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Viacom Reviews

Updated November 21, 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 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Viacom, Company At The Crossroads"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and takes care of its employees.

    Firm believer in diversity when it comes to hiring.

    Forward thinking and fun work environment that promotes and rewards creativity.

    Cons

    The company is great to its employees... until the numbers don't add up and the managers don't hit their budgets. Then the layoffs come and it can be brutal.

    Diversity in the work place does not include age. Once you hit 50 your days are numbered. There's never been a retirement party at Viacom.

    NIckelodeon is on firm ground, but the rest of their cable networks are on thin ice. The rise of Netflix, Hulu and the cord cutting amongst their former core audience has created a downward spiral, not helped by the poor programming development over the past decade across the board. The current CEO has two years to turn it around.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is making all the right decisions with the exception of tossing people out just because they've been with the company too long. Yes some need to go, but others have valuable experience that can't be replaced.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pay your employees market value!!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun brands to work for, work life balance is great, excellent health insurance, lots of fun "soft" perks like access to Paramount Movies before they're in theaters. It's a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Not a great place for your career to develop after reaching middle management level. It's very cliquish, as a result, promotions are often due to who you're friends with rather than your performance. However really the biggest con of working at Viacom is the deplorable salary. Even when you consider bonuses, Viacom's pay is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than other media companies. Upon leaving for another media company, I earned a 40% raise, even though the new role was for a lower title. If Viacom wants to retain talent it works so hard to develop in entry level roles, they need to pay better.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending thousands of dollars on Jacques Torres chocolate to give to employees chocolate on Valentines day, and other ridiculously unnecessary and expensive "soft" perks, and pay employees what they deserve.

  3. "Was a great place to work, but...."

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

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance. Good vacation time, company perks with the brands.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing...and without merit. One person doing a job of 4 people!!

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. You have awesome and talentex people working for you. Quit screwing them over!


  4. "ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  5. "Specialist Commercial Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    benefits, PTO, people, flexibility, culture

    Cons

    salary, location, management, growth, culture


  6. "Work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people to surround yourself with.

    Cons

    Time difference with East coast dealings nit always the best.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "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


  9. "The past few years at Viacom have been very chaotic."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Information Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Information Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Viacom is a global company. Therefore there is much opportunity to get involved in many initiatives. The company is entertainment and media focused, so it had a relatively relaxed and liberal culture. Many good people work there despite the recent troubles of the company.

    Cons

    In recent years working at the company has been chaotic and insecure. Recent well publicized battles among senior leadership, reorganization and reductions in staff have made working at Viacom difficult.


  10. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    work perks
    great people
    great hours
    A Real Family

    Cons

    Salary could match the financial districts assistant salaries
    Times Square


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