MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 16 September, 2014
Updated 16 September, 2014
353 Reviews
3.7
353 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
82 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company truly has a great work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • the dress code is super laid back so most people wear jeans or leggings every day (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch with everyone below them (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people and talent made MTV a fantastic place to work.

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

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Top notch benefits, amazing company culture, diverse work environment and many opportunities to grow from one department to another. A strong focus on the people and talent pool.

    Cons

    There are also many cons to working in such a "glamorous environment". There is little to no work-life balance. You are expected to do what it takes to deliver and nothing else in your life matters, such as: kids, marriage, your own personal health. It all comes at a huge personal sacrifice when you are working 90 hours / week and commuting in and out of Manhattan on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point, I would say approximately 10 years ago, things migrated from being a "First Choice Place to Work" to simply a money factory. Since then, there has been a massive talent flight to other higher paying media companies like something I've never witnessed before. My advice would be to take a good hard look at why those people left and realize that eventually your bottom line will suffer greatly when you are only left with amateur talent to run divisions and head up the creative departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    MTV is a great place to work. Some perks include a casual dress code, an excellent benefits package, fun work environment, and generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Located in Times Square New York; Cafeteria food is not very good; company has a tendency to low-ball employee compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All employees should receive the minimum base salary based on the market average for that title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great job.

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    Former Employee - Video Editor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Video Editor in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Snacks. Time off. Flexibility. People. Building.

    Cons

    None. But also, there aren't enough windows, I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MTV Networks as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great laid back environment
    Always learn something new
    Get to meet and work with friendly people

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels a little too laid back

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience for an entry-level employee.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll get great experience, and be at the forefront where pop culture is created. New York location is ideal for career growth at Viacom or at MTV.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy to make things happen in a timely manner. Offices have a strange vibe - very quiet and not very collaborative. Expect to feel like a cog in a large, clunky machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    They use you up and throw you out

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Research  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Research in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Matrixed organization with good structure and good decision-making processes. They know how to keep Wall Street happy.

    Cons

    Leadership demands 24-7 availability in addition to long office hours. Constant layoffs cause employees to work under the threat of being let go. My boss once told me, "Nobody ever retires from MTV Networks" and it's true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to prove value and efficiency to investors by cutting jobs and over-working those who remain. Nobody can do quality work on a packed 24-7 schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, Not Much Room to Move Up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time

    Pros

    The company benefits are good, somewhat casual atmosphere, good people. The company has many employee events.

    Cons

    Not much room to advance, no backup help when taking time off, constant layoffs, many managers don't seem to acknowledge those in lesser positions, the company seems to be all over the place in programming - which is getting more vulgar all the time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Work/Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They are very considerate about work/life balance.
    Offer good amount of time off and during the holidays they give a few days extra so people can spend with their families.
    They have many programs available to employees to help with their personal life
    Great perks.

    Cons

    It's very consuming. Hard to use all of the perks you get when you are flooded with so much work.

    Location of their main buildings is just awful. In the heart of time square. Really rough to get in and out of the buildings.

    The culture is very progressive but often time you will run into people/departments who are just taking up things so they will not be fired/let go.

    While there are a lot of opportunities for advancement you have to seek them out. These are not offered to everyone and depending on who you report to, you may not even be aware that these opportunities exist!

    They often hire employees with higher titles so they don't have to pay them overtime. They often create titles because they do not know how to streamline their staff and create a system where you hire people at a certain level and work to develop them to move up or to different places in the company.

    HR is not very involved in day to day stuff and not really aware of half of the things happening in their perspective departments.

    If you apply to a position and are called for an interview there, don't expect an email or phone call letting you know if you did not get the position. They will not let you know and you could be waiting forever even if you thought it went very well. It's very disheartening that they do not follow up with you not even out of courtesy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your talent. When I first started to work in the company ion 2003 there was a great culture of innovation and managers wanting to work to their employees to develop them and help them get where they wanted to get. This resulted in employees being excited to work for the company and knowing that eventually if they worked hard, they could diversify their experience within the company. The last 3-5 years that I was with the company that atmosphere drastically changed to one where people where afraid of expressing what their wants, goals were due to fear of loosing their jobs and being over-looked by management if their personal goals did not revolve around that particular department. It is a great shame because I always saw MTV/Viacom as a company where you could bring your strengths and creativity. One where you would be able to get experience in various areas of the industry.

    I hope management goes back to a culture where employees feel free to move around the company and don't feel the need to have to leave the company in order to diversify their resumes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had some wonderful opportunities and connections made as a Talent and Casting Intern

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    Former Employee - Talent and Casting  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Talent and Casting in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    you are trusted to do important things working with very confidential information. i got to work at the movie awards which was awesome being on the red carpet. they treat you really nicely here. casual work atmosphere and like a family

    Cons

    a lot of grunt work like coffee runs, but that's usual for hollywood internships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Intern Friendly

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    Former Employee - Talent Management Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Talent Management Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Intern program- Very organized and valuable process
    Company culture- everyone seemed to get along great
    Fun atmosphere- relaxed but hard working environment
    Seemed to be lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Could provide a little more work and responsibility to interns especially ones who are obtaining higher degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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