Demand Media
3.2 of 5 108 reviews
www.demandmedia.com Santa Monica, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Demand Media Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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3.2 108 reviews

                             

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Shawn Colo

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    From the freelancing side.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsLike 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.

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    Web article content writing ups and downs.

    Content Writer (Current Employee)
    Rochester, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementA 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people but management lacks vision

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsNice people, beer Fridays, updated tech, beer fridays

    ConsNo room for career expansion, not innovative, little collaboration across teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage competition between teams and create something new.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For the right person, a great opportunity. Fit is everything here.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people who care about their employees as people.

    ConsOpportunities seemed unnecessarily limited. Hard to sink your teeth into it when there are so many stakeholders. Didn't focus enough on developing people, although, there are good people in the org who will take you under their wing. Too many cracks to fall through, perhaps.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlign teams with strategic initiatives, deliver ownership and vision down the chain. All hands are nice, but disconnected from ground operations. Work on defragmenting some of the org chart/teams.

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    The environment is friendly. You can tell it's still trying to build a foundation for its online properties.

    Editorial New Media Intern (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsWorking alongside hardworking people who wanna make something out of the company.

    ConsCould do better in building their platform as an online media company.

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    Fair pay for the amount of work required

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Pay. The pay was fair for the amount of work required
    -Interesting Work. While some of the article choices were boring, there were often fun and interesting choices to take on

    Cons-Editors were not on the same page, causing confusion and frustration for the writers
    -If you're a slow writer, you'll barely make above minimum wage

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet editors on the same page. I have known many writers that have decided to no longer write for your company because of the inconsistent demands of the editors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good vision, but lacking unified execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood benefits and day-to-day perks

    ConsLack of teamwork across business units.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnify your business units and show the value of everything Demand Media has to offer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsNice location, free lunch on Fridays

    ConsManagements/HR's open door policy is a smokescreen. There is very little room for growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thrilling in the early years but the magic is gone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsGreat location; very smart people from the original crew; not a lot of tech co's in Santa Monica to choose from; still potential for big things

    Consproduct and direction of the company are in flux and concern that the best years of the company are behind them; constant attrition of top talent

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear strategic direction and committing to what you state publicly and privately

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay for beginning writers

    Writer (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThey pay in a timely, reliable manner. Unlike other content providers, they don't expect writers to earn a certain amount before providing a paycheck. If you're just beginning a career as a content writer, this is a decent place to start.

    ConsThey have very high standards for low pay. I'm talking about for the general pool of writers. There is a high income bracket for more experienced writers. The amount of available work is ebb and flow. There are times when the queue of available titles is very low or nonexistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your writers what they're worth. Keep the flow of available titles consistent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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