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Viacom offers the ability to build your career with diverse experience across their many networks.

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Former Employee - Creative Director  in  New York, NY (US)
Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY (US)

I worked at Viacom full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Having worked at 4 networks under the Viacom / MTV Networks umbrella, I've found something amazingly consistent. Each network is very different in terms of the culture and the workflow, yet all were encouraging of exploration and seeking new opportunities in the network or in other networks. The company is like a creative hedge fund. Once you get a job in one of the networks, with little effort you'll be exposed to many other opportunities. They're yours for the taking, if you're a self-starter. Depending on the department, you'll be given enough rope (autonomy) to hang yourself or prove yourself.

Cons

Like most firms, management often doesn't know how good they have it with a top notch employee until that employee leaves. If you hang around one spot expecting automatic promotions simply by doing acceptably. You have to excellent and make yourself known. It's very competitive. You'll probably rise up the chain quicker by leaving a network then coming back a year or two later. Cross-network moves are the quickest path from PA to Associate Producer or AP to Producer or Producer to Exec Producer, etc, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ask all of your people what they want to do with their career long term. What's their biggest hope/goal? Do you think they've got a shot at making it there? If so, put them on that path to being a superstar.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A chaos storm of epic proportions that is fast slipping in the digital media world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some nice people, fun vibe, benefits are ok, have every tool needed for success.

    If you want to work 9-5(ish) and just kind of drift along, might be good environment.

    Cons

    No real career opportunities (don't believe recruiters), after talking to other folks it's typical to get stuck in your same position for a long time, lots of pretending/not much actual knowledge.

    Also, you're going to be at your starting salary (with minimal bumps) for a very long time. Be aware of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a vision that does more than celebrate diversity. Viacom could be OWNING the digital space right now. But there's a reason why Hulu is the number one monetized video ad site right now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay well, but for a reason...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom

    Pros

    Great brands, fun perks, some old school media benefits.

    Cons

    Crazy, chaotic environment. Very political.

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