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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.

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    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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    Politics and who you know rules

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viacom full-time

    Pros

    Very casual environment, super talented and cool lower level people, decent pay.

    Cons

    Unless you are "in" with someone up in the company, don't expect to get anywhere. The execs let people under them (usually middle management) get away with everything. Even if you go to HR. Nothing happens. Working for one of the operating companies might be different (eg one of the channels).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIsten to the constructive criticism of all people at all levels. Take performance reviews more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
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