Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
115 Reviews

3.5
115 Reviews
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Demand Media Co-founder and Interim CEO Shawn Colo
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good people, good perks, but undisciplined operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was at Demand for a few years. Overall the people were great--personable, knowledgeable, and good to work with. And the office experience was good. The perks were wonderful and the work I had was for the most part fun and provided good opportunities for learning and growth. They were also great with flexible hours and working from home, which was a huge help with child care and more.

    Cons

    Despite all these pluses, after 14 years in IT operations Demand Media has, hands-down, one of the most politics-laden and mismanaged operations environments I've ever seen... Chronically random enterprise environments, operations groups that rarely communicated with each other (and in a few cases even flatly refused to), random layoffs with virtually no consideration for the operational support holes left behind in the process, and more. At least once while I was there an entire dev ops team supporting one of their bigger products was restructured by one manager--existing people abruptly let go and replaced with people he wanted, and the environment restructured with little or input from other operations teams or business units. I was once even ordered to stop work on a project (which everyone agreed was badly needed and which eventually became one of the company's standard operations support tools) because, I was told, it's success was making my boss's boss look bad politically (he had been given budget to do the same thing and hadn't made significant progress). The company's customer-facing downtime reflects this sort of thing. Demand Media is also notorious for low pay per industry standard, which is typically justified by throwing in stock options. But as of this writing the stock is $2/share lower than it was at this time last year and barely 1/4 of what it was when the company went public 2 1/2 years ago. While I was there these things and more were taking their toll on many operations and dev personnel and turnover rates were significant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a company Demand Media has promise and the managers I had contact with were mostly great people. But the company is essentially a corporate equivalent of a bright, but undisciplined adolescent who although gifted, needs to learn how to clean his room and do his chores. They will never be World Class unless they start managing their people, policies, and operations according to World Class rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    For the right person, a great opportunity. Fit is everything here.

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

    Pros

    Smart people who care about their employees as people.

    Cons

    Opportunities seemed unnecessarily limited. Hard to sink your teeth into it when there are so many stakeholders. Didn't focus enough on developing people, although, there are good people in the org who will take you under their wing. Too many cracks to fall through, perhaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align teams with strategic initiatives, deliver ownership and vision down the chain. All hands are nice, but disconnected from ground operations. Work on defragmenting some of the org chart/teams.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    One great experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An excellent company to work for. So much enthusiasm and so many very smart people to work with and to become friends with.

    Cons

    There are times when we work very long hours - but that is with any job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial to add more women to the executive management team. The company is currently a bit "man"-aged.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed and very chilled people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    - free friday lunches
    - wine downs every last friday of the month
    - work hard, play harder
    - awesome benefits
    - a lot of team culture events from hollywood bowl to six flags
    - recognition of hard work
    - company still expanding so opportunities are there if you want to take it.

    Cons

    - they took away the awesome offsite they promised the first year i was here. false advertisement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i love my bosses. they work hard and willing to teach. very laid back and when i'm stressed they offer scotch or patrone to help calm me down. always get the problems solved with no finger pointing or blame.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Job for Independent Contractors

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    Former Employee - Title Editor
    Former Employee - Title Editor

    Pros

    Work was abundant for first year and a half that I worked there.

    Cons

    Work slowed down to almost nothing and then they closed many departments, including mine in order to move in a new direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give contractors more notice before you end work with them.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some great people, depending on the on the team you get assigned to. Friday catered lunches, team culture activities.

    Cons

    Job security can be unstable. A lot of turnover. Product tied to SEO which mean google can and will turn off the faucet at will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try out new ideas. Listen to R&D. Diversify.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Wonderful HR and Company Culture

    Cons

    Limited ability to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The environment is friendly. You can tell it's still trying to build a foundation for its online properties.

    Former Employee - Editorial New Media Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial New Media Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Working alongside hardworking people who wanna make something out of the company.

    Cons

    Could do better in building their platform as an online media company.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company to Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great, smart people who are always willing to help
    Ability to try new things and take chances
    Flexible work schedules
    Perks like free lunch Fridays, movie days, stocked kitchen, other intangibles that lead to a great quality of life

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized
    Could have better unification across groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's find ways to work together across product groups to make our company even stronger!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Happy at DM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Growth Opportunity, ESPP, 401k Match, stock options

    Cons

    Lacking HR review & salary title/comp adjustment process in 2012. All indicators show 2013 will be a better year and that the company is listening to internal feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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