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Viacom Media Networks Reviews

Updated January 2, 2018
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Viacom Media Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance - great for working moms or for people who have other pursuits outside of their day job (in 42 reviews)

  • The company atmosphere is lighthearted and laid back (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Once great media company struggling with digital disruption"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work with some fun, smart people. The benefits are excellent and very decent work life balance. It's also a very progressive organization in the "bring your whole self to work" way. The new CEO is trying to take the drastic measures that should have been taken eons ago (Glassdoor mistakenly has Dauman as the CEO, that is incorrect).

    Cons

    The company lost all of it's great creative talents like Tom Freston and Judy McGrath and let an overpaid lawyer run the organization into the ground. I would love to be able to recommend this place to a friend but right now things are entirely too unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to resurrect old shows from the glory days, hire top notch creative talent and fill the pipeline with a lot of new content. There is no problem this company has that could not be solved by content people want to watch.


  2. "political nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom Media Networks full-time

    Pros

    the people that work there are smart, energetic fun and hard working (with the exception of upper management. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    upper management in media are lazy and political.seldom do the work, often do they take credit for others hard work.

  3. "Steer clear if development and professionalism are important to you."

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

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

    Pros

    Great company perks (same as most large companies though) and no dress code.

    Cons

    Awful management with inefficient HR.

    Advice to Management

    Management should also include professionalism and leadership.


  4. "Organized Fun Hard Working Friends"

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    Former Employee - Edit Facility Assistant in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Edit Facility Assistant in Miami Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good vibes, young professionals, terrific team work, great quality, and FUN!

    Cons

    Only in my position as an audio engineer, there was a small room for growth. The only option was Argentina... too far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work and MTV vibes!


  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - great for working moms or for people who have other pursuits outside of their day job.
    - Relaxed atmosphere
    - As long as you have good people on your team, you will have a good experience working here, but that goes for every job.
    - Good medical benefits
    - Good corporate culture. It's a cool place to work even if you're in an area that is not remotely cool. You still get the feeling that you're on the pulse of all things entertainment, which is an exciting thing to be around on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    - Very corporate. The higher ups have all the power and the folks lower on the totem pole are the worker bees. It helps if you're able to "play the game".
    - Depending on your team, it can be very hard to move up. If you're on a larger team, you'll have a better chance of doing that.
    - This company loves to pigeon-hole their people. If you, for example, start in Production Management but are interested in eventually moving into Development, it is very hard to do so and there are limited opportunities to learn about other departments. I have always appreciated how certain companies have a rotation period for young employees so they can get experience in different areas of a given company. This company, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. Once you are in a certain department, chances are you are there to stay. So, my advice to young people is - focus on the department, NOT the network. It's much easier to start at a no-name network in an area you love and later move to a great network than it is to start at the hottest network in an area you aren't interested in. It's unfortunately very tough to make that move internally.

    Advice to Management

    - Start a rotation program for young people so they are able to feel out different areas and later decide where they are meant to be. Pigeon-holing them hurts everyone: the company and the employees. There are a number of companies that already do this and Viacom needs to jump on the bandwagon.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership at the CEO levels. No focus on long term solutions

    Advice to Management

    Hire content focused leaders not lawyers looking for a quick turn around.


  7. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Creative, Flexible, Opportunities, Growth, Open Door

    Cons

    Long hours, Segmented departments, Volatile industry

  8. "Programming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment for a person seeking after college experience. they hire their interns (when possible), which makes the learning curve so much easier when you graduate. easy going work flow and great work life balance.

    Cons

    clique clique clique. you will never get anywhere unless you are in with the it crowd. people get promoted based on who their friends or family (yes, family) are. Forget enforcing results from your team, that is frowned upon in the Miami office. As long as you are friends with your direct reports and don't rock the boat, you can coast.
    Layoffs are inevitable.... most positions are based in the region and the few that are in Miami will eventually transition as well.

    Advice to Management

    The advice is for NY corporate office: take a long hard look at the Miami office. crack down on unethical behavior and favoritism. You have a great group of people there that are either let go or completely unengaged because of the way the office is being managed.


  9. "Viacom Summer Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great company culture
    - lots of fun intern events

    Cons

    - a little disorganized
    - could offer more career help


  10. "Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Awesome Networks; dynamic culture; constant change

    Cons

    rapidly changing media environment; hard to keep up


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