Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Human Resources Intern

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    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    + Large amount of learning opportunities available + Get to work Independently + Acknowledges that you're a student 1st and intern 2nd and allowing flexible scheduling + Did work that was actually RELATED to the HR field + Great work environment where you feel valued and respected even as an intern + Job Shadowing so you learn about every aspect of the organization and how radio stations are run + Little to no busy work, everything I was asked to do was justified and I could relate to the internship + The job felt as if I were the Human Resources manager for all the interns, I was given a lot of responsibility when it came to caring for other interns and managing their paper work + Willingness to allow interns to make mistakes and learn from them, you will make mistakes and when you do your supervisor doesn't punish you but calmly explains what occurred and how the issue was fixable

    Cons

    - Only one Human Resources manager so if you want a job in HR you won't be getting one here after the internship is over - Can only intern once with the company (Emmis Austin Radio Policy) - Very few problems that I recognized, overall loved the company and have to nitpick to find any negatives, I loved my whole experience!

    Advice to Management

    Stress the importance of job shadowing early and frequently, a semester goes by quick and in the blink of an eye you can go from 1st week to last week with relatively few job shadowing +Would also recommend getting a list of Intern Supervisor names and contact info to make it easier to contact them for Job Shadowing opportunities


  2. Very nice people, great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being around all the music/musicians is very cool. They are very honest and my supervisor always offered feedback.

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid, but you do get school credit. Environment is still corporate, so you will be in a cubicle with no daylight, but that's how it is with a lot of corporate jobs.


  3. Class Act!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company to work for. OUTSTANDING CEO and very good senior leadership.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to static size of the company


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  5. learning , challenging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA

    I have been working at Emmis Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, good leaders, teamwork

    Cons

    clients demands too unrealistic. very tight schedule, sudden changes.

    Advice to Management

    treat your people with respect.


  6. Fantastic learning opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you raise your hand, you'll be rewarded. There were opportunities to work with a variety of staff members on almost any project. Supervisors are still very understanding of being a student and an intern and balancing both of those roles.

    Cons

    If you don't volunteer for things, may not have as many opportunities to succeed/earn clips because there can be multiple interns working at the same time. It could be easy for some to get lost in the shuffle.


  7. Great Internship experience

    Former Intern - Intern in Burbank, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Great laid back environment. Actually learn a lot about radio on the entertainment side a well as the business side.

    Cons

    Some times the interns have no work and nothing to do. That is when you should make your self known to all the other departments and make yourself stick out.


  8. Difficult, but in a good way.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Programming Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Programming Intern in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interns are given a great deal of responsibility. Good supervision. Fast paced and fun. Great opportunity for communications/journalism college students.

    Cons

    The number of responsibilities can be overwhelming


  9. Parttime Emmis Radio On Air Host

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - On Air Host in New York, NY
    Former Employee - On Air Host in New York, NY

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was one of the best places I ever worked! Colleagues were very supportive of one another. The stations were very professionally managed, and led by very focused and successful upper management. Expectations were clearly explained, station plans were very organized and executed very efficiently. Staff rarely called off work, high morale, and fun social events for coworkers where we could comfortably let our hair down, on occasion.

    Cons

    I honestly cant think of any, other than it was unfortunate that our station's format flipped after several years of being a heritage format/station, resulting in many extremely- talented individuals being let go.

    Advice to Management

    None...other than to bring back the Smooth Jazz format ?? (Note: the last year I worked for Emmis was actually 2008 (not 2009) but the dropdown did not go back far enough to 2008. Our format flipped in Feb 2008.


  10. Ethical, team oriented, highly value employees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Fair compensation -Excellent leadership -Great office culture -Good benefits, generous holiday schedule -No micro management -Great employee wellness program -Forward thinking organization -Financially stable

    Cons

    -No stock options for entry to mid-level employees -Slightly understaffed in some departments -Overall, an excellent company to work for


  11. One of the best companies I've worked for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and culture, forward looking, allows employees to do their jobs w/o constant inspection, open doors

    Cons

    Radio is a rough industry right now.



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