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

Demand Media Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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Shawn Colo

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Company and Team's

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsChallenging - 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

    ConsSome 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementMore communication so we don't have to simply trust so much.

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

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    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

    Content Writer (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsHigh 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

    ConsCopy 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Constechnology is driven by sales and product

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    Great Place to work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsThe outlook of the company is pretty stagnant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsToo 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.

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    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

    Freelance Writer (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsI have been a freelance contract writer for Demand Media for several years.

    Demand's system allows me to sign into an online virtual "work desk" from my computer, choose article topics that interest me, write the articles, and -- if the editors approve the articles -- get paid for them. The online virtual "work desk" is really well-designed, and enables me to produce articles, see copies of past articles, review article payments, sign in to forums for writers and editors, and many other good features.

    I am paid regularly (twice a week) via Paypal. I receive approximately $25 to $30 per article. Articles are published very promptly.

    Writing these articles sharpened my research and writing skills. When I first went to work for Demand, I was a bit long-winded as a writer. Conforming to their requirements forced me to write in a punchier, clearer, more informative and colloquial style.

    Demand also insisted on thorough research for articles in my specialties (law, business, finance, careers, health care), forcing me to be more careful in my choice of references.

    Demand enabled me to get back into freelance writing after years away from freelance writing spent in other careers.

    ConsDemand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section.

    For writers used to working with one or two editors on a regular first name basis and becoming familiar with their preferences, constantly having your articles reviewed by strangers -- usually anonymous -- can be stressful.

    Demand's editorial guidelines are ridiculously complex, and management has recently added "The Associated Press Stylebook" requirements to Demand's own internal guidelines, making it very difficult to write articles that conform 'perfectly' to the two sets of guidelines.

    CEs have difficulty applying two sets of guidelines, leading to situations in which one CE will approve an article using certain types of references or grammatical uses and the next CE will reject a very similar article, objecting to those same references or grammatical uses. This can affect a writer's overall "scores" from CEs, causing writer ratings to fluctuate dramatically, even if a writer's style has not changed.

    In addition, the CEs are of uneven quality. Some are very experienced, conscientious and polite; others are inexperienced and/or rude. Demand allows writers to rate CEs anonymously, and CEs rate writers anonymously on writer "scorecards." CE ratings of writers seem to count for more than writer ratings of CEs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest that Demand assign writers to one or two CEs in each section and give them a chance to communicate with them regularly on a first name basis, as opposed to the current system of nearly anonymous editing.

    If a writer and CE don't get along, give the writer (or the CE) the option of transferring the writer to a different CE. If a writer "flunks out" with three or four CEs, then the writer probably has a problem. If a CE consistently 'loses' writers, then that CE has a problem. You'll quickly weed out the poor quality writers and CEs using that method.

    I would also suggest that Demand use just one set of editorial guidelines, instead of two.

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

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    Flexible hours.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou are given seven days to complete articles you choose to write.

    ConsGuidelines are strict. Your communication with the copy editor is limited. You have one opportunity to make corrections after submitting an article for review and receiving copy editor revision requests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more communication between writers and copy editors.

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    Great Working Experience

    Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsFun loving people, work culture allows you to contribute and grow in career. Great benefits as well. Innovation is fostered.

    ConsI thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Demand Media. No Cons for me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredibly Frustrating Freelance Experience

    Writer (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsPrompt payment. They pay by PayPal twice a week, and are rarely late.

    ConsMost editors have never had to experience all of the idiotic rules that Demand places on their writers. The titles are machine-generated based on SEO algorithms, so the available articles are mostly completely impossible to complete. When you find an article in which you can take an angle to satisfy the title, the editors will reject it because the source doesn't list the title verbatim. For instance, an example of an available title were, "Requirements for Private Sleuth in Iowa," you could easily show that Private Sleuth is a synonym for Private Detective, and complete the article based on one or more of the few legitimate sources that isn't on their list of hundreds of blacklisted sites. The editor would more then likely reject the article because the sources didn't specifically "Private Sleuth" in the source, stating that a private sleuth and a private detective aren't necessarily the same thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGoogle is dumping content farm-generated content like that from Demand Media. It's time to recreate your SEO-based algorithm for generating titles with titles that are generated by humans on subjects that people would actually want to read. Once you've done that, don't hire a single editor who hasn't contributed at least 500 articles to Demand Media projects. Most of the editors don't have a clue as to what it takes to write under all of your ridiculous rules.

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

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