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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
267 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • smart people all at the top of their game (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • very long hours, horrible compensation, small/cramped workspace (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Conde Nast has a great portfolio of top magazine brands.

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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 (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    hasn't figure it out

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Web editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent schedule if you advocate for it

    Cons

    Low salary, poor leadership, no room for growth

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9. 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 (less than an 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
  10. 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 (less than an 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
  11. 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 (more than an 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

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