Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews in Santa Monica, CA

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
121 Reviews
3.3
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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
  • Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as an intern. Did stuff that matters.

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Treated as a full time / assigned great projects / well stocked kitchen .. great food / excellent culture

    Cons

    pay for interns not competitive / internship program is not mature yet but will be

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Average

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free lunch Fridays, 401K matching, Tons of company learning sessions to see what is happening in other departments, Fully stocked kitchens, Ability to work-from-home

    Cons

    Like any big company it's all about who your boss is. I interviewed thinking one person would be the boss and this changed two more times before my first day. The person who ended up being my boss was someone who, had I known would be the manager, would have given me serious reservations about taking the job in the first place. Obviously this is an individual problem, not something that will happen to everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee concerns more seriously if you want to keep them happier

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to Work For (Amazing Culture), No Sure Direction

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    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Great snacks, 401K matching, amazing team culture events.

    Cons

    No sure direction of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep staff abreast of what's going on as far as the direction of the company and you will keep great employees on board.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice people, hard business

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    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the people here. Genuinely nice folks. Very pleasant to work with. Trying to grow and change. Open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Saying you want to improve your business is hard when so many people are still playing like (old) business as usual. There were instances where senior execs said they wanted to change but the middle management just wanted to keep pressing forward with the same plan. That was frustrating as I was hired to help make thing better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Production Assistant (freelance)

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant (freelance) in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant (freelance) in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great corporate culture
    Great Pay
    Great experience
    Fun content to work on
    Great location

    Cons

    Took on multiple roles with little guidance
    Worked as a freelancer, but would have liked my position to have been more full time
    Was expected to do work outside of my workday hours and was not compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider some roles full time versus freelance, develop great employees who you can retain and who can contribute to your company over a long her period of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn on the job.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Demand hires truly great, friendly people. The HR department goes out of its way to keep a fun environment. Managers tend to not micromanage and let employees figure things out on their own.

    There's great freedom and work/life flexibility at Demand.

    Cons

    Lower than market salaries; low stock price tends to make morale go down; could have a more formal process for employee training in new areas.

    Review process each year is long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be better in order to retain great employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Sell and cut your losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treats editorial people well, at times undervalues editorial content

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    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, super intelligent people, competitive salary with equity bonuses, awesome office location

    Cons

    Commoditizes creative content, sometimes pushes shareholder value at the expense of the product, invests in short term gains over long term stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time shoring up smaller properties to become good businesses, get some creative/content/technical people in leadership roles to balance the finance people, sometimes it's ok to just develop stable small businesses instead of trying to hit home runs with massive profit margins

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, great perks, management lacks vision & organization

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment: coworkers are friendly, smart and good to work with. Demand Media has great perks like Free Lunch Friday, Beer Friday, team culture events and outings like movie night and baseball games @ Dodger Stadium. Good health benefits and vacation (you start with 3 weeks).

    Cons

    Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision. Every quarter, they change directions and focus on a new department instead of investing on the previous quarter's "great new idea".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly Frustrating Freelance Experience

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    Current Employee - Writer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Writer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Prompt payment. They pay by PayPal twice a week, and are rarely late.

    Cons

    Most editors have never had to experience all of the idiotic rules that Demand places on their writers. The titles are machine-generated based on SEO algorithms, so the available articles are mostly completely impossible to complete. When you find an article in which you can take an angle to satisfy the title, the editors will reject it because the source doesn't list the title verbatim. For instance, an example of an available title were, "Requirements for Private Sleuth in Iowa," you could easily show that Private Sleuth is a synonym for Private Detective, and complete the article based on one or more of the few legitimate sources that isn't on their list of hundreds of blacklisted sites. The editor would more then likely reject the article because the sources didn't specifically "Private Sleuth" in the source, stating that a private sleuth and a private detective aren't necessarily the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google is dumping content farm-generated content like that from Demand Media. It's time to recreate your SEO-based algorithm for generating titles with titles that are generated by humans on subjects that people would actually want to read. Once you've done that, don't hire a single editor who hasn't contributed at least 500 articles to Demand Media projects. Most of the editors don't have a clue as to what it takes to write under all of your ridiculous rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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