Demand Media Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Demand Media Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty
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Pros
  • Flexible work hours, decent pay, work from home, pays twice a week (in 8 reviews)

  • We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Copy editors are rude and self-serving (in 5 reviews)

  • Many editors don't understand the subject matter as well as the writers; low pay; rude feedback (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Had the innovation going, but got a bit too careful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Striving for more traffic was always at the core of the ethos. Growth and innovation were very important, but the growth slowed and ideas seemed to slow at the same rate. Careful is fine, but won't bring break-out growth.

    Cons

    Lots of good, very smart people have moved on to more exciting companies interested in growing to allow them to continue to learn and innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Take some new risks and use the data to innovate, not just tweak and tune endlessly.


  2. Finance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    good team work environment friendly co-workers industry average or better benefits

    Cons

    lack of direction and vision from the leadership team no room for internal growth


  3. Helpful (1)

    Writer

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Demand Media (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can work when I want and only if I want. The pay is fair for the work expected.

    Cons

    Your job can be gone with no notice because they have changed their priorities.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    No focus, no leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Data Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Data Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Demand Media

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, lots of opportunity if you play the game.

    Cons

    All the wrong people are in charge. People get promoted if they just work a lot, not if they work smart.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good for freelance work, but drawbacks too...

    Former Contractor - Writer, Editor, Section Expert
    Former Contractor - Writer, Editor, Section Expert

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

    Pros

    I worked as a freelance writer and section expert at Demand Media. Pros included the flexibility of the work (you could log in and work when you wanted), they pay on time and frequently, and people were generally nice. If you're a budding writer, it's a good way to get paid for creating a body of online work and to perfect your writing.

    Cons

    This is a content farm. Pay, at least for contract workers, is low with no benefits. This is true especially for the writing and editing jobs. They want the best people but don't want to pay them. The management are nice enough but they always seemed busy and stressed out. Problems with the writers/editors didn't get solved. And, being a contract employee, even as a section expert, you don't feel like you're part of the company.


  7. Freelance Writer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    Could write on whatever topic you chose. Very easy work. Perfect for someone still in school, because you can make it mold your schedule - even the weird hours. The articles were then edited by someone else, who would then approve it or send it back for modification. This was good in maintaining a more consistent quality

    Cons

    Inconsistent income. Some of the topics were very obscure so there were times I wouldn't be able to write any articles


  8. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Average

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch Fridays, 401K matching, Tons of company learning sessions to see what is happening in other departments, Fully stocked kitchens, Ability to work-from-home

    Cons

    Like any big company it's all about who your boss is. I interviewed thinking one person would be the boss and this changed two more times before my first day. The person who ended up being my boss was someone who, had I known would be the manager, would have given me serious reservations about taking the job in the first place. Obviously this is an individual problem, not something that will happen to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Take employee concerns more seriously if you want to keep them happier


  9. Downhill after the IPO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Post IPO the magic is gone

    Advice to Management

    Get a growth strategy


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice people, hard business

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    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Saying 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High 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

    Cons

    Copy 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 Management

    There 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.



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