Conde Nast cuts Town Car use, free lunches

November 21, 2008

Pity the poor staffers at Conde Nast.

Sure, other journalists are parking their bosses’ cars and sorting mail, but these magazine employees are about to really have it rough. The New York Post reports today that Conde Nast is eliminating free lunches for employees who eat at their desks, curbing its “free subscriptions for everyone!” policy and — gasp! — cutting back on Town Car use.

No Town Cars? What are these people to do?

Sounds like Conde Nast execs should have stopped these practices a long time ago. Don’t they know they work in the 21st Century media, where “boosting employee morale” and “being a company that people like working for” are long forgotten?


Colorado newspaper hires staff as party valets

November 19, 2008

Some media corporations, notably ESPN and Conde Nast, are cancelling their Christmas holiday end-of-year parties gatherings because of the down economy. Life is dishing out a lot of lemons this time of year, but at least one publisher is making lemonade.


And by “making lemonade,” I mean “being a demeaning a-hole to his employees.”

The aforementioned demeaning a-hole is Dean Lehman, editor and president of the Longmont Times-Call in Colorado. There’s going to be a Christmas party in honor of the paper’s publisher, his father Ed Lehman, and Dean has invited the paper’s employees. To work the event. As valets.

According to, the employees will earn their regularly hourly rates. For a suburban daily in Colorado, that’s probably less than an actual valet makes. 

But what the employees — well, at least the two suckers who’ve accepted the offer so far — lose financially, they’ll more than make up for with experience. The experience of knowing your boss doesn’t think enough of you to invite you to a party, or to even pay you to serve wine and bacon-wrapped scallops inside the party.