Demand Media Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. 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 Contractor - Freelance Contributor
    Former Contractor - Freelance Contributor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Focus on quality of freelance staff, not quantity.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

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    • 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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Sinking ship. Avoid if you value job security

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    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell and cut your losses.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Treats editorial people well, at times undervalues editorial content

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  6. Entry level online editing - all electronic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Online Titling in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Contractor - Online Titling in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

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

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Allow more communication between writers and copy editors.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Working Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Kirkland, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Kirkland, WA (US)

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun loving people, work culture allows you to contribute and grow in career. Great benefits as well. Innovation is fostered.

    Cons

    I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Demand Media. No Cons for me.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Good learning experience, great perks, management lacks vision & organization

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment: coworkers are friendly, smart and good to work with. Demand Media has great perks like Free Lunch Friday, Beer Friday, team culture events and outings like movie night and baseball games @ Dodger Stadium. Good health benefits and vacation (you start with 3 weeks).

    Cons

    Upper management is constantly changing its position and lacks vision. Every quarter, they change directions and focus on a new department instead of investing on the previous quarter's "great new idea".

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