You know you work at the European Commission when
The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union which employs over 30.000 people and a large part of them work in Brussels. Working there has a lot of advantages; good salary, job security, excellent heath plan, ... but on the other hand there are some prices to pay like living in rainy Brussels, boredom and working with the same people year after year after year...
When you're in a meeting and you're trying to remember what was on the menu for lunch
Your colleagues reaction when your boss makes a joke
When your Italian boss tries to explain something to you in English
When you ask your French colleague to repeat for the third time
When you sneak into a networking meeting just for the food
Every Project Manager knows this
How you feel after a networking dinner
When you try to sneak out early but notice your boss is still in the office
When you thought your boss was going to assign you the lead of the new project but your colleague ends up getting it
When people ask where Brussels is
When you check the weather for the next week in Brussels
When someone says it's too hot in Brussels
At first what you thought of going out at Place Lux
Place Lux is a square in Brussels where many people from the Commission go for afterwork drinks on Thursdays.
What you think of it now
Friday morning after a night at Place Lux
When interns wear excessively high heels
When HR tells you your CAST contract got renewed
The CAST contract is a fixed term contract, people generally start off with a contract like this one.
When you miss the EPSO exam by one point
The EPSO exam is the entry exam for personnel selection
When you finally pass the EPSO exam
When the Head of Unit sends an email mentioning your good work on a project
When your boss asks you to do a presentation of the project in front of the whole Unit
When you go through Belgian Administration for the first time
When you send an email to your team and get 5 vacation auto reply emails
When the network goes down and everyone heads for a coffee break
When the IT guys try to explain why the internal network was down for half of the day
When someone comes up from behind you while checking Facebook
What you want to say when someone says the food at the canteen is crap
After four weeks of waiting, DG Admin sends you an email saying they received your request and will look at it as soon as possible
When you forgot your badge and you ask the guard to let you through
When you find out there are sandwiches left over after the Heads of Unit meeting
When your boss asks you to change a tiny detail in the project after changing his mind for the fourth time
When your boss asks you to write the minutes of the meeting
When you're on vacation and your Head of Sector gives you a call for work
"So you work at the Commission, you must know Barroso"
When you wake up and realize you're late for the unit meeting you organised
When they close the terrace of DG Agri for the winter at the very beginning of September
DG Agri is known for the big terrace they open when the weather is good.
Going back to work from lunch break
When people have forwarded this video to you a thousand times saying "hey, is it really like this where you work?"
You correct them by saying that the video is about the Parliament and not the Commission (but what you keep to yourself is that you know things like that also happen at the Commission)