Viacom Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
194 Reviews
3.9
194 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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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, enjoy coming to work.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perks are good (not as good as the ones in NY), great work life balance, work hard - play hard! Looks great on the resume

    Cons

    perks available in the NY offices are exponentially greater than those offered in the region offices (excluding LA). Office politics plays a large role in promotions, etc. There can be some cattiness from time to time as well.Pay could be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting promotions be a popularity contest

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    many perks, but you have to make them

    Cons

    you have to take charge of your career or you'll never move

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Experience at Viacom

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture is amazing! People are very willing to help and there is a helpful, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Media is everchanging, which keeps it dynamic, but it is also difficult to keep up with everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Based Employees. No benefits. Corporate hierarchy is ridiculous.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Viacom as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Liberal work environment. Positive values.

    Cons

    No benefits. Project based employees for Managers and below. Pay is below all averages for most jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Anything goes!

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

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy the entertainment sector, this may be the company for you. If possible, talk to the previous job holder who worked for your Boss, and find out why they left the job and what advice they would give you for the job responsibilities, culture and management style of the Boss.

    Cons

    My Boss at Viacom was totally unprofessional and bordered on "crazy." She enjoyed putting me down in front of extra large meetings. I asked her in private why she thinks I would like being shamed in front of new colleagues at Viacom...she said "can't you take a joke?" I have a great sense of humor and I know how to handle jokes, ribbing, etc. Her jokes were to cut you to the bone and then make everyone underneath her laugh nervously (in order to keep their jobs) and then look at you with glee. After two more time episodes of being shamed in front of larger groups of
    colleagues, I talked to HR. They told me she has had six nannies in three months quit at her home and she would have many more direct reports quitting too if it wasn't such a difficult job market. I asked has she ever stopped this demeaning behavior and they said "No." I found a new job and I was thrilled to leave this abusive Boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have sensitivity training for your Directors, V-P's and up. My boss at Viacom was as insensitive as I have ever encountered in my career.

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

    One of the best internships I could have asked for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great office culture, tons of opportunities to meet other interns, workshops to help with finding jobs, and everyone was really nice. I was trusted quickly and was able to contribute more to the team than a normal intern. By the end of my internship, they had me doing real work and it made my resume that much better.

    Cons

    Now that they've added compensation for their interns, it's much better. Otherwise, I have no complaints about my internship experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    So far a really great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great balance, management that I feel like I can communicate openly and honestly with. Flexibility. Nice people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Viacom

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and excellent benefits

    Cons

    There are no cons at all!

  11.  

    Wonderful place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere and great management

    Cons

    No cons a great place and great people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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