Condé Nast Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
244 Reviews
3.5
244 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The most respected brands in Publishing

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing brands, moving to new office in WTC, good management teams, healthy competition between titles at CN.

    Cons

    To capitalize on maximum compensation, you have to leave the company and get hired back to Conde Nast. This mantra is slowly changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster the growth and development of talent within Conde Nast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start out!

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company has great energy and the people are fantastic.

    Cons

    Constantly re-inventing itself, so you never know if you or your department are on the cutting block every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. You do not always need to bring in outside people for your transformation goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Staffers 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 ManagementAdvice

    Put 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Web editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent schedule if you advocate for it

    Cons

    Low salary, poor leadership, no room for growth

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A unique place indeed-though each mag is different

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

    I worked at Condé Nast as a contractor

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people to connect with if you can navigate the culture. If you are on a good team-and I was-the people can be great. Looks pretty decent on your resume.

    Cons

    Lives up to the reputation of being a place where you hear plenty of people talking about others behind people's backs. Hard to move up, or to transition sideways to different work. Very old-media attitude towards the web.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more people that don't fit the Condé "image" and it'll be a better and more interesting place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Executive Directors who treat their assistants like garbage

    Former Employee - Ad Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Assistant

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your assistants overtime and treat them like human beings. They will be taking your jobs one day.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work with little reward

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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 5 years

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Facebook 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who work hard.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The Devil Indeed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Conde 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.

    Cons

    Cattiness 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a good place to work and it creates amazing magazine

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    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You are proud of your products, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    a large company in which things move slowly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Opportunity to work with talented people

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more digital talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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