MTV Networks Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
359 Reviews
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MTV Networks President and CEO, Viacom Philippe P. Dauman
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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.  

    Work isn't challenging or rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks

    Pros

    No one cares if you show up late, because all the producers are late too.
    Work included getting coffee, which is easy!

    Cons

    You can't really give your creative advice because the egotistical producers are too stupid to acknowledge that the interns are smarter than they are.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to get a great start in the entertainment business.

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Almost everyone I've met in the business since leaving MTV Networks, is also a Viacom alum. It's always been such a fun and easy talking point at networking events and in interviews as I've moved along to other networks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough, but that's why they tend to hire so young. If you're 25 and new to New York, it's great. After that shine starts to wear off you might start to wonder, "Why am I working nights and weekends so often? Are there other things I'd rather be doing?" And when that happens, it's time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to help younger employees avoid burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly group of people in a high intensity environment

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

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

    Pros

    Creative input is encouraged and accepted. Great people to work with and know. Once you're in there are opportunities to continue freelance work. Opportunities to work with high-profile talent. Everyone works hard but can also take a joke.

    Cons

    Most work is freelance without benefits. Some decisions feel inefficient but are held up in the sake of the company's tradition.

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  5.  

    It was fun until the financial crisis hit and downsizing started.

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    Former Employee - Media Archives in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Media Archives in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked with very nice people, excellent benefits, plenty of activities, work in up to date stations and buildings

    Cons

    worked at a lower level job so it became expendable, hard to move up within the company unless you were related to someone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Love the people and very easy going environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTV Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, good work environment, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very corporate, department for everything, at times there is no training or guidelines for a project/task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you have within the company - people will surprise you if you invest in them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and creative enviornment

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    great place to intern
    great cafeteria food
    fun events for interns
    interns are treated as employees. you learn a lot.

    Cons

    hardly any job opportunities here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Smart, creative and innovative culture

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture with smart game changers. A place for people who love pop culture and think outside of the box. The company truly has a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is notorious for underpaying the employees but it provides a lifestyle and the employees are treated great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great learning experience!

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    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
  10.  

    Best employment experience

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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 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
  11.  

    Very poor representation of women and minorities in leadership

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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

    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.

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