Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
125 Reviews
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125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet (in 8 reviews)

  • Free lunch every Friday was icing on the cake (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section (in 5 reviews)

  • Demand Media is also notorious for low pay per industry standard, which is typically justified by throwing in stock options (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company to Work For (Amazing Culture), No Sure Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Great snacks, 401K matching, amazing team culture events.

    Cons

    No sure direction of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep staff abreast of what's going on as far as the direction of the company and you will keep great employees on board.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice people, hard business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the people here. Genuinely nice folks. Very pleasant to work with. Trying to grow and change. Open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Saying you want to improve your business is hard when so many people are still playing like (old) business as usual. There were instances where senior execs said they wanted to change but the middle management just wanted to keep pressing forward with the same plan. That was frustrating as I was hired to help make thing better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    High rate of pay in comparison to some other companies
    Several topics to apply to
    Flexible hours
    No ghostwriting - your name is tied to your work appearing in some notable publications

    Cons

    Copy editors are rude and self-serving
    Management is frequently incompetent and/or oblivious to issues
    Rewrites significantly decrease your dollar per hour potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a checks and balance system implemented for CE's. Good writers leave, because CE's get on power trips, and there is no one to bring them back to earth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Production Assistant (freelance)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant (freelance) in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Production Assistant (freelance) in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great corporate culture
    Great Pay
    Great experience
    Fun content to work on
    Great location

    Cons

    Took on multiple roles with little guidance
    Worked as a freelancer, but would have liked my position to have been more full time
    Was expected to do work outside of my workday hours and was not compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider some roles full time versus freelance, develop great employees who you can retain and who can contribute to your company over a long her period of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Demand media

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of cross silo work to be done, you can work in all facets of development

    Cons

    technology is driven by sales and product

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn on the job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Demand hires truly great, friendly people. The HR department goes out of its way to keep a fun environment. Managers tend to not micromanage and let employees figure things out on their own.

    There's great freedom and work/life flexibility at Demand.

    Cons

    Lower than market salaries; low stock price tends to make morale go down; could have a more formal process for employee training in new areas.

    Review process each year is long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be better in order to retain great employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work at

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

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    Great people to work with and more potential for growth than other companies. We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen. Management is great and willing to help teach and encourage growth. I think that Demand Media has a great culture and that the people makes the environment a great place to work at.

    Cons

    The outlook of the company is pretty stagnant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's fine. It's plenty of work, but the freelance setup can be frustrating

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Contributor
    Former Employee - Freelance Contributor

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    work your own hours

    plenty of work to do and projects to work on

    Once you're accepted you can begin writing right away

    Content is on major websites all over the world

    Cons

    Websites all have different styles, standards, and even at times different systems for selecting content (Cracked a great example) and therefore you have to be aware of these differences, I wasn't always made aware of the differences too much.

    Pay is mediocre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality of freelance staff, not quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media part-time

    Pros

    Great Team, Work Culture - everyone was very smart and had great ideas. You work with world class people.

    Cons

    Too much to do - very Demanding. There was a lack of support. The team I was on was small so there was a lot of gossip which was unfortunate. Professionalism was needed.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Some great people work here. The coffee machines are nice. Plenty of space to spread out since the brand new office has so few people in it now.

    Cons

    This place is a sinking ship. All the quality leadership has left in the last year. The site teams haven't made much progress in reversing the enormous drop in site traffic and the current focus on content marketing is over ambitious and lacks real growth opportunities. The stock is in perpetual decline. Santa Monica is loaded with better tech companies to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell and cut your losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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