MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
352 Reviews

3.7
352 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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78 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.  

    Friendly group of people in a high intensity environment

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

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

    Pros

    Creative input is encouraged and accepted. Great people to work with and know. Once you're in there are opportunities to continue freelance work. Opportunities to work with high-profile talent. Everyone works hard but can also take a joke.

    Cons

    Most work is freelance without benefits. Some decisions feel inefficient but are held up in the sake of the company's tradition.

  2.  

    It was fun until the financial crisis hit and downsizing started.

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    Former Employee - Media Archives  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Media Archives in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with very nice people, excellent benefits, plenty of activities, work in up to date stations and buildings

    Cons

    worked at a lower level job so it became expendable, hard to move up within the company unless you were related to someone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Love the people and very easy going environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, good work environment, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very corporate, department for everything, at times there is no training or guidelines for a project/task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you have within the company - people will surprise you if you invest in them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun and creative enviornment

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

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

    Pros

    great place to intern
    great cafeteria food
    fun events for interns
    interns are treated as employees. you learn a lot.

    Cons

    hardly any job opportunities here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Smart, creative and innovative culture

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture with smart game changers. A place for people who love pop culture and think outside of the box. The company truly has a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is notorious for underpaying the employees but it provides a lifestyle and the employees are treated great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Very very creative environment, very friendly, supportive staff.

    Cons

    Currently very very male-dominated and -oriented senior leadership team. Almost no women in power whatsoever -- very depressing. Too much overpaid senior management (far too many lame ducks abusing spending accounts while more junior staff can hard get an extra $50), WAY too much middle management/ VP bloat, too much emphasis on the buzzwords and Techcrunch outlook of the day and not a longterm strategy. Too many kids in roles they're way too junior for. Endless red tape. Very little overall focus. Goals and priorities aren't articulated, half the time you don't even know which team you're officially working on. (Not kidding). Successes of teams and wholes aren't celebrated -- only the same few individuals are celebrated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great learning experience!

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

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

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Some days I had nothing to do / was forgotten about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Best employment experience

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    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 as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The people here are awesome and make the work experience enjoyable. Upper management is very supportive in helping you grow and develop in the field. The culture here is also what you would expect of MTV--very chill and friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern slave labor

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    Former Employee - Digital Research Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Digital Research Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Cool company vision, central location in NYC, varied creative departments and channels within network, occasional celebrity sightings in office

    Cons

    Unpaid internship, unstructured intern training/events, too many students to accommodate for (500 interns/semester), lack of day to day work, difficult to get full time hire after internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to mentor interns rather than just give them leftover managerial work to do

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very visible company, low internal promotion/mobility

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    It's a great resume builder and there are a ton of interesting projects. The benefits are awesome (fitness classes, great cafeteria, time off, etc).

    Cons

    They seem to favor hiring outside vs. within the company. A bit of grass is always greener syndrome. They've created a program to combat this, but many wonder if it's just for show. Hence, people leave and get promoted outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your current employees for promotions! Or at least pay your employees a proper promotion salary. That's why people leave.

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