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Martha Stewart Living Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
78 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Worked with brilliant creative people dedicated to their craft (in 4 reviews)

  • Great staff, good benefits, creative environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to their founder and the archaic views of upper management, they are stuck in the dark ages (in 9 reviews)

  • Everything, no one cares about your career growth (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Offers opportunities to some, but you need a thick skin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be a creative environment, depending on the department

    Cons

    The culture is not exactly nurturing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome experience in many different types of business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living

    Pros

    Everyone is young, hip, and fun to be around. A lot of collaboration between teams which is nice, because you aren't stuck at one desk or part of the office all day. As an intern I was truly involved - rather than doing typical "intern" things. Since the business as a whole is so diverse (hence, Martha Stewart Living "Omnimedia"), you get exposure to the magazine/editorial type work and the retail side.

    Cons

    It seems as if there isn't much room to go up in the company over time, which is just my observation as an intern. Could be a misconception.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Creative people, poorly managed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living

    Pros

    on a peer level, I worked with a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Very poorly managed company. Business decisions seemed to be made out of desperation. Never any clear expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best & Worst Job Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, great products, dream job for integrated marketing.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership, poor management practices, inept hiring from outside, no raises, sad working conditions in a remote location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cold-blooded company with cold-blooded people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living as a contractor

    Pros

    -Lots of cheerful smiles (and some can even look authentic!)
    -Office is in a durable building (withstood hurricanes which allowed people to work in the office, even though there was no heat on the floor)
    -You get to see everyone's favorite has-been celebrity before her personal makeup artist arrives

    Cons

    -No one has a sense of humor or can take sarcasm (not even from the Pros section of this review)
    -Only area of New York City that doesn't have a McDonald's within a 2-mile radius

    Onto some real business cons:
    -Zero liability. A project manager should manage. A developer should develop. If you're a project manager, don't throw a developer under a bus because you can't manage a project and can't get the right details to pass onto the development team. Note: Half the people are on their cell phones liking videos of puppies sleeping instead of taking notes during team meetings. And then they wonder why they've never heard of that feature!
    -Sharks who take credit for your work: Joined the digital team on a temp contract and was working on code that wasn't part of the main workflow, on top of my regular day-to-day work, as per request of my manager. After about 3 months of coding, demoed application to said manager who was so excited that (s)he asked for my source code to run on their machine. A few days later, feeling good about my contribution that would have had potential to save the digital team a lot of money and thinking it was the perfect time to request permanent employment, I arranged a meeting with the manager seeking to be a full-time employee. I was then told that I was being laid off. Just me, I actually survived the massive layoff. A week after my last day, SURPRISE, SURPRISE: A former co-worker told me that the manager attempted to demo my code to the digital team leads while passing it off as their own. The program never took off because my ex-manager was too stupid to figure out how to use it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who cares? They'll never read this until they get laid off themselves and try to find an outlet to complain on.

    One suggestion though since it seems that the most common con here is about the massive layoffs: What about scheduling those layoffs right before the summer? Right before the holidays is so Grinch-y and the last thing anyone wants to hear one week following a catastrophic natural disaster (Sandy), right after getting their homes swept away is, "You're being let go." That's right. 70 people right after Sandy. At least in the summer, people can hit the beach when they're laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Downhill!!

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well known brand.
    Nice products.
    Great people.. but they're all gone!

    Cons

    Prevalent layoffs, an annual tradition every Q3-Q4 since 2010.
    Careless spending by top management despite being unprofitable since 2007.
    Long hours, lean resources.
    Scant benefits: 401K contribution is an one-off deposit in Dec only (you leave, you lose), stingy sick/vacation day policies (1 additional week of vacation earned after TEN years).
    Dismal morale.
    Their HR department is known as "inhuman resources"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and invest in your staff instead of wasting money frivolously (ie. repainting of conference room chairs, redo of all the pantries, chasing the same unprofitable ventures year after year). Exorbitant waste when focus and efficiency were most needed. Stop looking for temporary band aids (ie. Meredith outsourcing?!) and focus on long term profitability. Bring the human factor back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    great when I was there!

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

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting work - smart co-workers --good brand

    Cons

    basic everyday corporate stuff nothing too bad

    Recommends
  9.  

    Summer 2013 intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living

    Pros

    Creative people, participated in a lot of photoshoots, made a lot of connections

    Cons

    Not nearly enough money as an intern to live in the city
    A lot of sitting around once simple tasks are completed

  10.  

    It was great in the beginning

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, good benefits, creative environment

    Cons

    Constant CEO turnover, difficult commute, high turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Intern Review

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

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    access to facilities, free lunch, diverse culture

    Cons

    poor management, pay scale not so great

    Recommends

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