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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work at and great work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits, lots to learn from higher ups (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Executive Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creative and talented peers. Talented staff in certain areas.

    Cons

    Shaky leadership and vision for the future. Poor morale.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Horrendous Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Conde Nast on your resume gets attention

    Beautiful work space and amenities with a convenient cafeteria

    Cons

    Many within hold the old mentality of a traditional media company. Outwardly, they want to be seen as a digital player, however they haven't truly adapted to what that means and still do things the way they have always been done. With old thought also comes entitlement on many levels and external players are just not having it anymore.

    The needs of Senior leadership come before that of client needs.

    Senior Leadership likes to belittle and embarrass their team members for sport in group settings in the most unprofessional way.

    Long hours equate to no work/life balance. Don't be fooled by the 'arm of resources' that appear to exist. There is still a great deal of time spent on internal work based on old practices. Quality of work produced by some teams suffers as a result. Mandatory team outings are beyond uncomfortable, and come at a cost of knowing your workload is building up and long hours will ensue.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Campaign Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Notable name, well-known company. There honestly isn't much else.

    Cons

    Degrading culture, no appreciation or acknowledgement for your work when you are in a lower-level position, upper management is unapproachable, no importance placed on career growth, very inappropriate relationships within the office, very difficult to move up the ranks. Overall I would never recommend Conde Nast to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in all of your staff, including your junior team members. Make people feel respected and appreciated.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Save yourself"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious brands, good resume builder. Benefits were alright and okay work life balance. Strong talent in editorial. Capable colleagues. That's about it.

    Cons

    This organization does not value their employees mental well being at all. They value what you can do, where you can go and how it may look to others that they want to be seen as important.

    Maybe it's true of corporate America at large, here you see it clear as day. Do not think that for even one second that this is a company that:

    A) Values it's employees for their skill sets.
    B) Has any level of transparency.
    C) Will listen to or pay any mind to your career goals or advancement. You are a drone, nothing more.
    D) Values honesty. Management is two faced to a degree I had never thought imaginable of the human race. Crazy arbitrary favoritism.
    E) Clearly conveys what is expected of their employees.

    Listen if you don't have a soul or value others' go work at Condé. You'll be successful in strides. If, however, you have a shred of humanity and/or self respect go work at a company that isn't toxic and will celebrate or at the very least recognize your accomplishments and give you actionable feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Try changing your current confusing and micro-management oriented hierarchy and give employees effective, actual feedback and not saccrine platitudes. Over three years passes and not a single written performance review? What a joke, and from a hundred year old company you would expect HR to take these things seriously but they don't - they just threaten you.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Private company living in a bubble"

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    Former Employee - Software Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the biggest names in print media.

    Cons

    Some of the biggest names in "print" media. The company is a privately held company. Upper management is a bit oblivious as to what is going on further down the chain. The same people are promoted over and over again. The company pretends to be very forward thinking and is part of some of the newer corporate trends but in the end they have been called Conde Nasty for many decades and given how you are treated - it's very true.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Devil Wears Prada is real..."

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

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

    Pros

    Location, Brands, Creative People, Nice building?

    Cons

    management, no established process, not a supportive environment, bad work/life balance, worst company culture I've experienced.

    Advice to Management

    spread our your roles and responsibilities. Make sure everyone on your team is knowledgeable about process and procedures vs. holding information to keep your authority. Less ego, more support.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "The Devil does wear Prada"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Due to the lack of resources, lack of support from upper management, and an lack of an effective HR department, I was often placed in situations that required me to work on projects way above my pay grade. The only positive aspect to this is the growth to my own personal skill set.

    Cons

    I think the tone of my review is sufficient in terms of describing what a lackluster company Conde' Nast is behind the scenes. This company is quickly falling behind in the digital space, and if they do not heed the suggestions of their staff, they will be out of business in no time. Stop spending money on celebrities and appeasing the Publishers who make way too much money and barely spend time in the office, or solving brand problems. It's all smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    INVEST IN TALENT; Spend the extra time listening to your employees needs; Put less money behind Integrated Marketing, since most of the people in that department have absolutely no digital knowledge; Educate the sellers in digital since they know very little...

  8. Helpful (1)

    "NOT WORTH IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The name is a benefit for future careers

    Cons

    Unprofessional, innapropriate, and vulgar. The company does have an amazing name and does incredible work, but that does not give their managers any excuse to be disrespectful towards their coworkers or other employees. I was in awe at the level of unprofessionalism from this company when it came to treating each other. Trust me it is not worth your own sanity and happiness to work here. No opportunity to move up in the company, lots of pompous, immature management without respect for others. Proceed working for this company with caution.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals who respect all their coworkers and employees. It is a prestigious company, but that does not mean it is ok to treat others with disrespect. It doesn't make sense why a company with such a big name would want to leave people with a sour taste in their mouths instead of being happy to represent a company like this.


  9. "writer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Good It is good for job search

    Cons

    I haven't found anything wrong

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A once great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hobart, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hobart, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can be exciting and adventurous.
    Great history
    very iconic

    Cons

    Employee treatment needs serious work
    Politics prevent things from being as efficient and they can be
    People are terrified to speak their mind.
    Always worried if today is your last day
    Too many cuts and no decent pay increases or promotions
    No Career path or advancement

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, stop being terrified of what your VP says and actually manage! Also, stop fussy footing around and walking on eggshells. Grow a set and make decisions. stop worrying who you are going to anger next and worry about doing a great job!


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