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Condé Nast Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
265 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent mixed with interns

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

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

    Pros

    Experience. The people you meet.

    Cons

    Working alongside 20 something rich kids with no skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more of a consistent process to evaluate employees and their managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable and constructive simultaneously.

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

    I worked at Condé Nast as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great employees and personalities, flexible work schedule and challenging tasks. The constructive criticism and the environment makes it less tense and easier to work in, along with flexible lunch breaks!

    Cons

    Long hours, sharing an elevator with staff from Teen Vogue, and flexible deadlines mean that deadlines could also move up in advance, making crunch time a lot crunchier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the little ones and we'll get the job done!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of work but will open doors

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

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best and brightest in media and exposed to a variety of platforms - not just print. Excellent compensation. Working for some of the most renowned brands will open up a lot of doors and give you access to people you would likely have a hard time meeting at a smaller, less established company.

    Cons

    Very heavy workload. They have been cutting staff and adding a lot more responsibility to the people that stay so hard to keep a work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas. Cookie cutter won't work anymore.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work, some flexibilty

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, lots of opportunities to move up to different departments

    Cons

    Very competitive, constant firing and hiring.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great resume builder

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

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

    Pros

    great addition to the resume, worldwide recognition, leader in the industry, multiple channels/brands for career development

    Cons

    not much interaction with other brands in the building, the conde nast female "stereotype" is alive and well, high turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the toughest experiences of my young life, but I learned a lot.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - the name of the company alone drops jaws and elicits fiercely positive, impressed reactions (great for the resume)
    - lots of workplace of racial and ethnic diversity from the bottom all the way to the most senior-level positions
    - worker comraderie- the interns are left out of this, but it's a positive for full time employees all the same
    - the occasional celebrity?
    - learn the benefit of hard work
    - watch the hiring process take place from the inside out.
    -Learn the work place culture...whether you like it or not is another thing entirely.
    - beautiful building and office and scenery

    Cons

    - the hours are so long, this is basically glorified slave labor. There is no definite closing time, but you will usually get there at 8:30-9am and leave around 10-10:30pm. Work/life balance, you ask? What life? You will go home to sleep.
    - the grey area of whether or not you can take a lunch is hazy. no one mentions breaks. no one takes breaks. you work for 12 hours straight and your breaks are stolen moments in the bathroom or hiding in the racks.
    - You're faceless if you intern in the fashion closet, because there are like 8 other people working alongside you.
    - there is blatant favoritism. No such thing as equal opportunity. Maybe if you know one of the editors.
    - HR knows what going on and does NOTHING. Student interns are too afraid to call in and tell them that they are working almost double the legal limit (70 - 75 hours a week) with no lunch or breaks. On the one hand, this does prepare you for the realities of the job. On the other hand, it's completely illegal.
    - Extremely hierarchical. Whether you get to speak to the Director your department depends on the magazine or staff, but generally, the closest you will ever get to an editor is a coffee request from their assistant or bringing shoes or a gift to their office. They will see you. Most of them will not speak to you.
    -Unlimited metrocards are on hand, but sometimes (i'm being gracious- all of the time) you aren't immediately told about them, so you could be using your own transpo funds for weeks before you learn about their existence
    - it differs for everyone, but there is no mentorship and no time to intern in other departments, because you're bogged down with returns and go-fors and usually it has more to do with getting an editors shoes repaired at Leather Spa or buying a pair of shoes from Bergdorf that actual work that will help you advance your skills and learn the business. Editors do EARN these perks, because they work very long, thankless hours (they're there as long as us) but from the standpoint of a fashion minion--- eerrr, I mean "intern" you are doing work that in no way benefits the company or your growth.
    - low stipend that makes it impossible for students who are below upper middle class to be able to afford to work an unpaid internship, pay for transportation, and housing in nyc (even outside of manhattan) but much better than nothing at all.
    - next to none of the tasks are require brain cells or advance your skill set. Usually, you will be running a piece of mail the company is too cheap to have sent via snail mail to and from a certain location. They bring little to any value to your internship experience.
    - the environment isn't nurturing at all: tasks are delegated to interns with no thought for whether they know how to properly do it or not. There is little to no training. I say "little" because you do receive an outdated intern packet and are expected to learn it.
    -It's not worth the resume boost. Go work at Meredith Corporation under a lesser known magazine, and you'll be leaving at 5:30pm each day. Here, they will work you like a dog and pay you like one too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider trimming the big fat bonuses upper management receives SLIGHTLY, so that students of a myriad of socioeconomic statuses can have the opportunity to work as interns for the company. Interns know they are basically unpaid full time workers, and the time for the charade of "we're doing more for you than you are for us" has ended. Pay interns a livable hourly wage and transportation stipend, so that it sweetens the deal and incentivizes them to do the best they can. Require mandatory breaks and lunch periods. Stiffly police the editors, so that they don't abuse their positions with the interns (and no, deactivating the intern scan cards after 7 does not count as actually policing people overworking interns. it's not effective at all.). Oversight and frequent check-ins with HR for the interns to talk about their internships.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company, good location, perks

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer intern

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

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Responsibility given right away to summer interns
    Worked in other departments (editorial, advertising, marketing)
    A few events to attend, beauty sales, and other perks

    Cons

    Worked in a department that wasn't used to having an intern. If I didn't ask for projects there sometimes wasn't one.
    Some tedious tasks like filling out Excell sheets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Conde Nast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, growing company, trying lots of new things.

    Cons

    Some difficult personalities. Must be in current position for at least a year before moving around within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to grow the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Incredible intern experience

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

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    HR was amazingly supportive
    Great fast-paced environment that pushed me to produce my best work quickly
    Was given actual work - very little "intern work"
    Was treated like a member of the dept
    Attended all meetings, including those with VP and Editor-in-Chief
    Everyone had great career advice
    Gained a mentor and will most likely be employed after graduation
    Stipend
    Speaker series
    Intern events
    Intern-produced magazine

    Cons

    Sometimes unrealistic about quality of work expected of higher level employees in understaffed departments
    Daily stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better way to reach tech dept, continue to improve technology, need better way to access emails from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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