MTV Networks
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www.mtv.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

MTV Networks Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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74% Approve of the CEO

MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman

Philippe P. Dauman

(46 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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MTV Networks, Marketing - Creative Environment

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at MTV Networks full-time

ProsGreat place to work, great people and fun.

ConsNone! Only the commute for me.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep innovating!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a dog eat dog world

Editorial (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at MTV Networks full-time

ProsDespite erosion over the years, the MTV brand remains strong. Great for resume. You get to work with some really creative and brilliant people.

ConsYou also get to work with people who manage to consistently fail upwards. Tension and discord are mistaken for creativity, sales pitches for ideas. Departments and the various MTVs are silo-d and are too busy competing with each other to compete with the real competition outside the company. Unless you're senior management, don't expect to have a life and a livable salary.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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lost the magic

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI worked for a channel within MTV Networks for more than ten years. It was a great experience for the first four - lots of energy, lots of talented people, and a great learning experience. They offer solid benefits, 401K and all that, which is great.

ConsThe company line is that "creative is king" but in practice, the only thing that counts are numbers. So they've created an environment where everyone "manages up" and there's not a lot of loyalty. It's a huge company, so obviously this is not necessarily true across all channels or departments, but there is a lot of general dissatisfaction among employees especially in creative departments. I always felt sad watching new PAs come in full of enthusiasm only to be crushed and disillusioned within a year.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

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)

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Too big, too much a$$ kissing, but looks great on a resume!

Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsI was an intern, but this is what I observed:

-Laid back environment
-Casual attire
-Looks great on a resume
-Nice people for the most part

Cons-MTV is huge so you feel like a number
-WAY too much a$$ kissing (not my style)
-Located in an annoying spot (Times Square)
-Does not guarantee you a job when you finish your internship

Advice to Senior Management-Listen more to ideas of the people working under you
-Become more in touch with the company's younger targeted audience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Learned a lot but felt invisible

MTV Productions (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsI really enjoyed learning about the various ways I would get involved in productions. I didn't feel trained per se but I was shown a lot like production management and all things involved with being a PA.

ConsIt is a huge corporation so I felt like the work I did didn't really matter. I was an unpaid intern and I was treated well but there was just too many people. I don't like the huge office feel.

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe interns should get paid atleast something, because I know I gained a lot of experience but MTV was a resume builder more than anything else.

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Wonderful experience being part of such a smart strategic team.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat brand name and a leader in the entertainment vertical. Advertisers who found their audience within the MTVN family of brands would invest.

ConsLarge company, challenge to move upward quickly as there aren't many open opportunities available. Sometimes the individual brand teams do not integrate or communicate posing a challenge for company movement between different teams and visibility on open opportunities.

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

Director of Production (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsA 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)

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

Advice to Senior ManagementYou like to foster good talent, but you need to learn to retain these assets

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrific resume builder; fabulous staff

Editor (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than a year

ProsYou'll work with the best in the business, gain valuable experience, learn how to manage others, and work in a hands-on, always-on-the-go environment. The Lodge is pretty rad, too. Dress code: No one cares. Wear whatever you want.

ConsMTV is adverse to hiring staff employees; everyone is contract or full-time/freelance, which, unfortunately, comes with few benefits. They also don't really value a work-life balance. VERY fast-paced environment -- no slow days. Can be exhausting. Can also be a cliquey place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease value your employees. Many of them work like dogs and don't even have health insurance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Production Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementMore collaboration and regular meetings would make life easier on the production team's end.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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