Condé Nast Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
247 Reviews
3.5
247 Reviews
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Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend
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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.  

    A prosperous Career

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Condé Nast as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive, resourceful, A brand.

    Cons

    unorganized, big gap between business and technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bridge the gap and build a more friendly environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    The Devil Indeed

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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
  6.  

    Analytics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great smart people..fun to work with

    Cons

    Company still old school need to move the new century

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Priceless in terms of experience as well as your paycheck.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interacting with talented industry professionals

    Cons

    Comp, ability to grow and lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower young talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    At least I can say I've done it.

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

    I worked at Condé Nast as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great content and great brand equity- so much more potential

    Cons

    There was a reticence to embrace the reality and impact of digital media and a focus on print (which I feel is experiencing a slow and painful demise)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The attitude that "everyone wants to work here, we don't have to change" might not be the wisest attitude with which to move forward. Good people will eventually leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experiene

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    -Worked on a variety of projects
    -Had the opportunity to work cross-functionally with managers in other departments (not just marketing)

    Cons

    -The internship could have been more structured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing perks and brand, terrible management

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

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic reputation and prestige. The access is incredible, and the name on your resume will help no matter where you go (well almost).

    Cons

    Creative people managing each other—really badly (and sometimes bitchily). No upward mobility and the attitude is "a million people would die for this job."

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Pros

    The internship provided experience of working at a magazine and what it is like to work for a huge corporation. You walk through the doors and see some of the most important people in the entertainment industry and then you work with them.

    Cons

    The pay was negative and unfortunately they decided to get rid of the internship program and it no longer exists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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