Condé Nast Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
243 Reviews

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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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, interesting culture, great leaders in certain areas.

    Cons

    Need to invest more in technology, severe politics among different departments, magazines work independently, not common ground

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture to work together as a company and not separate brands

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had an excellent experience as an intern at Conde Nast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Friendly, encouraging environment
    -Flexible Hours
    -Interesting subject matter
    -On-the-job training
    -Great networking benefits

    Cons

    -Unpaid internship
    -May not lead to job opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give travel stipends to unpaid interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, great benefits, they foster creativity

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    because 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Couldn't have been better. Would love to work there in the future.

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    Former Employee - Fashion Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Competitive. The limited number of available job openings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Web Producer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Web Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Get 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cut-throat environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Competitive 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 ManagementAdvice

    While 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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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but not my first choice for a career.

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    Former Employee - Fashion Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Interns are largely ignored.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Art Department  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Department in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Conde 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.

    Cons

    Freelancers 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ad Sales Assistants are underpaid and over worked.

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    Current Employee - Ad Sales Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great sales experience, big company

    Cons

    No 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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company, great connections, hard to be promoted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Pros

    The 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!!

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide a more collaborative environment and put more resources into recruiting entry-level talent.

    Recommends

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