HOW TO GET AHEAD: What it’s like to work for ... Conde Nast Traveller - Life’s a beach for the nine scarlet ladies (and one guy) at the high-flying title

What does it do? According to associate publisher Kate Lowe, Traveller is ’the jewel in Conde Nast’s crown’. ’It’s the magazine everyone in the building is desperate to get hold of each month, and we must get more e-mails than any other magazine asking us to recommend hotels and destinations.’

What does it do? According to associate publisher Kate Lowe,

Traveller is ’the jewel in Conde Nast’s crown’. ’It’s the magazine

everyone in the building is desperate to get hold of each month, and we

must get more e-mails than any other magazine asking us to recommend

hotels and destinations.’



Good offices? They are on the sixth floor of Vogue House in chic

Mayfair, and ’like my nails and my ad director Paul Coleman’s tie,

they’re scarlet,’ says Lowe. They also have appropriate airline-style

accoutrements. ’We don’t quite have oxygen masks that drop from the

ceiling, but we’ve got six emergency exits and air-hostess types who

provide coffee and tea.’ There’s even a smoking section - in the

publishing director’s office.



What’s it like? The ten-strong Traveller team is all-female, apart from

Coleman who ’brings the hormone level down a notch’. When they are not

popping down to grab snacks from Portuguese Tony’s hatch on the third

floor, the team can be found hanging out at local haunts such as Hush,

Crussh, Rocket and Therapy.



Any perks? There’s a pension scheme, health insurance, 25 days’ holiday

and company cars for senior sales executives and above. There’s not as

much travel as you’d think as freebies are banned, but the girls have

definitely got the bug.



’I was in Portugal last weekend and Hamburg the weekend before,’ says

Lowe.



Is it good at training? New sales staff are sent on external courses as

well as learning the ropes in all departments, including circulation and

production.



How does it recruit? ’It’s who you know,’ says Lowe, who went to school

with Mrs Nicholas Coleridge. ’Oops - ha, ha, only joking. But it’s

definitely through word of mouth. We like to recruit internally, but we

also talk to PRs and advertising agencies.’



How do you get ahead? By showing talent, imagination and a genuine

interest in your client’s products and marketing needs.



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