Condé Nast
3.5 of 5 216 reviews
www.condenast.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Condé Nast Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.5 216 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Condé Nast President and CEO Chuck Townsend

Chuck Townsend

(110 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Team environment, wonderful staff, great benefits"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Smart people, success driven organization"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "very long hours, horrible compensation, small/cramped workspace"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Absolutely no work life balance and it feels more like you're part of a sorority rather than a corporate environment"
    in 6 reviews
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Intern (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

ProsAmazing company and atmosphere. Learned so much in a short period of time. Very Very organized.

ConsLong hours, I can not really say more more than that. Conde Nast is one of the best companies I have been with.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work, get essential primer and wherewithal in the media industry

Senior Associate Art Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Condé Nast as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFull of superbly talented and ambitious people to collaborate with and draw inspiration from. Be sure to build up your network.

ConsInternal politics can be daunting, get in the way of open creative exchange and progressive approaches. Accept to deal with the whims of high strung individuals.

Advice to Senior ManagementFoster a truly multi-disciplinary work experience. Less top-down, more inclusive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place to work, smart people and nice offices

ConsExtremely political, employees spend too much time navigating the internal hierarchy

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to create a more collaborative experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Incredible experience

Public Relations (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome of the best people on the planet work here in terms of level of talent and commitment. It's a creative environment where you have lots of room to innovate.

ConsThe top-down, hierarchical structure can be a bit intimidating for some. The vacation time is stingy.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's great to shed the Conde Nasty reputation of yesteryear.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great experience, though not sure it's one I'd repeat

Associated Director, Integrated Marketing (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI learned a tremendous amount at Conde Nast, made lifelong friends and professional contacts, and have the badge of honor that comes with it (you've worked at Conde, or you haven't).

ConsManagement was in a constant state of flux, and I have 4 rounds of senior management - and the countless layoffs that came with - in just 1 year. And, while there are TONS of amazing people within the organization, there are also plenty of high and mighties strolling around who seem to put flash before substance. I had a great run and loved my time there, but I have more crazy stories than I can count!

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the substance and look for talent in more unexpected places. I saw so many young, talented junior-level people passed over for jobs and promotions in favor of less capable, less committed people who had "the look."

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rewarding

Advertising Sales Assistant (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for less than a year

ProsWork with the best brands and agencies on a daily basis.

ConsDemanding. Office is a satellite, not as much opportunity.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore perks. Help employees integrate with brand identities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good hours, great management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

ProsConde likes to promote from within so there are excellent opportunities for personal growth. Full-time employees have great benefits and there are many perks. The magazines are the best in the industry and the company produces products that the employees can really be proud of.

ConsThe compensation could be better and there is concern over the future of this industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Creative Services Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Condé Nast as an intern for less than a year

ProsRelaxed work environment, was allowed to wear whatever I wanted (but needed to look stylish). Great boss, was able to do a great deal of writing and created work that actually got into the magazine.

ConsThe position was unpaid and they used to provide a stipend but that was taken away.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt was hard to make friends in the intern program. I was the only intern in my department it would have been nice to have some intern networking events so we could all meet each other.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent resources but cater to whims of management

Beauty Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Condé Nast full-time for more than a year

ProsGood salaries, smart people, great ideas and resources

ConsBig egos driving decisions at expense of business

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCache. Name recognition. World-class brands.

ConsVery little work-life balance. Politics of pretty. Lots of big egos. Print people are afraid of digital and trying extra hard to assert their power. It's like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The ship is still sinking.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive those who work hard opportunities for growth. Not just the rich, white former sorority girls with the cute shoes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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