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Viacom Media Networks Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Viacom Media Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, summer Fridays, insane amount of PTO, lots of perks and great health benefits (in 39 reviews)

  • The company atmosphere is lighthearted and laid back (in 44 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. Helpful (8)

    "Diverse Programming Minus Diverse Promotions"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The brand carries weight on a resume and when networking.

    Cons

    The brand's popularity makes the company feel that they can underpay and undervalue employees, hence the walkout by Freelance employees. Also if you are black and/or older, beware. Discrimination is abundant, and HR supports corrupt management. While they pimp your ride and bring dances from the 'hood, the people running those shows are white (when I was there), and they promote white interns over qualified black staff. The majority of menial labor is filled with blacks and Hispanics, while Asians and whites are promoted disproportionately.

    Advice to Management

    Don't discriminate. Don't use merit reviews as weapons to justify disparate treatment.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work-- if you're staff"

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    Current Employee - Network Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Network Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get the opportunity to use writing and analytical skills together. It's a laid-back atmosphere that values teamwork and I've never been berated, yelled at, or mistreated. Management encourages career growth and initiative, although taking initiative can sometimes be intimidating. For staff, the benefits are good and feel well-thought out. When the company holiday extravaganza was cancelled, staff got two extra vacation days to use during the holidays, which was thoughtful.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation that can sometimes feel faceless. There's a large difference in treatment between long-term freelance and staff positions, in terms of benefits and a general feeling of fairness (if someone's been there eight years, they aren't really freelance). Because turnover in the industry is so high, it can feel as though the only way to advance is to switch networks, which is too bad-- I like it at MTVN.

    Advice to Management

    Continue and increase transparency with how the company operates.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Romper Room"

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    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand association, flexible work schedules, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    No business management, no resource development, no clarity on direction, no communication, no management backing, very political environment, recognition is not merit based but based on personal favoritism, no desire for change & improvement

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing true business practices, communicate better with employees, focus on developing individuals, eliminate non-performers, seek to motivate employees.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Discouraging, underpaid, poor leadership from upper management"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young popular company, impressive on resume, fun culture, good experience. You can meet some really awesome people here. And the view from your desk is spectacular.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, no advancement. It takes forever to reach management. There is no advancement plan so it's basically about who you know and kissing ass to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Manager workshops and learn to treat analysts as adults.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Most painful two years of my life"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours for the most part, minimal amount of work, lots of events and parties

    Cons

    Leadership has been in their same jobs for 10+ years, very limited business knowledge, only know the MTV way to do business, entitlement at VP level, lack of respect for employees below VP level, lots of yelling and blaming, lack of integrity, take credit for others work, speak down to employees, just an awful place to work if you have any business experience at all. If it's your first job, you can probably survive, but if you have any tenure of business experience, run.

    Advice to Management

    Terminate the VP's in marketing; remove the entitled leaders and hire people who actually know how to run a business, NOT just MTV experience but true business experience, there are stale ideas and lack of creativity because of the same leaders in the same jobs for over a decade


  6. Helpful (2)

    "very frustrating, highly uncreative, oppressively corporate"

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    Former Employee - Designer/Animator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer/Animator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MTV used to look good on your resume, but i think it's losing it's novelty in the industry

    Cons

    Very incompetent upper management. Art Director I worked for was a tyrant - a totally uninspiring leader and terrible communicator!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the creative people you have working for you, you're lucky to have them


  7. "Bad"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition, big name on your resume, possibilty to see some talent from the newtwork, after work events and award shows.

    Cons

    meaningful work, advancement of job placement

  8. Helpful (3)

    "don't be fooled by their name"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    on site cafeteria (convenience only, food is gross), overtime for some positions, ability to work with different people but they've all been there for years and years

    Cons

    times square location is a nightmare, no room for upward growth, no promotions, made to feel replaceable constantly

    Advice to Management

    MTV is not relevant anymore so stop acting like you can pay low salaries and not promote anyone. promote more and treat employees better.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "'PERMALANCE' - hello IRS are you hearing us?"

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

    Pros

    You can disappear in a network of offices, work lazy hours and have little responsibility.

    Cons

    Fake benefits, no job security, salaries that are FAR BELOW industry standards, Times Square foot traffic, little vertical career movement.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and we'll invest in you. Hey Philippe - take 10mill off your 90mill annual salary and treat your employees like human beings. Benefits are not a state of mind.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place for high-school gossip"

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    Current Employee - Client Services Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Services Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom Media Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The standard perks of working with a global company with a good brand name for a resume are there for the taking. Good benefits, vacation time, and work life balance are all solid and can be slightly better than other media firms.

    Cons

    Politics run the organization. I have been promoted within the company but the key is having VPs vouch for your good work (even if they have never worked with you before). This is standard across all departments. Additionally the firm shows very little willingness to work towards their employees needs. Working from home is rarely an option and there is very little say in affairs until you reach a high level.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the socialization, and focus more on employee development. For a company trying to reach a younger age group, it seems ironic that all of the individuals developing strategy are too nervous to lean on the younger staff.


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