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Updated December 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • great people, great work environment (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on the group (in 18 reviews)

  • Office is in the middle of Times Square (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Viacom Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Casual Environment, Variety of Employees and Contacts

    Cons

    Senior Management, Bureaucracy, Lack of Direction


  2. "Great Benefits, Very Political"

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    Current Employee - Digital Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great employee perks, fun work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive. People often promoted based on seniority, not qualifications.

  3. "Line Producer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Viacom as a contractor

    Pros

    Competitive day rate and longer term projects.

    Cons

    Permalance status with no health benefits or paid time off. Often expected to work long days without compensation. Feeling disposable.


  4. "Shady"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Viacom as a contractor

    Pros

    Easy location to get to.

    Cons

    It's every gross cliche of Corporate America. It's so hierarchical -- the philosophy there seems to be kiss up and kick down and it is almost comical how self-important the people are.

    They are also shady when it comes to hiring people for a lot of the support positions. They hire assistants as "temps" for6 months so they don't have to contribute to their benefits for half a year, even though they are working long hours. Not a fan of this company.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to buy lunch for the execs, buy lunch for everyone. It feels very "us" vs. "them" as opposed to "We're all on the same team."


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointed in lack of growth opportunities and transparency"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, work perks, incredible benefits, centrally located

    Cons

    Turnover and restructures, poor managers with no training/bad behavior that gets no course correction, promotions and advancement for those with bad attitudes, no growth or development for the "little guys"

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees - not just the squeaky wheels. Be kind to you people and don't leave them in the dark (where appropriate). It's not too late to fix this, but you'll continue to lose valuable employees if you don't act soon.


  6. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    recognizable name in media in NYC

    Cons

    company is in financial trouble


  7. "Viacom"

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    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.

  8. "Good luck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to negotiate high salary

    Cons

    No budget when high get that salary. Could be fired at any point because Viacom changes leadership monthly.


  9. "SE Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    5 weeks vacation 10 holidays

    Cons

    Very disorganized
    Not a great tech culture


  10. Helpful (2)

    "don't"

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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

    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.


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