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Demand Media Reviews

Updated October 10, 2016
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Pros
  • And the company was committed to their people as human beings with generous perks and work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home; Innovative - all electronic communication from hiring--to work assignments--to team interaction--paid via Paypal (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section (in 6 reviews)

  • There was another person that started on MONDAY and were let go Tuesday (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Demand Media Review 3 months in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People and teams are amazing. You will not find a better group of people to work with which is a joy to come into work every day. Office building is great and lots of snacks. Free Friday Lunches! Work with a ton of smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Company has been going through some transitions and reorgs which can be concerning but all changes have been for the good of the company.

    Demand Media Response

    Oct 14, 2016 – People Team

    Thank you for your review and for joining Demand Media. We did reorganize some teams and as you mention, these changes are made to continue moving the company forward. And also as you mentioned ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Positive Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is undergoing an interesting transition, which provides a unique learning opportunity across the business divisions. The team is incredibly flexible and the environment is unique. It's a refreshing change coming from a traditional corporate background.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced anything that I would attribute as a "con".


  3. "Great culture, easy transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Demand Media made it really easy to transition into its company culture. Friendly faces and and open work space along with several furry friends make the days go by quickly. As cliché as it sounds, this place epitomizes the work hard, play hard mentality.

    Cons

    No "Summer Fridays" - I would love if they could make this happen for at least some of the departments.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love working for Demand Media"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Culture
    Benefits
    Flexible schedule
    Work/life balance
    Provides opportunity
    Fun/ friendly colleagues
    HR really cares about you

    Cons

    No company is perfect! People think the grass is greener on the other side. They will figure it out once they realize they screwed up on leaving DM.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating, keep employees informed of changes sooner than later. Rather hear it from management then an article online or from someone else. Also, get rid of dead weight, discourages teams to keep pushing forward when not everyone is doing their part.

    Demand Media Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – People Team

    Demand Media loves you working here. You are also correct, No Company is Perfect, and We are happy that you recognize this. Your advice to Demand Media is a topic in which we have high focus ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Working At Demand Media Is Awesome!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Culture.
    Smart People.
    Awesome Perks.
    Amazing Work-Life Balance.
    Beautiful Office.

    Cons

    There are not any major cons I can think about. Working at Demand Media is great and I would definitely recommend it to other people.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Let the Perks Fool You"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Don't let the perks fool you, this company is hard at work. The perks aren't here to hide anything, just help you feel a little better about working hard. We've had snacks, lunch and more since before the IPO.

    Over the past several years, I have seen this company shed its former image and steer a massive ship in a better direction. This has been challenging, painful at times, and certainly not for the feint of heart.

    Quality is precisely what we are going after these days, and no one at the top believes that "quantity" is the answer.

    The company has repeatedly sought the best talent externally, and has looked internally to elevate and deploy top performers to lead growth initiatives. They are putting a stop to title inflation and promotions for "you've been here awhile now", which may be tough for some to swallow, but its the right thing to do and good for culture long term.

    Senior management and People Operations have an open door policy and no voiced idea goes unheard and no question is too taboo. It is incredibly empowering,.

    Cons

    Hard work required
    Little room for under performers
    Catered lunch on Fridays make people think we're hiding something
    Sense of satisfaction only comes after hard work
    Management empowers employees to take on more responsibility
    Promotions come with increases in responsibility
    Unlimited vacation plan makes it harder to burn out

    Advice to Management

    Success is not just about maintaining a winning streak; its about making progress from where you were. Keep pushing!

    Demand Media Response

    Aug 5, 2016 – Manager

    Thanks for the compliments and we are happy to see that you recognize such great positives at Demand Media. You hit the nail on the head, we do have an exciting plan and vision for the company and it ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hit or Miss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, good benefits and decently competitive salary. A fair number of smart, dedicated people, who also like to have fun. Great location and office space. Some good web properties/platforms with potential.

    Cons

    Your experience can be heavily driven by your particular manager - and some are just not good leaders, even if they might have the right substantive experience. The company has been in recovery mode for a while and I think some will be winners and some will be losers.

    Advice to Management

    Need more accountability at the top with respect to promoting and emphasizing good management so that it can waterfall down to senior, then mid-management.

    Demand Media Response

    Aug 5, 2016 – Manager

    Thanks for your review and your feedback, both pro and con. I would have to say that all though Demand Media has endured some changes, the company is not in recovery mode. Rather, the company is ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Found my home"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the passion the leadership team has at this company. I love my team and my manager. It is always fun to work along side with so many smart, innovative and motivated people.

    Cons

    No one said turning a company around was going to be easy. Shedding the legacy culture is hard for some to shake and instead of having the courage to leave, they stay and try to bring others down.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Soon our the fruits of our labor will pay off.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent, team driven envoirnment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open office space, leadership opportunities, multiple perks (dog friendly, open vacation policy, lots of food, etc), great teams and awesome culture.

    Cons

    Trying not to snack is a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    New leaders in management are doing awesome. The company is heading in a great direction and I am excited to be part of it!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great brands and great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company makes its people a priority. Team members are expected to work hard but they are rewarded with great office culture. Every person feels like they can make a difference on their brands.

    Cons

    Culture and work expectations aren't necessarily consistent from team to team

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great culture!



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