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Updated 16 May 2021

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Condé Nast President and CEO Roger Lynch
Roger Lynch
95 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work-life balance, flexible working (one day per week from home was a standard before Covid-19)(in 41 reviews)

  • "Some great, very smart people around(in 37 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours busy phone most of time(in 56 reviews)

  • "Underneath all the gloss of the magazines sadly lays a terrible culture that breeds horrible habits, hence the term Conde Nasty(in 33 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great company

      18 Mar 2021 - Digital Project Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Prestigious magazines and good benefits. Nice people.

      Cons

      A little disorganised (management & hierarchy)

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fun environment to work with some inspiring leadership, let down by low pay and old fashioned processes

      6 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Exposure to different teams, non-financial benefits, some of the senior leaders and publishers and inspiring to work with, people are passionate about the company

      Cons

      No flexibility in working hours - you can't even leave 2 mins early! Old, manual processes, some of the management are unqualified, expected to work overtime for no extra pay

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to work if...

      27 Apr 2021 - Editor in London, England, England
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      Pros

      you like fast paced work environment.

      Cons

      if you want work life balance this is not the place to work.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Messy structure, very high turn over and often strategy change.

      12 Apr 2021 - Technical Support Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Benefits Very good salary compared same roles in the market Nice office location Challenging tasks due the size of the company

      Cons

      VERY high turn over, the company doesn't care to keep brilliant employees. Bureaucracy! Every and each request from the simple one like £20 3rd party app buy to the most expensive thing, it takes ages to anything happen in that company. Frequent change of management which leads to frequent change in strategy, making it hard to everybody knows who deals with what and how. To much gossip about personal life and managers seems to give to much importance letting the environment toxic. Old applications from HR looking systems created in late 80's makes hard to find anything HR related. NON-technical high management leads to wrong decisions and often change of strategy.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Would recommend

      10 Mar 2021 - Sales Executive in London, England, England
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      Pros

      - Motivating commission structure - Incredible people - Great perks like beauty sales, lunch clubs - Caring leadership team - Noticeable sense of pride in the product - Lovely offices - Diversity and inclusion is improving - Great work/life balance

      Cons

      - Not often introduced to other teams so hard to make lateral moves within the company or make good relationships/contacts - Lacking in digital training - Not much room for creativity or new ideas

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Look past the brands

      25 Apr 2021 - Sales Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The brands you work for

      Cons

      Fuelled by nepotism, lazy staff who are too privileged to care about their work, resting on the laurels of the brands they work for, fairly sure I only got my job because the name of my state school sounded like a private school

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Far from a great employer

      29 Apr 2021 - Deputy Production Editor in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly-ish teams and management. Central location.

      Cons

      Lots of overtime, lack of diversity, blame culture

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Glitzy facade, poor business management

      29 Dec 2020 - Engagement Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Discounts and freebies Nice office and location

      Cons

      The atmosphere in the London office was just terrible, almost no communication among colleagues, gossiping and funny looks are the norm. There is no interest from management to improve the workplace, most senior managers have been there for years/decades and have no experience of the world outside of the CNI bubble they live in. There is NO path for career development and that shows in the poor management and business acumen of most of them. I spent my time telling me that the experience would look good on my CV but honestly, I've learned very little. And I got tired of living a lie and left after two years. Examples of what I mean: New hires are generally put on a 6 months trial basis, this is done to get people to work on time limited projects and then let go when teams are reorganised. I've seen many people join CNI, leaving good jobs behind to be then let go after a while, usually with very vague excuses about not being a good fit - this is done routinely. Turnover is really high, people just stay long enough to have it on the CV then leave, management does nothing to retain staff. Very poor team morale.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Glamorous image, disappointing reality

      22 Feb 2021 - Art Director in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Amazing brands, global brands, top creative talent

      Cons

      On the commercial side of the business, there were some truly Machiavellian machinations going on. Due to the economic downturn and challenges in the media industry, many people were willing to stab each other in the back to get promotions and compete for career progression in an environment of diminishing opportunities. Recruitment was stagnant and very inward-looking.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Focussing on the right things

      23 Mar 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Focussing on the right things after years of under-investment

      Cons

      US centric, the global offices no longer get a look in

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