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Viacom Media Networks New York Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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Viacom Media Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • The company atmosphere is lighthearted and laid back (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance wasn't great, but it was manageable (in 16 reviews)

  • long long hours can be draining (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Loved everything about it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - New Business Development Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - New Business Development Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Content
    Culture
    Work life balance
    People
    Networking
    Leadship
    Mentoring
    Employee resource groups
    College Relations Team

    Cons

    Changing media landscape
    Nothing else I can think of


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are great but politically charged environment where staff is underplayed and promotions are difficult."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator MTV in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator MTV in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Viacom is such a large media company that there is a lot of opportunity to move around within the company and people are extremely friendly and willing to meet with you. On the flip side, there's a high turnover rate with employees and the company is constantly restructuring which could mean job instability. We get 24-26 vacation days a year + summer Fridays with great health insurance. Viacom offers tons of classes and workshops and even pays for classes outside of Viacom if you wish to continue your education. I've worked here for 4 years and overall it's a really great company.

    Cons

    Bad managers, underpaid staff, too many freelance positions that should be staff, Job instability, politically charged atmosphere.

    I had a horrible manager for a year and a half and she has had problems with people she has worked with in the past but continues to get away with it because there's such a high turnover rate with employees constantly leaving and moving around the company.

    And although I mentioned that there's opportunity for internal movement you have to be a huge self advocate. HR offers internal mobility classes but is otherwise generally not very helpful as a whole.

    The company also does not have a whole lot of transparency although they work under the guise that they're fully transparent. I've run into a few situations where I felt I was being very mislead. They are constantly restructuring which can be frustrating as job titles, responsibilities and processes are constantly in flux.

    My friend received a counter offer from the company which included a promotion and $15K raise so she turned down an external offer. It has been 4 months and her team has fought for her tirelessly but she has still not received the promotion or raise so at this point I'm not sure if it's going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees with promotions and raises, instead of waiting for them to leave and the giving a counter offer. Review managers on a more constant basis. Provide clear expectations for employees in job roles.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A trip down the rabbit hole"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No dress code. Free drinks, depending on which department you worked.

    Cons

    Senior level management is stuck in the past. Unwilling to admit that MTV is not relevant to millennials.

    Senior level management consists of Yes people more focused with keeping their jobs than adding value to the company

    Advice to Management

    Leap into the future, leave MTV's legacy in the past. What have you done for millennials lately? Now compare your contributions to other media networks


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Really wish I were exaggerating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Integrated Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager, Integrated Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Finally new leadership: CEO, channel presidents, sales lead etc
    -If you don't perform no one will notice since leaders are occupied with their own self promotion
    -Brand has a lot of eyes and resources and will continue to be a priority for Viacom
    -Youngish workforce
    -Somehow groups like the products group keep convincing clients to spend with us
    -Company paid phone/corp card - pretty standard
    -Working with artists and celebrities

    Cons

    I had to come back and leave a review after seeing the trades ripping Viacom a new one over the new CEO's creative vision:

    -Impossible to get promoted below Director level unless you live in the politics merry go round with the group VPs
    -Internally mobility is a joke, they have an entire department dedicated to breaking the perception of Viacom as a career dead end where you can't move around; all being a staff employee does is guarantee your app will be read by someone. Hiring managers don't want to inherit disgruntled employees or ruffle feathers of their peers so it seems they disadvantage internal staff members. The brain drain will continue!
    -Anti education, growth, self-improvement - colleagues snuck around/lied/hid personal development classes, courses, etc because there's a culture of not wanting "know it alls" aka people with tangible skill sets
    -This department specifically
    -Sad work place/office that feels like a call center with leadership sitting on their perch in offices
    -Culture of micromanaging and hierarchy below Director, you'll be left off important client emails, not invited to company parties/offsites as if you're the group assistant while you lose your mind putting in your all for clients
    -Zero training or guidance, you'll be left to figure everything out but then get scolded constantly and micromanaged over minor missteps
    -Leadership isn't very bright. Not asking for superstars just people who get the business and think big picture
    -HR turns a blind eye to years of exit interview confessions desperately trying to leave a better place for our colleagues since we generate so much revenue
    -Boring monotonous work that reacts to clients and trends instead of leading
    -Pay is insulting and raises are impossible, bonuses are tied to how the channel performs which is never going to be healthy again
    -Biased interviewing, the things you'll hear about candidates would make HR blush
    -Management literally doesn't care if you live or die - sending people up to get their bags during building fires, intimidating people to come in during storms
    -Employee reviews are super harsh and personal and not at all helpful yet you'll never be able to review your manager or get peer evaluated

