MTV Networks Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
358 Reviews
3.8
358 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
84 Ratings

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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 34 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.  

    The production staff here are amazing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audio Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audio Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, support for creative projects, exposure to worldwide musical talent

    Cons

    Slow turnover on some projects, lacking in-house audio suites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to be able to work on audio mixes in-house.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A place for high-school gossip

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    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.  

    Generally nice coworkers but little mobility

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    Current Employee - MTV Networks Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - MTV Networks Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, hip and modern work place with a young demographic. Dress is casual and people seem interested in meeting others. Easy to be hired as an intern.

    Cons

    Little mobility within the company and limited benefits turn me off from this company. The atmosphere, while fun, can seem a bit unprofessional at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A fun place to work but eventually it gets old.

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    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, great coworkers, working on fun content. I've spent most of my time at MTVN at smaller networks owned by Viacom and the pros of working here specifically are that you get the best of both worlds: resources of a large media company, but the experiences and opportunities of a small company.

    Cons

    Often times, unqualified people get promoted. And once people get to executive level, they never leave. People who should be getting rewarded for their hard work often spend years doing the work of positions above them before being compensated for it. It just always seemed like there was a small group of people who would get promoted every year and everyone else just hung around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your employees' strengths and weaknesses and empower them to contribute in a meaningful way. Reward hard work and creative abilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    four years of long, hard work later...

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

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

    Pros

    *upper management for my dept is very laid back so work life balance is definitely present
    *all networks are run different, but my network is a well oiled machine (which leads to a con) but there are no true surprises from day to day
    *benefits are good-I've never had an issue using any benefit avail. to me
    *you get to work with a lot of fun, creative people

    Cons

    *salary is horrible (when promoted its flat out depressing)
    *movement or promotions of any kind are few and far between and like my title says, it took me 4 years to reach my latest level of advancement (my own fault for sticking it out that long)
    *as mentioned in pros- my network is a well oiled machine but most days are like ground hogs day- same exact things to do, nothing outside the box
    *upper management= red tape, favoritism and politics but make huge salaries to play like toddlers
    *there is a lot of insecurities amongst employees. for exmaple, my boss comes off like she does not want to let myself or my co-workers do anything on our own for fear of us doing a better job. Unfort. to this day she does not realize that your employees are a reflection of you. If we do good, you do good.
    *lots of repetitive hand holding (in the words of The Other Guys, "I'm a peacock, you gotta let me fly")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    read some of these reviews. the common thread amongst all is under paid and no growth. simply pay attention to employees at all levels and try to do what we are all suggestion you do. and try not to take 4 years to do it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company but too cheap

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, people are great

    Cons

    Too much red tape and cost cutting measures. Salaries are low and brings low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they deserve and give some incentive

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but becoming more corporatized

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great brands and content, often at cutting edge of what's going on

    Cons

    low salary compared with other companies in same industry. hard to move laterally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay employees based on market and competitors rather than what you can get away with paying. create opportunities to promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunities and job choices, great benefits, but internal promotion is lacking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Note, I worked previously at Nickelodeon so this review applies to all of Viacom Digital and not just MTV.

    - great comprehensive benefits for FT staff and an annual bonus system.
    - flexible work arrangements ranging from shortened hours/weeks to tele-commuting from overseas
    - lots of amazing talented people
    - all the creative, business, and technical resources a huge company has to offer
    - tons of job options and opportunities to move between brands

    Cons

    - very difficult to get promoted inside the company. It's common for an employee to "bounce" to another company for a very short time and return to a different Viacom group in order to obtain the desired position(myself included).
    - the epitome of bureaucratic red tape throughout the entire company
    - endless internal groups can make navigating overly complex business requirements a nightmare
    - overall the company lags far behind in technological innovation
    - from my experience, a very weak and disorganized sales staff
    - digital salaries are below the industry standard
    - it's still primarily a TV company with inadequate emphasis placed on digital
    - bad attitudes and egos are prevalent in every department, particularly MTV. Constantly dealing with the "not my job" and "do as little as possible" attitudes is a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Offer more opportunities for promotion to in-house staff.
    - Do less projects better. The more brands and sub-brands are added, the more watered down the resources and offerings become.
    - Shift more resources and executive strategy to digital in order to compete more effectively in the technological realm.
    - Pay your employees more competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities and benefits, but difficult to rise up within your department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Digital Production Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Production Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are many different career opportunities within the company itself. MTV employees are generally from a very young crowd - in my department, I don't believe anybody is over 40. MTV provides amazing health benefits and employee discounts with a wide range of companies and services. One of my favorite "perks" is the 10k a year tuition reimbursement (tax free until you you go over 5k I think). If you're lucky, you will get to work with a great team of people.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up the ladder within your own department. If you are hired on as a freelancer, it may take a while to get a head count approval and get converted to a full-time position even if your manager and boss recognize your value to the team. If you are below manager level, your pay will not be anything nominal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your lower level employees are valuable, be sure to tell them often. If you want them to stay, give them an actual raise (besides the 3% annual) or a promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    'PERMALANCE' - hello IRS are you hearing us?

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    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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