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Viacom Media Networks Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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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. "Great Place to Start Your Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Enjoyed It!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Great place to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Really wish I were exaggerating"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great forever career home...."

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    • 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.


  6. "n/a"

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    • 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


  7. "Viacom"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team, good benefits, fun working environment

    Cons

    lots of recent cost cuttings, people losing their jobs,

    Advice to Management

    listen to the people who have been there for awhile

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Working there felt like a reality show"

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    • 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."


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and staff, lacking benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. "SVP"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Projects and Productions are great
    People

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity based on who you know

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and grow your in house talent


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