Martha Stewart Living

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Should be better for what it is.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Programmer in New York, NY

I have been working at Martha Stewart Living full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Good work life balance. Snacks and food everywhere.
Talented, passionate people at the designer/editor/photographer level. Universal brand recognition. Getting to see Martha around the office.

Cons

Progress on building website and other digital products is absurdly slow due to overly beaurocratic work environment. Digital product management is misguided in thinking of itself as "like a startup". An external 4 person design crew could accomplish 6 months of work in a few weeks.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Put your money where your mouth is: instead of just pretending to, trust the opinions of employees. When you micromanage every design/product decision, the product (and employee morale) suffers.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    No. Just plain no. Don't waste your time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital
    Current Employee - Digital

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living full-time

    Pros

    Clean offices
    Free coffee
    Brand reco
    Martha is pretty inspiring (the people under her, not so much)

    Cons

    High turnover
    Upper management makes mountains out of molehills to justify over-hiring. Which really doesn't make sense, since they lay off 1/4 of the team every Christmas holiday.
    Company is unrealistic re workforce and over aggressive goals
    Most svps have "amnesia" so it's difficult moving along with projects
    Certain departments refuse to work as a team with the rest of the company
    HR will prob request this review be taken down (heard they're known for ensuring future employees are blind to the conditions here)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.
    Stop working in a bubble, away from the laymen. Get in the trenches with us and try to understand your industry. Also stop fighting with your employees just so you can have your way (which is never based on numbers, only "feelings")

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run, do not walk, away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly good salary. Ok healthcare benefits. 15 days off. Not a lot of late hours.

    Cons

    Command and control management style, yearly layoffs, and completely lacking any coherent strategy or vision for making money. Managers make assumptions based on what "feels good" or "makes sense" to them without any reference to evidence or data. As an employee, you'll hear "Because I'm the manager and I say so!" a lot. The atmosphere is quite toxic for that reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staffers who have worked for more successful companies and understand what to do. Treat employees as collaborators instead of automatons to be ordered around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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