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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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Pros
  • Great place to work at and great work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

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

Cons
  • long hours, no chance to move up (in 40 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote work/life balance (depending on where you work) (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Conde Nast gives you great connections and access to iconic brands - you'll meet great people who will help you throughout your career

    Cons

    Not a large potential for growth, very segmented roles, hard to move up, no opportunity for raises for assistants

    Advice to Management

    Reviews!


  2. "Crass, cliquey, careless"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with top editorial talent. Good resume builder. Nice benefits and perks. Prestigious brands and access to meaningful connections. Work life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    You won't be appreciated if you work here. Your accomplishments will go largely unnoticed, pretty much the epitome of working for a black hole. Management is deceptive and underhanded. You won't be paid what you're worth and there's no upward momentum in the company. There's no transparency whatsoever into the why or how and it makes for a very unhealthy atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Start showing genuine appreciation for your employees, the culture is suffering as a result of poor and scattered leadership.


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    "Terrible Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Condé Nast (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name, been around for a long time, great products. Once it's on your resume, everyone gets impressed. It's competitive so if you succeed it's because you're great.

    Cons

    low pay, mean girl culture, no room for growth. It can be easy to be overlooked and promotions are hard to come by because it's so competitive.
    low salary. Mean employees. Generally company vibe is snobby.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and nurture and provide mentor ship. Kick the mean girls out. Increase pay! Give promotions to those deserving of it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great for resume, nice culture

    Cons

    Not much transparency, poor pay, hard to move up


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Digital Sales Associate"

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

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some really wonderful, incredible people

    Cons

    Employees are viewed as disposable and the company thrives on internal competition versus collaboration (at least in the digital department)

    Advice to Management

    minimize your 6 month "cullings" to create employee loyalty


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Work here if you enjoy politics and chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some smart, dedicated people who will go on to do great things -- they just won't achieve it here

    Flexible vacation and work/life balance depending on your team

    Ok name on your resume if you're into publishing

    Cons

    Politics at every level of the organization - tons of red tape and high-school like behavior amongst your peers. Competition is one thing, then there's the constant brown nosing and back stabbing.

    No clarity or cohesiveness on company wide objectives

    Lots of managers on ego trips who have no clue how to lead and instead breed fear

    A sense of entitlement and arrogance from C suite

    Miscommunication across brands, teams, and people is default here. Very little people in middle or upper management are actually competent -- most will get by because they speak eloquently or "know someone"

    Old school idea of how to iterate and build a brand or product. All innovation is driven by some big wig's agenda and not supported by data. Disappointing lack of available resources for analytics

    Look, work here if you want to. There's a big push for changes in parts of the company while the old school print side flounders and dies. Don't work here if you can't put up with the growing pains of a century-old company trying to stay afloat in a digital world.

    Also don't give into their aggressive recruiting style. Some teams have forced "culture" and you can see it if you demand to have a real interview process where you meet everyone, not just puppets who'll try to convince you everything is great.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and remove blockers from their path to success. Reward people base on evidence and results, not politics. Look at how some of the most successful companies are run and adopt their effective policies for HR and management so we hire top talent and keep them happy.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Integrated Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong business acumen across all employees

    Cons

    The rumors are true. Unbelievably cut throat working environment. Your job is never safe no matter how well you perform. Many employees are incredibly shallow as they're only there for the money and do not care about anything other than hitting their numbers.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen to current employees. They only listen to executive leadership, so why bother with any advice.


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Go Watch The Devil Wears 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive is the name. Have Conde Nast on your resume and hiring managers will know that you've been to hell and back.

    Cons

    Conde Nast is not doing well anymore, and that's not a secret. I think the reason why they're doing so poorly is because the culture is completely outdated. Conde promotes a culture where people at the bottom are supposed to "fear" the people above them. I've seen people be yelled at and completely belittled. The work environment here is so unhealthy, and can turn even the most calm, laid back person into an anxious mess.

    There is no team mentality at Conde Nast. Most modern companies have an open, relaxed atmosphere where everyone is working towards the same goal. Not at Conde Nast. At Conde Nast the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Those at the bottom work 12 hour days without overtime, and those at the top get bonuses, vacations, etc.

    The only reason to work at Conde Nast is for the name, and honestly, that's not even worth much anymore. There was a point in time when Conde was the place to be, and that's just not true anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the culture of the companies you're competing with, and completely revamp your own culture. The attitude of the company as whole is pitiful. Employees don't want to walk into work scared everyday.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "The name is the best part"

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

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Having Conde Nast or one of the publication names on your resume looks great. Smart colleagues overall. Cafeteria in the building is a bonus since taking a real lunch break is frowned upon.

    Cons

    Long hours and no consideration for employees personal lives or work/life balance. Benefits presented in employment offer were taken away or restricted after I began. Perks are few and far between on the marketing side (you're at the bottom of the pecking order).

    Advice to Management

    The way to motivate a largely millennial workforce is not to restrict, threaten and curtail benefits in uncertain times. Flexibility, positivity and rewards for staff will do much more for employee morale and ultimately the bottom line.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Fashion Intern Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fashion Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Amazing to see how the fashion closet works and the relationships built with designers.

    Cons

    Awful to see how insignificant editors think you are. There is not much to learn, you need to be ale to learn how pickup garments and return them...



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