Condé Nast Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend
Chuck Townsend
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Pros
  • Smart people, success driven organization (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits (although some of them were cut down) (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • The place is depressing and everyone works super long hours for such littler pay and no pat on the back (in 15 reviews)

  • You have to look out for yourself to maintain a work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Eye-Opening Experience - Learned A LOT!

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    Former Employee - Photo/Art Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo/Art Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Team mentality. Weekly meetings with the fashion and editorial team made sure everyone was on the same page for the issue. - Great workers in the photo and art department. Very approachable and everyone was very ethical. Everyone was willing to help if I asked. - Definitely room for growth had I stayed longer - Access to the archives and almost every photo published in the magazine EVER! - Often free products given out by the editors who didn't want them - Was given a lot of responsibilities as a newly hired assistant (very stressful but learned a lot)

    Cons

    - LONG HOURS. Worked 12 hour days sometimes on a flat day-rate! Even had to come in on weekends! - Flat day-rate - i.e. doesn't matter how long you work in a day, you don't get paid extra. - Because there are no interns - assistant positions DO EVERYTHING


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    Sales Assistant

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Best publishing company with a lot of upward mobility. Located in 1 World Trade Center, building has a good cafeteria and new amenities. Good technical support team and training opportunities

    Cons

    Very low starting salary. Assistants must work for a year minimum before transferring to another brand unless promoted by management internally--however this is standard within the industry


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    Advertising Sales Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Good experience, great exposure to clients, working with intelligent people, various books to work at in the building, hours are reasonable

    Cons

    There is little room for growth as an assistant. The salary is on the lower end to live in New York City. The expectations are high.


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    Much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place to work, was torn about leaving so soon but in retrospect was the right decision. The brands are like none other and if you have the opportunity, take it--it's the best place to learn about standards, editorial integrity and quality--but don't stay forever...

    Cons

    The tide can change at any time. It's hard to understand what the strategy is. having some time distance makes it clear that decisions are not usually rational, but political. Maybe that has changed. This means sometimes people are in roles that are imaginary.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what made you great.


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    Know When to Leave

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Condé lets you work with really great brands. It's prestigious and great for your resume. Pay is decent and there isn't a ton of micromanagement. Summer Fridays are awesome and you have a chance to attend some super-chic events.

    Cons

    There is a ton of politics in the tech section. If you aren't on Ed's team and he doesn't like you he may starve for resources. It's taken them two and a half year to develop their piece of crap CMS and there is still not end in sight to the project. The new CDO is a stuffed shirt. Nobody ever gets promoted or a pay bump. If you start to get frustrated it's time to hit the eject button. The NYT will hire you an pay more.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the agency model with the brands. It just causes tension between the brand and tech because they are in a constant struggle over funds.


  7. Loved my years at Conde Nast

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Conde Nast is very much like being at an exclusive high school. If you're in, you're amazing. If you're out, you're dirt. So if you're smart and they look you and think you're attractive, it's a fantastic place to work. The perks are great. Great place to work for a large company yet not still feel too corporate.

    Cons

    High level of superficiality. Tough to get a pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    Marketers are treated like dirt compared to the sales people. Level the playing field there.


  8. Sales Development Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    I loved Conde Nast. I worked there fore 3 years as an Account Manager and then Sales Development Director. It is an extremely challenging, demanding job and you are expected to be out on calls 15 x per week. Late nights and dinners. I loved it but its not for everyone. You need to have alligator skin and you need to be strong, on your A game ALL the time, and ready to put the time in. As long as your publisher is working for you and not the other way around you will survive and THRIVE. When your management likes you....they pay you....A LOT.

    Cons

    The pressure to perform can be crushing at times. You are expected to be absolutely excellent every day and also be prepared to spend heavily on your wardrobe. you need to look the part too and if you don't look the part you wont last long. The brutal truth.


  9. The good, the bad, and the ugly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Market-leading, highly respected prestige publishers of beautiful, high-quality, state-of-the-art magazine properties. Salespeople get outstanding marketing and sales materials to work with and the marketing groups are brilliant at developing innovative partnership programs with clients. Very creative company with many smart, talented people.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding, elitist corporate culture and highly politicized environment. You can do excellent work and still have a very hard time here if you don't navigate the politics and your management successfully. Publishers and editors tend to be flamboyant, ego-driven types very hard to work with and sometimes even abusive. Very difficult, stressful environment.


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    overall good

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    Former Employee - Web Producer
    Former Employee - Web Producer

    I worked at Condé Nast (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great people. good pay. Would love to go back.

    Cons

    cost cutting measure meant not raises and loss of some perks.


  11. Excellent experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked there for almost 20 years, absolutely fantastic. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.

    Cons

    Only thing bad to say would be that I am not back there. I truly miss it.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider some of us one time "lifers" to bring back.



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