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Demand Media Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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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
  • There was another person that started on MONDAY and were let go Tuesday (in 5 reviews)

  • The Santa Monica location is beautiful, but traffic can be congested (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Sr. Technical Recruiter -"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been in the business of TA for a very long time. Never, have I worked in a place like Demand Media, I can say that because I have been a TA Consultant for over 42 companies in my career. This company is doing it right! Coming out of a bank as a consultant, I joined here as a full time employee and love it! I work with some really smart people with a passion to work together. Wow! For anyone that's reading this post, check out Demand Media and come see for yourself, it's simply the best place to work in Silicon Beach, and maybe even the world! Simply, it's nothing like what you will ever experience in your career!

    Cons

    I live in the Eastside, the drive is killing me However, the train is coming in 3 weeks, thank god! So, the real cons, hmm, lets see, we have car wash, dry cleaners, free snacks, candy bar, lots of food, free parking, cocktails, mixers, unlimited vacation, education assistance program, employee discounts, gym membership discounts, movie tickets discounted, and the list goes on and on, so cons? None! A perfect 5 star excellence! BRAVO!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work! Love the team!!!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly flat organization. Not a lot of hierarchy.

    Cons

    Management lacks direction. Tendency to throw things at the wall to see if they stick without doing any type of "proof of concept" analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly what your vision is for the company and inspire employees to execute.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Full Kitchen, Friday Lunch, Yoga room, relaxed environment, no stress, friendly managers

    Cons

    No hope, no future, waste of time, racist people, no courage, poor management skills, unskilled employees

    Advice to Management

    Come out and see your employees at least once a year!!!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bright Future?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    This company has struggled to find direction since inception, but that has changed. Sean Moriarty has cleaned house and given them more focus and a sound vision. The culture is somewhere between that of a startup and what you experience in more mature companies, which I liked.

    Cons

    Career growth for developers was lacking. Marketing and Product seem to run everything and promotions were often based on popularity instead of on real contributions to the product.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you have valuable employees who are working hard, running your business every day and they often deserve something more tangible than their name and photo on a slide deck.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Amazing Culture and people!
    -Really fun and impactful work experience.
    -Awesome creative, collaborative and positive atmosphere.
    -Opposite of "corporate", in a very good way.
    -Great office environment with outstanding amenities.
    -Great benefits.
    -Free Friday Lunchs.

    I have been at Demand media for almost 10 years now. I have seen this company go from a small private company, through its IPO, and to where it is today.
    I can also confidently say that, in the past 12 months, we have seen a dramatic positive change and shift in company culture. The current senior management team truly show they care about people who chose and want to work here.

    Cons

    3 years ago I would have listed a bunch of cons. But I currently do not have any. :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Thirsty Thursday and Free Lunch Friday."

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

    Pros

    Free food, free drinks, chill people, and a great work environment.

    Cons

    Discretionary vacation policy kind of sucks.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineering Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice and helpful co-workers
    - Challenging projects
    - Awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    not that I can think of

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Found my new home"

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    • 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

    I'm relatively new to the company with less than a year under my belt.

    Beautiful office, that's close to the beach.
    You can bring your dog.
    Friendly engaged teams. Almost all of Demand has been transformed over the last year and a half.
    Super cool products and employees get discounts :)
    Executive Speaker series with some serious heavy hitters
    Catered Lunch every Friday and snacks everywhere (healthy stuff too)
    The tech teams are working on some really cool new stuff that's helping the business.
    Rock-Solid exec team. (Seriously, look them up)

    Cons

    I live on the east side. So, my only complaint is my commute. The light rail, with a stop 1/2 a block from the office is scheduled to open 5/22. After that date, I'll have no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. The transformation is working.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "top heavy, toxic culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    freedom and flexibility to come up with new ideas, good for a very junior person looking for work experience

    Cons

    unclear company strategy, toxic culture, too top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Articulate the overall strategy. Create culture where there is on-going communication throughout the company about strategy and direction. Streamline senior management and give more power and support to managers.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Work is work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friday lunches, speaker series, happy hours

    Cons

    not enough on campus parking, fewer vacation days than other companies in the industry, lower pay than comparable companies


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