Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 110 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Demand Media Co-founder and Interim CEO Shawn Colo

Shawn Colo

(9 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet(in 6 reviews)

  • Demand Media has great perks like Free Lunch Friday, Beer Friday, team culture events and outings like movie night and baseball games(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management couldn't care less about the morale of the employees(in 4 reviews)

  • After trying and failing to acquire authorization in a special topic, I stopped looking for articles(in 19 reviews)

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

    Director (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementSell and cut your losses.

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

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    Extremely Low Pay

    Digital Content Writer (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

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

    ConsTo 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 Senior ManagementI'm embarrassed to put Demand on my resume. People have literally laughed.

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

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    Notorious and despised for many reasons

    Editor (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

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

    ConsLaid 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    We All Loved It, But Then Overnight It Disappeared

    Title Quality Assurance (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

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    Sinking ship of a company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

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

    ConsExtremely poor senior management. No defined company direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ho hum

    Writer (Former Employee)

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

    ConsGee, 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 Senior ManagementMore topics, less cars. Screen the hired. More pictures!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Made great money for a while, but only by ignoring the blatant favoritism and inconsistency in policies.

    Writer-copy Editor (Former Employee)

    ProsA good freelance opportunity to get experience and decent part time money -- at least initially

    ConsDo not invest any emotional or real time energy into this company -- they are a handful of founding influences making money -- for freelancers, the management style is execrable: no consistency, loyalty or even decency in how employees are treated. Management never tells the truth, period.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am not at all sure senior management knows or cares what middle management is doing. If they do, they should be ashamed. The company is as unethical as they come. Also, writers and editors do not have to be experts in their subjects to effectively handle short articles; that's what writers do -- research, understand language syntax, grammar and style principles, and write. Experts may not have any writing ability. The management policy of asking for degrees and certificates from writers and editors in their subject areas will not yield higher quality writing. Hiring better editors and writers will do that. You will have to be able to actually evaluate writing and editing ability in order to hire them, not go by abstract principles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't count on them

    Titling Department (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was good while it lasted

    ConsThey get rid of people like they are disposable napkins
    They change the rules and regulations but don't tell you. You are expected to look at the guidelines daily as they can change daily, I even saw them change from hour to hour, rarely consistent
    Department leaders will tell you one thing but then you are judged by a completely different standard by completely different people
    They say you will get a chance to retest if you have a poor review but instead they just remove your privileges

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the leaders in forums who are telling you what to do actually do the reviews
    Actually allow people a chance to retest when they make a mistake, especially people who work for months without a bad review and then make their first mistake

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Inconsistent Standards, Unreliable Support

    Writer (Current Employee)

    ProsLearned to write to numerous topics. Reliable and frequent pay. Some rate increases. In the early days, the editorial team was supportive and committed to quality content.

    ConsTotal lack of transparency with contractors led to extreme disgruntlement. Failed to resolve ongoing editorial issues. Hired writers with only glancing blow writing experience and flooded the system with WAY too many writers. Followed a typical corporate business model of race to the bottom line and not care about quality and ethical practices. Repeatedly circulated disinformation to juggle IPO and other machinations at the expense of the contractors. Failed to moderate forums with anything resembling professionalism. Blue Gaia has had her say now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAbandon all hope and the DMS ship if you refuse to opt for quality. You are a disappointment because you blew a chance to really be something of value in New Media.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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