Demand Media

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Demand Media Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
119 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet (in 7 reviews)

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


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

  • Some of the topics were very obscure so there were times I wouldn't be able to write any articles (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    From the freelancing side.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Very consistent with pay schedule-if something goes wrong, they do try to fix it and pay on time. Section editors are very responsive, and they are trying to ensure the articles written make sense and are things people would want to read. They try to bridge the editor-writer divide and listen to both.

    Cons

    Like all freelancing, inconsistent levels of work; sudden changes that are not always what you thought they would be. Take a wait-and-see approach to any news they have about changes rather than assuming the changes will be wonderful. Planning long-term can be difficult. You'll see people in the forum constantly say you have to have other clients, and this is very true. Freelancing for Demand has become more like freelancing for other outlets in that the days of thousands of articles are gone.

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    On the way up!

    • 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 content, working with industry leaders.

    Cons

    I would like to see more cross channel team work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Web article content writing ups and downs.

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

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prompt payment, variety of assignments, work as little or as much as you need to.

    Cons

    rules constantly change, not always a lot of articles to write and new editors take awhile to break in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A review of current writers in your database for other assignments, rather than requesting each person interested in new or special assignments to do an application for each position would be helpful. You would get better quality writing for these new or special assignments because these are people who already know Demand Media rules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great experience!

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

    I worked at Demand Media as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    + Wonderful people
    + Great learning experience
    + Good workflow system
    + A lot of snacks and a loaded fridge

    I learned more during my internship at Demand than my current 2 years in university. My mentor was very patient, friendly, and informative, and my coworkers made it a pleasure to come into work everyday. If my schedule permitted, I would have resumed my internship.

    Cons

    - Sometimes I didn't have a clear goal or task

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate your employees with a clear goal or vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Demand Media was a great part-time job. The assignments were a little obscure.

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

    I worked at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Telecommuting, kind editors, writing, email.

    Cons

    Editors, subject matters, writing topics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring forth assignments that are real subjects, not based on an algorithm.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

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

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

    Pros

    Fully stocked fridge, drinks, free lunch Fridays, flexible schedules, overall friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    The upper management couldn't care less about the morale of the employees. If you're part of a recent acquisition, get ready for the company to get bored of you within twelve months, and then shut you down without warning.

    The simple fact is the executive staff drinks their own kool-aid, and won't listen to feedback from the people on the ground. Get ready for the quarterly company "all-hands" meetings where they'll unveil the most recent pivot - It happens every quarter without fail. The ever changing priorities within the company makes it increasingly difficult to close new business, and maintain existing business. You, and your clients simply won't be able to keep up.

    Career development is a moot-point here. After several meetings with VPs, and EVPs about career development, you'll become frustrated at the lack of anyone willing to give you a road map on how to get a raise, get promoted, get better accounts, etc.

    The company promotes a lot of internal events that claim to promote "team building" such as days in the park playing games with your co-workers, Hackathons, National Sales Conferences, but, all it really does is disrupt your week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing and pivoting every quarter and give the initiatives and acquisitions a chance to blossom. When you acquire a company, don't go changing the business model - you bought the company because you liked the way they operate. Let them operate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people but management lacks vision

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, beer Fridays, updated tech, beer fridays

    Cons

    No room for career expansion, not innovative, little collaboration across teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage competition between teams and create something new.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great team

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Great management team, good culture...

    Cons

    The business is a bit shaky but improving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience has been positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Film Maker  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Film Maker in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    I'm usually paid within a week of submitting my pieces. DM contacts are friendly, helpful and professional. Ive always been more of a producer but I've become a better shooter since working as a filmmaker w/ Demand. Their feedback is usually solid.

    Cons

    Requirement information is not always consistent, Sometimes 2 people in authority can tell me opposite info in a 5 minute span. The pay is pretty low. And the network is not as dependable as it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my end its flowing rather well. Talent Producers dont seem to have any casting-talent- or producing experience so it makes it hard for filmmakers sometimes. Pay incentives for pieces that require no edits would be nice - Since the pay is low it would show appreciation for professionals who do it right the first time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great People to work with

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow my career

    Cons

    contract payment on the low side

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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