MTV Networks Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very very creative environment, very friendly, supportive staff.

    Cons

    Currently 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.


  2. Best employment experience

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are awesome and make the work experience enjoyable. Upper management is very supportive in helping you grow and develop in the field. The culture here is also what you would expect of MTV--very chill and friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better.


  3. Very visible company, low internal promotion/mobility

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 Management

    Look 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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  5. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. MTV Networks, Marketing - Creative Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people and fun.

    Cons

    None! Only the commute for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Amazing

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Great benefits
    - Free to drive innovation
    - Amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    - Its a big corporation so getting traction for projects can be hard. Loads of diplomacy and politicking needs to happen. You have to drive it because nobody else will
    - Every two years they shake the snow globe and make arbitrary cuts and restructuring
    - Senior management Goldfish syndrome (30 second memory inside a glass bowl)


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Increase transparency and accountability



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