Demand Media
3.1 of 5 98 reviews
www.demandmedia.com Santa Monica, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Demand Media Reviews

Updated Apr 07, 2014
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Shawn Colo

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Can work from home, library, coffeeshop, anywhere my laptop can get the internet"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Fully stocked fridge, drinks, free lunch Fridays, flexible schedules, overall friendly atmosphere"
    in 7 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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Web article content writing ups and downs.

Content Writer (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY (US)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementA 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great experience!

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
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 Senior ManagementMotivate your employees with a clear goal or vision

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Don't let what freelancers say deter you

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsCollaborative, exciting pace that makes work fun

ConsLong hours, changing priorities, general growing pains

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Writer (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

ProsTelecommuting, kind editors, writing, email.

ConsEditors, subject matters, writing topics.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring forth assignments that are real subjects, not based on an algorithm.

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Great team

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Demand Media full-time

ProsGreat management team, good culture...

ConsThe business is a bit shaky but improving

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people but management lacks vision

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

ProsNice people, beer Fridays, updated tech, beer fridays

ConsNo room for career expansion, not innovative, little collaboration across teams

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage competition between teams and create something new.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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disappointed

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

Pros--fully stocked kitchen
--nice people
--good work life balance
--up to date techs

Cons--Not good for career development
--Stick to where they are ; No initiative to grow; No innovation
--upper management politics
If you are new to IT industry and care career development, don't choose this place to work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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My experience has been positive

Film Maker (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsI'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.

ConsRequirement 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 Senior ManagementFrom 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I look forward to going to work every day

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat location, awesome coworkers who know how to have fun but can buckle down and get the job done when necessary.

ConsConstantly changing priorities and focus can make it difficult to really assess what's important.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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