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Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Diverse work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Parliament as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to a variety of different tasks

    Cons

    Periods of excessive free time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More duties for trainees

    Positive Outlook
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    Intern in public relations in EP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at European Parliament

    Pros

    The best aspect of the internship was the diversity of my tasks, my autonomy, and the internationality Of the place. Was a great opportunity to meet motivated people from different parts of Europe and abroad, which was also good inspiration for my further studies in the domain.

    Cons

    The biggest con were long working hours- some meetings would only finish late on the evening, whereas reports needed to be done the same day. Surely, it's a task that the role entails, but these hours also continue a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns as much autonomy as possible, for them to get 'their hands dirty' and therefore learn more.

  3.  

    Great traineeship!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stagiere in Strasbourg (France)
    Former Employee - Stagiere in Strasbourg (France)

    I worked at European Parliament as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot working in a very friendly environment.

    Cons

    You are allowed to stay only for te period of the stage, no chance to get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience with challenging and motivating tasks. A permanent learning environment in an international space.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Parliament as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being such an international environment, working for the EP can be the best way to expand your network.

    Cons

    There are so many things to do every day that sometimes it can get a little bit chaotic.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Internship

    Former Employee - Intern in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Former Employee - Intern in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

    I worked at European Parliament as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, nice people. Really, great place to work and/or accomplish an internship.

    Cons

    There are no CONS. Everything is OK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is OK.

  7.  

    An exciting, challenging, multicultural, multilingual workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator, European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Administrator, European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Parliament full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, tackling different policies, learning new languages, training, can-do attitude, pension guarantee, seniority in step, holidays, up-to-date IT systems, good canteen.

    Cons

    Working in Brussels can be very boring because the weather is always grey, even in summer. Job can be repetitive - start of legislature is always exciting but during and towards the end can be too linear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give time to your staff and communicate with every means possible. Perks are very important when related to productivity. Be clear to what is expected, day in day out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

    I have been working at European Parliament full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment . International work environement.

    Cons

    As all organization thinks happen differently .

    Recommends
  9.  

    A thrilling experience in International Politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Political and Legal Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Political and Legal Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Parliament as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, working hours flexibility, variety of issues to deal with every single day (never gets a routine), excellent facilities, prestige, fair money and benefits

    Cons

    No cons at all as far as the job is concerned. The important thing is to have a good personal and working relation with your MEP. If not , then nothing will work for you.
    The city is a bit dull but hey... you are in the centre of Europe. London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam are just a few hours away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Accelerator of global exposure and political acumen.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator, European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Administrator, European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at European Parliament full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very clearly working in an environment with colleagues stemming from, at least, 27 different countries, chances to get global exposure and appreciate diversity are unparalleled. The political acumen needed to walk through those lobbies is another plus, much like the chances to access top-notch training and paradigm-shifting ideas. Outstanding chances for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Much like any other place, work-life balance is there for one to grab it … but in the long run approaching a position there with a strictly 9-to-5 mindset diminishes its intrinsic values. Work-life balance needs to be achieved indeed but some of the issues and challenges found there will be in one's mind long after office doors have closed. Personal growth, while welcome and sought after, needs to face up the fact that no career advancement, and certainly not to DG level, is ever going to be achieved without political support, and sometimes, those positions can be entirely based on it, which means that management, though always impeccably trained, can be quite blind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should move up based on merits. In a Parliament, any one, that is not always the case and when promotions based solely on politics are the sheer majority, there are serious risks involved.

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Exposure!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at European Parliament full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The most important part of working at the EP is your access and exposure to information and officials. The possibility to have direct communication with policymakers, parliamentarians and other officials make working at the EP a valuable place to work. If, of course, you appreciate and take advantage of what is available.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and the atmosphere of humans treated as numbers and files creates a dark and cold environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is ok to take a EP job seriously but one should not take themselves too seriously. In other words, reframe from falling in love with yourselves and try to be more respectful with people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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