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European Commission Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
106 Reviews
3.7
106 Reviews
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European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso
José Manuel Durão Barroso
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is excellent and so is the pay (in 14 reviews)

  • Good working environment, working in confortable context (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • The decision making process can be incredibly lenghty : with a stalled European project, the day to day work can get dull (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Interesting place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow good ideas to flourish

  3.  

    Internship at European Commission

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at European Commission part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good working environment, nice people, interesting work

    Cons

    too bureaucratic, and slow professional development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Stagiaire (intern) over the summer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Commission

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    avoid contacts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A constructive internship in Finance.

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    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    It is a huge institution, amazingly diverse and powerful. You will meet skilled people coming from all over Europe and take part into important projects at the scale of a continent.

    Cons

    You need to master at least 2 to 4 different languages including French or German to feel comfortable at work. The work-life balance is easy to maintain as you are a public employee and the environment is not so stressful as the institution is not driven by profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping employee motivate to overcome their capabilities is the main point to keep in mind. Indeed, as it is a public institution, there are no kind of reward system which could contribute to keep employee's motivation at its best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Science benefiting society

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grantholder 30 in Ispra (Italy)
    Former Employee - Grantholder 30 in Ispra (Italy)

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

    Pros

    Working for the EU commission is an inspiring process that involves continuous learning, skill building and much experience. The working environment is multi-cultural and public, political and scientific standpoints are confronted on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Procurements are time-exhausitng, so working with externals may require some tedious negotiations and reporting.
    Extensive reports are also boring. Finally, the research centres are often located in unattractive regions, so you gotta drive everywhere to get anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding and interesting work at heart of Europe, good job security, well-paid

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

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

    Pros

    International work environment with highly educated and committed professional colleagues of 28 nationalities
    Working at political and technical heart of European integration project
    Dealing with many diverse issues (socio-economic, energy, environment, health, education, security, culture, etc.)
    High job security (as EU official) and well-paid
    Large international community in Brussels

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic (but not only bad reasons for that)
    Flat hierarchy structure - difficult to rise in hierarchy
    Brussels still a soulless provincial town with delusions of grandeur

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion and evaluation system still from the 1950s, there is no 'career management' whatsoever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    As grey as it gets.

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    Former Employee - Administrator - Policy Officer in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Administrator - Policy Officer in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Commission as a contractor (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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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