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MTV Networks Reviews in New York, NY

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
241 Reviews
3.7
241 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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241 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.  

    producer

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

    I worked at MTV Networks as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work environment + wonderful creative coworkers

    Cons

    hard to move up. very challenging to become full time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Cool working environment. Lots of young people, and all the floors have different designs. I interned with the production management department, so there were lots of cool shoots to go on-- movie premieres, American Idol events, etc.

    Cons

    There are so many interns, that employees don't really know what to do with them. Most days I just sat at my desk and was bored. MTV tries to create a feeling like they were going to help outstanding interns get a job, but that is just not true. Most employees in production management stay there forever, and an openings go to friends or family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your internship program is too big. Make it more exclusive so the interns actually get a great experience rather than being the errand boy for everyone, including the PAs... who should be the errand boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty boring unless you're a full time employee

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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

    Pros

    Casual Dress
    Laid Back Environment
    A lot of job opportunities

    Cons

    No perks, promotions.
    Employees in my department didn't speak to the interns
    not enough legitimate work for interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take interns if you don't need them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice benefits but disorganized and low-paying.

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment; good benefits

    Cons

    Enormous workload; no raises; poorly-managed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    unexpected place

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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