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Cosmopolitan Magazine Reviews

Updated June 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "You learn a lot about the industry very quickly because you have to to survive" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Upscale excecutions, fast pace work environment, and fashion forward company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, but other than that not a lot of cons for me" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Un-organized, too many interns, late long hours, barely any breaks, lots of runs, not being able to sit in on meetings or know anything about business" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Social Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cosmopolitan Magazine full-time

    Pros

    Loved the team, environment, perks, pay.

    Cons

    no cons, love this job


  2. "Not empowering for women"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cosmopolitan Magazine full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Interns are invited to happy hours and events. At least for the featured department, my supervisor always encouraged me to leave work by 6 and was never contacted during school time, nights or weekends. A good place to work if you can while you're in school so you can get the experience and name on your resume. Editors can sometimes be funny and will talk about anything since the magazine is about women.

    Cons

    The only intern in my team who sucked up to the higher ups got promoted. It is really hard to stand out as some interns will jump at the chance to do the cool work and will pass on the boring stuff, like mailing magazines or transribing to the ones who just want to get work done. It's all a popularity contest.

    The women claim to be all about female empowerment, but you can't take the high school mean girl out of the editor pretending to be a feminist. They will literally talk about how funny it is to "Drag" their work enemies and laugh about how "ugly" someone's wedding was on Instagram during pitch meetings. Then they will turn around and talk about "Women who support other women" and about how positivity is the new trend. There is very big turn around, so if you end up with an amazing team, it will likely break apart in a year or two as other go on to other work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on adding more positions in the magazine rather than making stupid reality shows.

  3. "Work here, but be prepared for the abuse."

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cosmopolitan Magazine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do have an incredible creative cultivation. Their high bar for design as an ambitious brand is a great place for young designers to learn how to create great things under pressure.

    Raises the level of nonsense you are able to deal with in an office environment. If you read cosmo and fit into that culture, you will most likely enjoy your time working there. It is a great place for a very specific culture of people to thrive.

    Cons

    Abusive supervisors (gas-lighting, verbally abusive, bullying, general cattiness). Managers are hired internally based on how good they are at ingratiating themselves to the Chief Editor and not based on actual experience managing a team or dealing with the skill-sets of said team. There is absolutely no director of operations so almost all of the computers are at least 1-2 years out dated, which can have a huge effect on employees who have to work with incredible speed.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a director of operations, or at least someone to manage your tech equipment. Expecting designers to work off their personal laptops/un-updated equipment for more than a month is not only a ridiculous expectation of a multi-national publication, but a security risk to the company that it is owned by.

    Get rid of the abusive supervisors who use their subordinates as a receptacle for their frustration. To work somewhere where managers feel they can scream at designers because of the low bandwidth and un-updated computers is not only unacceptable, but will permanently affect the reputation of your organization when employees ultimately leave and re-enter the freelance community. New York is a small city.


  4. "A Cog in the Wheel"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cosmopolitan Magazine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you get a National title to work with, the talent level is top notch

    Cons

    Don't expect too much appreciation from corporate for your efforts.


  5. "Welcoming Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really great group of women and men who are more than willing to impart knowledge, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    A lot of changes were happening in upper management during my time


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Like the Devil Wears Prada without any of the glamour"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You learn a lot about the industry very quickly because you have to to survive. You get to see the inside workings of how a magazine is run.

    Cons

    If you are in a lower level position you are treated terribly. No one acknowledges your work and you will always be the first in last out. 75 hour work weeks are normal. You will be told to just figure it out, and have impossible expectations to meet.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the good things people are doing, and make sure the work load is being distributed appropriately.


  7. "Hearst is an incredible parent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cosmopolitan Magazine full-time

    Pros

    It's an incredible collection of talented, smart women.

    Cons

    As soon as traffic dropped (through no fault of anyone's), it became a very difficult place to work.

  8. "fashion intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -great experience
    -friendly people
    -let you work on set

    Cons

    -long hours
    -lots of runs
    -some times you aren't reimbursed owed transportation costs


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours with school, friendly people and gorgeous, girly space downtown Manhattan.

    Cons

    Was pretty much assigned to doing errands, make banners, and simple graphics for instagram. But seeing how I was an unpaid design intern, I wasn't required much to do.

    Advice to Management

    Assign more hands on tasks to your interns instead of the leftovers. Interning is about a learning experience, not doing scraps.


  10. "Beauty Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company culture is amazing. Everyone is so nice, and there are always different fun things going on in the office.

    Cons

    Sometimes as an intern, there aren't a ton of tasks to do, so learning to fill your free time is necessary.


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