Demand Media Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Pretty good

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful HR and Company Culture

    Cons

    Limited ability to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better advancement opportunities.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Company to Grow

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Happy at DM

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

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity if you don't procrastinate!

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Set your own hours
    High pay rate for each written and approved piece
    Work from where you can connect to the Internet
    Easy work

    Cons

    Work isn't always consistent
    There are "droughts" of work that lead to decrease of income

    Advice to Management

    Keep titles coming!


  7. Good vision, but lacking unified execution

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and day-to-day perks

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork across business units.

    Advice to Management

    Unify your business units and show the value of everything Demand Media has to offer.


  8. Not a bad place

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice location, free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Managements/HR's open door policy is a smokescreen. There is very little room for growth.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding" Media

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work remotely, on your own schedule, and when I started contributing authors had a lot of control over which writing assignments they wanted to work on. It was a good way for me to get a few articles published while being in school and build a bit of a portfolio.

    Cons

    The whole business model changed and although they never "fired" anyone, writers like me with no credentials in other fields like finance or whatever pretty much got pushed out. The company was very dodgy when writers questioned this on the forums, and made it seem as if everyone would "find a place" in the new specialty system. Guess what--it didn't work that way. I would have preferred a clear email that said "Your services are no longer needed" than being strung along and told to apply for various positions and specializations that I was always turned down for.

    The new system is actually much better at avoiding duplication of articles and providing better content; I don't have a problem with the product they are putting out there, just the way I and many other writers were treated during and after the transition.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your writers. If you're going from generating 300+ titles a day to 30, obviously there won't be enough work to go around any more. Keep people informed and don't dodge questions on the writer forums.


  10. Good place to grow career

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of hands-on experience. If you work hard and are smart you will be given a lot of responsibility and trust. They give people opportunity to move around when/if you want. Frequently hire interns for full time positions after graduation. Fun place to work, young and innovative environment. Overall the people within the company are smart, talented, hardworking and fun to work with. Some teams, however, are definitely better than others.

    Cons

    Management needs training, they do a poor job of fostering talent. No mentorship whatsoever. Very young and at times immature workplace. Lots of drinking/partying, so if you have problems with that, this might not be the place for you. Salary range wavers person-by-person and compensation is rarely fair. If you want to grow you have to be aggressive and proactive about it. They will, however, pay for classes and conferences.

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship program. Management training.


  11. Good place to grow your career

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location and people, fun place to work. You have plenty of opportunities to explore different career paths. It's a growing company that has battled through a lot of bad press and is coming out on top. Good mix of new employees and "veterans."

    Cons

    Compensation is not great, but benefits are good.



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