Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
130 Reviews
3.0
130 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 5 reviews)

  • Demand Media is also notorious for low pay per industry standard, which is typically justified by throwing in stock options (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good time to be at the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mess of corporate entanglement.

    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Went Downhill Fast

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible; gave a variety of topics to write about.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being a contract writer is no fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than the sum of its parts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    DM is struggling

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

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues and Good Perks. Work hours vary a lot, some weeks it can be 50 hours some weeks it can be 35 hours.

    Cons

    No clear company goal. They are trying to be everywhere in the content business. The senior management is disconnected from the employees. The office managers are only focussed on saving their jobs. Resulting in frequent exodus of good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the drawing board and figure out if the Acquisitions make sense. Grow big by going small. Understand the product lines and its relevance to the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tons of politics, but non managers may have a good time.

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Very lax atmosphere. Incredibly flexible hours. Free snacks and drinks. Free catered lunches on Fridays.

    Cons

    An inordinate amount of politics to navigate. Every department treats itself like a fiefdom that must be appeased before anything can get done.

    Requests for normal information or equipment can take months (or longer) to be responded to, even if it is mission critical.

    Many departments and staff have a "lob it over the wall " mentality where their goal is just to pass off a problem so they don't have to deal with it with little care about whether it is resolved or not.

    A huge amount of turnover in some departments (over 50%) in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the roadblocks that prevent people from doing their jobs. Listen to the examples given of red tape and do something about it instead of just telling people to "find a way" as lately that "way" is to move on to another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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).

    Cons

    Upper 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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    All 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.

    Cons

    Unpaid 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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