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Viacom Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
216 Reviews
3.7
216 Reviews
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
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114 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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    Production Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers
    Strong values
    Fun work environment
    Great location
    willingness to train employees
    strong social activism
    constantly changing fast paced environment

    Cons

    Poor management
    Terrible work/life balance
    zero direction
    constant mismanagement of objectives and employees
    will forever be chasing Millenlials and the youth culture in general

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Executive Offices

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    Smart, directed chairman of the board and chief executive officers

    Cons

    There are no cons working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Vastly improved from 8 years ago

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

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, health benefits, training, networking opportunities, informationals, community responsibility

    Cons

    Networks and departments operate in silo, lack of checks and balances, introduction of new processes and software without adequate training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Greatest place to work.

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, smart, committed team of people. Lots of opportunity for growth and creativity. The compensation tends to be very competitive. Generous benefits as well. Many people start careers there, leave and come back better than ever and ready to give it their all. The company welcomes that.

    Cons

    Sometimes not clear how promotions or reorgs work. Reviews are not consistent across department so can feel like being graded on a curve.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun while it lasted. Good place to get stuck.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 as an Employer

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Viacom is unique culture. It takes both an emersion in the old way of doing things and a strong self-propulsion to succeed. More simply, its easy to stay small at Viacom but if approached correctly, you can get your hands on an amazing amount of accountability.

    Cons

    Its a great resume builder but best not to stay in the building too long (like I did!) as salaries are not competitive and work life balance can sometimes be a little out of wack, especially during the summer months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play up the perks of the job (later start time, access to events) in place of being unable to offer competitive salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    "get in, get your experience, get out"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -GREAT experience
    -actively gay-friendly
    -smart people
    -highly creative environment
    -global impact

    Cons

    -insulting compensation
    -unreasonable deadlines
    -company runs on disposable labor (i.e. freelancers)
    -talent retention doesn't really happen (see above)
    -many layers of approval needed to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Hire freelancers. Pay everyone market rate. Stop cutting benefits every year. Really put your money where your mouths are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If you want to be underpaid and under-utilized for the privilege of working in "TV," Viacom's for you!

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

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

    Pros

    You love TV.
    Great office locations.
    Interesting co-workers.

    Cons

    People working the same jobs for the same pay for years.
    Very low paying.
    No advancement.
    You get the sense the company thinks it's doing you a favor by employing you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I sat in an all-staff meeting with the president 2 years ago where he completely ignored a brave question from an employee about a la carte options for the future of television. He blew her off saying it wasn't an issue. I hope that was just bluster since the future is now.
    Diversify, pay for and nurture talent, or younger, hungrier companies are going to outpace with alarming ease.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Viacom has a robust internship program. The HR department really cared about the interns, and made sure they were always available to answer questions, and help as much as possible during the application process as well as after you begin working.

    Viacom has a great culture within the company as well, and I was always getting emails about special events and perks & discounts given to employees which were great.

    While I was there, interns also were given the opportunity to interview anyone in the company; literally anyone. So if you're interested in talking with someone from any of Viacom's brands (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, etc.) your supervisor will set you up with the proper connections. This is invaluable for networking and strengthening your career.

    Cons

    Very past-paced environment, which I loved, but may be something to bare in mind when applying. The project I was on involved coordinating with Viacom branches across the world, and though the end product was rewarding, getting there involved a lot of hard work and coordinating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the company continues its wonderful internship program, and strengthens it in the future. It's a great opportunity for college students, and recent grads, for getting their foot in the door into television.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Photo Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Photo Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Viacom is an amazing company. It's a fun, relaxed environment but everyone is super passionate about what they're doing. Everyone was welcoming, friendly, and they give you real tasks that make you feel a part of the team. It was the best internship I had!

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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