Gwyneth PaltrowGoop, the wellness and lifestyle brand turned e-commerce conglomerate, has come under fire after some 140 of its staff left the company since 2019, according to a new report.
The actress, 49, has reportedly paid her employees peanuts for their work despite the fact that since early 2019, Goop had raised nearly $ 135 million and amassed a valuation of over $ 430 million, according to a new report. of Business intern complaints.
Apparently getting along with Paltrow inside and outside the building proved difficult for former employees.
Although some former staff have left Goop due to coronavirus-related layoffs, other former Goopers told Insider that a massive exodus of high-level executives began before the pandemic hit.
According to the media outlet, Paltrow has developed a penchant for playing favorites and turning “sour” those she has already defended at Goop.
“Obviously it’s cool to work for a celebrity,” a former employee told Insider of the company, which had around 250 employees in 2019. “[Paltrow] definitely had his favorites. “
Four former employees told Insider that they have experienced a grueling work culture that is reinforced by business pressures they believe were brought on by the pandemic.
They argued that Goop was also showing a lack of transparency as to why various senior executives had left the company – or were allegedly forced to leave – on a renewable basis.
“Leadership training is where I would spend all of my time,” said a former employee of where they think Goop’s biggest area of improvement is. “Honesty, openness – people avoid conflict because they don’t want to hurt people’s feelings.”
Representatives for Goop and Paltrow did not immediately respond to Fox Business’s requests for comment. Goop declined to comment on Insider.
Goop originally started in 2008 as a newsletter before becoming an entity that confused many when it started selling clothing, health supplements, and clothing. candles supposed to smell like Paltrow’s vagina for $ 75 a pop.
The brand even managed to get a partnership with Netflix for “The Goop laboratory“, a series hosted by Paltrow who saw her and some of her supposedly closest members experimenting with various energies and original holistic remedies while discussing life, wellness, and other hot topics. .
Aside from brand deals and the media, former employees told Insider that the money was never paid to trench workers and some said that by starting interviews at other companies for similar roles, they would have quickly discovered that they were grossly underpaid by around 40%.
“Sometimes when you have founders who are also CEOs, that passion can be a blind spot,” one employee said. “Sometimes their ideas fill the room.”
On October 21, another mini-series titled “Sex, Love, and Goop” will begin airing on Netflix.
“There were points, like, I burned out every week,” said the first former employee. “I was super depressed and anxious, and I know a lot of people felt the same. And I think with COVID it was like ‘Well at least I have a job.’ ‘was not enough to appease uncomfortable for a long time, as the employee said he considered: “No, this is a wellness business.”
According to Insider, Goop management spoke about the company’s relatively low salary at at least one general company meeting, two former employees said.
Senior executives have reportedly tried to make up for the lack of compensation by offering fairness to all employees, as well as perks, such as free products and discounts on Goop sites. Senior management also reportedly promised pay increases that never materialized.
Further, the report alleged that Goop had an attitude towards disgruntled employees and felt that workers should have been thankful for working for the company.
“More than once during our stand-up people would ask, ‘How would you deal with a disgruntled employee?’ and someone in management would just say, “Well, maybe this isn’t the right company for them,” “an employee told Insider.
“They keep trying to blame ‘The Great Resignation.’ I call bulls – t, ”said a third former employee.“ No one wanted to change jobs in the midst of the pandemic. I felt compelled to do it. “