Working at the IAEA provides a multitude of excellent, challenging opportunities to apply and develop technical apptitude, all in support of global peace and security. This is an outsanding aspect of the job, in terms of personal fulfillment, use of skills, and continued growth. The work-life balance is reinforced by the European setting. I've had the opportunities to start and lead an organizational swimming team, participate in the running club, and devote time to my triathlon habit.
The down side to working for the IAEA is the low job security. Contracts are often annual, and there is a limit to the number of years one can work for the Agency. The restrictions are even tighter if one's contract extra-budgetary. This creates a viscious cycle of insecurity, and a job culture heavily domintated by personal politics.
Work-life balance, professional fulfillment, compensation.
Low job security