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.  

    Tech

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Large team of support and MTV as a place to work is absolutely relaxed environment, even though it's such a busy place.

    Cons

    hmm...not much. Busy with quite a few difficult people but that's to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing. It works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MTV

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Well established company.
    Kudos of brand

    Cons

    slow to react to changes in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show more ambition and foreasight

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great Place To Work

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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 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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