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Demand Media Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
119 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet (in 7 reviews)

  • Free lunch every Friday was icing on the cake (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

  • Some of the topics were very obscure so there were times I wouldn't be able to write any articles (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Less than the sum of its parts

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    • 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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    DM is struggling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for more than a 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Demand Media as an intern for less than a 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly Frustrating Freelance Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Writer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Prompt payment. They pay by PayPal twice a week, and are rarely late.

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Google 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.

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

    Content over quality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media part-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    On the way up!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    Great content, working with industry leaders.

    Cons

    I would like to see more cross channel team work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    disappointed

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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