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Viacom Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
229 Reviews
3.6
229 Reviews
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
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117 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are strong.

    Cons

    Challenging to advance or move departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add 360 reviews to find your bad managers who manage up well.

  2.  

    Freelance Motion Designer

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice, the work I did for them was creative and they took it in with an open mind. I would love to work for them anytime.

    Cons

    It's goes the same for all big companies, it takes a bit of time to get things 'approved'

    Recommends
  3.  

    Production Manager

    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Executive Offices

    • 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

    Pros

    Smart, directed chairman of the board and chief executive officers

    Cons

    There are no cons working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Run by dishonest and greedy people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted. Good place to get stuck.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Viacom as an Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    "get in, get your experience, get out"

    • 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 a 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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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