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Condé Nast Reviews

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. "Eh"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample personal/vacation days, unlimited sick days, company events & parties, snacks, most people are pleasant, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Little to no transparency, sneaky office politics that sometimes resulted in promotion of less-competent employees, upper management has very poor understanding of the ground level day-to-day, certain brands favored over others and allowed to break the rules

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better. Establish actual business processes. Back employees who are expected to enforce rules/regulations.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A once great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hobart, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hobart, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be exciting and adventurous.
    Great history
    very iconic

    Cons

    Employee treatment needs serious work
    Politics prevent things from being as efficient and they can be
    People are terrified to speak their mind.
    Always worried if today is your last day
    Too many cuts and no decent pay increases or promotions
    No Career path or advancement

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, stop being terrified of what your VP says and actually manage! Also, stop fussy footing around and walking on eggshells. Grow a set and make decisions. stop worrying who you are going to anger next and worry about doing a great job!


  3. "Crass, cliquey, careless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Depends who you work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    The Condé Nast name is impressive, other than that- absolutely awful.

    Cons

    It all depends on who you work for. I worked in the Chicago office and had a truly horrible experience. The directors are a bunch of entitled, pompous children who treat their assistants like slaves. There is no room for growth in this office and it very much feels like a satellite office.

    Advice to Management

    Assistants are there to learn, not be berated constantly.


  6. "Sales"

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

    Pros

    The company has the prestige of being Conde Nast and ad partners want to be aligned with premium lifestyle brands.

    Cons

    Digital was not the priority and was an afterthought to print. There was a lot of red tape and production fees were an issue with clients. The company felt like a pressure cooker.

    Advice to Management

    work life balance


  7. "Senior Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Since Conde Nast is such a large company, your role in the organization is departmentalized so if you want to learn other areas of IT (Information Technology) it will be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities for advancement and for others to learn about more functions within the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks and that's about it

    Cons

    Everything but the free snacks

    Advice to Management

    Release some of the control, believe in your employees, and actually focus on making good content and not hitting numbers or becoming BuzzFeed. Girl, ya never gonna be BuzzFeed.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Conservative hard workers need not apply"

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

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

    Pros

    Get paid on time, odd perks to compensate for what they won't pay you in salary

    Cons

    Working in a building that's on a site that's been attacked numerous times over decades. The employees I worked with we calculating and created heart break for their underlings. They destroyed my career after I spent night after night working overtime which I was compensated for only once in a blue moon. They ended up forcing me out of the company and I had to go live with sick relatives in another part of the country. Which is why I give the "advice to management" not to treat their employees like children. Some of us need our jobs unlike the overpaid executives and real life loyalty that work there.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees careers like careers instead of meddling with people's lives and dreams especially the ones like me who worked night and day. Also stick to glamour themes in your magazines because you will never get a story from real people who work for a living. I am making that my life goal to tell everyone I know just how all of your executives and bully bosses live-you either play dead or hide when any real issues arise.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Coast"

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

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

    Pros

    If you're fine doing EXACTLY what you are told and don't care as much about product or brand, you're in for good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    If you try to voice any concerns over any direction or leadership, you're in for some disappointment. It's heartbreaking to watch (and even contribute to) the decay of such storied brand histories, but if you aren't in an official position that allows for changing that—get ready for some intense condescension and fingers-in-ears.

    Advice to Management

    When a team literally has more vacancies than employees, maybe it's time for some introspection.


  11. "Condé Nast is all about "perception""

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and perks.

    Cons

    More emphasis on image than skill.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage talent to grow based on their strengths, rather than asking them to change their "perception".



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