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Updated June 15, 2017
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  1. "Good working environment"

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    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. "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


  3. 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


  4. "Challange yourself"

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

    I worked at European Commission full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the smartest (and possibly the nicest) people I ever met, learning from them; very nice work environment; having this rare feeling that what you do really matters as it can affect lives of millions of people

    Cons

    Some of the pros come with a lot of stress. Things can also move very slow, but that's the reality of political pricesses. Besides, projects in a corporation sometimes also move at glacial pace.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Average experience"

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    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


  7. "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.


  8. "Stagiaire (intern) over the summer"

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    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.


  9. "SPO at EC"

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    Former Employee - SPO in Ban Huai Hom, Vientiane Prefecture (Laos)
    Former Employee - SPO in Ban Huai Hom, Vientiane Prefecture (Laos)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at European Commission (More than a year)

    Pros

    meanginful work, good colleagues and good positive work enviornment

    Cons

    long hours, stress, bureaucracy sometimes slow


  10. "International environment, good benefits, too much red tape"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at European Commission (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, many benefits

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic and slow; very limited career options if you're not a functionnaire.


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