Viacom Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
196 Reviews
3.9
196 Reviews
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
106 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work/life balance, especially with Summer Fridays (in 12 reviews)

  • The office culture is very laid back (in 14 reviews)


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

  • They are stuck in the 90s with upper management (in 5 reviews)

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    Intern

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

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Viacom has a robust internship program. The HR department really cared about the interns, and made sure they were always available to answer questions, and help as much as possible during the application process as well as after you begin working.

    Viacom has a great culture within the company as well, and I was always getting emails about special events and perks & discounts given to employees which were great.

    While I was there, interns also were given the opportunity to interview anyone in the company; literally anyone. So if you're interested in talking with someone from any of Viacom's brands (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, etc.) your supervisor will set you up with the proper connections. This is invaluable for networking and strengthening your career.

    Cons

    Very past-paced environment, which I loved, but may be something to bare in mind when applying. The project I was on involved coordinating with Viacom branches across the world, and though the end product was rewarding, getting there involved a lot of hard work and coordinating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the company continues its wonderful internship program, and strengthens it in the future. It's a great opportunity for college students, and recent grads, for getting their foot in the door into television.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Photo Intern

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

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Viacom is an amazing company. It's a fun, relaxed environment but everyone is super passionate about what they're doing. Everyone was welcoming, friendly, and they give you real tasks that make you feel a part of the team. It was the best internship I had!

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ad Sales Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Ad Sales Research in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales Research in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom as an intern

    Pros

    Great people & atmosphere
    Opportunities to learn if you take advantage of the experience

    Cons

    Not really challenging; Routined work (At least for interns)

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    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management allowed free thinking. Employees allowed free hand managing their departments

    Cons

    Work life balance was minimal at best. Hard work recognized if you were in favor. The latest upper management was unaware of their middle management's names let alone contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too top heavy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits here are amazing good medical and dental insurance, plenty of vacation days, and at Nickelodeon there is a generally friendly atmosphere. Your salary does take a hit because of this though.

    Cons

    There is too much senior level staff, and so no one has jurisdiction over what they do. It makes the day to day frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't believe the hype

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Viacom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual culture
    Social events

    Cons

    Too big
    No appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mentorship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've been interning at Viacom for almost a year. I've been interning at the Domestic Tax Compliance Department. I love the environment here. Everyone is very nice and everyone is always willing to answer any questions you might have. I've learned a lot here with the help of all the managers and co-workers.

    Cons

    Training was a problem because I did not exactly get a full-on training experience. Most of the time I had to self learn through my mistakes. I mean, the managers will teach you how to work on certain projects, but most of the time its really brief. Also, the pay of an intern is very low but I mean, previously, you'd intern here unpaid with credit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great relaxed corporate enviroment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Energetic great people around you, and an always changing and dynamic set of challenges. departments tend to be like teams and depending of your group many foster a very creative nature.

    Cons

    huge company means a slow HR department (though very accommodating). Promotions usually come when people leave the company or switch to different roles.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Viacom is a fantastic place of employment. The benefits package is unmatched and have great perks like Summer Fridays. The office culture is very laid back.

    Cons

    There is very limited advancement opportunities at this company. Compensation is lower than industry norm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Contracting Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful hard-working but fun-loving team.

    Cons

    Would have liked a full-time opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more full-time roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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MTV Networks Christmas Party 2003 at Hammerstein Ballroom
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