Viacom Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Viacom Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The Entertainment Industry is FUN and a bit more liberal than many other working sectors. Driven by content, Viacom comes in somewhere around the middle, a few exciting features and series here and there, but ultimately average compared to other giants in the biz. The people who work here made it wonderful!

    Cons

    The company is made up multiple networks that hit & miss, concerning content. They've come prey to reality programming syndrome that fills each commercial break with repeated content, abusive scheduling, and no real pattern a consumer can adjust too.

    Advice to Management

    I think they will need to take a long look back at the industry's history to move forward.


  2. Progressive culture; work conditions can vary greatly by dept/mgr

    • 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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees are forward-thinking, open and care about their work and the company Good PTO benefits for longer-term and/or senior staff -- if you can use it (see "Cons") Corporate culture is generally informal, supportive and inclusive

    Cons

    Experiences vary greatly depending on what department you're in and who your manager is. Some positions, especially in production and sales and related support functions, can be very demanding resulting in long hours and difficulty taking time off Upper management has been slow to react to shifts in how content is consumed by younger viewers

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the challenges related to content distribution and changes in viewing habits take away from the work environment that (still) helps to make the company stand out.


  3. Strategic Insights

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

    I worked at Viacom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of the company makes it so work is not that bad

    Cons

    It has the corporate feel


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  5. Finance

    Current Employee - Senior International Finance Manager in Astoria, NY
    Current Employee - Senior International Finance Manager in Astoria, NY

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    atmoshphere, coworkers, vacations, summer fridays

    Cons

    pay, work life balance, hours


  6. Helpful (1)

    Viacom a Demanding Environment

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time

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

    Pros

    Company culture is often set by the example of top management or ownership, and it's certainly true here. Because Sumner Redstone is a demanding boss, the entire Viacom environment is demanding. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Cons

    The demading environment at Viacom translates to a tough work environment. There's no mercy; if you're not performing you will be out in six months.

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider lightening up a bid. The company is getting a reputation as the employer of last resort in its field.


  7. Great Company with excellent support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, modern good offices, excellent benefits package especially health care and dental (USA). HR department is first class as are many other parts of the organization. Salaries are good, decent at the very least. Great products in terms of TV and Movie output makes this a very fun and never boring place to work. Good career prospects. Good integrity of staff and work from home incentives.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management at least where I worked in technology with too much short term focus and the higher level usage of non-us based staff / contractors contributes to the more short term nature sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce levels of management, I think I had 6 levels to the svp, 3 would have sufficed try to maintain knowledge within the company, keep the majority of staff long term, in the usa and totally dedicated to the otherwise great company. Be one step adhead in terms of information technology and invest in this expertise and keep it .


  8. Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing, AMAZING people Summer Fridays Generous Benefits Awesome parties Celebrity Sightings Innovative for a traditional media company, very self-aware of its flaws and strives to fix them Internal mobility

    Cons

    Feels like a start up but creativity is strained by corporate environment Emphasis on tenure Not a lot of transparency Not the best environment for freelance employees Certain departments are more male-dominated than others, especially the creatives

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent and give promotions based on merit and accomplishments, not tenure. Emphasis on tenure will cause young talent to leave where they can receive higher pay and greater say. Also think about cutting back on outrageous parties and giving freelancers staff roles.


  9. Intern Review

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

    I worked at Viacom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and professional experience!

    Cons

    My overall experience was positive


  10. Big Company, Big Challenges

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    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative environment; in a phase of innovation

    Cons

    TV industry is changing - company is aware they need to alter their business model for success - they're re-building the company with a bigger focus on content & delivering it's content on all platforms to as many viewers across the world as possible


  11. Great People

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

    I worked at Viacom

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company really hires the best people. Engaging, uplifting work environment.

    Cons

    Hard to advance and structured ineffectively

    Advice to Management

    more emphasis on talent retention



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