MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
354 Reviews
3.7
354 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
Philippe P. Dauman
82 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.  

    Do your time, get a better job

    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent money and good work experience. Work there long enough then go get a good job somewhere else. Summer Fridays are nice.

    Cons

    It is all about CYA and passing the buck. So many lame policies and rules. Can't get anything done due to middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's a dog eat dog world

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

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time

    Pros

    Despite erosion over the years, the MTV brand remains strong. Great for resume. You get to work with some really creative and brilliant people.

    Cons

    You also get to work with people who manage to consistently fail upwards. Tension and discord are mistaken for creativity, sales pitches for ideas. Departments and the various MTVs are silo-d and are too busy competing with each other to compete with the real competition outside the company. Unless you're senior management, don't expect to have a life and a livable salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    lost the magic

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I worked for a channel within MTV Networks for more than ten years. It was a great experience for the first four - lots of energy, lots of talented people, and a great learning experience. They offer solid benefits, 401K and all that, which is great.

    Cons

    The company line is that "creative is king" but in practice, the only thing that counts are numbers. So they've created an environment where everyone "manages up" and there's not a lot of loyalty. It's a huge company, so obviously this is not necessarily true across all channels or departments, but there is a lot of general dissatisfaction among employees especially in creative departments. I always felt sad watching new PAs come in full of enthusiasm only to be crushed and disillusioned within a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great place to learn, great culture and management

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    Former Employee - Client Services Representative
    Former Employee - Client Services Representative

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

    Pros

    The company culture is very welcoming. Great benefits and managers. Great place to learn and grow in the sales world. You will learn how to work with all kinds of personalities and to be great at multitasking.

    Cons

    Entry level is very much executive assistant work AND media work in the Sales department. In some cases be ready to do two jobs. Entry level pay is low compared to the rest of the marketplace and opportunity to be promoted within is limited but very possible (regional office).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in growing talent - promote within when someone is worth keeping :)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    MTV Networks, Marketing - Creative Environment

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people and fun.

    Cons

    None! Only the commute for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the most important media company

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    Former Employee - Head of Strategy & Research  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Head of Strategy & Research in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    possibility to work in medi a at top levels

    Cons

    Complicated environment in media in Spain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked with MTV as a PA on an episode of Made. It was a great experience.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks as an intern

    Pros

    There were so many knowledgeable people working, so there was so much to learn and great contacts to make.

    Cons

    It was too short. I wish the project was longer.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Series Development Intern

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    Former Employee - Series Development Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Series Development Intern in Santa Monica, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Resume Builder
    -Bagel Thursdays
    -Staff that remembers you for later hire

    Cons

    -You almost never have contact with anyone above a coordinator... unless they love you
    -Really mundane tasks
    -Unlike some internships, they make you get them food almost every lunch time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the interns more to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Too big, too much a$$ kissing, but looks great on a resume!

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

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

    Pros

    I was an intern, but this is what I observed:

    -Laid back environment
    -Casual attire
    -Looks great on a resume
    -Nice people for the most part

    Cons

    -MTV is huge so you feel like a number
    -WAY too much a$$ kissing (not my style)
    -Located in an annoying spot (Times Square)
    -Does not guarantee you a job when you finish your internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen more to ideas of the people working under you
    -Become more in touch with the company's younger targeted audience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Great benefits
    - Free to drive innovation
    - Amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    - Its a big corporation so getting traction for projects can be hard. Loads of diplomacy and politicking needs to happen. You have to drive it because nobody else will
    - Every two years they shake the snow globe and make arbitrary cuts and restructuring
    - Senior management Goldfish syndrome (30 second memory inside a glass bowl)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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