Viacom
3.6 of 5 170 reviews
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Viacom Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
Viacom – US – “MTV Networks Christmas Party 2003 at Hammerstein…”

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3.6 170 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman

Philippe P. Dauman

(92 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Relishes the job and doesn't mind work-life balance disruption"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Fun company, laid-back work environment"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "In times square, poor compensation, cog in a machine, a lot of red tape, constant turnover"
    in 6 reviews
  • "No positions for entry level in the Fiance department"
    in 4 reviews
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    Sr Analyst, IT support related role- Viacom formerly branded as MTV Networks (MTVN)

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYou will work very hard for very little incentive (24/7 at times), but company is very good at benefits like a paid volunteer day (if you can get the time away to attend), health benefits, and they put a lot of money and effort into decor. Occasionally they will also host local companies to come in and cook for the employees, sell their wares, or have fun contests (say to pick the next new vendor for cookies or coffee). Great place for internships and for inexperienced employees.

    ConsYou will work very hard for very little incentive (24/7 at times), but you get little recognition or reward; 0-3% raises each year depending on your managers input. You will find absentee managers, directors, and VP's who are hardly ever in the office (IE not working & no, they aren't working from home or on the road). High turnover, a lot of IT jobs are in/outsourced. They no longer offer pensions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay non-managerial employees more. Reduce the senior management team. Hire more highly qualified IT professionals that are able to communicate an idea competently and well to those they serve. Take action to address and reduce high turnover. Allow all employees mobility, encourage it, it will lead to a better understanding of the business overall and create greater appreciation for others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting place to work, low salaries, good benefits

    Department Assistant (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsInteresting people to work with, great benefits, reduced hours during summer. Overall fun group of people to be around. Decent variety of food nearby including food trucks.

    ConsLow pay, difficult to get promoted, depending on departments didn't seem like people stuck around for too long. Viacom seems to have no problem cutting the number of employees to please shareholders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's great...until it's not

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAmazing employees and culture amongst peers. Great health benefits. Summer Fridays and flexible work schedules.

    ConsLow salaries and difficult to advance due to intense politics. They make you feel small and worthless, won't promote until you give your notice and even then the counter offers are not competitive. Inflated titles for young employees with limited experience.

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    Could be good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, lots of room to move around when opportunities arise.

    ConsCertain networks, and certain departments there in have leaders who leave a lot to be desired.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incredible People

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople are not only friendly, but really go out of their way to help you with anything that you need. I love my team, they have supported me in every way regarding my personal life and career. They have a great work/life balance, especially with Summer Fridays.

    ConsGetting a full time offer is difficult.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of opportunities, if you're willing to take them

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat experience working with big media, and lots of opportunities to make make long lasting relationships with your peers and higher management. Also, great place to explore the many opportunities entertainment has to offer. Casual work environment. Paid internship always a plus.

    ConsMovement inside the company is almost impossible, certain departments seem lacking in initiative, could have had more interaction with higher ups

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement treats their interns well. I haven't had any other experience with big media, but the treatment is perceivably better than any other big media corporation. I'd suggest more opportunities to talk with other parts of management within the department so interns get a more well rounded feel for where they work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Bad Supervisor

    Copywriter (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Fun, energetic work environment
    - Challenging
    - Good, fun products
    - GREAT location

    Cons- My supervisor seems suicidal and is determined everyone around her feel the same.
    - On top of her depression, she displays no leadership qualities or direction and is fairly uncommunicative. Unless it's about her miserable love life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShe makes what could have been THE best work environment a mental ward.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great`

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFun and lively place to work

    ConsLong hours can be exhausting

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    Could be worse

    Producer (Current Employee)

    ProsCasual dress code. Summer Fridays.

    ConsStuck in freelance (or as they say at Viacom 'perma-lance', for far too long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees below the VP level to a greater degree.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pros probably outweigh Cons....

    Coordinator (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBest perks of working at Viacom is all the stuff going on all the time whether it's taking a class to update your knowledge on specific computer programs or it's the summer Fridays! Which is the best perk of any job I've ever had!

    ConsIt can take a very long time to get promoted in the company and advance in your career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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