Fast Company Ranks Viacom As a Top Destination for Those Seeking Work-Life Balance

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Sure, Viacom is a great place to work. The offices tend to be seated in thriving, energized urban hubs (New York! Los Angeles! Nashville! Miami! London! Amsterdam!). The aura of iconic franchises (South Park turns 20 this year), new hits that rumble through pop culture (my 8-year-old daughter cannot turn off Nickelodeon’s The Loud House), progressive programming (RuPaul just received his first Emmy nomination for his role as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race), and the mystique of Hollywood (Paramount’s century-old library continues to grow both through franchise expansion and compelling original ideas: Jack Reacher and Xander Cage are fighting back onscreen later this year, while films about alien landings and monster trucks present us with entirely new worlds) linger over the whole operation.

But it’s also a great place to live while working, which earned the company a top-five slot on Fast Company’s list of employers with the best work-life balance.

And it’s true. That kid I mentioned? Sometimes her school schedule doesn’t quite sync with the company holiday calendar – St. Patrick’s Day, for example, is a holiday for her – but I’m able to schedule her into a company-subsidized backup daycare program. The same program also provides subsidized in-home emergency care when she wakes up at 4 a.m. with a stomach flu, meaning I don’t have to take a sick day when she does. There are adult-care options as well.

But there is a lot going on outside of the office other than child scheduling logistics, and for that, Viacom offers counseling, as well as programs to assist with personal financial planning and help navigate the college admissions maze. And when someone simply cannot be at work because they or someone in their family is ill, the company offers generous leave policies, including paid maternity and paternity leave. Once new moms return to the job, they find designated rooms in many of our facilities where they can lactate during working hours.

Work/Life balance isn’t just about having and enjoying a life outside the office, though. The company also regularly offers enriching experiences during the workday. Just this year, employees at our New York office were able to sit in on a live conversation with LL Cool J, attend a Save The Music event with 50 Cent collaborator Rotimi and singer/songwriter Jennah Bell, and take screen breaks with everything from ice cream socials to a pop-up beer gardens to a summer burger cookout. Viacom employees also get a ton of work-sponsored opportunities to stay fit, showcase their artistic talents, or help out in the community through our Viacommunity initiative.

A group of Viacom employees walked in the 2016 AIDS Walk in New York City.

A group of Viacom employees walked in the 2016 AIDS Walk in New York City.

And sometimes work and life come together in really cool ways, like when the company organizes contests to send an employee and guest to our first-class award shows, including the CMT Awards, Logo Trailblazer Honors, BET Awards, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

Deepak Daswani, his wife Leena, and sons Shaan and Dev at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. Photo courtesy of Deepak Daswani.

Deepak Daswani, his wife Leena, and sons Shaan and Dev at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. Photo courtesy of Deepak Daswani.

Viacom has repeatedly been ranked as a top employer, most recently by surveys on LinkedIn and Indeed. The company also ranks highly as a workplace for moms and dads, and its generous adoption assistance program has earned it a place on the Dave Thomas Adoption List.

 

 

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