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Demand Media Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.2 110 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Demand Media Co-founder and Interim CEO Shawn Colo

Shawn Colo

(9 ratings)

58% 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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    Downhill after the IPO

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFun and exciting team working for a common goal (IPO).

    ConsPost IPO the magic is gone

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a growth strategy

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    Nice people, hard business

    Director of Editorial (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsI really like the people here. Genuinely nice folks. Very pleasant to work with. Trying to grow and change. Open to new ideas.

    ConsSaying you want to improve your business is hard when so many people are still playing like (old) business as usual. There were instances where senior execs said they wanted to change but the middle management just wanted to keep pressing forward with the same plan. That was frustrating as I was hired to help make thing better.

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

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    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

    Content Writer (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsHigh rate of pay in comparison to some other companies
    Several topics to apply to
    Flexible hours
    No ghostwriting - your name is tied to your work appearing in some notable publications

    ConsCopy editors are rude and self-serving
    Management is frequently incompetent and/or oblivious to issues
    Rewrites significantly decrease your dollar per hour potential

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a checks and balance system implemented for CE's. Good writers leave, because CE's get on power trips, and there is no one to bring them back to earth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Demand media

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of cross silo work to be done, you can work in all facets of development

    Constechnology is driven by sales and product

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    It's fine. It's plenty of work, but the freelance setup can be frustrating

    Freelance Contributor (Former Employee)

    Proswork your own hours

    plenty of work to do and projects to work on

    Once you're accepted you can begin writing right away

    Content is on major websites all over the world

    ConsWebsites all have different styles, standards, and even at times different systems for selecting content (Cracked a great example) and therefore you have to be aware of these differences, I wasn't always made aware of the differences too much.

    Pay is mediocre

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on quality of freelance staff, not quantity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible hours.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou are given seven days to complete articles you choose to write.

    ConsGuidelines are strict. Your communication with the copy editor is limited. You have one opportunity to make corrections after submitting an article for review and receiving copy editor revision requests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more communication between writers and copy editors.

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    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

    Freelance Writer (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsI have been a freelance contract writer for Demand Media for several years.

    Demand's system allows me to sign into an online virtual "work desk" from my computer, choose article topics that interest me, write the articles, and -- if the editors approve the articles -- get paid for them. The online virtual "work desk" is really well-designed, and enables me to produce articles, see copies of past articles, review article payments, sign in to forums for writers and editors, and many other good features.

    I am paid regularly (twice a week) via Paypal. I receive approximately $25 to $30 per article. Articles are published very promptly.

    Writing these articles sharpened my research and writing skills. When I first went to work for Demand, I was a bit long-winded as a writer. Conforming to their requirements forced me to write in a punchier, clearer, more informative and colloquial style.

    Demand also insisted on thorough research for articles in my specialties (law, business, finance, careers, health care), forcing me to be more careful in my choice of references.

    Demand enabled me to get back into freelance writing after years away from freelance writing spent in other careers.

    ConsDemand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section.

    For writers used to working with one or two editors on a regular first name basis and becoming familiar with their preferences, constantly having your articles reviewed by strangers -- usually anonymous -- can be stressful.

    Demand's editorial guidelines are ridiculously complex, and management has recently added "The Associated Press Stylebook" requirements to Demand's own internal guidelines, making it very difficult to write articles that conform 'perfectly' to the two sets of guidelines.

    CEs have difficulty applying two sets of guidelines, leading to situations in which one CE will approve an article using certain types of references or grammatical uses and the next CE will reject a very similar article, objecting to those same references or grammatical uses. This can affect a writer's overall "scores" from CEs, causing writer ratings to fluctuate dramatically, even if a writer's style has not changed.

    In addition, the CEs are of uneven quality. Some are very experienced, conscientious and polite; others are inexperienced and/or rude. Demand allows writers to rate CEs anonymously, and CEs rate writers anonymously on writer "scorecards." CE ratings of writers seem to count for more than writer ratings of CEs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest that Demand assign writers to one or two CEs in each section and give them a chance to communicate with them regularly on a first name basis, as opposed to the current system of nearly anonymous editing.

    If a writer and CE don't get along, give the writer (or the CE) the option of transferring the writer to a different CE. If a writer "flunks out" with three or four CEs, then the writer probably has a problem. If a CE consistently 'loses' writers, then that CE has a problem. You'll quickly weed out the poor quality writers and CEs using that method.

    I would also suggest that Demand use just one set of editorial guidelines, instead of two.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Heavy cowboy mentality

    NOC Analyst (Former Employee) Kirkland, WA

    ProsSmart people
    Good atmosphere
    Culture is pretty good
    Flexible

    ConsEverything is run in a chaotic manner
    Most outages and SLA issues caused internally due to lack of oversight
    Very high turnover in IT support
    Mid to upper management is a good ol boy system

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to people with operations experience. Take a real survey of wasted man hours and equate that to dollars lost, then correlate to how much of that is caused by internal idiocy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was once a great place to build experience, but no more

    Contributing Writer (Former Employee)

    ProsThese are things I liked about Demand when I started writing for them, under the old system:

    -Served as an entry point for new writers looking to build a portfolio (way back when)
    -Flexible hours
    -Remote work
    -Choice of topics (way back when)
    -Message boards for writers
    -Quick responses from editors
    -Range of assignments offered (way back when)

    Cons-Low payment per article
    -Competition amongst writers for topics
    -The company changed its entire approach to content creation and management. To be honest, this has resulted in better quality product for them. However, when the change was made, information was misleading and it felt like management was trying to conceal what they were doing. Concerned writers on the message boards did not have their questions answered directly. While I don't believe anyone was "fired," the new model made it impossible for many new and less experienced writers to find any assignments they were deemed qualified to write. After trying and failing to acquire authorization in a special topic, I stopped looking for articles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wish the transition would have been handled more directly. Many writers would have still been upset by the changes, but I think they would have been more receptive and accepting if the plan and its implications had been made clear from the start.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosinteractive work environment, great people

    Consnot stable, can change structure dramatically

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