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Martha Stewart Living Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Smart, creative people (aside from the incompetent managers who have never been trained to establish appropriate conduct with their reports) (in 11 reviews)

  • writing experience, friendly work environment, laid-back atmosphere (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has unrealistic expectations and can be too demanding, and sometimes down right intimidating on purpose (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours, unrealistic expectations, limited administrative/ design support to get the job done to meet those expectations (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great creative talent, strong partner companies. Great products. Most teams worked well together.

    Cons

    Structure of sales/marketing was always in flux. A lot of change in management.

    Advice to Management

    Take care to appreciate good talent and provide benefits to keep it.


  2. "Company Needs Help"

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    Former Employee - Merchandising in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Merchandising in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time

    Pros

    Recognized and Respected Brand. The most amazing creative talents especially the product designers and art directors - truly brilliant. Fun perks like free books, sample sales, food from the test kitchen, sometimes people bring their dogs in on Fridays.

    Cons

    Incredibly undervalued and underpaid... For the talent they have in house, they do not know how to keep them. Upper management has unrealistic expectations and can be too demanding, and sometimes down right intimidating on purpose. Business is often times out of our control because overall brand is declining in the consumer's eyes. High turnover rates. Office is SO far from the train (3 avenues and 3 blocks), cannot get any errands done in your lunch hour.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your talent. Empower your employees. Lead by example. Do not use fear as a way of trying to motivate your employees.

  3. "International Business Intern"

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    Former Employee - International Business Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - International Business Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience. I really enjoyed working with the Global licensing team.

    Cons

    Challenge your interns more, they can handle it.


  4. "Great place for learning and development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This was a great place for learning and development. People who are willing to raise their hands are taken seriously. I had some of the most valuable years of my career with this team!

    Cons

    Communication and cohesion across divisions could have been better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring as much as you do, and communicating openly and honestly.


  5. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Welcoming culture and every one is helpful.

    Cons

    Higher management was old school

    Advice to Management

    Move with technology.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Resources are wasted and abused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, creative people (aside from the incompetent managers who have never been trained to establish appropriate conduct with their reports).

    Cons

    Not a productive organization. Executive management lacks the basic understanding of a simple input vs. output model. Resources, especially labor, talent and partners are wasted and abused. Low profitability is mainly the result of the overextension of all resources.

    Advice to Management

    It is far too late to salvage the company. Dismantle the brand and move on, your reputation as an employer has been degraded so far you will attract the exact low-level candidate the company deserves. Far and few between will continue to be dazzled by the brand to come aboard.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Editor, Books"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People outside the company respect the name.

    Cons

    Company has been a sinking ship for a long time.

  8. "SVP, Brand Development"

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    Current Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Martha Stewart Living full-time

    Pros

    Brilliantly talented people who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Strategy unclear at times but new management has come in and good changes are happening


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good coworkers, broken management"

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    Former Employee - Magazine Production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Magazine Production in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good coworkers made the job bearable. Worked on some cool projects. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Horrible, clueless, broken management expects everyone to spend 14 hours a day at the office. If you have a family, hobby, or other social commitments, forget it. Revolving door of CEOs and very high company wide turnover rate says it all. And what's the point of making schedules and deadlines if nobody ever, ever sticks to them?

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are recycling the same old stories about flowers and jam every month, they aren't performing emergency open heart surgery and saving lives. Have realistic standards, stick to schedules, and let your people have a life.


  10. "Creative Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director, CREATIVE SERVICES in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director, CREATIVE SERVICES in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment, start up culture... encourage exploration. Bar is set very high, bring your best game, this place is a resume builder

    Cons

    Declining biz has forced management to make some tough choices. Pared down internal creative resources. I worry as a brand, MSL will become a watered down version of Family Circle now that it's at Meredith


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