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Viacom Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, Great Work life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • work environment, coworkers and projects (in 60 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. "VP FP&A"

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    Former Employee - Vice President FP&A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President FP&A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are terrific, smart, and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Current restructuring environment lowers morale


  2. "Mixed Review"

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    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.

  3. "Client Services Representative"

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    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits/PTO days, fun environment, great people

    Cons

    lots of overtime, low salary although you get paid for overtime, not the most interesting work


  4. "Director Advertising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astoria, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of Vacation days. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Networks and brands aren't doing well.


  5. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good job perks and benefits. Time off is accrued all at one. Holiday parties are awesome.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Majority of employees who work in production or development are on a freelance basis.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Creative Stagnation"

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

    I worked at Viacom (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good People. The people you meet are diverse and lovely. The hours depend on your role. People who are makers will find themselves working later to compensate for poor planning and management.

    Cons

    Not a creatively driven company. If you come from a design or brand background you will likely find it hard to progress in your career here. It is hard to make quality work as an internal creative team member, as most of the projects are outsourced to small studios. Not good at building young creatives into company and creative leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate your makers and creatives more and give them space to perform. Look out for and nurture talent. Take risks. Stop throwing money at things and take a conceptual look at your brands from the bottom up.


  7. "Too much hierarchy and politics"

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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 (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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "VP"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Network Level Strategy in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President - Network Level Strategy in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate people who love these global $B brands.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment given decline in TV viewing.


  9. "Great Culture and Awesome way to break in"

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    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viacom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people I've met at Viacom are friends that I'll have for the rest of my life. You'll meet people from all over the world and it really feel like a family. Viacom is a good place to start your career and really figure out what you want to do long term. Management is always willing to give you career advice and mentor you any way possible. Plus the parties are top notch.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. If you're not a director or above it's pretty much impossible to get your voice heard. Very difficult to move into a creative role if you are currently not in one. Pay isn't the greatest either and Sales is very traditional and corporate (suits and ties)

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to applicants from non traditional backgrounds. Speak more to team members and listen to their feedback.


  10. "Limited"

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    Former Employee - Production Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Clerk in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Viacom is obviously a large corporation, and full-time, staff employment comes with some nice perks, such as a great health plan, PTO, and the Viacom InTuition program that offers employees up to $10,000 a year in tuition rebates.

    Cons

    Viacom is a large corporation, and the down side is that there is little room to learn new skills or move up. Management is extremely rigid, and unimaginative. This is a company that gave its CEO a multimillion dollar bonus for having its stock price drop 40%.

    Advice to Management

    Viacom offers a substantial tuition reimbursement plan for employees who want to increase their value, but the company offers few opportunities for employees to actually apply those skills.


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