Viacom Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • They have a great work/life balance, especially with Summer Fridays (in 12 reviews)

  • The best part of the job were the fun co-workers, most of whom are laid-back and have a sense of humor (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • The biggest complaint would be the Times Square location (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance was minimal at best (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great introduction to the entertainment industry

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

    I worked at Viacom

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    — Some of the biggest TV brands
    — Nice mix of younger employees fresh out of school and older ones who have stayed on for years
    — The internship program run through HR is superb and they really care about creating networking opportunities for interns

    Cons

    — Due to the size of the company and depending on the time, intern tasks can come slowly

  2. Tax

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom (less than a year)

    Pros

    involve in several projects; learn how to use software

    Cons

    the size of the company

  3. Marketing Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great perks. learned a lot and had a lot of resources available to do good work.

    Cons

    some people are not good people managers. Good luck if you get one of them as your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    make sure you know who is providing value and keep the most valuable people on staff.

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  5. Six years here

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks are above-average. This is across multiple sites throughout the east coast.

    Cons

    Salary meets industry standard. This is across multiple departments on the east coast.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management will work with you if the "team environment" scenario is excellent.

  6. The absolute best company I have ever worked at in my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Viacom as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location. Great brands with brilliant people working behind them. Tons of employee benefits and opportunities. Offices are beautiful

    Cons

    Do a lot of freelance and project based work. It takes awhile for someone to become a full time employee with benefits and a salary

  7. Producer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Positive, intelligent, co-workers. Encourages work/life balance.

    Cons

    Constant lay-offs and lower salaries.

  8. Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company. Great benefits, klout, recognition, etc

    Cons

    Room for advancement seems limited.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more.

  9. Great company to work puts a lot of emphasis on giving back to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your department/management Viacom has really good work/life benefits . Annual kids Day, Viacommunity Day, employee cafeteria featuring special guests chefs and food from around the world, employee print lounge, wellness center. I could go on. I've had 4 different managers and I have always been treated with respect and trust to do the job I was hired to do.

    Cons

    Two big cons.. 1.The company seems to "clean house" every year. Some years are bigger cuts than others, but no one is safe no matter your position or how long you are at the company. 2. Unless you are in Sales, opportunity for advancement is very lacking. It's not enough to prove yourself, go above and beyond and strive to improve your role. To get promoted you need to basically recreate a new role. Which means combining several roles into one.

    Advice to Management

    I feel very lucky to work for such a great company as Viacom, however I know that at any point I can get a call from HR and it's all over. It makes for a very stressful work environment and is very hard to show any kind of loyalty. The lack of communication from SVP's (not top management) to their teams contributes to the feeling of uneasiness from employees so a lot of time is wasted on people talking about what they think is going to happen in their department. It makes employees want to jump ship for steadier grounds.

  10. My overall experience working for the company was a positive experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vh1- Business & Legal Affairs Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vh1- Business & Legal Affairs Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has many instituted many work/life incentive programs that I didn't have or were in it's infancy stage. Great health benefits (medical/dental), 401K, summer Fridays (memorial thru labor day), summer breakfast fridays (this varies by dept. Not sure id they have anymore)

    Employees alao now have access to a yoga/workout room with scheduled classes.

    Cons

    Depending on your dept. the work load can really get to you. Make it a point to speak up ans coomunicate with your supervisor. Like any company teams/depts can be cliquish. Know when to choose your battles and stay away from gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on your pathto a better work/lofe balance and value your long time employees before dismissing them when it comes time to "restructure".

  11. Generally a great place to work with numerous opportunities for growth and a diverse workforce

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planner/Scheduler in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Planner/Scheduler in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Endless opportunity due to the many different brands owned by Viacom. You never know who you'll meet or connect with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Unclear structure and overall direction at times. High turnover rate; they seem to have massive layoffs every few years.

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