Viacom Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
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. Come if you're easily motivated by fancy lobby decor!

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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 Viacom full-time (more than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    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

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great perks but poor work environment

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Run by dishonest and greedy people

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

    I worked at Viacom

    Pros

    Summer Fridays help get you through the weeks

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Fun while it lasted. Good place to get stuck.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Viacom didnt seem that unprofessional

    Former Employee - Music Programmer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Music Programmer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. The worst career decision of my life.

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    Former Contractor - Clerical in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Clerical in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hours. Great hours but the culture sandwiched between them is worse than high school cliques.

    Cons

    Hired for one job, was given another with zero explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are beyond saving. The inmates run the asylum and there is no accountability for horrible executives, especially those that bring in loads of $$$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not a good place to work our grow

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. This isn't an agency, it's a cash cow for Viacom's ad sales.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Viacom as a contractor

    Pros

    No one knows what they're doing - which means it's a pretty coasty place to work.

    Cons

    No one knows what they're doing. You will get nothing for your portfolio working here & your real skills will depreciate the longer you stay here. There's nothing creative about this place. There's no room for growth. No benefits if you aren't lucky to score a staff role - and no work you can be proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Destroy everything and start again. You're supposed to be the experts on the millennial audience - start by understanding what a real agency and a real workplace looks like. This is not a cool place to work. The product we put out sucks. This place offers nothing palatable to an actual millennial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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