Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
125 Reviews
3.1
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 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small Company Great work culture

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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

    Small Company Great work culture. Respect people as human being..Enjoying working here.

    Cons

    Lot of -ve news is in the media recently...But this is nothing do with employee environment.Good and competitive pay and benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    They didn't have a real program set up for an intern. I was just there for show.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    All the people who worked there were very nice to me. The work was easy because there was little to no work. I got to meet some people who were big players in the company but that didn't matter because i'm sure they forgot my name instantly.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship where there was nothing to do. I basically wasted an entire summer sitting at a desk for no money browsing the internet. I attempted to reach out and get projects but they only had me do tedious tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You very honestly should not hire an intern unless you set up a more formal program. There was very little for me to do and very little supervising involved in my time. I think there were a lot of things I could have done that would have benefitted both me and the company.

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

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    interactive work environment, great people

    Cons

    not stable, can change structure dramatically

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  5.  

    Content over quality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    twice a week pay was good, in the beginning there was more than enough work to go around

    Cons

    Available work slowed down to a trickle, recycled titles, arbitrary rating system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good opportunity for writers to beef up portfolios.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Content Writer
    Former Employee - Web Content Writer

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

    Pros

    You get paid as quickly as you write articles.
    Plenty of topics to choose from -- there's something for everyone.
    Good way to beef up your writing portfolio.
    Good way to get feedback from editors about your writing.

    Cons

    No royalties paid -- once you're paid, that's it, no matter how popular an article becomes.
    Image selection can be difficult/dry (at least when I was writing for them--this may have changed).
    Topic availability can dry up on occasion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    From the freelancing side.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Very consistent with pay schedule-if something goes wrong, they do try to fix it and pay on time. Section editors are very responsive, and they are trying to ensure the articles written make sense and are things people would want to read. They try to bridge the editor-writer divide and listen to both.

    Cons

    Like all freelancing, inconsistent levels of work; sudden changes that are not always what you thought they would be. Take a wait-and-see approach to any news they have about changes rather than assuming the changes will be wonderful. Planning long-term can be difficult. You'll see people in the forum constantly say you have to have other clients, and this is very true. Freelancing for Demand has become more like freelancing for other outlets in that the days of thousands of articles are gone.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    On the way up!

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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 content, working with industry leaders.

    Cons

    I would like to see more cross channel team work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Web article content writing ups and downs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prompt payment, variety of assignments, work as little or as much as you need to.

    Cons

    rules constantly change, not always a lot of articles to write and new editors take awhile to break in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A review of current writers in your database for other assignments, rather than requesting each person interested in new or special assignments to do an application for each position would be helpful. You would get better quality writing for these new or special assignments because these are people who already know Demand Media rules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer Intern, Learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of interesting and useful stuff. Very good staff and had a mentor who taught me a lot of really valuable information. Free lunch every Friday was icing on the cake.

    Cons

    Work got a bit boring by the end of it. There were days where I did nothing. Some nights I had to stay extra late (7pm).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    A great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    + Wonderful people
    + Great learning experience
    + Good workflow system
    + A lot of snacks and a loaded fridge

    I learned more during my internship at Demand than my current 2 years in university. My mentor was very patient, friendly, and informative, and my coworkers made it a pleasure to come into work everyday. If my schedule permitted, I would have resumed my internship.

    Cons

    - Sometimes I didn't have a clear goal or task

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate your employees with a clear goal or vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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