Condé Nast Reviews

Updated March 23, 2014
Updated March 23, 2014
243 Reviews

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Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend
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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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    Web editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent schedule if you advocate for it

    Cons

    Low salary, poor leadership, no room for growth

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Executive Directors who treat their assistants like garbage

    Former Employee - Ad Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Assistant

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great reputation, high standards (as a first job it will be all you know), and working with the industry's best.

    Cons

    Directors who treat their assistants like garbage, curse them out, belittle them in front of co-workers, and constantly working in fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your assistants overtime and treat them like human beings. They will be taking your jobs one day.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Devil Indeed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Conde on your resume will never fail to impress people regardless if the image and reality don't always align. Many of the titles in this building are insurmountable by the competition regarding access to subject matter/people, journalistic talent, and exclusivity. The parties and perks are at the highest end. Edit and sales have pretty glamorous travel accommodations and expense accounts. In sales, the base pay is higher than average, thus giving people the unintended choice to blow off the rest of the year should one find themselves in the situation of not being likely to hit their goal, providing an easy set up for the following year.

    Cons

    Cattiness is taken to a new art form. You'll find yourself thinking you wouldn't be surprised if you walked into a meeting one day to find a sorority hazing-like ritual in which everyone is told to strip and senior management then circles everyone's fat with a black sharpie. Nothing is off limits to criticism. Clothing, hair, the way people speak, on and on.

    Almost all of Conde relies heavily on luxury advertisers, who have up until now been mostly faithful to print. That's changing quickly, but because Conde is a private company and not beholden to demanding stock holders, nobody is forced to or therefore wants to pull the trigger to spend the money needed to innovate. It would be hyperbole to say print is "dying" anytime soon, but it's a fact that print ad budgets are shrinking in favor of other media. As for the websites that currently exist, most look like something that was created during AOL's heyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bad seeds both at the top and in the ranks. Being bitchy/demeaning/a total jerk and being successful are not mutually dependent upon each other. The 80's ended a long time ago. You have a lot of work to do as far as catching up with the times, the longer you wait, the more business will suffer in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Priceless in terms of experience as well as your paycheck.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interacting with talented industry professionals

    Cons

    Comp, ability to grow and lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower young talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Difficult place to work if you're not a trust fund baby or a socialite.

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    Former Employee - Accessories Closet  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accessories Closet in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Network building, access to the goings on of the magazine behind the scenes

    Cons

    Doesn't pay much for living in NYC. Long hours. Some nice people, but many are difficult to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to manage your organization by hiring actual employees instead of taking in hoards of unpaid interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work but not a lot of motivation

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are cool brands there.

    Cons

    No pay, not a lot of motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your interns so that they can survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A total nightmare

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    Former Employee - Fashion Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing exposure to luxury goods and iconic editorial contacts. I brushed elbows with Anna Wintour on my way to the lunchroom…. That's about it.

    Cons

    The company is archaic and lacks innovation. The pay is meager and the hours are illegally long. Editors abused the budget system and forced employees to fund errands and lunches from their own pocket without reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Legal up, Conde Nast. You're on your way to a class action lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Survival of the fittest

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the most forward-thinking editors and writers, and they strive to always be producing better content.

    Cons

    cutthroat environment, where the biggest personalities are often rewarded over the people who actually execute the creative vision. No one wants to hear about problems until they are ready to blame someone for them.`

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low morale, incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Web Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Pros

    Great benefits (although some of them were cut down)
    Great people to work with (peers)
    Company iPhone

    Cons

    Re-org was the last nail in the coffin for this company
    Brought in people from old school media company that had no clue of how media publishing works in the new world
    Cafeteria is not subsidized (unlike in other companies)
    Technologically backwards
    Slow to adapt to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and listen to your employees
    Don't show your arrogance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Conde Nasty - Indeed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Pros

    Seeing cool people (and outfits) in the elevator, occasional perks from the brands (events & promo stuff). Some smart people, some very creative minds with big ideas tied up in a nice package.

    Great iconic brands: The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair & Arch Digest. The rest of them kind of get lost in the shuffle.

    Cons

    Overall Business: CN is a PRINT focused company, they can tout that they're changing with the times but print revenue is still driving the most money and that's where their focus is. Digital lags at most of the brands and most of the print sellers don't want to learn the digital business and it seems like they don't have to in many cases. I think when their pages begin to dry up and they have to fold even more titles they will realize they were not really such an "innovative leader."

    The Publisher Shuffle: Unfortunately I got to go through one of these, after months of transition and massive layoffs and staff shuffles they still couldn't get their act together. They just changed peoples jobs/what they were hired to do without consideration to the actual person.

    No Job Security: Each day came and you lived in fear that you may be the next one on the chopping block. If you weren't in the "in" group, you were out of there, I was lucky to find another job so I could stop feeling so anxious about losing my current job.

    Favoritism: It seemed people with "connections" to Sr. Corporate Management got very unfair advantages, promotions, credit and awards when it wasn't deserved. The Publisher and the management team appeared to be doing a "favor" to get in good graces.

    Benefits and Pay: Not-comparable to other companies out there-10 days vacation & 4 personal days (negotiate if you can). Also getting a more senior title change (they call it a promotion) with no raise in pay is common, then you're locked into the salary and new senior "title" for a year. Not good for your career.

    Miss: One bathroom for women on a floor with about 75 of them. It was disgusting. I couldn't believe a company with such a "snooty" reputation could have such a gross bathroom. It smelled, was flooded and or dirty around 11am and didn't get cleaned until late in the evening almost every day. I tried to hold it as long as possible and would go by the cafe if I had too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Horrible communication. The word of changes and layoffs comes out in WWD before they alert staff. Appreciate your employees (even the little guys) they work hard to make the company money and don't deserve to feel as if they may lose their job every other day and get with the times, print is dying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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