Condé Nast Reviews

Updated July 7, 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. Great stepping stone, but a huge company.

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

    I have been working at Condé Nast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for growth within all magazines. Great stepping stone, looks very good on a resume.

    Cons

    Again, it's a big company, so a lot of internal politics and bureaucracy to navigate.


  2. lack of digital vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

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

    Pros

    The best brands in the world. As a result, very creative people want to work there.

    Cons

    Digital vision murky.Time and time again, the company hired and /or promoted senior-level people with little to no digital skills. Capricious decisions based on how much a brand editor or publisher would complain and escalate to CN president.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more digitally capable staffers in every group: marketing, product, sales.


  3. Great people but lack of vision

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

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really talented colleagues, lots of good experience, good bran recognition

    Cons

    Culture can be kind of corporate, management doesn't always communicate well w/ employees about its vision for the company


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  5. Senior Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast

    Pros

    Great resources! Having Conde Nast on your resume can open many doors. Good employee performance benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of management layers. Working long hours is not uncommon.


  6. Great Resume' Builder

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Conde' Nast is the premier print publishing firm in the world, and it's poising to really transform itself into a media company with online interactive content, and various other platforms. Because it's a successful company in its field, people want to work there to pad their resume. The summer hours are a major perk, half day Friday's. Also, they pay for parking for the Wilmington office.

    Cons

    If you work in the Shared Services Center, depending on your manager, beware of favoritism. It does even extend to the directors. In addition, there is no room for movement. When a position opens, management already has someone in mind for it, and only "opens" it to feign that everyone has a shot, but they know who's going to fill it. HR has a fast turnover, so it was barely ever present in the Wilmington office. Also, the pay is below market average, and up until the Great Recession, that was ok, because the benefits were really great, but now co-pays and deductibles are really high, only reducing those pay checks more.

    Advice to Management

    Get an HR person based in Wilmington. Without one constantly on premise, employees are deterred from reporting the true nature of what is going on in the office.


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    Conde is trying, but it's not enough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits; company is finally trying in earnest (and will most likely succeed) to pivot and become a digital company that also prints magazines.

    Cons

    "Contracting" industry - company has been kept afloat for decades by print. bumpy ride pivoting to digital; layoffs; can't afford to/won't offer competitive salaries for junior employes.


  8. Good entry position job but don't stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Junior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Junior Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    name recognition, a lot of experience in a small amount of time, friendly people depending on what floor you work on.

    Cons

    mostly women, can breed drama. Higher-ups play favorites and hire according to who they like, not who works the hardest (which is kind of what all places are like.)

    Advice to Management

    be reasonable in your expectations, if we get paid crappy without a sense of advancement in careers portfolios, etc


  9. House & garden

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Pros

    There were nice people at office.

    Cons

    They don't pay interns at all.

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns


  10. Integrated Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks great on resume; ability to move up fast; cool perks

    Cons

    New building is eerie & far from everything; a lot of dinosaurs still at the top of a few brands


  11. Account Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Conde Nast has great brands.

    Cons

    Management uses dated tactics to motivate.



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