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Updated April 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Work life balance is encouraged as well as internal movement (in 104 reviews)

  • Has a very relaxed work environment (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on the group (in 34 reviews)

  • Hard to move up the ladder because employees rarely leave (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Life & Career Changing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Interns that take initiative can transition into employees
    -Opportunities for growth and development
    -Internal Mobility
    -Cool corporate culture and office vibe
    -Fun employee perks
    -Supportive Management
    -Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    The main office is located in Times Square, which can be a challenging area to work because of traffic/tourists, but at least it has access to most public transportation.


  2. "Great company and culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, pay, employees. Work life balance is encouraged as well as internal movement.

    Cons

    uncertainty with merger with CBS

  3. "Partnership Marketing project"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Amazing company - amazing department - brilliant team - doing their absolute best to ensure Nickelodeon is the number one brand in kid's media.

    Cons

    Nothing - I had an incredible experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! I learned so much from my mentors at Nickelodeon, and still keep in touch with them today. Continue to keep open lines of communication with your teammates about how they can improve, and if they want to grow, change teams, etc. I was so happy to see that people were able to navigate laterally amongst different departments if they wanted to. Nick is truly a great spot to be!


  4. "One can really grow with this company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Hard work but very rewarding.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons with this company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Internal Mobility Needs Improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at Viacom has been a great experience, overall. The benefits and perks are great and I enjoyed working in my environment. The Employee Resource Groups are wonderful at Viacom. They are involved and helpful. The company has lots of events to help build community within the company.

    Cons

    Internal mobility isn't that great, although they push for it. At Viacom, it's really about who you know. This is completely understandable, however, I think really awesome people are looked over because they aren't super tight with the hiring managers. I would also say that as much as the company pushes for diversity (and they do and it's a priority.) When I am in meetings with upper management, my experience has been that upper management is usually white male, sometimes white female.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving your internal candidates a chance to move within the company. Stop letting it always be about who you know. Also, I would suggest having a more colorful leadership.


  6. "It was a nice experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    It was an enjoyable experience.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement.


  7. "Great Company in terms of Leadership, Culture and Benefits, but could improve the salaries for non C-Suite staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Probably some of the best paid time off and benefits. 401k match & profit sharing, tuition reimbursement, in house managerial & leadership training programs. A positive culture that loves to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Salaries are significantly lower compared to market value. Several restructures in recent years with poor communication as to the teams that will be impacted and when all changes will be completed. Created an uneasy environment. The burden of completing the tasks was placed on the remaining team members with no adjustment in salary, resulting in overworked and underappreciated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep some of the vacation days and show appreciation to employees by increasing their salaries. Employees shouldn't have to threaten to leave or approach with a job offer from another company in order to get a pay raise or promotion. If you want to retain top talent as you call your employees, treat them as such.

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is mostly pretty positive

    Cons

    Kind of a sweatshop at times. Doesn't value loyalty particularly highly.


  9. "Comfortable and what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    amazing coworkers and perks.

    Cons

    Not much creativity outside of the brand


  10. "Great Internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Viacom part-time

    Pros

    Internship program, good pay, good perks - food & concerts

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross-section


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