Demand Media
3.2 of 5 108 reviews
www.demandmedia.com Santa Monica, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Demand Media Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.2 108 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

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Shawn Colo

(8 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    Great Company and Team's

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsChallenging - Day-to-day you will be challenged working for or at Demand Media.
    Entrepreneurial Environment - Ability to take hold of a product, project or initiative and see it through to the end.
    Great People - Friendly co-workers who will work by you side every day.
    Culture - The culture team does an amazing job of offering many perks and benefits for its employee's

    ConsSome Upper Mgmt - A few challenging relationships to manage internally. Really depends upon the team you work for.
    Stale Product? - Worrysome if eHow/Livestrong/Cracked are what they used to be
    Pressure - A lot of pressure to produce results. I personally thrive in that type of environment, but for some it could be a bit much.

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

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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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    Unlimited opportunity ahead...patience required....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsGreat perks, good office location (lake view!), friendly management

    ConsNot a thriving startup or a staple like Microsoft or Amazon. It's in between and takes patience, but seems to be going in good direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication so we don't have to simply trust so much.

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

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    Great Company to Work For (Amazing Culture), No Sure Direction

    N/A (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsGreat company culture. Great snacks, 401K matching, amazing team culture events.

    ConsNo sure direction of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep staff abreast of what's going on as far as the direction of the company and you will keep great employees on board.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Production Assistant (freelance)

    Production Assistant (freelance) (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsGreat corporate culture
    Great Pay
    Great experience
    Fun content to work on
    Great location

    ConsTook on multiple roles with little guidance
    Worked as a freelancer, but would have liked my position to have been more full time
    Was expected to do work outside of my workday hours and was not compensated

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider some roles full time versus freelance, develop great employees who you can retain and who can contribute to your company over a long her period of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great place to learn on the job.

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsDemand hires truly great, friendly people. The HR department goes out of its way to keep a fun environment. Managers tend to not micromanage and let employees figure things out on their own.

    There's great freedom and work/life flexibility at Demand.

    ConsLower than market salaries; low stock price tends to make morale go down; could have a more formal process for employee training in new areas.

    Review process each year is long and arduous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation needs to be better in order to retain great employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with and more potential for growth than other companies. We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen. Management is great and willing to help teach and encourage growth. I think that Demand Media has a great culture and that the people makes the environment a great place to work at.

    ConsThe outlook of the company is pretty stagnant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat Team, Work Culture - everyone was very smart and had great ideas. You work with world class people.

    ConsToo much to do - very Demanding. There was a lack of support. The team I was on was small so there was a lot of gossip which was unfortunate. Professionalism was needed.

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