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Updated February 15, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Slave Internship, All for "bragging rights""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name, prestigious, will open other doors for you in the future, get to learn about the corporate world,learn about the magazine business

    Cons

    very rude staff, not much room for growth, VERY long hours, almost slave work, no positive reinforcement, no hands-on work, getting coffee, isnt the point of an internship to LEARN?...you dont learn ANYTHING, unless getting coffee/lunch/photocopies is "learning".

    Advice to Management

    let interns do more hands-on work, constructive criticism is essential...but so is positive. Upper management aka, the ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR you intern for who is in their 20s could be a BIT nicer. Interns are enthusiastic and dedicated to learning, we are there to help YOU but deserve respect.


  2. "horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Prestigious magazine/company, a way to get your foot in the door, etc

    Cons

    No compensation, long work days (sometimes well over 12 hours a day), poor treatment, mind-numbing work (such as sorting bins after bin of mismatched designer socks for weeks), etc.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns.


  3. "Working in constant fear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    The only positive from working at Conde Nast is that you do learn a lot b/c they generally keep giving you more and more work until you break.

    Cons

    Too many managers that are constantly defending their existence. They all know that there are too many managers with too high of pay and they also know that they hardly do anything and rely heavily on their low-wage workers to do all the work for them. When mistakes happen b/c they never check their staffs work, it is never their fault b/c they never do anything themselves. Long story short, everything spends too much time defending their jobs, not enough time working together and everything has attitude and is a snake.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of managers/executives (for example, the facilities dept does not need 3-4 of them) Hold managers more accountable and lighten up on the lower paid employees (the ones that do the real work).


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  5. "CN Ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic editorial content and consumer facing products

    Cons

    Deceptive contractual and consumer marketing practices

    Advice to Management

    Stop the business practice of breaching agreements with threat of legal action as the only way to negotiate


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Absolutely Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, loose dress code

    Cons

    Devil Wears Prada is absolutely real. Had to ask to go to the bathroom... got yelled at for getting coffee. It's an unreal and unethical place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Please adhere to ethical violations


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth the stress or experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking, Great for resume, some interesting people

    Cons

    No team support. Terrible work life balance. Unrealistic work expectations. Toxic working environment. Thrown into other people's lazy efforts and expected to fix the pieces.Lack of respect between employees. Non competitive salary. Don't waste your time. Manipulative employees. Despite how well you perform, if they don't like you, you won't last. Very clicky.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's issues. Get rid of older account executives who don't understand digital. Adjust the workload. Its advertising. Not rocket science. There is a reason why most employees leave after 6 months. Whatever you say, can and will be used against you in the long run.


  8. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Competitive salary, having pretty much an unlimited expense account and name recognition are the only positives of working at this organization.

    Cons

    Highly unprofessional and competitive environment that is catty and superficial. Absolutely no work life balance and it feels more like you're part of a sorority rather than a corporate environment. I am resigning as soon as I receive another offer.

    Advice to Management

    If you treated your employees better there would be less turnover.


  9. "It is not a great company to work for, contrary to some reviews"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The history of the company carries more weight and prestige than most other publishers. Sufficient funding for current areas of interest.

    Cons

    Staffers in Sales are the only ones "taken care of." Everyone else works extraordinary hours for no recognition, no raise, and no avenue for promotion. You are expected to stay ahead of the curve in skills, but without opportunities to update those skills. Extremely arrogant--everyone works in silos, fearful of repercussions so teamwork is limited. They are quite willing to fire you once they determine you have been there too long and might cost them more money in benefits/pensions/salary.

    Advice to Management

    Put your mouth where your money is ... in your people. You pay substantially for them over the years, make sure they grow and are positioned properly to assist in developing the company's future.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Conde NastY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful cafeteria, world renown recognizable brands, sometimes complimentary magazines, and pretty co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of gossip, lots of politics, girls will throw others under the bus to get to the top, cutthroat personalities especially in advertising sales. Having a brain is not advisable, nor respected...Focus on the outfit!

    Advice to Management

    Try distributing some perks to less senior employees- maybe they'll be happier and treat others better rather than spending all day long spreading high-school gossip.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT FREELANCE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Web Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Web Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks (products, parties, name recognition), networking opportunities

    Cons

    Extremely meager and incredibly late payments for freelancer invoices. They rely on a paper mail invoice system instead of a digital one, so invoices can be more than a month late (Read as: not optimal for anyone who pays rent). Also, work/life balance is virtually impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat freelancers with respect. They do just as much work as the staff members, yet continually are underpaid and under-appreciated. It's very obvious how much the company doesn't value the freelancers and it is driving away potential talent. Also, open yourself to changes. The media landscape is always in flux and Conde Nast is prone to falling behind.



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