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Slave Internship, All for "bragging rights"

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

I worked at Condé Nast

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great name, prestigious, will open other doors for you in the future, get to learn about the corporate world,learn about the magazine business

Cons

very rude staff, not much room for growth, VERY long hours, almost slave work, no positive reinforcement, no hands-on work, getting coffee, isnt the point of an internship to LEARN?...you dont learn ANYTHING, unless getting coffee/lunch/photocopies is "learning".

Advice to Management

let interns do more hands-on work, constructive criticism is essential...but so is positive. Upper management aka, the ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR you intern for who is in their 20s could be a BIT nicer. Interns are enthusiastic and dedicated to learning, we are there to help YOU but deserve respect.

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  1. horrible

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

    I have been working at Condé Nast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Prestigious magazine/company, a way to get your foot in the door, etc

    Cons

    No compensation, long work days (sometimes well over 12 hours a day), poor treatment, mind-numbing work (such as sorting bins after bin of mismatched designer socks for weeks), etc.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns.


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    Conde Nasty - Indeed

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Condé Nast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Seeing cool people (and outfits) in the elevator, occasional perks from the brands (events & promo stuff). Some smart people, some very creative minds with big ideas tied up in a nice package. Great iconic brands: The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair & Arch Digest. The rest of them kind of get lost in the shuffle.

    Cons

    Overall Business: CN is a PRINT focused company, they can tout that they're changing with the times but print revenue is still driving the most money and that's where their focus is. Digital lags at most of the brands and most of the print sellers don't want to learn the digital business and it seems like they don't have to in many cases. I think when their pages begin to dry up and they have to fold even more titles they will realize they were not really such an "innovative leader." The Publisher Shuffle: Unfortunately I got to go through one of these, after months of transition and massive layoffs and staff shuffles they still couldn't get their act together. They just changed peoples jobs/what they were hired to do without consideration to the actual person. No Job Security: Each day came and you lived in fear that you may be the next one on the chopping block. If you weren't in the "in" group, you were out of there, I was lucky to find another job so I could stop feeling so anxious about losing my current job. Favoritism: It seemed people with "connections" to Sr. Corporate Management got very unfair advantages, promotions, credit and awards when it wasn't deserved. The Publisher and the management team appeared to be doing a "favor" to get in good graces. Benefits and Pay: Not-comparable to other companies out there-10 days vacation & 4 personal days (negotiate if you can). Also getting a more senior title change (they call it a promotion) with no raise in pay is common, then you're locked into the salary and new senior "title" for a year. Not good for your career. Miss: One bathroom for women on a floor with about 75 of them. It was disgusting. I couldn't believe a company with such a "snooty" reputation could have such a gross bathroom. It smelled, was flooded and or dirty around 11am and didn't get cleaned until late in the evening almost every day. I tried to hold it as long as possible and would go by the cafe if I had too.

    Advice to Management

    Horrible communication. The word of changes and layoffs comes out in WWD before they alert staff. Appreciate your employees (even the little guys) they work hard to make the company money and don't deserve to feel as if they may lose their job every other day and get with the times, print is dying.


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