Ideal place for a freelance/contract worker
Production Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 11, 2017
Magazine publishing is desperately competing for ad share against bigger, more resourceful internet media companies. Like other traditional publishing entities, Conde Nast has been forced to adapt in this disruptive environment by shedding its in-house service departments and concentrating its focus on content generation, increasingly reliant on contract employees. I once worked in a division that expedited physical production and distribution of all CN magazine editions. Salaried and dedicated employees endowed with pension, matching 401K, robust health benefits, annually accrued paid vacations and promotions, with lavish holiday celebrations that honored and guaranteed career tenures in double-digit years, ending in bountiful retirements. After 100+ years of service, that department was recently spun out as a separate startup that now services its former parent as one of many publishing vendors (some that were once in-house divisions). A former cost center that is now its own profit generator, with salary caps, benefits, and expertise pared to the bone.
Memorable holiday parties, potlucks and vendor-sponsored field trips. Vouchered dinner and cab reimbursement during OT stints.
The above "pros" replaced with a frantic, day-to-day existence.