In Vanity Fair’s September issue, various former anonymous Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia staffers take to venting their feelings about queen bee Martha Stewart. The takeaway is that Stewart is not exactly beloved. Basically they feel like she’s a control freak who happens to not be very nice.
Here is how one “longtime executive” at MSLO described Stewart:
Martha’s an omnivore. She just wants more, more, more. She has however many houses. Even though she has a million pieces of garden ornaments, she buys more garden ornaments. Even though she has a million trees, she buys more trees. It’s her genius and it’s in some ways her downfall—that ‘always hungry’ thing.
A former executive said Stewart’s need to control everything was hurting MSLO:
The company should be more successful, but it is just limping along, because of her—because she doesn’t trust anybody and she has to control everything.
Another former executive said MSLO was “like two companies:”
One was the group of people who were trying to run a company that is publicly held. The other was Martha’s camp: the little girl who is trying to make sure that she gets as much money as she can.
And yet another ex-senior exec said Stewart seemed to be happy when people were unhappy:
[Stewart is] a triangulator. People were pitted against people who should have been their partners in a traditional business diagram. There was a lot of tension, and that is something she seemed to feel more comfortable with.
So! Who wants to work at MSLO?