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Updated May 26, 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 38 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 21 reviews)

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  1. "Fun. Tons of pressure. Didn't know if my job would be around the next week."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sarah in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sarah in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work at. Definitely felt lucky and priviledged to work there.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of my department, I never knew if executives would eventually cut the department to save money. Being creative was not particularly welcomed. Efficiency was rewarded.


  2. "My experience is that there is always unity and determination"

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    Current Employee - Transport/Driver in Airport Drive, MO
    Current Employee - Transport/Driver in Airport Drive, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Viacom media network is a good company doing well and a massive job for the country

    Cons

    Some of the challenges is when the company is facing problems with network its obvious

    Advice to Management

    To manage is not a small task the challenges will come but when you determine to achieve you will get to the top of all madia


  3. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Video Editor in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great team. Nice to see your hard work on the air.

    Cons

    Overtime frequently required. Payscales nothing close to a similar job in LA/NY.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "You feel privileged to work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere to work in with a lot of perks.

    Cons

    Upper management is a total nightmare. Not a great environment for women to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together; it's 2017!


  6. "Commercial Operations Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO days and amazing culture. Although it's not what it use to be, the company is a great place to start your career in Media.

    Cons

    Upper management has driven the company into a bad state. Massive layoffs have eroded talent and made a lot of people jump ship. Not a great place for promotions and salary is not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    You need the best creative team to bring fresh and cool shows for their target demo.


  7. "Sr Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong kids-content, ability to work independently, work-life balance, great benefits, international travel,

    Cons

    lack of cohesive long term strategy, poor communication by senior managers, high turnover rate, little to no use for analytics in product development or consumer products strategy


  8. "Great Place to Start Your Career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume, work from home, autonomous, good parties

    Cons

    pay is not great, hard to get promoted, company is unstable

    Advice to Management

    They should do better with letting employees work in different areas of the company since most get pigeon holed and can't move around.


  9. "Enjoyed It!"

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    Former Employee - Field Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work with fun energetic people!

    Cons

    Lack of loyalty to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that have worked in other areas of the company instead of outsiders.


  10. "Great place to grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Always moving, busy work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes a grind depending on the producer you're dealing with


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Really wish I were exaggerating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


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