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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 (2)

    "A good learning experience for low pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freelance Copywriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Freelance Copywriter in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers, had supportive boss, learned a lot in a growing field

    Cons

    Disorganization, low morale, poor management decisions, narrow mindedness about investment in departments that are growing (there's a constant drumbeat of meeting financial goals -- even when the company is in the black and doing well. This leads to hiring freezes and even layoffs in 2011, on the heels of one of the company's best years on record.)

    Advice to Management

    Survey employees. What do they like about working at MTVN? What are problems specific to their group/division? What would make them feel more motivated to work hard for the company and feel apart of something bigger than their individual responsibilities and duties? One common thread I heard from middle managers was a lack of constructive feedback from their superiors, in addition to conflicting and often vague directives. I heard from a number of managers a feeling of insecurity about what exactly it was their managers wanted from them, which made them feel helpless and unmotivated. It also affected the direction they gave to their subordinates. There's a culture of clock-watching and a sense of powerlessness as a cog in the huge Viacom machine. Employees face layoffs and managers can't hire, with the exception of freelancers, which contributes to a lack of continuity, loyalty and long-term thinking. It's too bad b/c employees are passionate about their subject areas (of expertise and entertainment area) and very creative. Smart people work here, which is one aspect of the company I really appreciate.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic, exciting, fair hours, good opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, Times Square office

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Starter"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a fun and seemingly wonderful place to start a career, from interning up.

    Cons

    Once you settle in you'll realize the management and senior level management aren't always seeing eye to eye or coordinating between departments. Budgets are always getting cut and the employee turnover rate seems to get higher and higher.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate and get it together. Stop letting talent go.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoyable but it felt temporary"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    if you enjoy pop culture, it's a great place to be

    Cons

    overworked, underpaid, they think they're doing you a favor, very dependent on how much you like your co workers


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, easy going, frantic, energetic"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at MTV looks great on your resume. The work is fairly easy and with the relaxed environment, it's like you're getting paid to hang out with your friends. You keep current with everything and there are plenty of opportunities to have after work interactions.

    Cons

    MTV is very top heavy and too many people get by doing nothing and running off of other people's work. Management is wholly incompetent and all about nepotism and HR doesn't do anything when you have departments complain. They don't really practice the work life balance they preach and expect you to do everything with the group after work. Benefits aren't really all that and there wasn't much of an advantage at working there because discounts were almost non existent and there were no media benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your asses and cut out the info.patent people. You don't value employee loyalty and do nothing as far as employee satisfaction is concerned. There is too much waste and pay is crap.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful, creative stepping stone and a real resume builder."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lax work environment. Great hours. Top 40 Talent. Constant change and life. Competitiveness. Subsidized lunch.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Lack of structure can be frustrating. Times square location annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to ideas that can come from anywhere, not just a VP position.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent opportunity for hands-on experience"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet with creative people, young hip environment, intriguing assignments, respectable staff, fun and engaging atmosphere, nice place!

    Cons

    Small opportunities for skilled employees to advance

    Advice to Management

    Help employees out with stronger advancement opportunities.

  8. "Fun, Exciting Environment with Great Potential"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Segment Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Segment Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If TV (not really music, ironically) is your thing then it doesn't really get much better than working for MTV. I worked through the ranks from PA to AP to Segment Producer and had a heck of time doing it. Fun environment, great people, exciting work....and if you're good at it and keep your producers happy there's plenty of room for growth.

    Cons

    Freelance...so you're working show to show. Not a huge problem if you're good at it and people like you but if either of those two things aren't the case...good luck!

    Advice to Management

    n/a - good stuff all around.


  9. "Positive."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of hungry energetic employees out there trying to turn out the best possible product. There's a clear desire to be on the cutting edge.

    Cons

    Slow process time, great ideas become passe by the time the company has gone through enough red tape to create the product.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "This place is a giant intern mill"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Looks great on a resume
    - Get to work for well known networks
    - People are friendly for the most part

    Cons

    MTV takes advantage of all the free labor they can get. It is super easy to get an intern position at MTVN, but once you graduate, forget about getting hired there. The useless "internship seminars" are just in place to make it seem like they are interested in watching you grow into a prospective MTV employee. It's all phony. Don't waste your time. Seek a better internship elsewhere where you actually have a chance of getting hired after graduation. I honestly think they post fake positions on the career site just to keep the HR recruiters busy. Ridiculous.