Emmis Communications

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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014
57 Reviews
3.8
57 Reviews
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Laid back office environment, decent pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits, and perks like event and concert tickets (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Radio is a tough business overall but we have a great team (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Basically good - depending on what city you're in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smaller radio conglomerate - you don't necessarily disappear like you would for bigger entities
    Framework is in place for great office culture and is supported by corporate.
    There is opportunity to learn more than your own position if you seek it out.
    Corporate makes an effort to touch all cities / clusters regularly

    Cons

    No real substantial growth - or if there is - there's no real clear path to said growth position
    Framework adaptation is contingent upon the cluster - so if they're not buying it, you're not feeling that culture.
    Pay is markedly lower than other similar companies.
    "Promotions" come in the form of new title and more work - not necessarily more pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A program needs to be put in place and enforced to help folks grow their career. Longevity is very good and is a nice concept but you don't want people thinking they're going to die in the job - implying they won't go anywhere.

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

    Room to grow, fun company, some issues - but nothing you can't deal with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People (Austin) are great, fun, and generally seem to like what they do. Great benefits, and perks like event and concert tickets. Decisions for the cluster are made at the local level, not a lot of upper-management interference.

    Cons

    Pretty low compensation (excluding high performing commissioned sales). Not a lot of growth opportunity for most employees. Marketing and digital departments, while they try to stay relevant, are generally a step behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in employees; compensation, education, training, and try to bring in top talent, not "middle of the road" in developing categories like digital and content producers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Digital Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Digital Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my co-workers I wish I could have furthered my experience here.

    Cons

    They never seemed to have enough for me to do.
    They do not utilize social media very well.
    Did not promote team building in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall a great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free concert tickets, EVERY holiday off, birthday off, fun events, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Crap pay. After taxes I made $829 every 2 weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving us gizmos and free lunch. Have bonuses and raises for your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you're in Management..otherwise not so much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1). In most markets Emmis has good media products
    2.) Generally has a good reputation
    3.) Benefits were good at the time that I left
    4.) You could have some really great co-workers like I did!

    Cons

    1.) Management is completely out of touch with what's happening on the streets and what sellers are up against
    2.) Ineffective communication for a communications company
    3.) Micro-managemnt of some and no oversight whatsoever of others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I doubt they would listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun Environment but pay sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are fun. It's a fun environment. Had some perks like concert tickets. Time off was easy to get and managers were understanding.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up and the pay isn't very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the little people. Sometimes they need a raise too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Earning potential is good and there's a lot of perks

    Cons

    Had issue with manager being unethical

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dog eat dog world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Promotion Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Promotion Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Meet outside clients
    Access to some concerts/shows
    Learn your worth/value, and you understand that you deserve more. It's a great opportunity to learn why you shouldn't settle.

    Cons

    There may be a week where you are only selected to work 2 days. Don't expect to always be on the schedule. Weekend hours are required. There is little to no growth within the company. The promotions department is definitely a revolving door, especially when it pertains to entry level positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop viewing employees as just a number. Allow hardworking employees to at least experience and learn more within other departments. There should be no reason why there are 25-28 year old hardworking/experienced employers on a promotions team for 3-5 years. Promote growth within your company and stop trying to hold employers back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    News reporter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and nice place

    Cons

    no career advancement opportunities in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to care more about the department

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect Praise over Raise every time!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Producer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Perks of getting to attend free concerts on occasion, usually a local business will bring free food to the building, there are a lot of really nice and fun people.

    Cons

    The company as a whole has been on a decline since I started there. Pay cuts to keep the company afloat, an extremely unsafe area of town that has resulted in multiple car break in's and just a general fear for your life when walking into or out of the building at night, Seems like the only people making money here are the ones that are clearly not doing their job of making this a thriving company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. If you can't keep employees happy, reevaluate how you do business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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