Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
120 Reviews
3.3
120 Reviews
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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 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was fun while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Worked here for during DM's splash in the market. It was truly an exciting place to work:

    - good benefits and pay
    - approachable leadership team of truly good people
    - collaborative culture that focused on taking action
    - focus on empowerment
    - lots of career opportunities -- if you had an idea there was a high likelihood you'd get to do it

    Cons

    Work/life balance was a challenge. Expectation of the was that you'd put in a lot of hours, and if you weren't doing that you weren't "going big."

    Focus at times was also a challenge. There were so many opportunities that as a company we may have chased too many at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I miss this team!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than the sum of its parts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Content Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people in the domain registrar silo.

    Cons

    The emphasis on speedy growth led to a lot of really subpar hires at all levels. The worst result was intellectual beheading of the company that turned it into the soulless "content farm" zombie that everybody pounced on. Making eHow crappy was a calculated, foreseeably unwise, business decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Founders: never give up control of your company. The money-makers will drive your company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No respect for writers and inconsistent copy editors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer

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

    Pros

    Work whenever and wherever you want -- if there's work

    Cons

    Writers are expected to be experts but then have to do hours of research for a 400 word article in order to provide sources for every detail. Copy editors are notoriously inconsistent and some are just plain obnoxious. The editing process is punitive towards writers, with little or no give and take. Hostile senior editors on power trips can make the whole thing a nightmare. Beware. Things can go along nicely and then suddenly you'll encounter unreasonable and arbitrary demands from editors. I don't know how this company is still in business. I wouldn't buy its stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care so I'm not going to waste my time with advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demand Media Not Interested in their Writers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Article Writer in Palm Coast, FL
    Former Employee - Article Writer in Palm Coast, FL

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

    Pros

    You can work from home.

    Cons

    Demand Media pays nothing. They expect writers to research, write and if not initially accepted, rewrite. All for the top dollar of $25 per article. Then, if not accepted, the writer gets nothing. Writers can expect to earn much lower than minimum wage for their talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for decent talent and decent articles. You are no better than big business paying nothing for their workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    DM is struggling

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues and Good Perks. Work hours vary a lot, some weeks it can be 50 hours some weeks it can be 35 hours.

    Cons

    No clear company goal. They are trying to be everywhere in the content business. The senior management is disconnected from the employees. The office managers are only focussed on saving their jobs. Resulting in frequent exodus of good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the drawing board and figure out if the Acquisitions make sense. Grow big by going small. Understand the product lines and its relevance to the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as an intern. Did stuff that matters.

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

    I worked at Demand Media as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Treated as a full time / assigned great projects / well stocked kitchen .. great food / excellent culture

    Cons

    pay for interns not competitive / internship program is not mature yet but will be

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't ever work for demand!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    the only pro is that there are a bunch of jobs...

    Cons

    almost all of the jobs you can't complete because it would cost more than it pays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to run a company and take advice from the people that actually do the work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity for personal growth

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment that presented excellent opportunity for personal growth

    Cons

    Undergoing changes in business mode.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tons of politics, but non managers may have a good time.

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Very lax atmosphere. Incredibly flexible hours. Free snacks and drinks. Free catered lunches on Fridays.

    Cons

    An inordinate amount of politics to navigate. Every department treats itself like a fiefdom that must be appeased before anything can get done.

    Requests for normal information or equipment can take months (or longer) to be responded to, even if it is mission critical.

    Many departments and staff have a "lob it over the wall " mentality where their goal is just to pass off a problem so they don't have to deal with it with little care about whether it is resolved or not.

    A huge amount of turnover in some departments (over 50%) in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the roadblocks that prevent people from doing their jobs. Listen to the examples given of red tape and do something about it instead of just telling people to "find a way" as lately that "way" is to move on to another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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