Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
119 Reviews
3.3
119 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
  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

  • Some of the topics were very obscure so there were times I wouldn't be able to write any articles (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  2.  

    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

    I worked at Demand Media as an intern for less than a year

    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.

  3. 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

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time for less than a year

    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
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  5.  

    Happy at DM

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

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a lot of work and rates are dismal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Make your own schedule
    Work from home

    Cons

    Did not make enough to keep working there.
    Editors can be real jerks, sometimes they change and publish the work under your name without your consent. Not just small mistakes but sometimes they rewrite the entire body of work and publish it under YOUR NAME~ wish I would have used a pen name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the writers. Editors are not God!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Work -- Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer & Section Expert  in  Murphy, TX
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer & Section Expert in Murphy, TX

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    First, I'm an independent contractor and not an employee -- there are significant differences between the two, as most people know. However, for purposes of this review, Glassdoor provides only two choices: current employee or former employee.

    Flexibility and the ability to choose how many hours you want to work or how many hours you need to work are truly the greatest benefits of working with Demand. There's a tremendous amount of pride in producing content from which our readers will benefit. Plus, I was fortunate enough to be invited to do more work for the company -- other than writing.

    Cons

    I don't see any negatives to working for Demand. They're supportive, responsive and helpful whenever you need it. If anything is a "con" maybe it's the uncertainty of a relatively new, publicly traded company. However, its acquisition plans and assessments by those in the finance industry are encouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent when you see it and tap independent contractors for permanent roles, since we're familiar with the company's processes and goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Low Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Content Writer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Content Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Time flexibility. Ability to claim yourself as a "published writer".

    Cons

    To research and properly write an article that will make it past the assigned editor, it will take several hours. Most of my articles (decent pace - I'm not slow), averaged me about $1-$2 per hour at best. Most "good" topics get taken once posted, so you waste time watching for opportunities. I tried an article that was supposed to make royalties if "sold" to other sites. I have actually seen it on several websites ...but so far I've been paid about $0.49 TOTAL and that was THREE years ago. It's basically digital content slave labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm embarrassed to put Demand on my resume. People have literally laughed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fair pay for the amount of work required

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

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    -Pay. The pay was fair for the amount of work required
    -Interesting Work. While some of the article choices were boring, there were often fun and interesting choices to take on

    Cons

    -Editors were not on the same page, causing confusion and frustration for the writers
    -If you're a slow writer, you'll barely make above minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get editors on the same page. I have known many writers that have decided to no longer write for your company because of the inconsistent demands of the editors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity if you don't procrastinate!

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

    I have been working at Demand Media part-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep titles coming!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Demand Media: Great Company, Great Pay, Great Opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Work 24/7, pick your titles so you write what you are interested in and what you know You can work anytime day or night, save data and finish assignment later. You have one week to finish each assignment. You can go months without writing and not get dropped, as long as you produce quality articles. They pay twice a week for finished material that has been approved.

    Cons

    If you do not have much education you may have difficulty getting enough assignments to write. You have to be approved to write about topics. It took months to get approved for parenting because so many freelancers were eligible, but it only took less than an hour to get approved for accounting topics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start offering more revenue share articles...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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