Demand Media Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Demand Media Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty
Sean Moriarty
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Pros
  • Flexible work hours, decent pay, work from home, pays twice a week (in 8 reviews)

  • We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Copy editors are rude and self-serving (in 5 reviews)

  • Many editors don't understand the subject matter as well as the writers; low pay; rude feedback (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Sinking ship of a company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Arranging for time off never a problem. Lots of great people.

    Cons

    Extremely poor senior management. No defined company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and focus on it. There cannot be 15 simultaneous projects that are unrelated. There's no company that will buy Demand because no one needs 20 mediocre projects. You could sell ehow, and that's about it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Disappointed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Demand Media

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Bellevue office has some really smart, innovative and friendly people * Snacks and fun things to do provided by Facilities, HR and employee run committee * Very casual environment; NERF rules! * Good location * Technology provided is good quality

    Cons

    * no possibility of promotion in most departments * internal communication between departments and between management and employees is not sufficient * Employees in general don't seem very happy

    Advice to Management

    Please remember that this company is made up of people who are incredibly smart and most of them are just waiting for someone they can follow. Your employees need feedback that can be acted on and defined goals to work on. Saying "Make it so" works for Picard, but not for you.


  3. We All Loved It, But Then Overnight It Disappeared

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Title Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Title Quality Assurance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Demand Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for remotely. It paid better than any work at home job for the type of work. It offered the opportunity to work in a field that is not offered by any other company. It was a stress-free place to work. They kept it simple and devoid of unnecessary or antiquated systems. The Forums were a place to learn new knowledge and make some great friendships. It paid twice weekly, unheard of.

    Cons

    It dissolved all of the jobs for thousands of remote workers that had worked for the company for years. The management gave no forewarning, notice or indication and ended contracts with everyone in the blink of an eye. The jobs were taken away under the pretense of it being the employee's performance, when in reality the company essentially ended their work at home departments.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the future and develop your projects in accordance with long-term growth. Popping on the scene and dropping off the scene is not the best business model. Practice good employee communication. It's essential to communicate clearly and honestly with the people who make it all possible.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Notorious and despised for many reasons

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Office near beach, 3rd Street Promenade, free snacks, laid back to an extreme

    Cons

    Laid back to the point where people on the content team such as editors and content managers are instant messaging for half the day with friends and giggling. There's no shame. Many have no formal training or eduation in journalism. No wonder the company has such a horrible reputation. Wired, LA Weekly, and Business Insider have all written about the shoddy work of this content farm. If you're an editor, manager or writer working for the content team, working for Demand Media is only going to harm your resume. Real journalists look down upon such unprofessional work. They don't fact-check or verify anything. I was also verbally and sexually harassed, and management failed to address any of my complaints. That is simply wrong, callous, and shameful. I resigned because of the lack of morals and values here. Pay is also ridiculously low. You'll earn more at almost any other desk job. I am confident that this was the worst job I've ever had.

    Advice to Management

    Hire content managers with professional journalism experience, people who have actually studied journalism at reputable universities or publications, or else your reputation is only going to get worse. Treat employees with some ounce of respect. It is so incredibly disrespectful and cold to ignore the concerns of your employees, especially when they involve sexual and verbal harassment. Keep things professional. Make it known that a professional environment requires professionalism. No ogling, crass behavior, remarks about female bodies, breasts, prostitution, and yelling. Demand some decency.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Some great people work here. The coffee machines are nice. Plenty of space to spread out since the brand new office has so few people in it now.

    Cons

    This place is a sinking ship. All the quality leadership has left in the last year. The site teams haven't made much progress in reversing the enormous drop in site traffic and the current focus on content marketing is over ambitious and lacks real growth opportunities. The stock is in perpetual decline. Santa Monica is loaded with better tech companies to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Sell and cut your losses.


