Demand Media

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Made great money for a while, but only by ignoring the blatant favoritism and inconsistency in policies.

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Former Employee - Writer-copy Editor
Former Employee - Writer-copy Editor

I worked at Demand Media

Pros

A good freelance opportunity to get experience and decent part time money -- at least initially

Cons

Do not invest any emotional or real time energy into this company -- they are a handful of founding influences making money -- for freelancers, the management style is execrable: no consistency, loyalty or even decency in how employees are treated. Management never tells the truth, period.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I am not at all sure senior management knows or cares what middle management is doing. If they do, they should be ashamed. The company is as unethical as they come. Also, writers and editors do not have to be experts in their subjects to effectively handle short articles; that's what writers do -- research, understand language syntax, grammar and style principles, and write. Experts may not have any writing ability. The management policy of asking for degrees and certificates from writers and editors in their subject areas will not yield higher quality writing. Hiring better editors and writers will do that. You will have to be able to actually evaluate writing and editing ability in order to hire them, not go by abstract principles.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Don't count on them

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    Former Employee - Titling Department
    Former Employee - Titling Department

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    It was good while it lasted

    Cons

    They get rid of people like they are disposable napkins
    They change the rules and regulations but don't tell you. You are expected to look at the guidelines daily as they can change daily, I even saw them change from hour to hour, rarely consistent
    Department leaders will tell you one thing but then you are judged by a completely different standard by completely different people
    They say you will get a chance to retest if you have a poor review but instead they just remove your privileges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the leaders in forums who are telling you what to do actually do the reviews
    Actually allow people a chance to retest when they make a mistake, especially people who work for months without a bad review and then make their first mistake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Standards, Unreliable Support

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    Current Employee - Writer
    Current Employee - Writer

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    Learned to write to numerous topics. Reliable and frequent pay. Some rate increases. In the early days, the editorial team was supportive and committed to quality content.

    Cons

    Total lack of transparency with contractors led to extreme disgruntlement. Failed to resolve ongoing editorial issues. Hired writers with only glancing blow writing experience and flooded the system with WAY too many writers. Followed a typical corporate business model of race to the bottom line and not care about quality and ethical practices. Repeatedly circulated disinformation to juggle IPO and other machinations at the expense of the contractors. Failed to moderate forums with anything resembling professionalism. Blue Gaia has had her say now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon all hope and the DMS ship if you refuse to opt for quality. You are a disappointment because you blew a chance to really be something of value in New Media.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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