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Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • You do different things every day and learn a lot about the functions of the department (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on the group (in 16 reviews)

  • Times Square, nothing else comes directly to mind (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Viacom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Production Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great group of people. A lot of fun opportunities.

    Cons

    It can be a bit disorganized at times.

    Advice to Management

    Looking for an opportunity to grow with a company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "don't"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    can be fun, good pay and full benefits (only if you are a full time employee)

    Cons

    terrible management, people are dispensable and get fired all the time, massive 'restructuring' happening on a near constant basis, little room for upward mobility and pay increases, made me lie about what hours I worked to not accrue overtime

    Advice to Management

    communicate, care, and grow your employees rather than treating them like they're immediately replaceable. both personal friends I have that worked/work there warned me about this prior to applying, and they were dead right.


  3. "Client Service Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Good young environment with fun people. Great days-off policy. Good benefits for an entry level position. Great exposure to big clients and high-volume advertising executions.

    Cons

    Depending on your team, you can work nearly 60 or 40 hours. Workload sharing or distribution is nearly non existent. Viacom does not have the next role of promotion available at their office and as a result do little to prepare CSRs to succeed beyond their current role.

    Advice to Management

    Share workloads evenly. Try to create a mentoring/investment program to keep internal candidates. Moral is low and CSRs feel unappreciated. Beyond fun events and benefits, employees do not often enjoy the role or hope to stay with the company long.


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  5. "Mixed Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, friendly coworkers, a lot of perks (tickets to show, free meals, etc)

    Cons

    Work / teams are siloed; not a lot of growth opportunities. Long hours due to inexperience management.


  6. "Too much hierarchy and politics"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People at the lowest levels are great to work with. Summer Fridays are a great benefit during the summer.

    Cons

    Management can get very political, and it doesn't always feel that your job is safe. Re-orgs tend to go rather badly. There is a very high vertical and strong hierarchy culture.

    Pay is never great, and there is a tendency towards perma-contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the inflated titles and vertical hierarchy and empower the workers to get creative. Otherwise all you will see is what middle management is telling you (and what will save their butt) in a highly politically doused environment.


  7. "Front-End Developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front-End Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front-End Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great to work with, i have met some life long friends from working here. Great Holiday parties.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average. They talk about team building and say they will help you move up the ladder if you desire too, but they do massive layoffs all time. They do like listening to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your employees, not just say you will.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lower level coworks are very nice. Occational free food.

    Cons

    The culture at Viacom is pretty horrible. Management is just out to make sure they keep their own job. Thus, people are very territorial and hard to work across departments. The industry in general is having a tough time but Viacom isn’t helping itself by pushing away the best talent.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new top management and do something about all the best people leaving.


  9. "so sad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Viacom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    they pay well and lure with a bonus - but it has dwindled to a rounding error in recent years.

    Cons

    Phil has killed the joy and destroyed the brands. you can do better, everyone there is looking to get out. avoid.

    Advice to Management

    sell to wanda corp


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No development, no qualms"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    general things: obviously a nice building since it's based in times square, nice food lounge, most people are nice, art in the lobby, get to meet other interns, you can tell who genuinely likes their job, presentations from different groups of employees...not outstanding from other similar companies. You have the opportunity to attend late night show tapings. It's paid weekly.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled. In no way is this an internship "program": most of the supervisors have no idea how to foster the development of their interns, let alone know where to start. Because there are several networks, the only cohesive environment that exists is within a 20ft radius, and since college relations oversees all internships, they noticeably give a half-hearted effort in trying to monitor them. Other issues arise when people beyond misfit for management are obviously not trained to be supervisors, but then get involved because you are due to report to them. Interns are seen as disposable, desperate college temps and treated as such. No account or desk set-up upon arrival, no training for the work they expect you to do, no concrete end goals, weak communication. Upper-Management is pretty decent, but it proves their painfully unaware that trickle-down tactics don't work, especially when it comes to talent--build from the bottom up.

    If you're looking to put a big name on your resume and have time to spare for an internship you might enjoy, then I wouldn't discourage you from applying to this internship; if you've been in real internship programs before and are looking for a worthwhile, captivating experience in the industry, move on.

    Advice to Management

    You seem to be stuck in the typical, mindless, corporate system and are definitely not ready for the new-wave of self-thinking employees; wake-up, be proactive, and expect more from yourselves. It's been 3 years since you stopped illegally working interns--the only excuse you have for such a program at this point is simply not caring. You need to give back at least half the effort and expectations that interns give you.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and career development resources are still good, although not as strong as they once were.

    Cons

    The company is floundering after years of selling off assets, not developing new content, and failing to understand how streaming video would affect the business. Most of the good people have left or are trying to. Morale is very low and there is a lot of cronyism.


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