Condé Nast Reviews

Updated 5 Aug 2020

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3.0
43%
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46%
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Condé Nast President and CEO Roger Lynch
Roger Lynch
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, flexible working (one day per week from home was a standard before Covid-19)(in 37 reviews)

  • "Some great, very smart people around(in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "No upward mobility and long hours(in 49 reviews)

  • "Strong hierarchy, particularly prevalent in higher pressure magazines such as Vogue(in 32 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Applications Support 

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Cycle to work, Subsidised Gym , Rail Loan Ticket

    Cons

    Going through major changes, high turn over

  2. "Conde Nast marketing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great team, great magazines and good hours

    Cons

    Slow progression and unclear review process


  3. "Mostly nice, lots of office politics"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and okay pay, colleagues were great

    Cons

    Less clear career path, very bad office politics

  4. COVID-19

    "A good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good tech stack (not a bleeding edge, but modern). Good work-life balance, flexible working (one day per week from home was a standard before Covid-19). Great office location close to Embarkment. Projects are not especially exciting, but acceptable.

    Cons

    There is a change of directions every 6 months or so and a lot of uncertainties. It feels like London tech office is not a priority for the company - no new hires as permanent employees, all roles filled with contractors. Very limited hiring in general.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of office politics in management poisoning an otherwise decent company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technical challanges, wonderful colleagues

    Cons

    Decision making process is obscure, managers shy away from making decision to avoid hard conversations with key stakeholders, the values the company prides to support are hardly shared by top management. Promotions or pay rises are not a thing.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to modernise"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Digital Editor in London, England

    I have been working at Condé Nast full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people who are committed to quality journalism

    Cons

    Poor company structure, lack of clear direction

  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Avoid - they're offshoring engineering"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are great (because we're all in the same sinking ship), office is great, as another reviewer said, Wolfgang the Chief Operating Officer is great but sadly surrounded by incompetent/inconsiderate leadership. Benefit package is the standard ones you get in corporate companies (travel/bike loan, private health insurance, etc.) 25 days holiday is on the high-end of average, which is nice.

    Cons

    Since the new Chief Product and Technology Officer came in the decision has been made to open a new third HQ in central/eastern Europe (because cheap labour). Since COVID they've pivoted to now opening an HQ in India. This is great for a multinational company although with hiring being severely restricted even before the pandemic, all new vacancies within the engineering department are being hired in India -- because its cheaper (not the official word, but it's obvious why). With hiring being difficult, it's made back-filling roles in either London or New York impossible. We started getting contractors in but now everyone is being hired in India. Pay is not great. Pay equality is worse. Zero career progression. Don't even bother asking for experience, either. They boast about diversity and inclusion but are extremely and painfully slow following through with action.

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  8. "Mixed Bag"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England

    I worked at Condé Nast full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic History, interesting magazines, characterful employees, exciting events

    Cons

    Poor salary and benefits, archaic hiring system, often on the back foot in terms of commercial products

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "CN needs to wake up and utilise the talented younger generation they have access to"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incredible brands, beautiful office location (irrelevant now because of lockdown) the name has a lot of cachet and opens a lot of doors. You are surrounded by interesting creative people who are passionate about what they do. Easy hours!

    Cons

    The senior management treat lower levels appallingly. Pay is shocking even by industry standards. No clear form of progression or career trajectory AT ALL. If you try to bring this up, you are essentially told "you're lucky to work here"

  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (5)

    "Avoid if you like money"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * some really talented, bright, amazing people work here, and at this point, bar COVID19, that's the only thing keeping me here * flexible working * nice office

    Cons

    * abysmal pay, even by industry standards * no career progression, or pay increases unless you fight for them * frequent layoffs * hire, promotion and salary freezes * very unequal benefits across the different markets, and a lack of effort to even them out by the ELT * lack of diversity is constantly being excused by leadership * fun story: when asked at one town hall "why should anyone stay here as morale is so low", the answer from the CEO was "well maybe you shouldn't, if you don't like change, just leave". encouraging. * I could go on

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