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Conde Nast Chicago Internship Review

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Current Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

Pros

* Looks Amazing on a resume
* Friendly Staff
* Flexible with hours
* Good set of projects
* Not your coffee run/mail run internship

Cons

* Not respectful of the extra hours and energy unpaid interns put in
* Hire more experienced interns to work under less experienced employees; who have trouble handling their own interns and exemplifying corporate professionalism.
* Sales Assistants with interns need to have better professional skills, organizational skills and respect when working with interns.
* Very quiet office environment. So quiet you can here a pen drop, which means successful future interns should know how to control themselves; if they have a very lively, enthusiastic and bubbly personality. The reason is because it could be misconstrued for unprofessionalism; contrasts to other Conde Nast offices.
* Many interns have resigned because they did not like the internship (This says a lot to this particular office; especially it being Conde Nast, an internship that is one and a lifetime).
* This office clearly has trouble following the Conde Nast Internship rules and regulations; which is dangerous for the company as a whole. Conde Nast needs to look into this. :)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Re-Assess your hiring process when it comes to less experienced executive assistants. Do not give a new /less experienced employee an intern if they have not been trained to handle an intern. They need to exemplify professionalism, and always be able to control their emotions if they are struggling or having a bad day. If the employee is working with an intern who is not only suppose to be helping them get the work done, but also is also there for the manager to mentor and prepare them for the corporate environment after college then they need to make sure they are giving their interns what they came to work for them for; and make sure the Conde Nast internship rules and values are followed.

- Make sure your new and younger employees exemplify corporate professionalism at all times. It's also important to remember that the way your executives display their professionalism skills with interns (good or bad) will always be something that stands out in an interns mind, and also make interns develop their own opinions and assessments about that particular office. Just because were interns, doesn't mean we won't have a CEO/ or director title in this industry in the future. Its important to make sure your reputation as a company is positive within your interns when they leave! Your employees are a massive part of your reputation and people's opinion about you! :)

- Overall, this office has friendly executives and its company "Conde Nast" has an awesome internship program. However, the Chicago office has a lot of improvements to make when it comes to the respect of their interns time, who they chose their interns to work directly with, and how they treat their interns as far as allegations or assumptions made my other office executives. I think looking at these issues will prevent any future terminations, voluntary terminations, or legal filings within the program. i also think some changes need to be made within the Chicago office and who they choose to hire as employees!

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    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
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