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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 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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    Incredible opportunities and projects.... and with it comes hard work and politics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible brands and some of the most brilliant people I have ever worked with. This brand as a whole puts their all into what they create and it shows. You will gain access to some of the most inspiring projects and really learn alot (no matter entry or sr. level)

    ConsThere is a bit of an "old boys club"/nepotism type mentality that can be a bit obnoxious. You will have to learn their political game here to stay afloat. Having a strong personality, with a grounded sense of self is always a good compass. Being a traditional publishing house, they are still a bit slower to move in terms of how to engage with the newer media platforms. There is movement, and not much further off from their main competition, but still behind all the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI only wish upper mgmnt would put greater emphasis in nurturing and fostering their talent. This company draws some of the top emerging talent in the publishing industry. Its a shame to see it wasted by not embracing the "foster from within" mentality. Too often I have seen incredibly bright and upcoming talent, have to leave in order to get to their next career level due to old and broken management red tape. Its a shame and quite telling when you see career records of most of their employees, with stints off and on at this company for a span of 10-15 years....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fashion Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTreated very well by everyone on the staff. Was able to build my own contacts from speaking with PR reps on a daily basis. Learned a lot about sample trafficking. Staff really seemed to care about my personal growth

    ConsThe position had a daily stipend of $12 a day. Because I interned many times a week and was still in school, it was hard to find another part time job to compensate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great.

    Associate Editor (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood pay, glamour, access to fancy parties and celebs, good food, plus it's fun to work on intellectually challenging stuff. Access to higher-ups was also fine.

    ConsSeemed to be some distance between plans and what actually gets carried out, lots of vague ideas for future projects get left in the dust, never really revisited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's fine the way it is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Corporate but depending what team, fun

    Freelancers (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBig company, creative people, hard working

    ConsLots of overhead-- very hard to get things that are inefficient changed, with the loss of interns there has been a major blow to the assistants

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour company needs interns-- find a way to pay them!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They expect your peak performance

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsColleagues at the top of the profession

    ConsTime expectations are very demanding

    Advice to Senior Managementpromote more from within

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It’s O.K. so long as you remember to enforce your own boundaries

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome people think working at Conde Nast is prestigious. You'll meet some interesting, maybe famous, people. If you have a strong enough personality you can create the situation you prefer.

    ConsThe publishing industry as a whole is unsure of itself. You have to look out for yourself to maintain a work life balance. Benefits could be better.

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    Great company!

    ACD (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsRoom to grow... benefits... perks...

    ConsWork-life balance if you live in the suburbs and commute by train everyday... the move to WTC in November will make my work/life balance even worse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, get essential primer and wherewithal in the media industry

    Senior Associate Art Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFull of superbly talented and ambitious people to collaborate with and draw inspiration from. Be sure to build up your network.

    ConsInternal politics can be daunting, get in the way of open creative exchange and progressive approaches. Accept to deal with the whims of high strung individuals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFoster a truly multi-disciplinary work experience. Less top-down, more inclusive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great experience, though not sure it's one I'd repeat

    Associated Director, Integrated Marketing (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI learned a tremendous amount at Conde Nast, made lifelong friends and professional contacts, and have the badge of honor that comes with it (you've worked at Conde, or you haven't).

    ConsManagement was in a constant state of flux, and I have 4 rounds of senior management - and the countless layoffs that came with - in just 1 year. And, while there are TONS of amazing people within the organization, there are also plenty of high and mighties strolling around who seem to put flash before substance. I had a great run and loved my time there, but I have more crazy stories than I can count!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the substance and look for talent in more unexpected places. I saw so many young, talented junior-level people passed over for jobs and promotions in favor of less capable, less committed people who had "the look."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding

    Advertising Sales Assistant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWork with the best brands and agencies on a daily basis.

    ConsDemanding. Office is a satellite, not as much opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore perks. Help employees integrate with brand identities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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