MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • They are very considerate about work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • the dress code is super laid back so most people wear jeans or leggings every day (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. Jr Writer On Air Promos + Specials

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible leadership- giving lots of room for creativity and collaboration at all levels.

    Cons

    There weren't any downsides then that I can think of... it was wonderful.

  2. Great!

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    MTV was a really fun place to work. Great people, fun environment. Good experience for someone who doesn't have much exposure to production or television.

    Cons

    Some work was menial, fair amount of down time between busy periods.

  3. Great company and work environment

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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly people, great work-related social functions and benefits.

    Cons

    Lower pay than other companies in my field.

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  5. Production Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of cool things going on in the Viacom headquarters that everyone had access to. Very young, cool environment with a lot of creative people.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. Long hours. Lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job perks, but maybe make the salaries a bit more competitive.

  6. Fun and interesting place to work but the lack of vision can be frustrating at some times.

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, fun, flexible.
    Great work/life balance
    Good people

    Cons

    - Lack of vision
    - Old senior management
    - Salaries are not great

  7. mostly good!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time

    Pros

    good atmosphere, nice mgmt, casual vibe, sometimes fun

    Cons

    lack of growth, very corp in some ways, insular depts

  8. great company

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern

    Pros

    was an hr intern. had great guidance and independence at the same time. great learning environment

    Cons

    didn't get a chance to make friends or interact with other interns or other departments

  9. MTV is a great place to start your career, definitely has its perks even they don't pay well. Looks awesome on resume.

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    Current Employee - Director, Business & Legal Affairs in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director, Business & Legal Affairs in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer Fridays, Wellness Center, Autonomy, Good benefits and discounts,
    Holiday party. Photo lab. No dress
    Code. Diverse.

    Cons

    Office in Times Square, Doesn't pay market price, long hours - no overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more! Also people who work there should get first dibs on jobs at Viacom.

  10. Okay place to start. DON'T STAY LONG.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time

    Pros

    When you're first starting in your career, it's a decent place to work. You typically have the responsibilities of 5 people, so you learn a lot quickly. It's also fun when you're young, because you're surrounded by people your own age. In fact, during my interview my eventual boss told me, "where other places might pay you more, we have people you want to have fun with." People are great, but I don't need my job to pay me in friends. If I'm going to do the jobs of 5 producers as a PA, I'd rather have more money. By the way, that guy definitely makes $500K.

    In the end, I made a lot of great friends there and learned a bit. If you're in TV and work in NYC there's a high possibility you'll work here at some point so try to make the most of it. The people you meet there will most likely be a big part of the NYC production scene for years to come, so take it seriously and don't be too much of a dummy with your coworkers/friends at Spring Break. Learn from these people as much as you can, because although they might be underpaid they're super talented.

    Cons

    It's easy to get stuck there getting paid very little. This didn't happen to me, but I saw it happen to a number of my friends. Like most companies, if you stay, they can give you tops a 12% raise every year. I saw very talented producers stay there for years for the "steady pay" only to realize they could have been off making more money, getting better experience, and actually enjoying their jobs somewhere else.

    Plus, if you stay, you'll most likely get axed during their "reorganizational layoffs." They love getting "new blood," but what that really means is younger people who get excited by the idea of getting paid in friends.

    My real advice: don't work in TV it's dumb.

  11. I worked in the Finance for a decade.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, some opportunity to advance, good benefits.

    Cons

    The old mtv pioneers are gone and the culture has become increasingly corporate.
    Tons of red tape get work approved and completed.
    Systems not setup appropriately for production company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, the people doing the work might have good advice, ideas to improve processes and create cost efficiencies.

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