Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
120 Reviews
3.3
120 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet (in 8 reviews)

  • Free lunch every Friday was icing on the cake (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn on the job.

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

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

    Pros

    Demand hires truly great, friendly people. The HR department goes out of its way to keep a fun environment. Managers tend to not micromanage and let employees figure things out on their own.

    There's great freedom and work/life flexibility at Demand.

    Cons

    Lower than market salaries; low stock price tends to make morale go down; could have a more formal process for employee training in new areas.

    Review process each year is long and arduous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be better in order to retain great employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media

    Pros

    Great people to work with and more potential for growth than other companies. We have beer fridays and free lunch on Fridays and a fully stocked kitchen. Management is great and willing to help teach and encourage growth. I think that Demand Media has a great culture and that the people makes the environment a great place to work at.

    Cons

    The outlook of the company is pretty stagnant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media part-time

    Pros

    Great Team, Work Culture - everyone was very smart and had great ideas. You work with world class people.

    Cons

    Too much to do - very Demanding. There was a lack of support. The team I was on was small so there was a lot of gossip which was unfortunate. Professionalism was needed.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Some great people work here. The coffee machines are nice. Plenty of space to spread out since the brand new office has so few people in it now.

    Cons

    This place is a sinking ship. All the quality leadership has left in the last year. The site teams haven't made much progress in reversing the enormous drop in site traffic and the current focus on content marketing is over ambitious and lacks real growth opportunities. The stock is in perpetual decline. Santa Monica is loaded with better tech companies to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell and cut your losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treats editorial people well, at times undervalues editorial content

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, super intelligent people, competitive salary with equity bonuses, awesome office location

    Cons

    Commoditizes creative content, sometimes pushes shareholder value at the expense of the product, invests in short term gains over long term stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time shoring up smaller properties to become good businesses, get some creative/content/technical people in leadership roles to balance the finance people, sometimes it's ok to just develop stable small businesses instead of trying to hit home runs with massive profit margins

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Entry level online editing - all electronic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Titling in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Online Titling in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Best place to be for an electronic 1099 position for word gurus. Flexible work from home; Innovative - all electronic communication from hiring--to work assignments--to team interaction--paid via Paypal. Great team members. Opportunity to grow. Excellent colleagues who work hard and appreciate the importance of punctuation, grammar and writing integrity.

    Cons

    Demand's HR process does not fit with corporate HR verification process. Since compensation was based on production - if work volume was low, weekly income was affected.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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 (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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