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Updated October 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • work environment, coworkers and projects (in 65 reviews)

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

  • Office is in the middle of Times Square (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    the department that I worked with were like a family to me.

    Cons

    Too much physical work. Not challenging for me in a way that I felt useful.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Here for the benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great especially for young peeople - 24 days PTO to start with, Summer Fridays, casual environment, happy hours etc.

    Good name on your resume.

    If you're looking for a job where you can just coast through without being challenged on a daily basis, this is the place for you. Just show up and do the bare minimum - it should work out for you as it has for everyone else.

    Cons

    I could write a novel here.

    Culture is nonexistent (free food does not equal culture!!!).

    People get promoted based on seniority rather than actually trying to make a difference/improve/innovate which has created lazy management. Most young employees are amazing/hard working/go the extra mile while directors and above sit in their offices IMing their friends and watching TV. They simply dump ALL of the work on lower level employees, do absolutely nothing, but want and receive promotions?

    Low performance is tolerated. If you stay long enough you'll get promoted regardless.

    Work-life balance - when it is busy, forget the "life" part. Your extra hours wont feel like they've been well spent (i.e working toward a goal, finishing a super important project). You'll probably just feel exhausted and confused and wonder why you just stayed until 8pm. Then you'll cry in the bathroom and do it again tomorrow.

    Specific to my realm (research) but we are treated as data dumpers rather than strategic thinkers & partners within the organization. We could be doing amazingly cool work but, aren't.

    Senior level positions are almost ALWAYS filled internally. I think this is why things don't really change at Viacom. Bring in some fresh perspectives/talent already!!

    No sense of team & community.

    A lot of "this meeting could be an email" happening too often.

    Feeling dead inside.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes now or all of the great young people who you have will leave within 2-3 years max. Also, utilize us young people!! We are the demo after all and we have opinions that need to be heard. Get rid of these old "lifers" who do nothing but sit in the offices & pointless meetings while their teams suffer the consequences. Hire some fresh outside talent. Get rid of the corporate hierarchy and allow people to make their own way and flourish at what they are good at.

  3. "An ok place as your first job out of college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    good benefits.
    good location makes for an easy commute

    Cons

    nothing creative takes place in the tech teams. just maintenance and support. very boring.
    Therefore, there is very little opportunity to develop your career or learn something new.


  4. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Viacom part-time

    Pros

    has great benefits and perks

    Cons

    expect a lot from perma lance employees


  5. "Coffee Run Central"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom as an intern

    Pros

    Very cool experience. Got to be a part of the production of some shows and went to premier parties.

    Cons

    Was the kind of internship you see in movies, where the intern gets coffee 5x a day and is given nothing substantial to do. Did not learn as much as I had hoped.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with your interns and ask them how everything is going so you could potentially do something about it before they leave.


  6. "ad operations specialist"

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

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    the benefits and events are wonderful and great way to network

    Cons

    depending the dept, growth can be limited


  7. "SR FINANCIAL ANALYST"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is great. Hours are not as bad but depends on the team you are currently working with.

    Cons

    Low Pay and there is unusually high turnover.

  8. "Senior Product Manager"

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    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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Investing substantial money in improving facilities
    Exposure to big Technology partner contacts

    Cons

    In light of the various reorganization and layoffs, understanding ones role and the roles of others is very challenging. Job descriptions, where even available, are often inaccurate

    Culture of finger pointing as opposed to proactive problem solving

    Process to achieve work ever evolving and a moving target. Yet, despite this, we’re still given insane deadlines

    Rapid change causes peers to be divisive and aggressive

    Advice to Management

    It’s important to look out for your team when reorg and layoff happen. Too often management is more concerned about their own longevity


  9. "Great if you have the right internal connections"

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

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Flexible hours (but you work a lot). Very fair compensation. Fun environment. The most diverse company I (or any of my friends have worked for)

    Cons

    If you're not cozy with the 'in' crowd, it would be tough to navigate


  10. "There are better places to intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom as an intern

    Pros

    -Awesome building, food, etc.
    -Great name for a media resume

    Cons

    - Weak internship program, little to no structure, despite one or two panels.
    - You perform many "admin" tasks even though Viacom technically doesn't allow it.
    - quality of internship depends entirely on your team and supervisor. It's a game of luck.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all internships are equal and consistent...I met interns who were having the time of their lives and others who were considering quitting. Communicate to supervisors that interns are also people and should be treated with respect.


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