Condé Nast
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www.condenast.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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One of the toughest experiences of my young life, but I learned a lot.

Fashion Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

Pros- the name of the company alone drops jaws and elicits fiercely positive, impressed reactions (great for the resume)
- lots of workplace of racial and ethnic diversity from the bottom all the way to the most senior-level positions
- worker comraderie- the interns are left out of this, but it's a positive for full time employees all the same
- the occasional celebrity?
- learn the benefit of hard work
- watch the hiring process take place from the inside out.
-Learn the work place culture...whether you like it or not is another thing entirely.
- beautiful building and office and scenery

Cons- the hours are so long, this is basically glorified slave labor. There is no definite closing time, but you will usually get there at 8:30-9am and leave around 10-10:30pm. Work/life balance, you ask? What life? You will go home to sleep.
- the grey area of whether or not you can take a lunch is hazy. no one mentions breaks. no one takes breaks. you work for 12 hours straight and your breaks are stolen moments in the bathroom or hiding in the racks.
- You're faceless if you intern in the fashion closet, because there are like 8 other people working alongside you.
- there is blatant favoritism. No such thing as equal opportunity. Maybe if you know one of the editors.
- HR knows what going on and does NOTHING. Student interns are too afraid to call in and tell them that they are working almost double the legal limit (70 - 75 hours a week) with no lunch or breaks. On the one hand, this does prepare you for the realities of the job. On the other hand, it's completely illegal.
- Extremely hierarchical. Whether you get to speak to the Director your department depends on the magazine or staff, but generally, the closest you will ever get to an editor is a coffee request from their assistant or bringing shoes or a gift to their office. They will see you. Most of them will not speak to you.
-Unlimited metrocards are on hand, but sometimes (i'm being gracious- all of the time) you aren't immediately told about them, so you could be using your own transpo funds for weeks before you learn about their existence
- it differs for everyone, but there is no mentorship and no time to intern in other departments, because you're bogged down with returns and go-fors and usually it has more to do with getting an editors shoes repaired at Leather Spa or buying a pair of shoes from Bergdorf that actual work that will help you advance your skills and learn the business. Editors do EARN these perks, because they work very long, thankless hours (they're there as long as us) but from the standpoint of a fashion minion--- eerrr, I mean "intern" you are doing work that in no way benefits the company or your growth.
- low stipend that makes it impossible for students who are below upper middle class to be able to afford to work an unpaid internship, pay for transportation, and housing in nyc (even outside of manhattan) but much better than nothing at all.
- next to none of the tasks are require brain cells or advance your skill set. Usually, you will be running a piece of mail the company is too cheap to have sent via snail mail to and from a certain location. They bring little to any value to your internship experience.
- the environment isn't nurturing at all: tasks are delegated to interns with no thought for whether they know how to properly do it or not. There is little to no training. I say "little" because you do receive an outdated intern packet and are expected to learn it.
-It's not worth the resume boost. Go work at Meredith Corporation under a lesser known magazine, and you'll be leaving at 5:30pm each day. Here, they will work you like a dog and pay you like one too.

Advice to Senior Managementconsider trimming the big fat bonuses upper management receives SLIGHTLY, so that students of a myriad of socioeconomic statuses can have the opportunity to work as interns for the company. Interns know they are basically unpaid full time workers, and the time for the charade of "we're doing more for you than you are for us" has ended. Pay interns a livable hourly wage and transportation stipend, so that it sweetens the deal and incentivizes them to do the best they can. Require mandatory breaks and lunch periods. Stiffly police the editors, so that they don't abuse their positions with the interns (and no, deactivating the intern scan cards after 7 does not count as actually policing people overworking interns. it's not effective at all.). Oversight and frequent check-ins with HR for the interns to talk about their internships.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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


    Pros: Great brands, interesting people and content, blue chip name recognition Cons: Print is dying, budgets are extremely low, everyone is stretched… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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