MTV Networks

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MTV Networks Reviews

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45 Reviews
3.6
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good learning experience for low pay

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    Current Employee - Freelance Copywriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Freelance Copywriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers, had supportive boss, learned a lot in a growing field

    Cons

    Disorganization, low morale, poor management decisions, narrow mindedness about investment in departments that are growing (there's a constant drumbeat of meeting financial goals -- even when the company is in the black and doing well. This leads to hiring freezes and even layoffs in 2011, on the heels of one of the company's best years on record.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey employees. What do they like about working at MTVN? What are problems specific to their group/division? What would make them feel more motivated to work hard for the company and feel apart of something bigger than their individual responsibilities and duties? One common thread I heard from middle managers was a lack of constructive feedback from their superiors, in addition to conflicting and often vague directives. I heard from a number of managers a feeling of insecurity about what exactly it was their managers wanted from them, which made them feel helpless and unmotivated. It also affected the direction they gave to their subordinates. There's a culture of clock-watching and a sense of powerlessness as a cog in the huge Viacom machine. Employees face layoffs and managers can't hire, with the exception of freelancers, which contributes to a lack of continuity, loyalty and long-term thinking. It's too bad b/c employees are passionate about their subject areas (of expertise and entertainment area) and very creative. Smart people work here, which is one aspect of the company I really appreciate.

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  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Energetic, exciting, fair hours, good opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, Times Square office

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun, easy going, frantic, energetic

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Working at MTV looks great on your resume. The work is fairly easy and with the relaxed environment, it's like you're getting paid to hang out with your friends. You keep current with everything and there are plenty of opportunities to have after work interactions.

    Cons

    MTV is very top heavy and too many people get by doing nothing and running off of other people's work. Management is wholly incompetent and all about nepotism and HR doesn't do anything when you have departments complain. They don't really practice the work life balance they preach and expect you to do everything with the group after work. Benefits aren't really all that and there wasn't much of an advantage at working there because discounts were almost non existent and there were no media benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of your asses and cut out the info.patent people. You don't value employee loyalty and do nothing as far as employee satisfaction is concerned. There is too much waste and pay is crap.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Starter

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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

    Pros

    This is a fun and seemingly wonderful place to start a career, from interning up.

    Cons

    Once you settle in you'll realize the management and senior level management aren't always seeing eye to eye or coordinating between departments. Budgets are always getting cut and the employee turnover rate seems to get higher and higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate and get it together. Stop letting talent go.

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyable but it felt temporary

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    if you enjoy pop culture, it's a great place to be

    Cons

    overworked, underpaid, they think they're doing you a favor, very dependent on how much you like your co workers

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful, creative stepping stone and a real resume builder.

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    Current Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Lax work environment. Great hours. Top 40 Talent. Constant change and life. Competitiveness. Subsidized lunch.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Lack of structure can be frustrating. Times square location annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to ideas that can come from anywhere, not just a VP position.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent opportunity for hands-on experience

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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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet with creative people, young hip environment, intriguing assignments, respectable staff, fun and engaging atmosphere, nice place!

    Cons

    Small opportunities for skilled employees to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees out with stronger advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, Exciting Environment with Great Potential

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    Former Employee - Segment Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Segment Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    If TV (not really music, ironically) is your thing then it doesn't really get much better than working for MTV. I worked through the ranks from PA to AP to Segment Producer and had a heck of time doing it. Fun environment, great people, exciting work....and if you're good at it and keep your producers happy there's plenty of room for growth.

    Cons

    Freelance...so you're working show to show. Not a huge problem if you're good at it and people like you but if either of those two things aren't the case...good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a - good stuff all around.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive.

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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

    Pros

    Lots of hungry energetic employees out there trying to turn out the best possible product. There's a clear desire to be on the cutting edge.

    Cons

    Slow process time, great ideas become passe by the time the company has gone through enough red tape to create the product.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great reference but projects were uninspiring

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Excellent reference and great networking opportunities. Great exposure to industry trends, technologies and products. Fun and laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Projects and tasks were very low responsibility compared to other internships I have completed. They do not compensate for travel, which made interning difficult.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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