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
Philippe P. Dauman
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.  

    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
  2.  

    Amazing

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    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
  3.  

    Great place to work. This was the best place I have ever worked.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks

    Pros

    Fun work environment. Flexibility for working parents. Great health benefits and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Low starting salaries for positions in non-management roles.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful experience being part of such a smart strategic team.

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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 a year

    Pros

    Great brand name and a leader in the entertainment vertical. Advertisers who found their audience within the MTVN family of brands would invest.

    Cons

    Large company, challenge to move upward quickly as there aren't many open opportunities available. Sometimes the individual brand teams do not integrate or communicate posing a challenge for company movement between different teams and visibility on open opportunities.

  6.  

    Learned a lot but felt invisible

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    Former Employee - MTV Productions  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - MTV Productions in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed learning about the various ways I would get involved in productions. I didn't feel trained per se but I was shown a lot like production management and all things involved with being a PA.

    Cons

    It is a huge corporation so I felt like the work I did didn't really matter. I was an unpaid intern and I was treated well but there was just too many people. I don't like the huge office feel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe interns should get paid atleast something, because I know I gained a lot of experience but MTV was a resume builder more than anything else.

  7.  

    I loved the culture and the variety of tasks at hand.

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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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great perks
    Access to events and episodes before public

    Cons

    Not noticed easily
    Unpaid
    Some of the staff very cold and unbothered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns more guidance with their career paths, be more honest about how competitive it is to get a job there.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It used to be a great place to work

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Young, high energy, tremendously creative. The business units still hold onto their individual personalities and vibe - great places to grow and learn. Global organization

    Cons

    High stress in the administrative roles - all about cutting heads and costs. Political environment if you are in the corporate environment - all about being a former Pepsi or Y&R guy. If you're not in a Channel group - run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The size of the bonuses at the executive level would keep a few people employed for years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career in production, but leave before it beats you down too much.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Young workforce, a good place to start your career, good benefits, flexible in terms of responsibility.

    Cons

    Promotes "jack of all trades, master of none" work philosophy. Squelches new ideas. Not interested in creative solutions or ideas. Happy to churn out lowest quality work for the biggest buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a few risks, it's what put MTV on the map in the first place.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career in the media world....

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    Current Employee - Director of Production  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Production in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A lot of good people work here. You'll gain a lot of experience; even if you're under qualified. ..trial by fire (which can also be a con)

    Cons

    Senior management is out of touch with everyone below them.
    Not very easy to advance up the ranks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You like to foster good talent, but you need to learn to retain these assets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Terrific resume builder; fabulous staff

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

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

    Pros

    You'll work with the best in the business, gain valuable experience, learn how to manage others, and work in a hands-on, always-on-the-go environment. The Lodge is pretty rad, too. Dress code: No one cares. Wear whatever you want.

    Cons

    MTV is adverse to hiring staff employees; everyone is contract or full-time/freelance, which, unfortunately, comes with few benefits. They also don't really value a work-life balance. VERY fast-paced environment -- no slow days. Can be exhausting. Can also be a cliquey place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value your employees. Many of them work like dogs and don't even have health insurance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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