  7. Helpful (4)

    The company is disorganized and constantly changes priorities.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Nightmare post acquisition

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media

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

    Pros

    the people - great folks that are passionate about what they do and have fun doing it

    Cons

    change in management completely changed the environment of the organization. Managers to busy managing up and not paying attention to the work going on elsewhere. Mass exodus of employees following layoffs and instability in the faith of the company

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a vision to employees - everyone is in the dark or working in fear


  9. Helpful (11)

    TOXIC Culture, AWEFUL leadership, STAY AWAY!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some great talent (but they are departing), some perks, flex hours, nice office amenities.

    Cons

    Are you thinking of joining Demand? Do yourself a favor and find another job unless you enjoy working in a toxic environment with unrealistic expectations, unfair practices, blatant discrimination, and a general lack of direction. Where to start? Leadership: The clueless new CEO that has done nothing more than "cut costs" which literally translates to massive layoffs. No, I was't laid off, I left on my own terms. The company was already suffering before he took over leadership and has only gone down every since. The first thing he did as a CEO was to put a task-force together to redesign the eHow logo. We're glad you had your priorities straight sir! He is by far the least charismatic leader I have ever came across in a decade of working in tech. most people stopped attending all hands meetings because he never had anything encouraging to say, was not appreciative of the work everyone was doing, and blatantly suggested many timers that "if you don't believe in what we do here, you should leave." REALLY? what did YOU exactly do to create trust in the employees sir? HR: By far the most unprofessional staff in the entire company. HR is supposed to be the champion of employee rights but since most of the HR employees left and they hired new people, it has turned into a war zone. Not only employees are not heard but they are often met with dismissive and borderline aggressive responses from the very same people that are supposed to be there to mediate and minimize the chances of a legal action against the company but this team does the exact opposite. The way they've handled layoffs and complaints has left a bad taste in everyone's mouth and if you dare to speak, they will slam you with a new offensive label. If you are lucky, you get a severance package and are let go. If you are not, they will do everything in their power to force you out of the company. HR staff is on a major power trip and it is known and seen by past and current employees alike. It is truly sad that we've witnessed such disgrace since Richard's departure. Compensation: The pay is on the lower end of industry standards. Annual raises have become a perk for very few. The worst part is that it is absolutely not clear why those few receive the raises, bonuses, and the promotions. Annual 360 reviews seem to have absolutely no effect on that decision. It really comes down to how threatened your boss is by you and how much are you willing to play down your talents. This is POISON for any creative person and any company in their right minds but right minds are a rare thing when it comes to the leadership at Demand. Culture: What once was a fun and open environment, has now turned into secret meetings behind closed doors, no transparency, no leadership accountability, favoritism, no clear path to promotion, and a place where great ideas go to die. So it is not surprising that all the top talent is departing the company is droves.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure anything anyone says is going to make a difference in how you run the company. Many past employees tried to draw your attention to the toxic culture brewing but all was ignored. Instead you went on a rampage of character assassinations, forced resignations, and unexplained layoffs. With over 80% of your top talent gone, maybe it's time to take a hard look at yourselves and see where you went wrong. Hint: It is NOT how well you handled changes and heard your employees concerns.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Yield Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice offices in Santa Monica

    Cons

    Demand has been searching for a winning direction since its IPO stumble after Google's Panda also change. Nothing it threw against the wall stuck in those few years. The sharpest, most engaged senior stakeholders all began to flee, as did many of the most talented managers. The resulting holes were filled by people who are probably more focussed on managing up and building some story around their success.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver the vision to employees. Nobody knows what the direction is and most are generally scared because the company has been on a steady downward slide for 3 years. Just saying that you have a plan and things will get better after they get worse isn't a winning plan.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Demand Media Needs Improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The best part of working at Demand Media was the variety of writing assignments. Being able to write about everything from pets to obscure cultural topics was interesting.

    Cons

    The quality of the editors was not consistent. I would have excellent editors for some projects and those who were barely literate to rate articles. There was also a weird ratings system that tripped me up as a writer. I didn't like the unprofessional behavior of many of the editors.

    Advice to Management

    Hire editors that are professionals, not those who lack experience and consistency.



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