MTV Networks Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
353 Reviews
3.7
353 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
82 Ratings

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
  • Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career in the media world....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Production  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Production in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A lot of good people work here. You'll gain a lot of experience; even if you're under qualified. ..trial by fire (which can also be a con)

    Cons

    Senior management is out of touch with everyone below them.
    Not very easy to advance up the ranks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You like to foster good talent, but you need to learn to retain these assets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to get your start in the world of television and digital.

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people on my team, all talented in their individual roles and respective duties.

    Cons

    A total lack of organization at the top level led to late night shoots dictated by talent's arrival and schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More collaboration and regular meetings would make life easier on the production team's end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start your career in production, but leave before it beats you down too much.

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    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Young workforce, a good place to start your career, good benefits, flexible in terms of responsibility.

    Cons

    Promotes "jack of all trades, master of none" work philosophy. Squelches new ideas. Not interested in creative solutions or ideas. Happy to churn out lowest quality work for the biggest buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a few risks, it's what put MTV on the map in the first place.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    For the a business-focused role, not a bad place to work as long as you keep in mind that "Content is King"

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid-back culture, genuinely friendly, cool people
    Generous time-off, great work-life balance
    Very disciplined company in regards to maintaining and increasing the bottom line

    Cons

    Considerable amount of company politics
    Things can move a bit slow
    Career trajectory may not always be clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase transparency and accountability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SO GREAT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    OMG LIKE EVERYTHING. Free food. Nice Folks.

    Cons

    Not a thing. I was really quite happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non. Great people. Great environment

  7.  

    Executive Producer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Producer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to push the envelope and produce edgy content. They ordered a total of 130 episodes of my first show and I continued to produce multiple shows with them. Typically they order 30 episodes at a time for daily shows and 6 - 8 episodes for weekly.

    Cons

    no cons - MTV launched my career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn the industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun work environment, great benefits, tuition reimbursement, access to industry events.

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy organization where promotion from within is difficult. I've watched managers become VPs in 2 years, while others rot away with no promotions or proper raises. A lot of positions at the VP or higher level seem to be "invented" constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassure junior employees that there is a commitment to promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your Career/first job

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great company to start your first job. Great introduction to any area of Entertainment you want. Very friendly and fun work environment.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up in a department. You have to fight for a position or more responsibility to get noticed, you can't be shy or reserved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more incentive to employees to stay with the company. Provide incentive and opportunities for employees to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Production Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Terrific pay and an enormous audience base. The network remains a major cultural force and the brand commands attention, no matter what is airing.

    Cons

    Increasing reliance on freelancers as staff members; no benefits and little job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-position the network with a focus on music. The era of music videos on television is certainly over, however coverage of the music industry and the development of new talent matters to the core demographic and would distinguish the network from the scores of other reality-heavy networks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Receptionist in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work environment! Corporate?-- YES! Diverse? -- YES! Most High End Executives are very down to earth. Networking is awesome

    Cons

    If you don't participate in what is going on in the company. (reaping the benefits: workshops, programs, etc...) you can definitely get stuck where you are. NETWORK IS IMPORTANT!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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