Demand Media

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Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
117 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet (in 6 reviews)

  • Demand Media has great perks like Free Lunch Friday, Beer Friday, team culture events and outings like movie night and baseball games (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management couldn't care less about the morale of the employees (in 4 reviews)

  • After trying and failing to acquire authorization in a special topic, I stopped looking for articles (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Freelance Writer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    Could write on whatever topic you chose. Very easy work. Perfect for someone still in school, because you can make it mold your schedule - even the weird hours. The articles were then edited by someone else, who would then approve it or send it back for modification. This was good in maintaining a more consistent quality

    Cons

    Inconsistent income. Some of the topics were very obscure so there were times I wouldn't be able to write any articles

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch Fridays, 401K matching, Tons of company learning sessions to see what is happening in other departments, Fully stocked kitchens, Ability to work-from-home

    Cons

    Like any big company it's all about who your boss is. I interviewed thinking one person would be the boss and this changed two more times before my first day. The person who ended up being my boss was someone who, had I known would be the manager, would have given me serious reservations about taking the job in the first place. Obviously this is an individual problem, not something that will happen to everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee concerns more seriously if you want to keep them happier

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Downhill after the IPO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Demand Media

    Pros

    Fun and exciting team working for a common goal (IPO).

    Cons

    Post IPO the magic is gone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a growth strategy

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  5.  

    Nice people, hard business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Editorial in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really like the people here. Genuinely nice folks. Very pleasant to work with. Trying to grow and change. Open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Saying you want to improve your business is hard when so many people are still playing like (old) business as usual. There were instances where senior execs said they wanted to change but the middle management just wanted to keep pressing forward with the same plan. That was frustrating as I was hired to help make thing better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rude CE's, but decent freelance pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Writer  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    High rate of pay in comparison to some other companies
    Several topics to apply to
    Flexible hours
    No ghostwriting - your name is tied to your work appearing in some notable publications

    Cons

    Copy editors are rude and self-serving
    Management is frequently incompetent and/or oblivious to issues
    Rewrites significantly decrease your dollar per hour potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a checks and balance system implemented for CE's. Good writers leave, because CE's get on power trips, and there is no one to bring them back to earth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Demand media

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of cross silo work to be done, you can work in all facets of development

    Cons

    technology is driven by sales and product

  8.  

    It's fine. It's plenty of work, but the freelance setup can be frustrating

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Contributor
    Former Employee - Freelance Contributor

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    work your own hours

    plenty of work to do and projects to work on

    Once you're accepted you can begin writing right away

    Content is on major websites all over the world

    Cons

    Websites all have different styles, standards, and even at times different systems for selecting content (Cracked a great example) and therefore you have to be aware of these differences, I wasn't always made aware of the differences too much.

    Pay is mediocre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality of freelance staff, not quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been a freelance contract writer for Demand Media for several years.

    Demand's system allows me to sign into an online virtual "work desk" from my computer, choose article topics that interest me, write the articles, and -- if the editors approve the articles -- get paid for them. The online virtual "work desk" is really well-designed, and enables me to produce articles, see copies of past articles, review article payments, sign in to forums for writers and editors, and many other good features.

    I am paid regularly (twice a week) via Paypal. I receive approximately $25 to $30 per article. Articles are published very promptly.

    Writing these articles sharpened my research and writing skills. When I first went to work for Demand, I was a bit long-winded as a writer. Conforming to their requirements forced me to write in a punchier, clearer, more informative and colloquial style.

    Demand also insisted on thorough research for articles in my specialties (law, business, finance, careers, health care), forcing me to be more careful in my choice of references.

    Demand enabled me to get back into freelance writing after years away from freelance writing spent in other careers.

    Cons

    Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section.

    For writers used to working with one or two editors on a regular first name basis and becoming familiar with their preferences, constantly having your articles reviewed by strangers -- usually anonymous -- can be stressful.

    Demand's editorial guidelines are ridiculously complex, and management has recently added "The Associated Press Stylebook" requirements to Demand's own internal guidelines, making it very difficult to write articles that conform 'perfectly' to the two sets of guidelines.

    CEs have difficulty applying two sets of guidelines, leading to situations in which one CE will approve an article using certain types of references or grammatical uses and the next CE will reject a very similar article, objecting to those same references or grammatical uses. This can affect a writer's overall "scores" from CEs, causing writer ratings to fluctuate dramatically, even if a writer's style has not changed.

    In addition, the CEs are of uneven quality. Some are very experienced, conscientious and polite; others are inexperienced and/or rude. Demand allows writers to rate CEs anonymously, and CEs rate writers anonymously on writer "scorecards." CE ratings of writers seem to count for more than writer ratings of CEs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that Demand assign writers to one or two CEs in each section and give them a chance to communicate with them regularly on a first name basis, as opposed to the current system of nearly anonymous editing.

    If a writer and CE don't get along, give the writer (or the CE) the option of transferring the writer to a different CE. If a writer "flunks out" with three or four CEs, then the writer probably has a problem. If a CE consistently 'loses' writers, then that CE has a problem. You'll quickly weed out the poor quality writers and CEs using that method.

    I would also suggest that Demand use just one set of editorial guidelines, instead of two.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible hours.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    You are given seven days to complete articles you choose to write.

    Cons

    Guidelines are strict. Your communication with the copy editor is limited. You have one opportunity to make corrections after submitting an article for review and receiving copy editor revision requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more communication between writers and copy editors.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heavy cowboy mentality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NOC Analyst  in  Kirkland, WA (US)
    Former Employee - NOC Analyst in Kirkland, WA (US)

    I worked at Demand Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people
    Good atmosphere
    Culture is pretty good
    Flexible

    Cons

    Everything is run in a chaotic manner
    Most outages and SLA issues caused internally due to lack of oversight
    Very high turnover in IT support
    Mid to upper management is a good ol boy system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people with operations experience. Take a real survey of wasted man hours and equate that to dollars lost, then correlate to how much of that is caused by internal idiocy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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