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Great job for supplemental income!

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Current Contractor - Duplicate Title Checker
Current Contractor - Duplicate Title Checker

I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

Pros

- Work whenever you want if work is available - Work at your own speed/pace - Can network with other contractors on forums and blogs - Paid twice weekly - Easy and non-stressful work

Cons

- Although guidelines and training are pretty comprehensive, it would be nice to have more formal training on how to properly check duplicate titles - No benefits - Paid for each duplicate title checked so don't expect to receive hourly pay. - You are not guaranteed to have work available so could experience bouts of dry spells, so don't depend on this to support your living expenses - strictly supplemental

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  1. Ho hum

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    Former Contractor - Writer
    Former Contractor - Writer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some editors actually provide decent feedback to make your article more engaging. The pay is decent and the site does supply helpful information.

    Cons

    Gee, where to start? Articles, though there are a lot of them, need to be more specific. Many of them are VAGUE and need to be thoroughly researched before even claiming the title. Of course while looking to see if the title would be something you want to write about, someone else could grab it. Many of the articles are How-to and focus on cars and DIY. If supplying a picture, you must choose from a limited file of pictures the site supplies. Most editors should not be editors. It's not always their fault though. DS has so many rules that must be followed, there is very little wiggle room for creativity.

    Advice to Management

    More topics, less cars. Screen the hired. More pictures!


  2. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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.


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