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  1.  

    Vastly improved from 8 years ago

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    • 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
  2.  

    Greatest place to work.

    • 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 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (less than a 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
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  5.  

    Photo Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Photo Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Photo Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible upper management, no mobility, everyone feels 'stuck'

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of the job were the fun co-workers, most of whom are laid-back and have a sense of humor. But they were few and would often feel just as disheartened about the team's management. There were company perks like career classes, but management discouraged employees from using them because those activities took a 1-2 hours out of the normal workday.

    You can wear whatever you want to work.

    Cons

    Horrible work/like balance during the winter, often asking employees to drop plans at the last minute. Terrible regard and compensation towards lower-level employees, mid-to-high remain very clique-oriented. Managers who don't want to pay OT will shame you about your personal life, or for sick days. VPs are completely out of touch with team morale, and don't care if their team is miserable. Everyone is stressed out, just keeps their heads down and tries [often unsuccessfully] to leave at a decent hour.

    No acknowledgement/reward for all the long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With better office morale and team-building exercises, an inspiring leader/manager could truly make a difference in the work experience. Managers should be trained on how to maintain a great working relationship with those they are in charge of. This would have to start at the top, since every manager's manager is seemingly just as out-of-touch and are passing down their terrible management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 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
  9.  

    The worst career decision of my life.

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

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

    Pros

    Hours. Great hours but the culture sandwiched between them is worse than high school cliques.

    Cons

    Hired for one job, was given another with zero explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are beyond saving. The inmates run the asylum and there is no accountability for horrible executives, especially those that bring in loads of $$$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Management allowed free thinking. Employees allowed free hand managing their departments

    Cons

    Work life balance was minimal at best. Hard work recognized if you were in favor. The latest upper management was unaware of their middle management's names let alone contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too top heavy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits here are amazing good medical and dental insurance, plenty of vacation days, and at Nickelodeon there is a generally friendly atmosphere. Your salary does take a hit because of this though.

    Cons

    There is too much senior level staff, and so no one has jurisdiction over what they do. It makes the day to day frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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