Demand Media Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. Don't believe the positive reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    located in Santa Monica, bring your dog to the office, free lunch on fridays

    Cons

    Since the acquisition of Saatchi art the company is going downhill and continues to do so just look at the stock prices. No clear or honest direction from CEO or upper management to where the company is going. The CEO has created an environment of bitter employees and has pushed GOOD talent out. He's like a Ground Hog who rarely comes out his hole and does so just to give bad news. Saatchi employees are not friendly and don't socialize with anyone outside their department. The difference from Demand employees is that they don't speak to you and don't make eye contact. As previous reviews have stated, hr is very disorganized and their leadership is questionable just check linkedin. Starting to feel more corporate and not the fun place it used to be

    Advice to Management

    No need to fill this space because they haven't listened or they'll just bring in puppies and pink berry to mask the sad decline of the company


  2. Uprighting a ship requires heavy lifting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company went from being the darling of Los Angeles media tech to a shell of its former self in the period of time it took Google to walk across the room and click "change algorithm." In one fell swoop the audience had been driven out of their media brands and with it, revenue and market cap. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise because it caused the company to rethink its years of crappy content and is now in the middle of a massive transformation with a clear mission/vision on high quality. But while that alone would send most recruits running, they are not the people who Demand Media are looking for. The biggest solvable problems at the company are actually the biggest opportunities and for those who jump in feet first and make it happen they can be part of a massive turnaround. Recruiting has tightened up, ergo the pool of candidates and employees have become sharper. The pros to working for this company are in the details. Investments are being made in the business units and it would mostly depend which business hires you. It would be worth reading the company earnings call transcript to get a full understanding of how this shift is happening under completely new management. Should be noted that many, if not most, of the reviews on Glassdoor are from any one of the thousands of writers who wrote articles for the studio. While their opinions matter it should be understood that their connectivity to Demand Media the company is limited only to their freelance writing assignments and their relationship to the editor. They are not employees in the sense that they work at the office, participate in company All Hands meetings and contribute to the overall corporate culture. And yes, there are plenty of yummy treats at the company that if you didn't leave with diabetes or alcoholism, you'll leave a little heavier.

    Cons

    A start-up culture had returned to the company. Most people are not up for the do-lots-with-little mentality and if you can't live with a some resource ambiguity, this might be the right place. More is being expected of people to work smarter. Morale has been low in the past but seems to be improving.


  3. Good work environment, solid teams, believable direction

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kitchen perks are well-noted in other reviews, and they work. A lot of neg reviews over the past year are based on a rough period of change. It feels like a lot of that roughness is fading and the company direction is feeling firmer. The vibe internally is more calm and upbeat than one might assume from the more neg reviews Pay is on par for the area, better than farther inland in my experience. And the tech campus vibe of the area doesn't hurt.

    Cons

    There's still a bit of a mishmash of eras and groups, since there was a lot of turnaround in the past couple of years. That will smooth itself out over time, but know that the energy in different parts of the building is different. Some folks blow off the company events because once things overflow out into the halls, it's pointless to try and see or hear anything - need more or better space for those.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the big picture.


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  5. Great Co Worker, Great office atmosphere, Good Opportunity to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, Stocked kitchen, Challenging projects and amazing co workers.

    Cons

    No Direction, Low Compensation(Non Engineering Roles), some teams are just pathetic to work with, Stock prices plunging

    Advice to Management

    Hire better engineering teams, better product managers with actual experience and think for long term rather than short term.


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Demand has great people and a great culture. Most people enjoy very flexible hours and dress is always casual. The business is dynamic, which keeps it interesting. Upper management is transparent about the state of the company

    Cons

    The quality of some sites is not the best, but there is a focus on turning around those that need help. Stock based compensation is not as valuable as our stock price decreases, but that is always a risk with the market.


  7. Forward thinking and positive minded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of pros to working at DM. Most would note the snacks and occasional catered lunch meetings (yes please) - but most valuable are the abundance of experienced minds that are at arm's reach at any moment.

    Cons

    Needs a creative space, mostly for the Society6 team. There are a lot of creative folks that the company works with that could use a creative space to show art and produce events.

    Advice to Management

    More catered lunches please! There is a shortage of restaurants within walking distance and most of us work through lunch anyway, so if you could flex some of those food delivery muscle options - much appreciated.


  8. copyeditor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was nice while it lasted.

    Cons

    Company in flux for several. Too many performance reviews. Freelancers under constant scrutiny. Uncertainty about the future. Too many unpaid webinars to attend.


  9. Helpful (1)

    More Bad Than Good

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    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good people, free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    New management is awful -- taking away benefits to save money. A few weeks ago, they cut our Christmas vacation without warning, so everyone in the company got a 5-day pay cut. We used to have beer and wine on Fridays starting at 4, so everyone can mellow out and relax before going home. Now, we have beer starting at 5pm on Thursdays -- unsafe because no one wants to drink right before they drive home. Management made that decision so that people wouldn't leave work early on Fridays. New CEO plays favorites and makes that bias obvious in weekly emails to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking away company perks.


  10. Unsure Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall Demand has been a great place to work. They provide great benefits and if you're on the right team they have some very talented people.

    Cons

    It has definitely gone downhill over the past year. Most everyone is unsure of the future of the company. New management is trying to put together a plan but everyone doesn't have much confidence at this point.

    Advice to Management

    I know it's a tough situation at this point but the moral is about as low as I've ever seen here as people are even unsure if they'll be employed in the near future. Hopefully when management figures out the "plan" then people will be more excited to come to work.


  11. Was a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with cool people and be a part of great team.Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Took back some of the benefits . company is in maintainance mode.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate innovate and innovate . don't worry too much about going down. Fail fast and succeed faster.



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