European Commission Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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European Commission President 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. Good working environment

    Current Employee - Sector Manager in Turkey, TX
    Current Employee - Sector Manager in Turkey, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at European Commission full-time

    Pros

    Well reputed organisation. Gives opportunity to expand areas of expertise. Both policy and project management experience could be gained.

    Cons

    Delegations do not always respect to EU standars and valuesz

    Advice to Management

    Non discrimination


  2. My best experience ever in European Commission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability for few years, very nice team spirit, multicultural environment, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Very bad quality of the recrutiment procedure.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Average experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Commission full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and opportunities for growth depending on the unit/DG you are in.

    Cons

    Horrific, stifling bureaucracy. The worst management I have ever seen. If you have a good idea it will likely get stuck in layers of bureaucracy and eventually be killed. This is by far the most annoying thing about the place.

    Advice to Management

    Allow good ideas to flourish


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  5. Interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great international experience and possibility to meet a lot of interesting people from different cultures.

    Cons

    It is bureaucracy and career possibilities are very limited.


  6. Internship at European Commission

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at European Commission part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good working environment, nice people, interesting work

    Cons

    too bureaucratic, and slow professional development


  7. Stagiaire (intern) over the summer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful people and relaxed culture; strong exposure to government work and international relations as it is practiced in the EU (as opposed to the more insular exposure in US government work)

    Cons

    Relaxed culture can be a bit too pervasive (i.e. long lunches, long lulls without much productivity, at times); too much bureaucracy and layers of approval required to get basic things done.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good fellowship, if you survive the administration

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at European Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Research independence vis-à-vis your PI Decent salary Prestigious award (success rate <15%)

    Cons

    the file is a nightmare to fill the grant is a nightmare to administrate they probably hate trees, given the amount of useless report they ask for

    Advice to Management

    avoid contacts


  9. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good job


  10. Bluebook Trainee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at European Commission (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - meeting very interesting people - opportunity to understand the functioning of the EU Commission and its interrelations with the Parliament and the Council - very international and multicultural setting - flexible hours and work load - great for your CV

    Cons

    - the quality of work and the exporsure really depends on the mentor - sometimes you feel force to ask for more tasks and assigntments - not very well paid

    Advice to Management

    NA


  11. Administrative assistant - contract agent FGII/7

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    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



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