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Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • You do different things every day and learn a lot about the functions of the department (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on the group (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "Don't join Simon & Schuster"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in publishing. Top management doesn't care about that. But if you work in another division, that might be good. I think that the people at some of the other divisions had a far better experience than I did.

    Great cafeteria. The cafeteria is one of the best in NYC.

    Cons

    Company is too big. Management has no understanding of what parts of the company do. Parts of the company are starved of resources. If you work there, there's no opportunity for advancement, and the focus is on cutting costs.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your company does. Invest in the publishing arm. Or sell it to someone who cares and would invest in it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dont do it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Planner
    Current Employee - Sales Planner
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place if you really need a job, but i'd just stay for the HS tie in.

    Cons

    Lots of pushy people, favortism is everywhere and you have to do something almost criminal to get a raise. If i were a manager things my be a bit easier

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employess and learn to take what they say seriously. Read feedback comments listed in the break areas and no more free lunches.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fine if you want to sit at your desk and never go anywhere"

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

    Pros

    Some managers are good. Many of the low level folks are eager. Definitely friendly folks around.

    Cons

    Many managers are terrible. Many of the lower levels are frustrated or burnt out. Very top heavy company. Senior levels make crazy cash, low levels make none.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the slack. Too many unqualified people at relatively high levels. Pay attention.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Penny-wise, dollar-foolish"

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

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

    Pros

    The people there are nice, aside from upper management, who have completely lost touch with the rest of the employees. The benefits package they offer is also good, at very little cost to the employees.

    Cons

    Workload, responsibilities, compensation. Viacom is notoriously cheap in many ways and gratuitously frivolous in others. Pay scales are all over the place. People in non-management positions are severely underpaid (as in 20%-40% below going rate) while management all make six-figure incomes.

    Good, loyal, hard workers are never rewarded. Cronyism rules there. It's not about what you know, it's who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at how low morale is and try to figure out why. Compensation will be amongst the chief complaints, along with hiring additional help instead of overburdening your existing staff just to keep expenditures on paper down to inflate stock prices.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work our grow"

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    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audio Visual Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The offer free coffee and there is a good view of times square

    Cons

    The do not offer adequate compensation to their employees. The general office culture is not very inspiring and they really do not offer much in vertical movement with in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    It would be wise to invest in your internal talent, which, If you offer more of a competitive compensation package, you would have more of.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible upper management, no mobility, everyone feels 'stuck'"

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    Former Employee - Digital Production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Production in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of the job were the fun co-workers, most of whom are laid-back and have a sense of humor. But they were few and would often feel just as disheartened about the team's management. There were company perks like career classes, but management discouraged employees from using them because those activities took a 1-2 hours out of the normal workday.

    You can wear whatever you want to work.

    Cons

    Horrible work/like balance during the winter, often asking employees to drop plans at the last minute. Terrible regard and compensation towards lower-level employees, mid-to-high remain very clique-oriented. Managers who don't want to pay OT will shame you about your personal life, or for sick days. VPs are completely out of touch with team morale, and don't care if their team is miserable. Everyone is stressed out, just keeps their heads down and tries [often unsuccessfully] to leave at a decent hour.

    No acknowledgement/reward for all the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    With better office morale and team-building exercises, an inspiring leader/manager could truly make a difference in the work experience. Managers should be trained on how to maintain a great working relationship with those they are in charge of. This would have to start at the top, since every manager's manager is seemingly just as out-of-touch and are passing down their terrible management style.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Fun while it lasted. Good place to get stuck."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relax environment. My boss was the best I have ever worked for in any environment or profession. No dress code, very flexible hours, good work life balance. Training provided. Summer Fridays, and lots of time off.

    Cons

    Very relax environment. - You get sucked in. No sense of urgency. Management does not care about its employees (I was one of the lucky ones) ZERO ZERO room for growth or advancement. No direction and management can't get out of their own way or get their heads out of someplace dark....

    Advice to Management

    QUIT!!! You have all been there to long and have no sense of direction other than what is being thrown around in the town hall with the latest buzz words. You have lost the trust and respect of your employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run by dishonest and greedy people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer Fridays help get you through the weeks

    Cons

    Mediocrity in all corners of the company. Nasty politics drive out talent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about the billionaires club and invest in content and your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great perks but poor work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Sales Service Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Sales Service Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start off especially when you're young. The company has a lot of young employees and the brand name is extremely valuable on a resume when you're starting off. It's a fairly casual work culture that isn't too corporate compared to others in the industry.

    Cons

    While the overall culture varies by department, most people feel grossly over-worked as a result of high turnover and constant under-staffing. This is likely due to long hours, internal politics, limited upward mobility and salaries for the most part are below industry average across many of the business functions

    Advice to Management

    Make the company a place people want to work and never leave. Listen to employee feedback and take action when departments are unhappy. Don't just add more perks to distract people but fix the problems instead. Hire great talent and create a pay and promotional structure that is reflective of hard work rather based on internal politics


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management starts from the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Incredible peers. Casual and comfortable environment.

    Cons

    No longer a nice place to work. No more emphasis on creativity or personal growth. Poor executive management. Greedy people on top. No longer offers any work/life balance. Poor compensation. Too political.


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