Following Sunday’s episode of Girls, there was one question lingering in everyone’s mind: Does GQ really offer its employees free lox?
When Hannah Horvath began her new gig as an advertorial staffer at GQ, we were treated to a voyeuristic look at what life is like at one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic men’s magazines… or were we? Given the current state of print media, could it really be possible that Condé Nast is just giving away Clif Bars and SunChips and lox from Russ & Daughters like they haven’t a financial care in the world? And if so, are they hiring?
We called upon the magazine’s Fashion Director, the always stylish and lovely Madeline Weeks, to weigh in on some of claims made by the writers of Girls about life at GQ.
Claim #1: GQ offers its staff an endless supply of free snacks and beverages.
FALSE. “No, no, no. That’s a fallacy of working for Condé Nast. There is a snack machine, but you have to pay. There is also a newsstand and a cafeteria downstairs, neither of which is free. There is even a procedure for ordering supplies.”
Claim #2: The advertorial staff at GQ has nothing to do with the editorial staff.
TRUE: “The ad side is known as the publishing side and they are on a separate floor. It’s like church and state.”
Claim #3: Those working on the editorial side at GQ get horrifically offended if folks from the ad side say they work for GQ
FALSE: “If they work for GQ, they work for GQ.”
Claim #4: GQ is an unappealing corporate environment, dominated mainly by cubicles.
FALSE(ish): “The design can be a little bit sterile, but it’s ok. The 11th floor is the nicest.”
Claim #5: All employees get health benefits.
TRUE(ish): “All full-time employees have health benefits, but we let go of a lot of people after 2008. When things started to look up, people started getting hired back as freelancers.” (i.e. without benefits)
The higher ups at GQ are sarcastic and cold (as portrayed by Jenna Lyons).
FALSE: “No, definitely not. GQ is the most awesome!”
So, there you have it folks. No lox, but not a shabby place to be employed. And, evidently, Girls’ depiction of life in New York is not always 100 percent accurate. Shocking.