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Updated September 18, 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. "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.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    Working for a high profile company

    Cons

    Corporate world. Very stuffy with low pay. Hard to get promoted..


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Walk the walk"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial 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, looks good on a resume. Decent health insurance, talented colleagues (non-management), convenient location. Cafeteria. Summer Fridays. 15 days vacation to start.

    Cons

    Low morale, cattiness, egos, endless layoffs and re-orgs, you never feel safe in your job. No company transparency or room for growth. No one ever knows what's going on.
    Teams get leaner as more and more people get laid off while upper management keeps their old school, expense account lifestyles.

    Advice to Management

    Condé Nast is always saying it wants to be a digital leader, yet it keeps its old school print publishing corporate ways-- unless they really mean just hire more underpaid permalancers to churn out content 24/7?

    Look to the top if you want to cut. The brands have no more fat to trim. It's grotesque to see what luxurious lifestyles some employees get to lead on the company dime while the people doing the actual work are getting let go in droves.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Conde Nasty"

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

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

    Pros

    The building is beautiful, and I met some great people on my team. The view from the lunchroom was incredible, you can see the Statue of Liberty from a distance and the whole NYC skyline. The lunchroom had every kind of food you could possibly imagine and more.

    Cons

    Things were very unorganized and confusing. The processes would never match up with what was actually taught. Do not accept this job if you are looking for a 9-5 position, if you left at 6 you would get dirty looks (even though normal business hours were supposed to be until 5:30). Some people that worked there were very catty and condescending.

    Advice to Management

    When you send an email talking about an employee make sure that you are sending it to the correct person, and not the person you are talking about. (Gave me a taste of why I have heard the term 'Conde Nasty")


  6. "Disorganized in Contracts & Rights"

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    Former Contractor - Licensing Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Licensing Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location. Excellent places to eat and shop. Good for commuting from Brooklyn. Nice building and prestigious company to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Systems and organizational chart are archaic and make no sense. As usual middle management doesn't know what their direct reports are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Train management to understand what their direct reports are doing


  7. "Limited growth"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a dynamic environment and really creative colleagues. Snacks are big plus and management is very understanding in terms of time off for health and family reasons. Above average 3-weeks paid time off and 4 personal days and unlimited sick days (within reason).

    Cons

    Career suicide. after awhile there is no real career growth within the company. You will have to wait for someone to leave or die to get a promotion. Pay is a big ehhhhhhh. Groups can be clique-ish and there are people who are just lifers waiting for retirement and coasting. Advancement and training is a lot of times lip service.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way for career paths within the company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Conde Nast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits
    Very good systems in place

    Cons

    Consolidation of titles, and current re-organziation has left teams short staffed.
    Low moral

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Hierarchy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    it's a great place to work if you're at the top.

    Cons

    But you're always made aware of where you place on the hierarchy.


  10. "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!


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