Demand Media Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
115 Reviews

3.5
115 Reviews
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Demand Media Co-founder and Interim CEO Shawn Colo
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contributing Writer
    Former Employee - Contributing Writer

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

    Pros

    These 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    interactive work environment, great people

    Cons

    not stable, can change structure dramatically

  3.  

    Web article content writing ups and downs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Writer  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prompt payment, variety of assignments, work as little or as much as you need to.

    Cons

    rules constantly change, not always a lot of articles to write and new editors take awhile to break in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A review of current writers in your database for other assignments, rather than requesting each person interested in new or special assignments to do an application for each position would be helpful. You would get better quality writing for these new or special assignments because these are people who already know Demand Media rules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good opportunity for writers to beef up portfolios.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Content Writer
    Former Employee - Web Content Writer

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

    Pros

    You get paid as quickly as you write articles.
    Plenty of topics to choose from -- there's something for everyone.
    Good way to beef up your writing portfolio.
    Good way to get feedback from editors about your writing.

    Cons

    No royalties paid -- once you're paid, that's it, no matter how popular an article becomes.
    Image selection can be difficult/dry (at least when I was writing for them--this may have changed).
    Topic availability can dry up on occasion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    From the freelancing side.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Very consistent with pay schedule-if something goes wrong, they do try to fix it and pay on time. Section editors are very responsive, and they are trying to ensure the articles written make sense and are things people would want to read. They try to bridge the editor-writer divide and listen to both.

    Cons

    Like all freelancing, inconsistent levels of work; sudden changes that are not always what you thought they would be. Take a wait-and-see approach to any news they have about changes rather than assuming the changes will be wonderful. Planning long-term can be difficult. You'll see people in the forum constantly say you have to have other clients, and this is very true. Freelancing for Demand has become more like freelancing for other outlets in that the days of thousands of articles are gone.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people but management lacks vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people, beer Fridays, updated tech, beer fridays

    Cons

    No room for career expansion, not innovative, little collaboration across teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage competition between teams and create something new.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    For the right person, a great opportunity. Fit is everything here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people who care about their employees as people.

    Cons

    Opportunities seemed unnecessarily limited. Hard to sink your teeth into it when there are so many stakeholders. Didn't focus enough on developing people, although, there are good people in the org who will take you under their wing. Too many cracks to fall through, perhaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align teams with strategic initiatives, deliver ownership and vision down the chain. All hands are nice, but disconnected from ground operations. Work on defragmenting some of the org chart/teams.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The environment is friendly. You can tell it's still trying to build a foundation for its online properties.

    Former Employee - Editorial New Media Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial New Media Intern in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Working alongside hardworking people who wanna make something out of the company.

    Cons

    Could do better in building their platform as an online media company.

  10.  

    Fair pay for the amount of work required

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

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    -Pay. The pay was fair for the amount of work required
    -Interesting Work. While some of the article choices were boring, there were often fun and interesting choices to take on

    Cons

    -Editors were not on the same page, causing confusion and frustration for the writers
    -If you're a slow writer, you'll barely make above minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get editors on the same page. I have known many writers that have decided to no longer write for your company because of the inconsistent demands of the editors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good vision, but lacking unified execution

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

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and day-to-day perks

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork across business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unify your business units and show the value of everything Demand Media has to offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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