Demand Media Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
121 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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  1.  

    No respect for writers and inconsistent copy editors

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demand Media Not Interested in their Writers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Article Writer in Palm Coast, FL
    Former Employee - Article Writer in Palm Coast, FL

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

    Pros

    You can work from home.

    Cons

    Demand Media pays nothing. They expect writers to research, write and if not initially accepted, rewrite. All for the top dollar of $25 per article. Then, if not accepted, the writer gets nothing. Writers can expect to earn much lower than minimum wage for their talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for decent talent and decent articles. You are no better than big business paying nothing for their workers.

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

    Don't ever work for demand!

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    • 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 an 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
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Low Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Time flexibility. Ability to claim yourself as a "published writer".

    Cons

    To research and properly write an article that will make it past the assigned editor, it will take several hours. Most of my articles (decent pace - I'm not slow), averaged me about $1-$2 per hour at best. Most "good" topics get taken once posted, so you waste time watching for opportunities. I tried an article that was supposed to make royalties if "sold" to other sites. I have actually seen it on several websites ...but so far I've been paid about $0.49 TOTAL and that was THREE years ago. It's basically digital content slave labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm embarrassed to put Demand on my resume. People have literally laughed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Notorious and despised for many reasons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Office near beach, 3rd Street Promenade, free snacks, laid back to an extreme

    Cons

    Laid back to the point where people on the content team such as editors and content managers are instant messaging for half the day with friends and giggling. There's no shame. Many have no formal training or eduation in journalism. No wonder the company has such a horrible reputation. Wired, LA Weekly, and Business Insider have all written about the shoddy work of this content farm. If you're an editor, manager or writer working for the content team, working for Demand Media is only going to harm your resume. Real journalists look down upon such unprofessional work. They don't fact-check or verify anything. I was also verbally and sexually harassed, and management failed to address any of my complaints. That is simply wrong, callous, and shameful. I resigned because of the lack of morals and values here. Pay is also ridiculously low. You'll earn more at almost any other desk job. I am confident that this was the worst job I've ever had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire content managers with professional journalism experience, people who have actually studied journalism at reputable universities or publications, or else your reputation is only going to get worse. Treat employees with some ounce of respect. It is so incredibly disrespectful and cold to ignore the concerns of your employees, especially when they involve sexual and verbal harassment. Keep things professional. Make it known that a professional environment requires professionalism. No ogling, crass behavior, remarks about female bodies, breasts, prostitution, and yelling. Demand some decency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    We All Loved It, But Then Overnight It Disappeared

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Title Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Title Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for remotely. It paid better than any work at home job for the type of work. It offered the opportunity to work in a field that is not offered by any other company. It was a stress-free place to work. They kept it simple and devoid of unnecessary or antiquated systems. The Forums were a place to learn new knowledge and make some great friendships. It paid twice weekly, unheard of.

    Cons

    It dissolved all of the jobs for thousands of remote workers that had worked for the company for years. The management gave no forewarning, notice or indication and ended contracts with everyone in the blink of an eye. The jobs were taken away under the pretense of it being the employee's performance, when in reality the company essentially ended their work at home departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into the future and develop your projects in accordance with long-term growth. Popping on the scene and dropping off the scene is not the best business model. Practice good employee communication. It's essential to communicate clearly and honestly with the people who make it all possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    * Bellevue office has some really smart, innovative and friendly people
    * Snacks and fun things to do provided by Facilities, HR and employee run committee
    * Very casual environment; NERF rules!
    * Good location
    * Technology provided is good quality

    Cons

    * no possibility of promotion in most departments
    * internal communication between departments and between management and employees is not sufficient
    * Employees in general don't seem very happy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember that this company is made up of people who are incredibly smart and most of them are just waiting for someone they can follow. Your employees need feedback that can be acted on and defined goals to work on. Saying "Make it so" works for Picard, but not for you.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship of a company.

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

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    Arranging for time off never a problem. Lots of great people.

    Cons

    Extremely poor senior management. No defined company direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and focus on it. There cannot be 15 simultaneous projects that are unrelated. There's no company that will buy Demand because no one needs 20 mediocre projects. You could sell ehow, and that's about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Ho hum

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

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

    Pros

    Some editors actually provide decent feedback to make your article more engaging. The pay is decent and the site does supply helpful information.

    Cons

    Gee, where to start? Articles, though there are a lot of them, need to be more specific. Many of them are VAGUE and need to be thoroughly researched before even claiming the title. Of course while looking to see if the title would be something you want to write about, someone else could grab it. Many of the articles are How-to and focus on cars and DIY. If supplying a picture, you must choose from a limited file of pictures the site supplies. Most editors should not be editors. It's not always their fault though. DS has so many rules that must be followed, there is very little wiggle room for creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More topics, less cars. Screen the hired. More pictures!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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