifference. People also love to gossip about institutional politics and bicker about minimal issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture where people are rewarded for good work and are encouraged to reach out of the Brussels bubble. Encourage better hiring practices and HR policies. Lead, instead of trying to operate on consensus. That is, if you actually care.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Go there to retire!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Economist in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good health-insurance package, good holiday for a Contractual Agent

    Cons

    Contractual Agents are semi-officials that have less rights than the officials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No career progression possible, too slow to get anything done (5 years plans)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly educational, took time to grasp and have impact

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    Former Employee - National Expert  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - National Expert in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I loved the multicultural aspect as well as the large scale scope of the work done at the EC.

    Cons

    The organization is quite rigid and hierarchical. It took a lot to work my way out of the preset role I was put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore new management principles, value ideas from employees across the organization, and develop better incentives to innovate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    27 years of experience on the Commission floor

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    Current Employee - Scientific Administrator  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Scientific Administrator in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission full-time

    Pros

    You have the possibility to make some real impact on European legislation, depending on your level of continual enthousiasm; efforts are appreciated; salary is very good for the level of responsability one has to take.

    Cons

    As with any law making, processes steady but slow, which may lead to impatience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management is doing a terrific j to keep its employees happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to do a traineeship and do interesting work!

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    Current Employee - Blue Book Trainee  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Blue Book Trainee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Commission as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very nice and cooperative, the co-workers are helpful, welcoming but can be at times busy so wont have 100% to devote to you..

    Cons

    Work and experience may vary greatly depending on unit. Some trainees do mostly research, others do more office work. Make sure you are vocal about what your preferences are and what you prefer to do..

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