ViacomCBS Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2021

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Pros
  • "Good benefits and work environment(in 162 reviews)

  • "Good Work/life balance in the office(in 139 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, always on call, takes a long time to get promoted(in 57 reviews)

  • "None, except Times Square can be busy(in 53 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

      Great company to work for!

      Feb 28, 2021 - Senior Manager, Operations in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Progressive, Diverse Global Media, Entertainment & Technology industry

      Cons

      None that I can think of.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Place to Work

      Jun 12, 2021 - Senior Product Manager 
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      Pros

      Everyone was treated with respect. Good work / life balance. Plenty of work to do. Great people to work with.

      Cons

      Not the most cutting edge projects. Slightly below competitive salary

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company to work for

      Jun 8, 2021 - Director, IT in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I have been with the company for six years and can say with certainty: ViacomCBS has improved ten fold after the merger. Open communication plus clear goals plus great leadership equals success. I am thrilled with the changes I am seeing every day.

      Cons

      I do not have any cons

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great brands to work on but lacks diversity.

      Jun 9, 2021 - Director Consumer Products in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great brands to work on! Great perks.

      Cons

      Where is the diversity? All this talk of diversity and inclusion, I guess bringing in entry level bipoc is enough? Hiring bipoc just to fill quotas, but not empowering them.

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Greedy, horribly managed, treats far too many employees as “permalancers” to avoid giving benefits.

      Jun 9, 2021 - Production Assistant 
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      Pros

      Great coworkers and the opportunity to create awesome, far reaching content

      Cons

      This company doesn’t care at all about its employees. But worse, they keep a lot of people from becoming full employees even if we work 40+ hours a week. Full-time employees deserve to be compensate accordingly with benefits and reliable raises/job security. I have great co-workers but this actual company is a terrible, greedy place. This current system is borderline illegal.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Corporate Heavy

      May 21, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good benefits for staff employees, friendly family leave policy

      Cons

      Permalancers are treated poorly for doing the same or more work as staff. There is a lot of favoritism (this is unfortunate as it is often the schmoozers who get promotions and salary bumps). Otherwise, people are waiting in the wings for many years for promotions/bumps.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Decent Job but lots of wasted motion

      Mar 31, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Corp policies and code of conduct is fair, compensation is pretty decent, but not top of the market. Many changes are occurring and there are opportunities fire those who want to put in the time, but they should plan on long hours, if they want to move up.

      Cons

      Many internal initiatives are under-funded or are supported widely at the executive level, allowing multiple solutions, workflows and databases to pop up like weed. This makes it difficult to accomplish goals that require sorry from other teams because there are either no standardized systems or they are under developed and employees are under trained in their utilization. Plus, years of layoffs have left the company spread critically understaffed in multiple area, requiring those who remain to pick up the slack. When be employees must be added, it's nearly impossible to open up a staff role, instead trying to freelance as many rooms as possible.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Big Company

      Jun 4, 2021 - Director of Research in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Big company, lots of great benefits

      Cons

      Big company, you get lost in it

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      ViacomCBS Response

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our leaders value the feedback our employees leave and we're looking for ways to make our company and culture even better.

    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Environment and Culture

      May 2, 2021 - Software Test Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - No micromanagement, do your work and complete it within deadline and timely manner and no one bothers - Very flexible environment, you can work from home when needed - Great support and learning - Very competitive salary and great benefits

      Cons

      - Because it is such a large organization, things can take a while to get done through management in terms of initiatives and training - Sometimes things can even get overlooked in terms of requests, have to make sure to keep following up and remind management

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      I left the industry after working here

      Mar 4, 2021 - Executive Assistant in Studio City, CA
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      Pros

      The people here are fantastic. There is camaraderie and support among assistants and people will go out of their way to help you. You get to be at the forefront of making television and really learn the ins and outs of a huge company.

      Cons

      Every department has a different culture to it, and your experience really depends on who your department head is. Overall, CBS suffers from the same malady as most of the entertainment industry. In no particular order: they underpay assistants, they don't promote people, diversity is paltry, there was no innovation or willingness to adapt, and there is a HUGE culture of overwork. People played a constant game of who could leave work the latest (even if there was nothing to do) and almost everyone ate lunch at their desks/worked through lunch. I chose to leave the entertainment industry after working here. If it's your absolute dream to make television, maybe it will be worth it to you, but it wasn't worth sacrificing my quality of life anymore.

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