MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2014
Updated 18 October, 2014
358 Reviews
3.8
358 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
84 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 33 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.  

    Great place to go from entry level to manager position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In many ways, depending on the department, there are so many un-answered questions for how cable will survive the digital era, you can feel like you're working in a startup environment even though you're in a corporation of 10,000 people

    Cons

    A common complaint among the under 30 set is the feeling that you are stuck in a role unless you leave for a higher position at another company and come back after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training opportunities for managers and young employees who have leadership potential to become directors and VPS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Internship!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot from this internship and it helped to jumpstart my career in television.

    Cons

    When I was interning they were not paying their interns but I only had to work two days a week.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Incredible Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work load is well managed
    Atmosphere is creative but refined

    Cons

    Advancement structure is on default mode

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once agree at place to work, but gone down hill, all the great exec's to have left.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Its a very big organization, their main NYC building has nice amenities for employees, the work culture is pretty laid back, dress code is relaxed. There are some nice folks working their.

    Cons

    In the time I was there (almost 10 years) I saw them eliminate so many benefits. They cater to their "Top 25" executives, decisions making factors in how it impacts them most and not those further down the food chain. As a result, they have eliminated pensions, service recognition bonus (which employees received every year after 5 years of service) butchered the insurance plans, (premiums and deductible are much higher for less coverage). And, they're a bit shady in how they relay this information to employees (great news, we're fazing out the pension plan!!!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To TOP management: You have thousands of people working for you, stop catering just to the "top 25" and care about everyone equally regardless of their rank.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    fun and exciting, but didnt last

    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great coworkers, fun projects, great hours and pay, managers were awesome

    Cons

    not daring enough, eventually we were absorbed and stifled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take risks, move faster, try things and move on

    Recommends
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    Great job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great learning experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Great experience for an entry-level employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks (more than an 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

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