MTV Networks

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MTV Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.5 338 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman

Philippe P. Dauman

(75 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company truly has a great work life balance(in 21 reviews)

  • the dress code is super laid back so most people wear jeans or leggings every day(in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • They also don't really value a work-life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch with everyone below them(in 14 reviews)

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    It was fun until the financial crisis hit and downsizing started.

    Media Archives (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI worked with very nice people, excellent benefits, plenty of activities, work in up to date stations and buildings

    Consworked at a lower level job so it became expendable, hard to move up within the company unless you were related to someone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love the people and very easy going environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly people, good work environment, work-life balance.

    ConsVery corporate, department for everything, at times there is no training or guidelines for a project/task.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the talent you have within the company - people will surprise you if you invest in them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery very creative environment, very friendly, supportive staff.

    ConsCurrently very very male-dominated and -oriented senior leadership team. Almost no women in power whatsoever -- very depressing. Too much overpaid senior management (far too many lame ducks abusing spending accounts while more junior staff can hard get an extra $50), WAY too much middle management/ VP bloat, too much emphasis on the buzzwords and Techcrunch outlook of the day and not a longterm strategy. Too many kids in roles they're way too junior for. Endless red tape. Very little overall focus. Goals and priorities aren't articulated, half the time you don't even know which team you're officially working on. (Not kidding). Successes of teams and wholes aren't celebrated -- only the same few individuals are celebrated.

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

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    Very visible company, low internal promotion/mobility

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a great resume builder and there are a ton of interesting projects. The benefits are awesome (fitness classes, great cafeteria, time off, etc).

    ConsThey seem to favor hiring outside vs. within the company. A bit of grass is always greener syndrome. They've created a program to combat this, but many wonder if it's just for show. Hence, people leave and get promoted outside the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to your current employees for promotions! Or at least pay your employees a proper promotion salary. That's why people leave.

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    Intern slave labor

    Digital Research Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCool company vision, central location in NYC, varied creative departments and channels within network, occasional celebrity sightings in office

    ConsUnpaid internship, unstructured intern training/events, too many students to accommodate for (500 interns/semester), lack of day to day work, difficult to get full time hire after internship

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to mentor interns rather than just give them leftover managerial work to do

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They put you through the NYC grinder and spit you out..

    Freelance Video Editor (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe name recognition, people automatically know the name MTV and are impressed.

    ConsThey work you hard for that measly day rate, 12 hours a day. And if you address the issue they say "Well you can leave because we have 20 people lined up at the door waiting to take your spot."

    Advice to Senior ManagementNormal hours and treating people with respect would do wonders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a dog eat dog world

    Editorial (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDespite erosion over the years, the MTV brand remains strong. Great for resume. You get to work with some really creative and brilliant people.

    ConsYou also get to work with people who manage to consistently fail upwards. Tension and discord are mistaken for creativity, sales pitches for ideas. Departments and the various MTVs are silo-d and are too busy competing with each other to compete with the real competition outside the company. Unless you're senior management, don't expect to have a life and a livable salary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Series Development Intern

    Series Development Intern (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    Pros-Resume Builder
    -Bagel Thursdays
    -Staff that remembers you for later hire

    Cons-You almost never have contact with anyone above a coordinator... unless they love you
    -Really mundane tasks
    -Unlike some internships, they make you get them food almost every lunch time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the interns more to do

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too big, too much a$$ kissing, but looks great on a resume!

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI was an intern, but this is what I observed:

    -Laid back environment
    -Casual attire
    -Looks great on a resume
    -Nice people for the most part

    Cons-MTV is huge so you feel like a number
    -WAY too much a$$ kissing (not my style)
    -Located in an annoying spot (Times Square)
    -Does not guarantee you a job when you finish your internship

    Advice to Senior Management-Listen more to ideas of the people working under you
    -Become more in touch with the company's younger targeted audience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot but felt invisible

    MTV Productions (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI really enjoyed learning about the various ways I would get involved in productions. I didn't feel trained per se but I was shown a lot like production management and all things involved with being a PA.

    ConsIt is a huge corporation so I felt like the work I did didn't really matter. I was an unpaid intern and I was treated well but there was just too many people. I don't like the huge office feel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe interns should get paid atleast something, because I know I gained a lot of experience but MTV was a resume builder more than anything else.

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