Demand Media Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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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. Great people to work with

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    Former Employee - Content Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Loved the opportunities and the people who made them happen

    Cons

    Change was the name of the game, so a flexible attitude yielded success

  2. 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.

  3. Interactive Designer

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    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, fun office activites.

    Cons

    Poor quality control on work and content. Not much room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Be more creative and daring.

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  5. 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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Just OK

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros -- lots of positive, nice people. Wonderful work/life balance. If you need to work from home, or take vacation, you do it and it's no big deal.

    Cons

    The company is in a lot of turmoil right now. There is a new CEO, head of design, and head of e-commerce so the middle to upper managers are running around trying to please and impress them instead of doing actual work, like managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those few people who are toxic - you know who they are as they are complained about every year in year-end reviews, but you never do anything about them. Institutional knowledge is not worth the amount of people who leave because they get bullied.

  7. No focus, no leadership

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    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.

  8. Started Okay, but Went Down Hill.

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Albany, NY

    I worked at Demand Media

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the flexible hours, the amount of work available, and most of the editing staff. The editors reviewed articles in a timely manner, and payment was almost always on time.

    Cons

    After working there for six months, the company went through a series of changes that altered the way writers picked up new articles. Unfortunately, for many of us, that meant a lot less work. There were also some concerns with the editing staff.

  9. The company is disorganized and constantly changes priorities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I worked with some good people, but most weren't able to grow their skills because the management was so poor and building from within wasn't a priority.

    Cons

    Stressful environment that neither provided the support nor resources necessary to execute a project effectively. Many projects were abandoned and millions of dollars were wasted due to short-term thinking.

  10. Went Downhill Fast

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    Former Employee - Freelance Writer
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible; gave a variety of topics to write about.

    Cons

    Constantly changing, restrictive, frustrating, unclear. Ridiculous expectations for the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where all the content is coming from, and treat the people who provide it better.

  11. Helpful (1)

    A mess of corporate entanglement.

    Former Contractor - Marketing
    Former Contractor - Marketing

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Mostly decent folk
    Nice office
    Good wages, so long as you're not the poor guy crafting mass produced content.

    Cons

    "Go big or go home" is the attitude, which means that good ideas and good projects are halted long before they can reach fruition because the goal is home-run only rather than slow and steady. This means a lot of your hard work will simply end up in a trash can somewhere, often for unclear reasons.

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