Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
132 Reviews
3.0
132 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 5 reviews)

  • Demand Media is also notorious for low pay per industry standard, which is typically justified by throwing in stock options (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    DM is struggling

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

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues and Good Perks. Work hours vary a lot, some weeks it can be 50 hours some weeks it can be 35 hours.

    Cons

    No clear company goal. They are trying to be everywhere in the content business. The senior management is disconnected from the employees. The office managers are only focussed on saving their jobs. Resulting in frequent exodus of good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the drawing board and figure out if the Acquisitions make sense. Grow big by going small. Understand the product lines and its relevance to the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tons of politics, but non managers may have a good time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    Very lax atmosphere. Incredibly flexible hours. Free snacks and drinks. Free catered lunches on Fridays.

    Cons

    An inordinate amount of politics to navigate. Every department treats itself like a fiefdom that must be appeased before anything can get done.

    Requests for normal information or equipment can take months (or longer) to be responded to, even if it is mission critical.

    Many departments and staff have a "lob it over the wall " mentality where their goal is just to pass off a problem so they don't have to deal with it with little care about whether it is resolved or not.

    A huge amount of turnover in some departments (over 50%) in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the roadblocks that prevent people from doing their jobs. Listen to the examples given of red tape and do something about it instead of just telling people to "find a way" as lately that "way" is to move on to another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Average

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    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    Opportunity for personal growth

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment that presented excellent opportunity for personal growth

    Cons

    Undergoing changes in business mode.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company that respect people and their values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I have worked as a consultant to the Finance team. I would rate it as one of the best company that i have worked for being an consultant...Manager and coworker respect each other a lot...There is a lot of work that is being done without any kind of micro management...If someone is a sincere and honest person and looking for working on a employer friendly environment, then this is one of the best place to work for in LA.

    Cons

    Rumors are always created that the org is going on a different way with respect to the way it is making business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Downhill after the IPO

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    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

  8.  

    Great Company and Team's

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging - Day-to-day you will be challenged working for or at Demand Media.
    Entrepreneurial Environment - Ability to take hold of a product, project or initiative and see it through to the end.
    Great People - Friendly co-workers who will work by you side every day.
    Culture - The culture team does an amazing job of offering many perks and benefits for its employee's

    Cons

    Some Upper Mgmt - A few challenging relationships to manage internally. Really depends upon the team you work for.
    Stale Product? - Worrysome if eHow/Livestrong/Cracked are what they used to be
    Pressure - A lot of pressure to produce results. I personally thrive in that type of environment, but for some it could be a bit much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, hard business

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    • 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unlimited opportunity ahead...patience required....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great perks, good office location (lake view!), friendly management

    Cons

    Not a thriving startup or a staple like Microsoft or Amazon. It's in between and takes patience, but seems to be going in good direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication so we don't have to simply trust so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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

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