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Updated June 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
  • Culture does not promote work/life balance (depending on where you work) (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours equate to no work/life balance (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Need transparency and direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Editor 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

    Iconic publishing company that's still impressive to see on your resumé
    The people
    The content

    Cons

    Lack of transparency and very disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Have transparent conversations and open communication between upper management and rest of staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Prestigious brands, struggling industry."

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

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

    Pros

    Great brands on a variety of interesting subjects.

    Cons

    Tricky to navigate the individual brands from a corporate group.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Conde Nasty"

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


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Save yourself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Conde Nast"

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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Private company living in a bubble"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to gain a view from the top to the media industry
    Produces great content to work with
    Working with people who love the industry and the job

    Cons

    Massive competition for every single job post
    Top heavy company
    Huge divide between management and junior staff

    Advice to Management

    More support to junior staff for internal promotions or opportunities would create a more encouraging and supportive work culture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company in flux"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was able to take a two-week paid medical leave with no problem.

    Cons

    You may suddenly be made obsolete by regime change or restructuring and be out on the street. People were made to feel guilty for taking vacation time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Big Enough to Know Better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front End Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top brands that look amazing on your résumé. Pay is decent. Little oversight: your weird idea can make it to production within a day. Designers and editors care deeply about their work and how it's presented.

    Cons

    This company is large enough to take more responsibility in what they're putting out there. Certain brands operate in their own technological fiefdoms, where things like build tools, tests, code quality, and many other important parts of modern web development, are left solely to the discretion of the ranking member of the team. The political corporate reality of this lack of oversight results in situations where you, as someone who strives for a more sound codebase, can feel ostracized for rocking the boat—rather than empowered to contribute something meaningful to the product at large. Discussions are shut down and shade is publicly thrown, rather than a conversation on the merits on either approach.

    Advice to Management

    Set up an environment that rewards initiative, rather than punishes it. Totally unrelated fields within this company have similar grievances, but those you expect. This was genuinely surprising to me.


  10. "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work for. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No cons. Had a good experience working there.


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