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Condé Nast Reviews

Updated August 11, 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. "Sales manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Structure, stable company. Reputable brand.

    Cons

    Not open to new digital innovation ideas or execution. A very corporate setting


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Great if you want to gain experience and move your way up the ranks. Conde Nast is always understaffed which means everyone is always busy and doing several jobs at once. Therefore there's a lot of opportunities to take on bigger projects if you're junior level.

    Cons

    They're not so great with giving feedback to employees. There isn't a 6-month or year review system set up meaning after a year when you think you're due for a raise/promotion it's pretty hard to get.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees feedback and let them know about upward mobility within the company.

  3. "Director (in editorial)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Condé Nast (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Impressive company on CV; opportunities to work alongside top-tier talent both within the brand and with outside contribs and contractors

    Cons

    Brands are struggling to understand how to merge print and digital; some departments are very silo'd; teams are lean so people are expected to take on many responsibilities in one role


  4. Helpful (7)

    "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")


  5. "Great benefits, likely don't outweigh the struggles"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    — Looks great on resume
    — Highly motivated (non-management) employees
    — Opportunity to explore creative ventures as long as they have revenue opportunities

    Cons

    — Don't really understand what it takes to be successful in a digital publishing environment
    — Rely on archaic publishing habits and strategies
    — Huge disparity in compensation for management vs. lower level employees (monetarily and otherwise)

    Advice to Management

    Stop working on re-orgs and focus on producing work that resonates with existing audiences, while capturing new ones. Print publishing habits cannot be transitioned to a digital publishing marketplace.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "meh"

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    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office building provides some nice perks and a lot is opening up in the downtown area.

    Cons

    Underpaid and we know it. Plus there are a lot of egos.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Need transparency and direction"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Prestigious brands, struggling industry."

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    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.


  10. 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.


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