Demand Media Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
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  1. Decent Place, Nice People

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    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

    Pros

    Demand Media really is a conglomerate... you work for an individual company within Demand, and there are a few corporate departments (HR, etc.). All of the people I have encountered are nice and seem to actually want to help you, which is different from my normal experience in a company this size. The particular piece of the company where I work embodies these traits even more, and really does feel like a family.

    Cons

    The company's stock hasn't been doing well lately, which is a concern. Also, the hiring process is very odd, with interviewees interviewing for a variety of positions within different parts of the company all at the same time. The promotion path also seems unclear, at least from where I am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I actually think upper management, which has recently changed somewhat, knows what needs to be done pretty well... The hiring process would be much better if it were more like other places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Solid company with odd leadership that has since left

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people were great, for the most part. Driven, intelligent and friendly. While there was some politics, you could see people tried to avoid them. The Austin office in particular was great and many of the people I met in Santa Monica made me feel welcome every visit. I continue to keep in touch with quite a few people from DM.

    Cons

    Being in a remote office complicated communication and team work. It was also apparent that they didn't know what to do with their acquisitions at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. It was fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked here for during DM's splash in the market. It was truly an exciting place to work:

    - good benefits and pay
    - approachable leadership team of truly good people
    - collaborative culture that focused on taking action
    - focus on empowerment
    - lots of career opportunities -- if you had an idea there was a high likelihood you'd get to do it

    Cons

    Work/life balance was a challenge. Expectation of the was that you'd put in a lot of hours, and if you weren't doing that you weren't "going big."

    Focus at times was also a challenge. There were so many opportunities that as a company we may have chased too many at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I miss this team!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience as an intern. Did stuff that matters.

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    Former Intern - Infrastructure in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Infrastructure in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Treated as a full time / assigned great projects / well stocked kitchen .. great food / excellent culture

    Cons

    pay for interns not competitive / internship program is not mature yet but will be

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Opportunity for personal growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment that presented excellent opportunity for personal growth

    Cons

    Undergoing changes in business mode.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Company that respect people and their values

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked as a consultant to the Finance team. I would rate it as one of the best company that i have worked for being an consultant...Manager and coworker respect each other a lot...There is a lot of work that is being done without any kind of micro management...If someone is a sincere and honest person and looking for working on a employer friendly environment, then this is one of the best place to work for in LA.

    Cons

    Rumors are always created that the org is going on a different way with respect to the way it is making business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Company and Team's

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging - Day-to-day you will be challenged working for or at Demand Media.
    Entrepreneurial Environment - Ability to take hold of a product, project or initiative and see it through to the end.
    Great People - Friendly co-workers who will work by you side every day.
    Culture - The culture team does an amazing job of offering many perks and benefits for its employee's

    Cons

    Some Upper Mgmt - A few challenging relationships to manage internally. Really depends upon the team you work for.
    Stale Product? - Worrysome if eHow/Livestrong/Cracked are what they used to be
    Pressure - A lot of pressure to produce results. I personally thrive in that type of environment, but for some it could be a bit much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Unlimited opportunity ahead...patience required....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, good office location (lake view!), friendly management

    Cons

    Not a thriving startup or a staple like Microsoft or Amazon. It's in between and takes patience, but seems to be going in good direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication so we don't have to simply trust so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great Company to Work For (Amazing Culture), No Sure Direction

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    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Great snacks, 401K matching, amazing team culture events.

    Cons

    No sure direction of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep staff abreast of what's going on as far as the direction of the company and you will keep great employees on board.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to learn on the job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Demand hires truly great, friendly people. The HR department goes out of its way to keep a fun environment. Managers tend to not micromanage and let employees figure things out on their own.

    There's great freedom and work/life flexibility at Demand.

    Cons

    Lower than market salaries; low stock price tends to make morale go down; could have a more formal process for employee training in new areas.

    Review process each year is long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be better in order to retain great employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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