Condé Nast Reviews

Updated May 15, 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. Helpful (1)

    Great brands, unprofessional management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great iconic brands and access to awesome events

    Cons

    Upper management is extremely unprofessional and almost entirely focused on print when digital should be leading the way. It's true, this place is more about what you wear than how hard you work. Many days I felt like I was working at a sorority.


  2. Digital Associate CNMG

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great cafeteria, stylish colleagues, glamorous to the exterior. It was my first job in the digital media industry, and it helped me get the job that I currently love (gotta know what ya don't want to know what ya want, ya know).

    Cons

    Poor corporate environment that doesn't identify or reward the proper talent. Looks at the business as if it were a ledger, as opposed to innovative and strategic growth.

    Advice to Management

    Take a fresh look at the type of people it takes to succeed in the modern digital environment, and recruit and hire along those lines.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Looks great on your resume, but "permalancers" are underpaid and overworked.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Contributor in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Contributor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You're exposed to some of the best people in the industry and a job at Conde makes for a great stepping stone in your overall career.

    Cons

    Very few people are actually on staff, meaning more likely than not you're being paid close to minimum wage, and without benefits. Speaking specifically about my experience, work/life balance didn't exist—most days ended up being 10-12 hour days (with no overtime). Hierarchy was also entrenched in literally everything you do; it's hard to innovate when every idea has to go through a million channels (and more likely that not, your ideas aren't even heard). And every department was so compartmentalized that there was pretty much no such thing as teamwork; almost as if every department was its own entity. Lastly, there are little to no opportunities for growth; raises (if any) are few and far between, promotions are hard to come by...basically, if you want to be promoted to a new position, you have to find a new job at a new publication.

    Advice to Management

    Permalancers contribute no less than full-time staff do (and in some cases, more), so they should be treated as valuable members of the company, and not easily replaceable employees.


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  5. Sales Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people & work events/perks (i.e. food).

    Cons

    Ruthless hierarchy with entitled superiors and no room to grow for those starting at the very bottom- unless they play "indentured servant" for 2 plus years. Not a collaborative environment- does not feel like you are all working on the same team together. Feels like you are working for someone, and not in a productive way (e.g. making nail appointments, blow outs etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Hire employees who will support you are the assistant level- with all of your scheduling, expense, travel booking needs etc- but, respect them as actual employees. Teach them the business, set them up to grow and succeed. After all, these are hard working college graduates looking to benefit the business- why are you treating them like trash and pushing them away?


  6. Helpful (1)

    High stress for low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, great location, swanky offices, prestige, office parties, great food / cafeteria. Upward movement if you stay long enough.

    Cons

    Culture really depends on your manager. Some managers are awful and others are very accommodating. It really just depends on where you end up. Low salary, long hours, constant pressure and scrutiny. Nobody cares if you stay or leave because they'll find a replacement quickly. Nobody cares about anyone below mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Don't destroy the moral of talented workers


  7. Conde Nast has a great portfolio of top magazine brands.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Conde Nast is able to attract smart, talented dynamic, hard working, dedicated associates who will do whatever it takes to make each of their brands successful.

    Cons

    Conde Nast likes to test ideas and concepts and they are willing to expand staff when needed. When they concept or opportunity doesn't meet company expectations they will eliminate entire teams, departments or brands.

    Advice to Management

    Every October Conde Nast does their annual budgeting process and when businesses don't meet their expectations they have no problem eliminating or selling off brands, closing departments or reallocating corporate funds to fund digital or entertain businesses.


  8. Helpful (1)

    hasn't figure it out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart people all at the top of their game great brands and caliber of product offering

    Cons

    digital is lacking and print is dying re-orgs and disorganization and lots of red tape


  9. Web editor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent schedule if you advocate for it

    Cons

    Low salary, poor leadership, no room for growth


  10. 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 (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. The Devil Indeed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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