MTV Networks Reviews

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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    very frustrating, highly uncreative, oppressively corporate

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    Former Employee - Designer/Animator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer/Animator in New York, NY

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    MTV used to look good on your resume, but i think it's losing it's novelty in the industry

    Cons

    Very incompetent upper management. Art Director I worked for was a tyrant - a totally uninspiring leader and terrible communicator!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the creative people you have working for you, you're lucky to have them

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a fun time in a creative place.

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    There is no dress code. The people you work with. Getting to see and work for celebrities. Seeing your work on the air everyday.

    Cons

    The compensation is a little low compared to other companies. Advancement depends more largely upon time spent with the company, than with work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper tier management seems great, although I have had little interaction with them. The more middle management types, however, sometimes seem out of place.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    People are really nice and they respect each other
    Young crowd
    Good name
    Good location (times square)
    You learn a lot
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    No compensation for interns. They should at least give free breakfast or lunch or travel compensation to their interns

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    a fun, young environment

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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

    Fast paced environment that seamlessly blends corporate drives with creativity.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, can be chaotic at times. Also, mostly free lance positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, everyone was very approachable and a great communicator.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work/Life Balance - sacrifice pay

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

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere. You work with friends, no dress code, and MTV overall has a lot to offer as far as perks go. Great hours, Great content, Great colleagues. The Lodge cafeteria at 1515 is also a major pro. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Salary. It's the downfall of the company. Employees are not rewarded for loyalty or hardwork. There is a lot of HR rhetoric that gets thrown around when one tries to stand up for themselves or ask for raises. I have seen a lot of good people get laid off, pushed out and denied requests for political reasons but, Viacom is a major corporation and with that comes a lot of office politics. The atmospher has shifted to a much more corporate environment over the last few years, which has affected company-wide morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never use other employees to state your case why I shouldn't get what I ask for... it's the worst when you feel you are in a socialistic environment and hard work doesn't pay off.. literally.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work in most respects

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Co-workers - a great group of creative people most of the time
    Pay - better than the average
    Benefits - way better than the average
    Perks like great parties, musical events and shows

    Cons

    Egos can be huge thus annoying. Any creative group in entertainment has a tendancy toward tons of drama. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really isn't rocket science. Get over yourself , do the right thing for the company and stop thinking of only your career.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place to learn the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    MTVN is filled with creative and talented people. It is a great place to learn and grow given the opportunity.

    Cons

    Managing a large team can be hard but giving some more insight to the bigger picture of the company is lacking. This could help in the day to day operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to learn but the hours are very intense. Employees can get burned out.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great

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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

    good hours, nice people, summer fridays. IT has been a really great experience and I have learned a lot from everyone here

    Cons

    there arent really any downsides. The experience has been great and I really recommend working here if you are looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any advice for management. overall great support system and great people to work with here definitely.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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