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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)

  • A lot of hands on experience in digital editorial, fun events and the people who work there are great (in 6 reviews)

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

  • No one has a sense of humor or can take sarcasm (not even from the Pros section of this review) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Legal Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the place. Great people and great experience. Everyone was so nice and the team was helpful.

    Cons

    None. It was really a great place to work as an intern.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "A halfway house for battered crafters..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Manager 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

    I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in their field. The company name looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    There's minimum mobility and the salary scale was far beneath market value. This company is a stop along the way in your career path (make it brief!) where you have to swallow a lot of crap.

    Advice to Management

    The top tier is overly compensated at the cost of the middle/lower management tier.


  3. "production associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Associate 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

    lovely office
    good benefits
    company has cache
    company shuttle from Grand Central and 9th avenue and 31st street

    Cons

    beautiful location, but terrible commute to 26th between 11th and 12th. Closest subway on the West side is 8th avenue. MTA bus on 24th and now the 11th ave 7 train, but you still have to walk to 26th.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Creative Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people. inspiring space, great resources.

    Cons

    low pay, expensive but poor benefits, low morale.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Retirement soon, layoff sooner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people whom you worked with were great. The kitchen brought out food that was wonderful. The flower department brought out flowers for you to make beautiful arrangements to bring home.

    Cons

    I started as a freelancer for one year, then I was asked to come on full time. On my tenth year of full time employment, I received silver cufflinks. On my eleventh year, I was laid off. I was good at my job, and I enjoyed doing it. I was very close to retirement, so being brought up in the fifties, the mindset back then was you had to do something really bad to get fired or laid off. That is not the mindset now. I got through many layoffs, but when their opportunity came to get rid of me, I realized it days ahead of time. It was hard to believe that after eleven years they could not offer me a different position, so I could continue to arrive at my retirement. That was the mindset in the fifties. I would have taken less pay. I am writing this because young people need to know history. Guess what, people use to work nine to five, with a paid lunch hour, and a two weeks paid vacation. So take a look at where you are now, and what was formerly. Once one corporation does it, all will follow. It’s important to understand why unions were established.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with dignity, respect, and gratitude.


  7. "Innovation and integrity long gone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Martha Stewart Living full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific colleagues. Creative and inspiring work atmosphere. Free food from Test Kitchens. Beautiful office & views. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management constantly changing focus. Little advancement. High turnover.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "MSLO is circling the drain."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, many talented people and creative is executed on a high level.

    Cons

    The company is poorly run from the top down, there seems to be a new CEO every year. Low pay and no career development whatsoever. Company devalues it's employees at every turn. Upper management often does questionable, petty things that hurt morale.

    Advice to Management

    This company is pretty much circling the drain. Congratulations.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Meh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your team - there are creative and nice people to work with.

    Cons

    The company is dying. Constant layoffs and bad moral and company culture. Creativity is watered down.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to take risk creatively. Invest and value your employees.


  10. "Review of MSL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great creative people, fun opportunities

    Cons

    hostile work environment, culture of high level employees treating others poorly


  11. "Offers opportunities to some, but you need a thick skin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be a creative environment, depending on the department

    Cons

    The culture is not exactly nurturing


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