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Demand Media Reviews

Updated November 30, 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)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    The company doesn't do good.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Don't let the perks fool you."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - culture can vary depending on team & leadership
    - lots of free food & snacks
    - dog friendly
    - beautiful office
    - located near public transport
    - lots of great benefits for full time employees
    - facilities team is fantastic

    Cons

    - terrible, non-communicative leadership
    - desperately clinging onto the "now" instead of looking forward
    - emphasis on quantity over quality
    - very little opportunity to increase in pay or title but with consistent responsibility increases
    - long working hours with bad work/life balance
    - HR can be rude at times saying things like "that's not my job" instead of helping navigate a problem
    - lack of "people persons" in management positions.

    Advice to Management

    People are leaving in droves for a reason. You can keep ignoring their feedback or make some strong changes to get some real LEADERS in the company. Not just in title, but in action & vision. All the free food in the world is not enough to make good people stay in a negative environment.


  3. "Good in your spare time"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    It is convenient to be able to work from home, and at your own pace. Payment was prompt also.

    Cons

    The subject matter is very sparse, which makes research extremely difficult at times. Editors also sometimes grade on opinion, rather than error.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very stressful writing experience"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay twice per week.
    At one time, tens of thousands of articles available.
    Many different topics to write about.

    Cons

    Very low pay.
    Zero prestige.
    Rigid templates and guidelines.
    Editors made the writing experience very difficult and stressful.
    Company eventually let all writers go.


  6. "Diversity"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Creative environment. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Very few minorities outside of Asian/Middle Eastern men.

    Advice to Management

    Hire minorities


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Food, nice office, dog friendly, stocked kitchen with great snacks, free lunch on Fridays, Pay to play, yoga in office, guest speakers, nice bathrooms,

    Cons

    Ever since Richard, founder, left, management has steadily let go too many talented people, and the company has been on a deep decline even more since new ceo, Sean took over.

    Poor moral, layoffs often. Promised turn around is NOT going to happen. I would avoid Demand Media completely at this point in time.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, and replace with a team that knows what they are doing.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Working for the underdog"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working for a company who's trying to recover its credibility as a profitable entity can be an exciting challenge especially while working with a group of employees who are pumped up to turn the business around.

    Cons

    It's hard to feel positive while working for this company that is trying to around yet spends an incredible amount of money just trying to keep their reputation above water. There is a feeling of impending doom that is notable among the senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much money on trying to hold back your employees from leaving and focus on increasing the value of the stocks.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Lots of Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Snacks. 401k matching. Sometimes you get free stuff from society 6 returns.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs and turnover lately. Lots of revoking benefits. Lack of direction.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "More Bad Than Good"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good people, free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    New management is awful -- taking away benefits to save money. A few weeks ago, they cut our Christmas vacation without warning, so everyone in the company got a 5-day pay cut. We used to have beer and wine on Fridays starting at 4, so everyone can mellow out and relax before going home. Now, we have beer starting at 5pm on Thursdays -- unsafe because no one wants to drink right before they drive home. Management made that decision so that people wouldn't leave work early on Fridays. New CEO plays favorites and makes that bias obvious in weekly emails to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking away company perks.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "To the Chicago writer..."

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    Former Freelancer - Copy Editor
    Former Freelancer - Copy Editor

    I worked at Demand Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid twice a week, usually could work as much as you wanted (if there were assignments) when you wanted, some assignments could be done quickly

    Cons

    To the Chicago writer (couldn't find a way to respond directly): Please know that the CEs are pushed to be bullies. The strictness of the rating system and when rewrites are deemed necessary (which is almost every time) are ludicrous and makes both our jobs and those of the writers longer and more difficult than they need to be. I'm an excellent copy editor with 16 years' experience, but was repeatedly criticized for my "gatekeeping" skills -- i.e., I didn't request enough rewrites or reject the ones I got back. So I wanted to let you know that we're forced to be aggressive, and it's not in the interest of good copy. More likely it's to save Demand a few bucks an hour for each freelancer. There may be bitter CEs out there, but mostly it's what we had to do to keep our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing the copy editors beyond normal expectations



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