MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
362 Reviews
3.8
362 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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86 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 34 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.  

    Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    A great learning experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  3.  

    Best employment experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Intern slave labor

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    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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    They put you through the NYC grinder and spit you out..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Video Editor in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Freelance Video Editor in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MTV Networks as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The name recognition, people automatically know the name MTV and are impressed.

    Cons

    They work you hard for that measly day rate, 12 hours a day. And if you address the issue they say "Well you can leave because we have 20 people lined up at the door waiting to take your spot."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Normal hours and treating people with respect would do wonders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Greatest Job Ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MTV Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved working here. Environment was creative, there were no limits set on what you could brainstorm and then activate on. The folks were nice and at the time, the team I worked with felt like a family. Pay was average and hours could be long - I traveled a lot also but there are a lot of perks that come working there so it balanced out. Favorite job by far.

    Cons

    So many people it sometimes is hard to meet others in company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    lost the magic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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