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Viacom Los Angeles Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • You do different things every day and learn a lot about the functions of the department (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on the group (in 17 reviews)

  • Times Square, nothing else comes directly to mind (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "It went well"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Ad Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture was great to be a part of

    Cons

    The culture was still a lil too non diverse

    Advice to Management

    Be confident!


  2. "Sales Service Executive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Service Executive in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Service Executive in Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are fun, go to most of the events when they are in your city

    Cons

    Awful office politics. CSR's and SSE's have zero power or control, and then you are promoted to Account Executive and can do whatever you want


  3. "Be Proactive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Ad Sales Intern in Hollywood, CA
    Former Intern - Ad Sales Intern in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Viacom. Compared to what I've learned from other interns, Ad Sales definitely has a better structured internship program. Not only was my department the only one with a final intern project, but they also did a good job of scheduling intern 101 meetings for us so that we could learn about other departments within the company. If you are interested in learning about the Ad Sales process I would recommend Viacom since they really take the time to teach you both Media Math and the life cycle of a deal. You can definitely learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Also, the office is beautiful with a fully stalked kitchen and great breakfast spread each morning!

    Cons

    Not really a con, but if you have tendencies to be lazy this probably isn't the right place for you. In order to be noticed and do well you have to take the initiative to network and get to know people in the office. If you sit around waiting for work you most likely will have nothing to do all day, which is why they strongly encourage you to always be asking people what they need help with. This was a struggle for me at first because it can be intimidating as in intern to walk up to people you don't know. However, the entire department was really helpful and eager to teach.

    One thing I found to be quite stressful (yet rewarding in the end) is that they have very high expectations for interns. They made it clear that you should never not be doing something. So for example, if there is nothing to work on, they expect you to shadow people and learn. It's also the only department that enforces a strict dress code for interns. I got called out my first week for wearing jeans so be sure to always dress professional.

    I would say the only true con was that for interns it's very much the idea of sink or swim. I noticed that there wasn't much guidance and you had to learn how to teach yourself certain things. Everyone is really busy so it's up to you to be proactive and engage in conversation if you don't want to be forgotten about.


  4. "Working as a Contractor or Freelance Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - First Assistant Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Freelancer - First Assistant Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Market rate wages, frequent freelance jobs and consistent availability of opportunity

    Cons

    Payroll is often complicated, positions are generally word of mouth (insider) and not posted

    Advice to Management

    Open freelance film crew positions to more people. Insist that production companies to whom you subcontract are more broad based in their crew sourcing


  5. "Viacom Lacks Unity but overall nice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful work space, friendly environment, lots of opportunities to network.

    Cons

    Can seem "click"ish, not a lot of integrated brands, some brands valued more than others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage unity and discourage brand favoritism


  6. "Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great with overtime, 401K, health care, inclusive environment

    Cons

    Not the most competitive network to work for.


  7. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company that have incredible talent within each department. Everyone is very friendly and there if you ever have any questions. Interning was fine, it really just depends on the department. The intern coordinators are AWESOME and help you out all semester long with resume reviews, forums and information if there are any full time opportunities you're hoping to pursue. It's paid as well so that's a big plus!

    Cons

    Depending on the department, you may not learn a lot.
    Not many assignments advanced my knowledge in any way.

    Advice to Management

    Not much advice other than more forums and check-ins would be nice.


  8. "Human Resources Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Such a great internship! The really engage in their interns and the managers teach you a lot about the department you are working in. They also have a lot of activities for the interns to interact and build their career for the future.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this internship.


  9. "Major management problems"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Viacom (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation Days \ Personal Days are 30 per year.

    Cons

    Inability to keep talent, revolving door for senior management, layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "vp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice lot
    some good brands
    many different positions available

    Cons

    bad management
    too much politics occurring vs. trying to do what is right for business


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