    Advice to Management

    -Hire leadership from the outside to add fresh thinking, it's crazy that lower and entry level employees have to beg and plead for promotions but directors get handed roles without second thought
    -Create transparency on performance for leaders, let us actually evaluate our managers on their management and reward the few who are effective and good role models
    -Bring in people who are actually hip with our audience, why are out of touch state school C list Gen Xers who don't watch tv behind one of Viacom's youngest most socially and culturally aware audiences; we have an entire army of under 30 dynamic employees who get ignored and shut out
    -Take new business seriously and look beyond our usual suspect clients, there's only so much QSR, retail, projects etc you can take
    -Stop bowing down to sales on every and anything, they're only as bad as you let them be
    -Mechanize parts of our job - one sheets, point process etc. every other network has some version of sponsorships teams or something. If you're going to do sales job lets at least have specialists
    -Pay people, this isn't 2010 when MTV was everything. You're going to continue to bleed talent, the reorg from this week is going to be the final exit call for a lot of young talent
    -Do something to retain employees before you get the 2 weeks notice


  6. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn wide range of skills

    Cons

    slow corporate processes and a few unhelpful characters

    Advice to Management

    cross training would be beneficial


  7. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great projects, great people.

    Cons

    Great benefits, however unable to use all vacation time due to project load. HR team was HORRIBLE. Always out or away, never called back or responded or empowered others while out. I lost out on being able to hire great candidates b/c HR was so unresponsive.

    Advice to Management

    ALLOW US TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE and enlarge our teams to manage the work flow.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great forever career home...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Viacom is a media powerhouse, depending on what network in the brand portfolio you work for will depend on your experience. I had a great experience at Viacom. I spent 4 years, employed at two networks.
    Each department and network operates very differently, so one can not give a blanket review. It is a great corporation to start your career and advance to upper management.
    Great benefits, awesome employee programs and perks. This is one corporation that really understands how to impact the employee via the programs and initiatives offered by HR.

    Cons

    Salary: large corporations have salary caps but I do think the salary should reflect the location of the city it is operating in, NY, NY is expensive.

    Advice to Management

    No real advice as my overall experience at Viacom has been quite memorable across the board. Viacom has set the bar for me when i compare my employee experience, in regard to future employment opportunities.


  9. "n/a"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and potential for digital age

    Cons

    Base Salary
    2 years too late on misses
    company can take more risks to find diamonds in rough

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working there felt like a reality show"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back culture, fun perks, and great holiday parties.

    Cons

    Low pay, high turnover, poor management, and everyone's motto was, "That's not my job."


  11. "Great opportunities and staff, lacking benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent access to highly motivated and talented colleagues who care deeply about the work and team culture.

    Cons

    Because it is considered a fun and trendy place to work, there seems to be little motivation for the company to offer strong pay and benefits. There is a high percentage of employees, at least on the creative teams, who work full time but are kept as freelance and not given benefits, even after years of work because they make you re-sign short contracts every few months to make it seem like you are project-based, even with a full-time title and responsibilites. Doesn't seem legal to me.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all of your employees as full time and valued and you will see the improvement in quality of work and dedication.



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