Demand Media Reviews

Updated May 4, 2015
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Demand Media Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty
Sean Moriarty
5 Ratings

Pros
  • Flexible work hours, decent pay, work from home, pays twice a week (in 8 reviews)

  • We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Copy editors are rude and self-serving (in 5 reviews)

  • Many editors don't understand the subject matter as well as the writers; low pay; rude feedback (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Future Uncertain

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dog Friendly, nice facilities and industry average pay/benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of morale and vision: I worked there when CEO, Richard Rosenblatt resigned with no real explanation. Soon after came the acquisition of Saatchi Art and their CEO Sean Moriarty, who is the current CEO of DM. The best way I can describe the new company moving into our offices is to compare it to a scene in the movie Apocalypto. Its the moment when their out in the jungle and encounter a group of indian refugees with a look of fear and one of them comes to Jaguar Paw in a dream and utters the word "RUN"

    Advice to Management

    I feel employees are generally afraid of the new management, which is now mostly former Saatchi employees. Most of the DM mgmt has left of been run out. Saatchi employees seems to be afraid to socialize for fear that they will look like slackers. I had 4 managers in the 2 years I worked there and never felt like someone was keeping tabs on me and what I was doing with my day... until Saatchi arrived. Its not a good feeling when your fast worker that likes to enjoy their day at work and not be glued to their desk


  2. Helpful (1)

    Interactive Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, fun office activites.

    Cons

    Poor quality control on work and content. Not much room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Be more creative and daring.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Just OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros -- lots of positive, nice people. Wonderful work/life balance. If you need to work from home, or take vacation, you do it and it's no big deal.

    Cons

    The company is in a lot of turmoil right now. There is a new CEO, head of design, and head of e-commerce so the middle to upper managers are running around trying to please and impress them instead of doing actual work, like managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those few people who are toxic - you know who they are as they are complained about every year in year-end reviews, but you never do anything about them. Institutional knowledge is not worth the amount of people who leave because they get bullied.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Started Okay, but Went Down Hill.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Albany, NY

    I worked at Demand Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the flexible hours, the amount of work available, and most of the editing staff. The editors reviewed articles in a timely manner, and payment was almost always on time.

    Cons

    After working there for six months, the company went through a series of changes that altered the way writers picked up new articles. Unfortunately, for many of us, that meant a lot less work. There were also some concerns with the editing staff.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Not a good time to be at the company

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Went Downhill Fast

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible; gave a variety of topics to write about.

    Cons

    Constantly changing, restrictive, frustrating, unclear. Ridiculous expectations for the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where all the content is coming from, and treat the people who provide it better.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A mess of corporate entanglement.

    Former Contractor - Marketing
    Former Contractor - Marketing

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly decent folk Nice office Good wages, so long as you're not the poor guy crafting mass produced content.

    Cons

    "Go big or go home" is the attitude, which means that good ideas and good projects are halted long before they can reach fruition because the goal is home-run only rather than slow and steady. This means a lot of your hard work will simply end up in a trash can somewhere, often for unclear reasons.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    Being a contract writer is no fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can work as much or as little as you want; If you work as a real employee there it's probably much better than my experience

    Cons

    Many editors don't understand the subject matter as well as the writers; low pay; rude feedback

    Advice to Management

    Try to use editors who are more knowledgeable about the subject area they are reviewing. I have a masters degree an work professionally in the field I was writing about. Much of the feedback I got made it clear the reviewers didn't understand the topic enough to make these calls. I posted something to this effect on their forum an received a rather rude message that I would be kicked out if I posted something like that again.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Less than the sum of its parts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Content Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart people in the domain registrar silo.

    Cons

    The emphasis on speedy growth led to a lot of really subpar hires at all levels. The worst result was intellectual beheading of the company that turned it into the soulless "content farm" zombie that everybody pounced on. Making eHow crappy was a calculated, foreseeably unwise, business decision.

    Advice to Management

    Founders: never give up control of your company. The money-makers will drive your company into the ground.



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