Viacom Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. I have loved working at Viacom

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

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    Welcoming environment, friendly co workers

    Cons

    Not much room to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A good company currently struggling with change.

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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

    Good work/life balance. Laid back work environment. Good people.

    Cons

    As a large company, you will find there are many segmented groups that do not talk to each so there is friction between departments. Most people do not change positions or roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excess upper level management create a micro management atmosphere that creates more problems then solves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great learning experience, people are very nice.

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    Current Employee - Programming
    Current Employee - Programming

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

    Pros

    Great work enviorment, very laid back, good benefits, lots of vacation days but difficult to take with all the work.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Needs better management. Some people have been there for so long that they don't want to change and it affects the work quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to actually do their annual reviews and give constructive feed back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Viacom is a great place to work - in my opinion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    Culture, time off, benefits, fair pay across the board.

    Cons

    Depends very much on which company/department you work for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great people & a cool place to work at

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has great benefits and it's well known brands make it a place proud to work for. I worked for Nickelodeon, and it was a fun, and creative place with hard working and dedicated people.

    Cons

    It's a place that while they say they promote internal mobility, they make it really difficult to move up in your career. I've known many people who were in their positions for many years before they saw a promotion (if they did). A lot of people have left in order to move up. Unfortunately, I found it's a place that values who you know, and not how hard and smart your are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are really great, but others don't know how to be leaders and motivate their teams. They should take advantage of the leadership
    programs the company offers to brush up their skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Viacom has lost it's edge!

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    Current Employee - Strategic Insights and Research in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Insights and Research in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work at. Allowed you to be creative and think outside of the box. A huge company, but functioned as a start up for creative input.

    Cons

    Change in management lead to changes in the way the company operates. Becoming much more of "big" company and worry to much about senior leaders salary and stock price. MTV, the name on the door has lost it's edge and creativity it is no longer a must watch network. Viacom is spending time and money to make itself look more hip/cool and like a startup rather than invest in its greatest commodity...it's employees!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to focus more on it's employees than spending thousands of dollars on the lobby, rest rooms and floor designs. People make a company GREAT...not the fancy wallpaper in the rest rooms or flowers hanging in the lobby. Invest more in your employees and less on non-sense above!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Solid Foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    Great place to start career wise.

    Cons

    Plenty of people want to work here so they have no problem replacing people with ease. Layoffs can come in constant waves.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Not the best experience I could of had

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    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    I worked at Viacom

    Pros

    -The few times I actually got to have real hands on experience
    -Good pay for an internship
    -Nice employees who are helpful

    Cons

    My internship had a few issues, the main one being that there were 2 inters at the same time. I thought I would have the advantage, having started first, but that wasn't so. The second the new intern started in the same department, I was given the real "intern work". I got to remove staples from contracts and scan them, not much of an internship/learning opportunity. They would tell me they wanted to train me to do more things, but they seemed to not have the time. I know that they're busy, Viacom is a busy company, but don't have an intern if you can't give them real work to do that will help them advance and really get the full experience. Having 2 interns at the same time doesn't normally happen, from what I heard, but it was a mistake (that's another story for another review).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have more interns than you can handle/give work to.
    Don't ignore interns or forget about them. We want to learn and get real hands on experience.
    Give interns real work, not just mundane tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Very impressed

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

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

    Pros

    The environment is warm and all of the employees I've met were welcoming and kind. In this fast paced industry, Viacom gets the job done.
    The internship program is one of the best I've seen.

    Cons

    Because it's such a big company, it might be difficult to connect with supervisors, and you may just be a number.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Viacom

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Co-workers, friends and environment

    Cons

    potentially lower salary and benefits package

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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