Condé Nast
3.5 of 5 236 reviews
www.condenast.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Condé Nast Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.5 236 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
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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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    Opportunity to work with talented people

    Sales Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSmart people, success driven organization. Opportunity to move within the company. Quality brands.

    ConsPolitical environment sometimes results in decisions that are not in the best interest of the brand. Slow to adapt to digital.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in more digital talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is not a great company to work for, contrary to some reviews

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe history of the company carries more weight and prestige than most other publishers. Sufficient funding for current areas of interest.

    ConsStaffers in Sales are the only ones "taken care of." Everyone else works extraordinary hours for no recognition, no raise, and no avenue for promotion. You are expected to stay ahead of the curve in skills, but without opportunities to update those skills. Extremely arrogant--everyone works in silos, fearful of repercussions so teamwork is limited. They are quite willing to fire you once they determine you have been there too long and might cost them more money in benefits/pensions/salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut your mouth where your money is ... in your people. You pay substantially for them over the years, make sure they grow and are positioned properly to assist in developing the company's future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Executive Directors who treat their assistants like garbage

    Ad Sales Assistant (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your assistants overtime and treat them like human beings. They will be taking your jobs one day.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard work with little reward

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYou work with interesting and highly talented people to put out the most compelling editorial content and magazines in the world. You can be proud of the end product we all work to create.

    ConsFacebook and Google this is not. It depends on your department, but generally there are not a lot of perks in the workplace. Conde Nast is notorious for underpaying and overworking you, so be ready work hard. Looks great on the resume though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward those who work hard.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Devil Indeed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsConde 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.

    ConsCattiness 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat smart people..fun to work with

    ConsCompany still old school need to move the new century

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A prosperous Career

    Senior Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCompetitive, resourceful, A brand.

    Consunorganized, big gap between business and technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBridge the gap and build a more friendly environment.

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

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    Amazing perks and brand, terrible management

    Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFantastic reputation and prestige. The access is incredible, and the name on your resume will help no matter where you go (well almost).

    ConsCreative people managing each other—really badly (and sometimes bitchily). No upward mobility and the attitude is "a million people would die for this job."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Worked on a variety of projects
    -Had the opportunity to work cross-functionally with managers in other departments (not just marketing)

    Cons-The internship could have been more structured

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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

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    Priceless in terms of experience as well as your paycheck.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInteracting with talented industry professionals

    ConsComp, ability to grow and lead

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower young talent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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