Condé Nast Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend
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Pros
  • Smart people, success driven organization (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits (although some of them were cut down) (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • The place is depressing and everyone works super long hours for such littler pay and no pat on the back (in 15 reviews)

  • You have to look out for yourself to maintain a work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Lack of leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cafe food is ok Brush shoulders with celebrities if you are into that The WTC building is new Free products and clothes Neighborhood features good food

    Cons

    Conde is politically and culturally bias: All Democrats Work life balance has a high reputation for being poor The company also has a reputation for bullying Its difficult to obtain a creative role at Conde and independent thinking is not encouraged unless you are speaking to elitist values, destructive personalities and gaslighting

    Advice to Management

    Real people need jobs in order to sustain they are not born into wealth and luxury. When you fire real people it hurts them. When you waste talent it hurts honest workers. America was free before liberals told everyone they were being abused by the system and that money magically appears without a job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly, my time there was the most disgusting "professional" experience I've ever endured. I can say that having this company on my resume was the 'Pro' but I seriously want to forget I ever stepped foot in there. So I guess the pro was that I learned that all that glitters isn't gold and the horrid reputation alias "Conde Nasty" wasn't created by just 1 disgruntled employee.

    Cons

    Okay, so where do I start? Here goes: - micromanaging x 1,000 - cliquish unprofessional work environment - unprofessional work culture (including insensitive racial comments) - Unclear direction - Management over projects their vision unto team and anything else suggested isn't considered. - EXTREMELY PRETENIOUS - Ran like a dictatorship - Lack of team building or trust - There seems to be a huge lack of open-minded individuals with a diverse background All in all, this isn't a place to work if you're a kind, open-minded, creative professional.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people you want to cultivate, not those who you want to manipulate.


  3. Choose Another Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Promotions in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Promotions in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for the top company in the industry. Everyone is very driven and extremely bright. You will learn a lot from the job, but it might not be worth what you have to give up.

    Cons

    Low salary with little to no training. Condescending management across the board. Horrible hours - 14 hour days are the norm. It's difficult to be happy at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Consider actually training your employees. Teach it to them once and they won't disappoint. If you don't teach them what you want, they will fall short of your expectations.


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  5. Okay

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    Current Intern - Freelancer in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Freelancer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to get a ton of free stuff

    Cons

    Long hours and mean editors

    Advice to Management

    Care about your interns or "freelancers"


  6. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT FREELANCE

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Web Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Web Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks (products, parties, name recognition), networking opportunities

    Cons

    Extremely meager and incredibly late payments for freelancer invoices. They rely on a paper mail invoice system instead of a digital one, so invoices can be more than a month late (Read as: not optimal for anyone who pays rent). Also, work/life balance is virtually impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat freelancers with respect. They do just as much work as the staff members, yet continually are underpaid and under-appreciated. It's very obvious how much the company doesn't value the freelancers and it is driving away potential talent. Also, open yourself to changes. The media landscape is always in flux and Conde Nast is prone to falling behind.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Conde NastY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful cafeteria, world renown recognizable brands, sometimes complimentary magazines, and pretty co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of gossip, lots of politics, girls will throw others under the bus to get to the top, cutthroat personalities especially in advertising sales. Having a brain is not advisable, nor respected...Focus on the outfit!

    Advice to Management

    Try distributing some perks to less senior employees- maybe they'll be happier and treat others better rather than spending all day long spreading high-school gossip.


  8. It is not a great company to work for, contrary to some reviews

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The history of the company carries more weight and prestige than most other publishers. Sufficient funding for current areas of interest.

    Cons

    Staffers in Sales are the only ones "taken care of." Everyone else works extraordinary hours for no recognition, no raise, and no avenue for promotion. You are expected to stay ahead of the curve in skills, but without opportunities to update those skills. Extremely arrogant--everyone works in silos, fearful of repercussions so teamwork is limited. They are quite willing to fire you once they determine you have been there too long and might cost them more money in benefits/pensions/salary.

    Advice to Management

    Put your mouth where your money is ... in your people. You pay substantially for them over the years, make sure they grow and are positioned properly to assist in developing the company's future.


  9. Account Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Competitive salary, having pretty much an unlimited expense account and name recognition are the only positives of working at this organization.

    Cons

    Highly unprofessional and competitive environment that is catty and superficial. Absolutely no work life balance and it feels more like you're part of a sorority rather than a corporate environment. I am resigning as soon as I receive another offer.

    Advice to Management

    If you treated your employees better there would be less turnover.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not worth the stress or experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Networking, Great for resume, some interesting people

    Cons

    No team support. Terrible work life balance. Unrealistic work expectations. Toxic working environment. Thrown into other people's lazy efforts and expected to fix the pieces.Lack of respect between employees. Non competitive salary. Don't waste your time. Manipulative employees. Despite how well you perform, if they don't like you, you won't last. Very clicky.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's issues. Get rid of older account executives who don't understand digital. Adjust the workload. Its advertising. Not rocket science. There is a reason why most employees leave after 6 months. Whatever you say, can and will be used against you in the long run.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Absolutely Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, loose dress code

    Cons

    Devil Wears Prada is absolutely real. Had to ask to go to the bathroom... got yelled at for getting coffee. It's an unreal and unethical place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Please adhere to ethical violations



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