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Condé Nast Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.5 154 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend

Chuck Townsend

(76 ratings)

74% 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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    Great place to work, great benefits, they foster creativity

    Associate Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBenefits, privately owned company, excellent quality of product, foster creativity, like out of the box thinking

    Consbecause they are well known do not pay as high a salary as similar companies, no training programs within the company, do not encourage staff to change between departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Couldn't have been better. Would love to work there in the future.

    Fashion Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome of the most talented individuals in the industry. Seems to be a big believe in promoting from within.

    ConsCompetitive. The limited number of available job openings.

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

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    Solid job but leave if you don't find a patron after a couple years

    Senior Web Producer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood place to spend a couple years, maybe more if you happen to find someone you can hitch your wagon to. The pay's not great, but it's competitive.The work is sometimes interesting, if you wind up in the right groups, and it's hard, but if it's ruining your life, it's your fault, not theirs.

    ConsGet out if you haven't found anyone enthusiastic about promoting you within a couple years; it's not going to happen otherwise. Leaving and coming back sometimes works, though. Regimes come and go, so you've also got to be prepared to bail or ask for more money every time they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt'd be awesome if the company promoted from within more, but then that makes everyone slightly less disposable, doesn't it?

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

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    Cut-throat environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPay is usually higher
    Challenging environment
    Great perks at higher-management level

    ConsCompetitive in destructive way
    Untrustworthy coworkers out for personal gain
    Non-existent team effort in sales divisions
    "Devil Wears Prada" isn't too off-base...

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile competition breeds results for the stars of a department, it would be prudent to foster a more trustworthy environment to promote overall success.

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    Great experience but not my first choice for a career.

    Fashion Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros-Prestige of company.
    -Opportunities to work on photoshoots, interact with Vogue employees.
    -The other interns and my supervisor were all great - hardworking, dedicated, and fun people.
    -Exciting environment.

    Cons-Long hours.
    -Paid by a small stipend for the amount of hours you put in.
    -A lot of running around/errands.

    This was a great experience as a student living New York, but as a career it's low-paid with long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInterns are largely ignored.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company to work for!

    Art Department (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsConde Nast is a great company to be an employee at. They take great care of their full time staff. The name carries significant weight and and prestige within the industry. It is a great place to make many valuable connections.

    ConsFreelancers are not as well taken care of as staffers, but still worth the experience. It can very much be about who you know. You have to have a thick skin to work with some of the very strong personalities there.

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

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    Ad Sales Assistants are underpaid and over worked.

    Ad Sales Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat sales experience, big company

    ConsNo over time, not the most friendly/nice working environment, Very underpaid compared to the sales managers you do most of the work for-they make over 200k

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    Fun company, great connections, hard to be promoted

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe intern program is great! You get to hear speakers every week or two and can participate in the Intern Magazine. The formal intern program is much more selective than a general internship and there are some added perks that come along with it. Overall, you learn a lot, but you have to be a self-starter. Also get Summer Fridays!!

    ConsNo pay ($12/day stipend), hard to be promoted within company, intern duties depend on your mentor (some mentors make you do very menial tasks)

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a more collaborative environment and put more resources into recruiting entry-level talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Creative, Culturally Significant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCreate and help market culturally significant publications. Interesting time to be in publishing. A touch of glamour. Smart co-workers. Great Benefits.

    ConsDespite the creativity required to produce magazines, the vibe is very corporate. Gray cubicles everywhere...

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare knowledge among publications. Build a culture of permeability between brands.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has it's problems, but overall, it's a good place to work

    Director Technology (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart people, great brands, always evolving

    ConsThere is a lot of turf-wars that go on. Conde Nast culture seems to promote inter-office competitiveness and backstabbing. It doesn't pay to be a nice person here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge the real workers and thinkers, not just the politicians that like to steal thunder

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

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