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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
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3.5 238 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend

Chuck Townsend

(115 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Dedicated and smart people- some of the best in the publishing business(in 13 reviews)


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

  • very long hours, horrible compensation, small/cramped workspace(in 14 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsStaffers 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 Senior ManagementPut 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsHighly 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 Senior ManagementIf you treated your employees better there would be less turnover.

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    Go work in corporate media, not a fashion obsessed publishing house

    Marketing Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsA great company name to be associated with because of it's public recognition

    ConsThis is a company who is horrible at communication and respect for their employees. They are a media company who prefers to make problems disappear without fixing them and doesn't understand the ethics in responding to emails from the outside. Their old fashion way of communicating really shows within the entry-level people they hire and chose to fire. Twenty something fashion girls who are snooty, prance around in their dresses and clearly haven't spent an ounce of work experience outside of the fashion industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut some of these fashion people to bring on some corporate experienced executives, while you improve on your horrible communication and troubleshooting skills. Use the termination of the CN internship program and the public backlash it received, as a tool to reflect how this company can improve in ethical standards, hiring practices, reasonable communication and much more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth the stress or experience.

    Media Planner (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNetworking, Great for resume, some interesting people

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Absolutely Horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSummer Fridays, loose dress code

    ConsDevil 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 Senior ManagementPlease adhere to ethical violations

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CN Ethics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFantastic editorial content and consumer facing products

    ConsDeceptive contractual and consumer marketing practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the business practice of breaching agreements with threat of legal action as the only way to negotiate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the toughest experiences of my young life, but I learned a lot.

    Fashion Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- the name of the company alone drops jaws and elicits fiercely positive, impressed reactions (great for the resume)
    - lots of workplace of racial and ethnic diversity from the bottom all the way to the most senior-level positions
    - worker comraderie- the interns are left out of this, but it's a positive for full time employees all the same
    - the occasional celebrity?
    - learn the benefit of hard work
    - watch the hiring process take place from the inside out.
    -Learn the work place culture...whether you like it or not is another thing entirely.
    - beautiful building and office and scenery

    Cons- the hours are so long, this is basically glorified slave labor. There is no definite closing time, but you will usually get there at 8:30-9am and leave around 10-10:30pm. Work/life balance, you ask? What life? You will go home to sleep.
    - the grey area of whether or not you can take a lunch is hazy. no one mentions breaks. no one takes breaks. you work for 12 hours straight and your breaks are stolen moments in the bathroom or hiding in the racks.
    - You're faceless if you intern in the fashion closet, because there are like 8 other people working alongside you.
    - there is blatant favoritism. No such thing as equal opportunity. Maybe if you know one of the editors.
    - HR knows what going on and does NOTHING. Student interns are too afraid to call in and tell them that they are working almost double the legal limit (70 - 75 hours a week) with no lunch or breaks. On the one hand, this does prepare you for the realities of the job. On the other hand, it's completely illegal.
    - Extremely hierarchical. Whether you get to speak to the Director your department depends on the magazine or staff, but generally, the closest you will ever get to an editor is a coffee request from their assistant or bringing shoes or a gift to their office. They will see you. Most of them will not speak to you.
    -Unlimited metrocards are on hand, but sometimes (i'm being gracious- all of the time) you aren't immediately told about them, so you could be using your own transpo funds for weeks before you learn about their existence
    - it differs for everyone, but there is no mentorship and no time to intern in other departments, because you're bogged down with returns and go-fors and usually it has more to do with getting an editors shoes repaired at Leather Spa or buying a pair of shoes from Bergdorf that actual work that will help you advance your skills and learn the business. Editors do EARN these perks, because they work very long, thankless hours (they're there as long as us) but from the standpoint of a fashion minion--- eerrr, I mean "intern" you are doing work that in no way benefits the company or your growth.
    - low stipend that makes it impossible for students who are below upper middle class to be able to afford to work an unpaid internship, pay for transportation, and housing in nyc (even outside of manhattan) but much better than nothing at all.
    - next to none of the tasks are require brain cells or advance your skill set. Usually, you will be running a piece of mail the company is too cheap to have sent via snail mail to and from a certain location. They bring little to any value to your internship experience.
    - the environment isn't nurturing at all: tasks are delegated to interns with no thought for whether they know how to properly do it or not. There is little to no training. I say "little" because you do receive an outdated intern packet and are expected to learn it.
    -It's not worth the resume boost. Go work at Meredith Corporation under a lesser known magazine, and you'll be leaving at 5:30pm each day. Here, they will work you like a dog and pay you like one too.

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider trimming the big fat bonuses upper management receives SLIGHTLY, so that students of a myriad of socioeconomic statuses can have the opportunity to work as interns for the company. Interns know they are basically unpaid full time workers, and the time for the charade of "we're doing more for you than you are for us" has ended. Pay interns a livable hourly wage and transportation stipend, so that it sweetens the deal and incentivizes them to do the best they can. Require mandatory breaks and lunch periods. Stiffly police the editors, so that they don't abuse their positions with the interns (and no, deactivating the intern scan cards after 7 does not count as actually policing people overworking interns. it's not effective at all.). Oversight and frequent check-ins with HR for the interns to talk about their internships.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working in constant fear

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe only positive from working at Conde Nast is that you do learn a lot b/c they generally keep giving you more and more work until you break.

    ConsToo many managers that are constantly defending their existence. They all know that there are too many managers with too high of pay and they also know that they hardly do anything and rely heavily on their low-wage workers to do all the work for them. When mistakes happen b/c they never check their staffs work, it is never their fault b/c they never do anything themselves. Long story short, everything spends too much time defending their jobs, not enough time working together and everything has attitude and is a snake.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the number of managers/executives (for example, the facilities dept does not need 3-4 of them) Hold managers more accountable and lighten up on the lower paid employees (the ones that do the real work).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slave Internship, All for "bragging rights"

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat name, prestigious, will open other doors for you in the future, get to learn about the corporate world,learn about the magazine business

    Consvery rude staff, not much room for growth, VERY long hours, almost slave work, no positive reinforcement, no hands-on work, getting coffee, isnt the point of an internship to LEARN?...you dont learn ANYTHING, unless getting coffee/lunch/photocopies is "learning".

    Advice to Senior Managementlet interns do more hands-on work, constructive criticism is essential...but so is positive. Upper management aka, the ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR you intern for who is in their 20s could be a BIT nicer. Interns are enthusiastic and dedicated to learning, we are there to help YOU but deserve respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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