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MTV Networks Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
376 Reviews
3.8
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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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 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.  

    PRODUCTION

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    Former Employee - Prod Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Prod Management in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Very personable co-workers. Every one is very friendly making the work environment welcoming. Promotions often come from within the company opposed to hiring from an outside source making it easy to move up in the ranks.

    Cons

    Some lack he competence to do complete projects without supervision. Job can get repetitive at times in office and traveling is a must. This can b nice at times but having to fly to LA once a month can get boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to hire on a trial period before long term commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Left disappointed

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    Former Employee - Trademark Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trademark Department in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Lots of fun stuff to do while you're supposed to be working. No one really pays attention to your work. You don't even have to be good at what you do.

    Cons

    Your colleagues will have the same "pros" which means they get away with not working and the one person that does work has to do all of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to who works and who doesn't. There ready people in this company just getting by and lying about there qualifications. Once you leave MTV is when you know what real work is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Time served in the HR department :(

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, perks, work/ life balance, competitive benefits (paid leave), reasonable time off- vacation depending on level, 12 major holidays, plus sick/personal days, plus addition time off (moving and marriage days)
    tuition reimbursement, program ,events, friendly staff and in house cafeteria. Employees had a strong brand loyalty! Looks great on the resume, great brand recognition across the board.

    Cons

    Lifers on the HR team. Promotions are highly possible for those who are favored only. Favoritism was displayed constantly, very political and catty at times. The SVP's (at the time we had at least 3) of HR only cared about their client group and immediate team members only.
    The team overall had a hand full of lazy, rude, disrespectful, negative and ill motivated workers that were permitted not to work. A bit of an oxymoron for an HR team I would say.

    I was verbally abused/ disrespected for roughly 2 years, I was in tears constantly and felt like crap at work. The HR leaders knew my boss was NASTY and nothing was done about it, in fact she was repeatedly promoted.

    I applied for multiple HR roles and never was I seriously considered for any of the roles- they always hired externally instead-no internally mobility. At the time they rather train a new hire verses giving a current employee an opportunity. The last straw, the recruiter even had the never to encourage me to interview for a role and all along she was also interested and under consideration for the same role...she ended up getting the job...go figure.

    The last few years were no better, members of my team didn't work, went to the gym during work hours and barely came to work but all was ok because as the slave I was doing all the work. I was left to feel undervalued, abused and taken advantage of. Not sure why I stayed as long as I did but I'm glad I did finally leave.

    HR salaries were not competitive for some but those that were favored were highly compensated-go favoritism!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many organizations don't care about the negative rating when many candidates are waiting on line to work for their company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Great Benefits, many opportunities to learn and grow. Workplace culture is a plus.

    Cons

    Salaries could be better for departments hat support the more "glamorous" departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    unexpected place

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - HR team made the interns feel welcomed
    - learning opportunities outside of your area of interest/internship responsibilities
    - talented staff
    - work/life balance seems good

    Cons

    - people are too busy to talk/teach you things
    - couldn't tell if people were actually happy to be working there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your interns as people who do your work for you, instead actually take the time to get to know them and mentor them. An internship is a two way street. It would be nice to compensate the interns too - unpaid internships are unjust in so many ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hit the ground running. and never looked back

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    cultural diversity, perks and travel opportunities.

    Cons

    long hours, tight deadlines and depending on your luck a crazy boss

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lookout for the Layoff Cycle

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MTV Networks and Viacom offer greta benefits, a generally laid back culture and work environment. Projects revolving around entertainment in the building and outside keep interest high and it's great resume eye candy.

    Cons

    Fear of layoffs and/or cutbacks and lack of legitimate advancement opportunities hinder many looking for long term career goals. Lack of transparency among management stokes a ridiculous rumor mill that cultivates the cyclical culture of fear. So much work gets done by recent college grads landing in Manhattan that the workday seems to be on a noon to 9p cycle. While some would laud the lack of a 9-5 culture, it often hinders commuters and those seeking family life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, if you can stand the heat

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of life, flex hours and embrace of all walks of life make this place worth considering. Did I mention Summer Fridays?

    Cons

    It's a great brand to work on, and they know it. Will work you to the bone, but those who can cut it will rise to the top. Salary may be a little lower than some competitors....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship

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

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

    Pros

    you learn a ton about the industry!

    Cons

    If you are a fall intern there is way too much down time. Pitches to airing happens winter though summer so the fall can be very boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to go from entry level to manager position

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In many ways, depending on the department, there are so many un-answered questions for how cable will survive the digital era, you can feel like you're working in a startup environment even though you're in a corporation of 10,000 people

    Cons

    A common complaint among the under 30 set is the feeling that you are stuck in a role unless you leave for a higher position at another company and come back after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training opportunities for managers and young employees who have leadership potential to become directors and VPS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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