Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated Mar 4, 2014
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3.2 111 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Demand Media Co-founder and Interim CEO Shawn Colo

Shawn Colo

(9 ratings)

59% 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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    3 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, great perks, management lacks vision & organization

    Sales Operations (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsGood working environment: coworkers are friendly, smart and good to work with. Demand Media has great perks like Free Lunch Friday, Beer Friday, team culture events and outings like movie night and baseball games @ Dodger Stadium. Good health benefits and vacation (you start with 3 weeks).

    ConsUpper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision. Every quarter, they change directions and focus on a new department instead of investing on the previous quarter's "great new idea".

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    They didn't have a real program set up for an intern. I was just there for show.

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAll the people who worked there were very nice to me. The work was easy because there was little to no work. I got to meet some people who were big players in the company but that didn't matter because i'm sure they forgot my name instantly.

    ConsUnpaid internship where there was nothing to do. I basically wasted an entire summer sitting at a desk for no money browsing the internet. I attempted to reach out and get projects but they only had me do tedious tasks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou very honestly should not hire an intern unless you set up a more formal program. There was very little for me to do and very little supervising involved in my time. I think there were a lot of things I could have done that would have benefitted both me and the company.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    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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    Content over quality

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prostwice a week pay was good, in the beginning there was more than enough work to go around

    ConsAvailable work slowed down to a trickle, recycled titles, arbitrary rating system

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

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    On the way up!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat content, working with industry leaders.

    ConsI would like to see more cross channel team work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsFully stocked fridge, drinks, free lunch Fridays, flexible schedules, overall friendly atmosphere.

    ConsThe upper management couldn't care less about the morale of the employees. If you're part of a recent acquisition, get ready for the company to get bored of you within twelve months, and then shut you down without warning.

    The simple fact is the executive staff drinks their own kool-aid, and won't listen to feedback from the people on the ground. Get ready for the quarterly company "all-hands" meetings where they'll unveil the most recent pivot - It happens every quarter without fail. The ever changing priorities within the company makes it increasingly difficult to close new business, and maintain existing business. You, and your clients simply won't be able to keep up.

    Career development is a moot-point here. After several meetings with VPs, and EVPs about career development, you'll become frustrated at the lack of anyone willing to give you a road map on how to get a raise, get promoted, get better accounts, etc.

    The company promotes a lot of internal events that claim to promote "team building" such as days in the park playing games with your co-workers, Hackathons, National Sales Conferences, but, all it really does is disrupt your week.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop changing and pivoting every quarter and give the initiatives and acquisitions a chance to blossom. When you acquire a company, don't go changing the business model - you bought the company because you liked the way they operate. Let them operate.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    Pros--fully stocked kitchen
    --nice people
    --good work life balance
    --up to date techs

    Cons--Not good for career development
    --Stick to where they are ; No initiative to grow; No innovation
    --upper management politics
    If you are new to IT industry and care career development, don't choose this place to work.

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

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    Good people, good perks, but undisciplined operations

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was at Demand for a few years. Overall the people were great--personable, knowledgeable, and good to work with. And the office experience was good. The perks were wonderful and the work I had was for the most part fun and provided good opportunities for learning and growth. They were also great with flexible hours and working from home, which was a huge help with child care and more.

    ConsDespite all these pluses, after 14 years in IT operations Demand Media has, hands-down, one of the most politics-laden and mismanaged operations environments I've ever seen... Chronically random enterprise environments, operations groups that rarely communicated with each other (and in a few cases even flatly refused to), random layoffs with virtually no consideration for the operational support holes left behind in the process, and more. At least once while I was there an entire dev ops team supporting one of their bigger products was restructured by one manager--existing people abruptly let go and replaced with people he wanted, and the environment restructured with little or input from other operations teams or business units. I was once even ordered to stop work on a project (which everyone agreed was badly needed and which eventually became one of the company's standard operations support tools) because, I was told, it's success was making my boss's boss look bad politically (he had been given budget to do the same thing and hadn't made significant progress). The company's customer-facing downtime reflects this sort of thing. Demand Media is also notorious for low pay per industry standard, which is typically justified by throwing in stock options. But as of this writing the stock is $2/share lower than it was at this time last year and barely 1/4 of what it was when the company went public 2 1/2 years ago. While I was there these things and more were taking their toll on many operations and dev personnel and turnover rates were significant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs a company Demand Media has promise and the managers I had contact with were mostly great people. But the company is essentially a corporate equivalent of a bright, but undisciplined adolescent who although gifted, needs to learn how to clean his room and do his chores. They will never be World Class unless they start managing their people, policies, and operations according to World Class 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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    Not a lot of work and rates are dismal

    Freelance Writer (Former Employee)

    ProsMake your own schedule
    Work from home

    ConsDid not make enough to keep working there.
    Editors can be real jerks, sometimes they change and publish the work under your name without your consent. Not just small mistakes but sometimes they rewrite the entire body of work and publish it under YOUR NAME~ wish I would have used a pen name.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the writers. Editors are not God!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Demanding" Media

    Contributing Author (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to work remotely, on your own schedule, and when I started contributing authors had a lot of control over which writing assignments they wanted to work on. It was a good way for me to get a few articles published while being in school and build a bit of a portfolio.

    ConsThe whole business model changed and although they never "fired" anyone, writers like me with no credentials in other fields like finance or whatever pretty much got pushed out. The company was very dodgy when writers questioned this on the forums, and made it seem as if everyone would "find a place" in the new specialty system. Guess what--it didn't work that way. I would have preferred a clear email that said "Your services are no longer needed" than being strung along and told to apply for various positions and specializations that I was always turned down for.

    The new system is actually much better at avoiding duplication of articles and providing better content; I don't have a problem with the product they are putting out there, just the way I and many other writers were treated during and after the transition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with your writers. If you're going from generating 300+ titles a day to 30, obviously there won't be enough work to go around any more. Keep people informed and don't dodge questions on the writer forums.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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