Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
34 Reviews
3.0
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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.  

    No focus, no leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Data Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Data Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Demand Media

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Average

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Downhill after the IPO

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

    Get a growth strategy

  7.  

    Nice people, hard business

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Demand media

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

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    technology is driven by sales and product

  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Freelance Contributor
    Former Contractor - Freelance Contributor

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

    Pros

    work 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

    Cons

    Websites 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality of freelance staff, not quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible hours.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Guidelines 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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow more communication between writers and copy editors.

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