Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
132 Reviews
3.0
132 Reviews
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Demand Media Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty
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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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  1.  

    Decent Place, Nice People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Demand Media really is a conglomerate... you work for an individual company within Demand, and there are a few corporate departments (HR, etc.). All of the people I have encountered are nice and seem to actually want to help you, which is different from my normal experience in a company this size. The particular piece of the company where I work embodies these traits even more, and really does feel like a family.

    Cons

    The company's stock hasn't been doing well lately, which is a concern. Also, the hiring process is very odd, with interviewees interviewing for a variety of positions within different parts of the company all at the same time. The promotion path also seems unclear, at least from where I am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I actually think upper management, which has recently changed somewhat, knows what needs to be done pretty well... The hiring process would be much better if it were more like other places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good time to be at the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexibility in work schedule
    - Fun company activities
    - Unlimited snacks

    Cons

    - Massive layoffs without any comments from the management
    - No clear direction of the business communicated to the employees
    - Always a fear in the company going under since the business continues to perform poorly over time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even at the toughest times of the company, clearly and honestly communicate to the employees as to where the company is headed. First we are told that the company will focus on the existing business, then there is a massive layoff with no comments from the management. The company should focus on easing the concerns of the employees rather than creating false impressions and a tense environment. The new CEO has created a worse and "if you don't believe in the company, then leave" atmosphere. First explain us the game plan, instead of telling us to believe in the company or else leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Friendly atmosphere and amazing office culture. Location is nice.

    Cons

    Management lacks vision and is too incompetent to sustain growth. Too many changing in the leadership, all the co-founders except 1 left. Seems like New CEO Sean is looking to putting most properties up for sale. All the content properties are decline in revenue and traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should focus on vision for content properties and retaining some great talent otherwise it will decline at quicker pace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul-crushing for experienced writers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. You work when you want, if there's any worthwhile articles to claim in the areas you're approved for.

    Cons

    I applied and was accepted as a freelance writer working from home. I was approved to write in four areas. I went into the job with an open mind, despite reading hordes of negative review about the company. The first three months was a learning experience as it takes a while to get used to their style of writing. The copy editors - who not only control your scores but have the final word on whether your article gets accepted or not (read as whether you get paid or not) do not mince words in their criticism. Several editors I worked with were very, very good. But there also were those whose comments always carried a condescending tone. And there were a couple editors who were highly regarded by the company - despite the fact that they made glaring editing errors. By the time I reached the six month mark, my scores were very high but I'd had my fill. The time I was spending researching and writing to turn in a $25 article that wouldn't require a re-write was boiling down to earning less than minimum wage per hour. The pool of articles available to writers dropped as the company lost clients and half of the articles left were un-writeable (i.e., "Top Five Schools to Learn Flooring Installation" and "How to Get in Shape Without Exercising or Dieting"). Even though I'm still technically one of their freelancers, I haven't written an article for them in months. And I never even applied to write for the area I am most knowledgeable in because I ultimately realized neither I nor any of my associates in the industry would ever consult Demand's articles for information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wouldn't know where to begin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No respect for writers and inconsistent copy editors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer

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

    Pros

    Work whenever and wherever you want -- if there's work

    Cons

    Writers are expected to be experts but then have to do hours of research for a 400 word article in order to provide sources for every detail. Copy editors are notoriously inconsistent and some are just plain obnoxious. The editing process is punitive towards writers, with little or no give and take. Hostile senior editors on power trips can make the whole thing a nightmare. Beware. Things can go along nicely and then suddenly you'll encounter unreasonable and arbitrary demands from editors. I don't know how this company is still in business. I wouldn't buy its stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care so I'm not going to waste my time with advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't ever work for demand!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    the only pro is that there are a bunch of jobs...

    Cons

    almost all of the jobs you can't complete because it would cost more than it pays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to run a company and take advice from the people that actually do the work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company that respect people and their values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I have worked as a consultant to the Finance team. I would rate it as one of the best company that i have worked for being an consultant...Manager and coworker respect each other a lot...There is a lot of work that is being done without any kind of micro management...If someone is a sincere and honest person and looking for working on a employer friendly environment, then this is one of the best place to work for in LA.

    Cons

    Rumors are always created that the org is going on a different way with respect to the way it is making business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company and Team's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging - Day-to-day you will be challenged working for or at Demand Media.
    Entrepreneurial Environment - Ability to take hold of a product, project or initiative and see it through to the end.
    Great People - Friendly co-workers who will work by you side every day.
    Culture - The culture team does an amazing job of offering many perks and benefits for its employee's

    Cons

    Some Upper Mgmt - A few challenging relationships to manage internally. Really depends upon the team you work for.
    Stale Product? - Worrysome if eHow/Livestrong/Cracked are what they used to be
    Pressure - A lot of pressure to produce results. I personally thrive in that type of environment, but for some it could be a bit much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unlimited opportunity ahead...patience required....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, good office location (lake view!), friendly management

    Cons

    Not a thriving startup or a staple like Microsoft or Amazon. It's in between and takes patience, but seems to be going in good direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication so we don't have to simply trust so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD

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