European Commission Reviews

Updated July 19, 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

    I have been working at European Commission full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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    • Senior Management
    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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

    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.


  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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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. Senior Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer/Creative Director in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer/Creative Director in Brighton, England (UK)

    I worked at European Commission full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, excellent working conditions and benefits, excellent colleagues and senior management, opportunity to be in involved in life changing projects, able to contribute to a better society.

    Cons

    The only problem with working inside a huge international organization within the public service is the bureaucratic machine. Too much paper work and authorizations from too many people.

    Advice to Management

    If you can, keep it simple.


  10. Deputy head of unit

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting and varied job, job security.

    Cons

    Brussels, uncertain career opportunities, bureaucracy.


  11. Great conditions

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    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



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