Viacom Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • Relishes the job and doesn't mind work-life balance disruption (in 12 reviews)

  • The office culture is very laid back (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. Service Desk Not the best place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building, nice Service Desk area, spacious.

    Cons

    Management hires people with no goal in mind as to what they want. Turn over rate is extremely high.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Prison

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say about this place.

    Cons

    - Terrible management
    - no process
    - Hostile people
    - No company culture
    - Cold work environment
    - Ruthless management ( do or get fired whether your sick or ill or not well)
    - Dis-organized PMO
    - Sweat shop (Just tattoo your arm made to slave)

    DO NOT WORK FOR NICKELODEON ESP FOR THE PMO TEAM.

    Advice to Management

    GET YOURSELF TOGETHER AND CREATE SOME TEAM BUILDING WITHIN YOUR OWN TEAM.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Come if you're easily motivated by fancy lobby decor!

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

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A well known brand on your resume
    Three holiday parties in one week
    Generally great colleagues

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Management trumpeting creativity and innovation - just because we launched an app?
    People have to leave or die for you to get promoted - it's all about head count
    HR doesn't exist
    Poorly invested internal resources - rather than spend money on an ice skating rink in the lobby for the holidays or warm sushi at Roseland Ballroom for a company party, how about letting people keep their jobs?

    Advice to Management

    Viacom is not a startup. I've worked at a startup. I have friends who work at startups. This is not one.

    I applaud the attempt to change the culture but until the big wigs who wield all the power step aside and allow fresher, younger, truly innovative minds assume stronger roles, Viacom will continue to be a struggling TV conglomerate with an even more struggling identity crisis.

    The hip lobby decor and all the rhetoric about innovation and creativity can't hide that it will still be an old boy corporate network with slim to none career advancement until new team-oriented leadership emerges.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Poor Management starts from the top

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible peers. Casual and comfortable environment.

    Cons

    No longer a nice place to work. No more emphasis on creativity or personal growth. Poor executive management. Greedy people on top. No longer offers any work/life balance. Poor compensation. Too political.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great perks but poor work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Sales Service Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Sales Service Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start off especially when you're young. The company has a lot of young employees and the brand name is extremely valuable on a resume when you're starting off. It's a fairly casual work culture that isn't too corporate compared to others in the industry.

    Cons

    While the overall culture varies by department, most people feel grossly over-worked as a result of high turnover and constant under-staffing. This is likely due to long hours, internal politics, limited upward mobility and salaries for the most part are below industry average across many of the business functions

    Advice to Management

    Make the company a place people want to work and never leave. Listen to employee feedback and take action when departments are unhappy. Don't just add more perks to distract people but fix the problems instead. Hire great talent and create a pay and promotional structure that is reflective of hard work rather based on internal politics


  7. Helpful (2)

    Run by dishonest and greedy people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer Fridays help get you through the weeks

    Cons

    Mediocrity in all corners of the company. Nasty politics drive out talent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about the billionaires club and invest in content and your employees.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Fun while it lasted. Good place to get stuck.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very relax environment. My boss was the best I have ever worked for in any environment or profession. No dress code, very flexible hours, good work life balance. Training provided. Summer Fridays, and lots of time off.

    Cons

    Very relax environment. - You get sucked in. No sense of urgency. Management does not care about its employees (I was one of the lucky ones) ZERO ZERO room for growth or advancement. No direction and management can't get out of their own way or get their heads out of someplace dark....

    Advice to Management

    QUIT!!! You have all been there to long and have no sense of direction other than what is being thrown around in the town hall with the latest buzz words. You have lost the trust and respect of your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Viacom leek niet zo onprofessioneel Viacom didnt seem that unprofessional

    Former Employee - Muziekprogrammeur in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Muziekprogrammeur in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Het bedrijf lijkt een betrouwbare plaats om te werken, biedt veel potentieel voor werknemers.

    The company seems like a trustworthy place to work, providing a lot of potential for the employees.

    Cons

    Absoluut gebrek aan dialoog tussen sollicitanten en het HR departement.

    Absolutely lacking in the dialogue between people applying for jobs and HR department


  10. Helpful (2)

    Terrible upper management, no mobility, everyone feels 'stuck'

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Production in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of the job were the fun co-workers, most of whom are laid-back and have a sense of humor. But they were few and would often feel just as disheartened about the team's management. There were company perks like career classes, but management discouraged employees from using them because those activities took a 1-2 hours out of the normal workday.

    You can wear whatever you want to work.

    Cons

    Horrible work/like balance during the winter, often asking employees to drop plans at the last minute. Terrible regard and compensation towards lower-level employees, mid-to-high remain very clique-oriented. Managers who don't want to pay OT will shame you about your personal life, or for sick days. VPs are completely out of touch with team morale, and don't care if their team is miserable. Everyone is stressed out, just keeps their heads down and tries [often unsuccessfully] to leave at a decent hour.

    No acknowledgement/reward for all the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    With better office morale and team-building exercises, an inspiring leader/manager could truly make a difference in the work experience. Managers should be trained on how to maintain a great working relationship with those they are in charge of. This would have to start at the top, since every manager's manager is seemingly just as out-of-touch and are passing down their terrible management style.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to work our grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The offer free coffee and there is a good view of times square

    Cons

    The do not offer adequate compensation to their employees. The general office culture is not very inspiring and they really do not offer much in vertical movement with in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    It would be wise to invest in your internal talent, which, If you offer more of a competitive compensation package, you would have more of.



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