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MTV Networks Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
348 Reviews

3.7
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company truly has a great work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • the dress code is super laid back so most people wear jeans or leggings every day (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch with everyone below them (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    They are very considerate about work/life balance.
    Offer good amount of time off and during the holidays they give a few days extra so people can spend with their families.
    They have many programs available to employees to help with their personal life
    Great perks.

    Cons

    It's very consuming. Hard to use all of the perks you get when you are flooded with so much work.

    Location of their main buildings is just awful. In the heart of time square. Really rough to get in and out of the buildings.

    The culture is very progressive but often time you will run into people/departments who are just taking up things so they will not be fired/let go.

    While there are a lot of opportunities for advancement you have to seek them out. These are not offered to everyone and depending on who you report to, you may not even be aware that these opportunities exist!

    They often hire employees with higher titles so they don't have to pay them overtime. They often create titles because they do not know how to streamline their staff and create a system where you hire people at a certain level and work to develop them to move up or to different places in the company.

    HR is not very involved in day to day stuff and not really aware of half of the things happening in their perspective departments.

    If you apply to a position and are called for an interview there, don't expect an email or phone call letting you know if you did not get the position. They will not let you know and you could be waiting forever even if you thought it went very well. It's very disheartening that they do not follow up with you not even out of courtesy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your talent. When I first started to work in the company ion 2003 there was a great culture of innovation and managers wanting to work to their employees to develop them and help them get where they wanted to get. This resulted in employees being excited to work for the company and knowing that eventually if they worked hard, they could diversify their experience within the company. The last 3-5 years that I was with the company that atmosphere drastically changed to one where people where afraid of expressing what their wants, goals were due to fear of loosing their jobs and being over-looked by management if their personal goals did not revolve around that particular department. It is a great shame because I always saw MTV/Viacom as a company where you could bring your strengths and creativity. One where you would be able to get experience in various areas of the industry.

    I hope management goes back to a culture where employees feel free to move around the company and don't feel the need to have to leave the company in order to diversify their resumes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern Friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Management Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Talent Management Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Intern program- Very organized and valuable process
    Company culture- everyone seemed to get along great
    Fun atmosphere- relaxed but hard working environment
    Seemed to be lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Could provide a little more work and responsibility to interns especially ones who are obtaining higher degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was fun until the financial crisis hit and downsizing started.

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    Former Employee - Media Archives  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Archives in New York, NY

    Pros

    I worked with very nice people, excellent benefits, plenty of activities, work in up to date stations and buildings

    Cons

    worked at a lower level job so it became expendable, hard to move up within the company unless you were related to someone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to get a great start in the entertainment business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Almost everyone I've met in the business since leaving MTV Networks, is also a Viacom alum. It's always been such a fun and easy talking point at networking events and in interviews as I've moved along to other networks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young. If you're 25 and new to New York, it's great. After that shine starts to wear off you might start to wonder, "Why am I working nights and weekends so often? Are there other things I'd rather be doing?" And when that happens, it's time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to help younger employees avoid burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly group of people in a high intensity environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelancer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelancer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Creative input is encouraged and accepted. Great people to work with and know. Once you're in there are opportunities to continue freelance work. Opportunities to work with high-profile talent. Everyone works hard but can also take a joke.

    Cons

    Most work is freelance without benefits. Some decisions feel inefficient but are held up in the sake of the company's tradition.

  7.  

    Fun and creative enviornment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    great place to intern
    great cafeteria food
    fun events for interns
    interns are treated as employees. you learn a lot.

    Cons

    hardly any job opportunities here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Smart, creative and innovative culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Amazing company culture with smart game changers. A place for people who love pop culture and think outside of the box. The company truly has a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is notorious for underpaying the employees but it provides a lifestyle and the employees are treated great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great learning experience!

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

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Some days I had nothing to do / was forgotten about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Best employment experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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