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MTV Networks Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
370 Reviews
3.9
370 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
89 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They are very considerate about work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • the dress code is super laid back so most people wear jeans or leggings every day (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Do your time, get a better job

    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent money and good work experience. Work there long enough then go get a good job somewhere else. Summer Fridays are nice.

    Cons

    It is all about CYA and passing the buck. So many lame policies and rules. Can't get anything done due to middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place for high-school gossip

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Services Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The standard perks of working with a global company with a good brand name for a resume are there for the taking. Good benefits, vacation time, and work life balance are all solid and can be slightly better than other media firms.

    Cons

    Politics run the organization. I have been promoted within the company but the key is having VPs vouch for your good work (even if they have never worked with you before). This is standard across all departments. Additionally the firm shows very little willingness to work towards their employees needs. Working from home is rarely an option and there is very little say in affairs until you reach a high level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the socialization, and focus more on employee development. For a company trying to reach a younger age group, it seems ironic that all of the individuals developing strategy are too nervous to lean on the younger staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    'PERMALANCE' - hello IRS are you hearing us?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    You can disappear in a network of offices, work lazy hours and have little responsibility.

    Cons

    Fake benefits, no job security, salaries that are FAR BELOW industry standards, Times Square foot traffic, little vertical career movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and we'll invest in you. Hey Philippe - take 10mill off your 90mill annual salary and treat your employees like human beings. Benefits are not a state of mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Discouraging, underpaid, poor leadership from upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Young popular company, impressive on resume, fun culture, good experience. You can meet some really awesome people here. And the view from your desk is spectacular.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, no advancement. It takes forever to reach management. There is no advancement plan so it's basically about who you know and kissing ass to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager workshops and learn to treat analysts as adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work-- if you're staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Network Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    I get the opportunity to use writing and analytical skills together. It's a laid-back atmosphere that values teamwork and I've never been berated, yelled at, or mistreated. Management encourages career growth and initiative, although taking initiative can sometimes be intimidating. For staff, the benefits are good and feel well-thought out. When the company holiday extravaganza was cancelled, staff got two extra vacation days to use during the holidays, which was thoughtful.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation that can sometimes feel faceless. There's a large difference in treatment between long-term freelance and staff positions, in terms of benefits and a general feeling of fairness (if someone's been there eight years, they aren't really freelance). Because turnover in the industry is so high, it can feel as though the only way to advance is to switch networks, which is too bad-- I like it at MTVN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue and increase transparency with how the company operates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge company, room for internal growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    If you want to jump between companies and departments within MTV Networks, HR will help you with the transition. Because MTVN is a huge company, you'll have opportunity for growth in a lot of different places.

    Benefits (health, dental, vision, insurance, time off) are great.

    Cons

    Huge, faceless corporation whose only real agenda is to make money off ad sales and hold onto the dying empire that is TV entertainment. Focus on digital expansion is growing, but not even close to where it should be considering how much of the TV audience is moving into that space.

    There are too many rules and political motives that determine who gets a raise and when. Pay is generally on the low end of the spectrum. Raises are infrequent and hard to get approval for. Promotions are only given if a position is open, and never doled out based solely on talent. Even if you fight for a raise or threaten to leave, there are too many loopholes and approvals to go through for your manager to do anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-level executives don't care about employees, and it shows. At least pretend to care.

    Also, throw more parties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    management too concerned with their own development and leave their team's growth behind.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    company name recognition, new challenges constantly

    Cons

    too many homegrown products - can't take the knowledge to another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to your direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Starts off with a bang.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    A good to have brand on your resume.
    You'll learn how to swim with sharks and learn how not to get eaten.
    Work with some of the smartest and creative individuals
    Diversity and adversity at the workplace

    Cons

    Culturally chaotic ( good for creative people not for business people)
    No work life balance
    Benefits across the board horrendous
    Work with alot of incompetent and distorted individuals
    Bureaucratic and depending on offices (country) pretty top down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer vision, respect, and nurture employees. The world doesn't revolve around the US.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glass ceiling enabled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    MTV Networks is a fun place to work for the young professionals starting out in the workforce

    Cons

    It is very hard to move up or even around in the company. HR tends to lean towards outside recruitment rather than internal. Had an experience where i'd been given senior work with a junior title and no plan for advancement.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    good work hours, nice group of peers to work with

    Cons

    most of the mangement has not worked anywhere else, quite a few entitled vp's who probably couldn't work anywhere else, not open to new ideas, belittle people,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean out your marketing departments leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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