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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Culture does not promote work/life balance (depending on where you work) (in 21 reviews)

  • Salaries are low, benefits aren't great, long hours sometimes (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Adequate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job was not rocket science.

    Cons

    Pay was very hard to negotiate.


  2. "grateful for experience but glad to be gone"

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    Former Employee - Advertising in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - industry stature (debatable at this point; conde has faced several public and embarrassing set backs in the last 2 years)
    - impressive name to have on resume
    - great for networking if you have a strong enough personality to make an impression
    - chance to work with great brands and advertisers
    - there are extremely creative and hardworking people in entry and mid level positions
    - beautiful offices with good amenities; good benefits

    Cons

    - old school management style that was too slow to adopt to digital which has caused the company major setbacks
    - in the 1.5 years, conde underwent three massive rounds of "restructuring" and layoffs
    - no job security or confidence in upper management, everyone is walking around on eggshells
    - revolving door of publishers / EICs who are all starting to jump ship
    - entry level are treated like punching bags and denied over time, but expected to work over 40 hours a week
    - senior level management is cold and standoffish, often inappropriate and unprofessional
    - HR at this company is a joke; they turn a blind eye to senior management's borderline fireable offenses and repeatedly ignore attempts to get in contact
    - upper management wastes company funds on lavish meals, gifts, beauty treatments, and personal items
    - you have to develop a thick skin to survive the yelling, name calling, and temper tantrums that are every day occurrences
    - there is a noticeable shift in morale; you can tell people are unhappy working here

    Advice to Management

    the transition to the new business model (combining multiple teams into one "collection") was poorly implemented. many talented mid level employees were let go because their salaries were too high and the remaining left because they smelled blood in the water. old school senior management was left in charge, but these are the same people who got the company into a mess in the first place. entry level junior employees were given 5x the amount of work with no increase in salary, benefits, or title. you have some of the brightest young 20-somethings working at your company who are eager and desperate to learn. utilize these people and train them. so many entry levels leave after 1-2 years because there is no upward mobility or training. they are forced to leave if they want to gain new skills and earn more money.

  3. "Eats you alive if you let it"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you have elbows you might get far

    Cons

    If you have a conscience you'll lose

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees


  4. "Working at Conde Nast is Great for Self Motivated, Ambitious talent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation for high-quality publishing.

    Cons

    Huge corporate machine which sometimes neglects talent.


  5. "Needs strategic direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Best creative minds, good name recognition,

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities. Monthly re-orgs.


  6. "Great networking!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT FOR YOUR RESUME
    -Networking is top notch as long as you're "memorable"
    -freebies
    -access to exclusive shows and events
    -meet great people / celebrities

    Cons

    -long hours
    -low pay
    -basically looked down upon by the higher-ups


  7. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great views, nice office - met some cool people

    Cons

    the worst HR I have ever dealt with - did not take complaints seriously whatsoever , overpaid executives with severe Napoleon complexes, that are extremely overpaid while the assistants and everyone below are paid garbage

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees - especially assistants on who they work for. when you lay off good people and re-hire terrible people with zero management experience all because the CDO wants to hire all of his friends, that's why people are currently dropping like flies. You can't have male executives that make inappropriate comments to their team, it makes nobody want to work for them.

  8. "Too many jobs, too few people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone seems to be doing work that should be spread across several people. It's sometimes nice because you can expand your skills outside of your job description.

    Cons

    You are expected to handle tasks outside of your job description.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better understanding of what employees' jobs descriptions are and recognize when people are going above and beyond them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "old school media company stuck in the past with no vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance, great pay, looks good on resume

    Cons

    toxic environment, big egos, red tape everywhere, poorly organized, doesn't understand digital media

    Advice to Management

    reinvent your approach to be scrappier if you're going to survive.


  10. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Great brands. Exciting programs and innovative approach to marketing.

    Cons

    Not great communication. Continual management changes.


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