Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, fun and creative People were great

    Cons

    Work, life balance There should be a permanent base salary


  2. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and you can make your own schedule.

    Cons

    They do not pay well and there is no reward for doing your job well.


  3. OK company, but watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emmis was a good career advance for me. I gained a fair amount of technical expertise in my field, and was able to translate that into an above average salary upon leaving. Different departments have different perks, so you will have to discuss those with a hiring manager. 401K (the matching has changed since I left, but they do have some level of matching), free life insurance, and very good low priced health insurance (I would not say it is awesome, but it is better than most).

    Cons

    Despite the rhetoric about corporate culture being open, and fun, this company is strife with hostile, cutthroat politics, and cronyism. Scope creep, change of language, etc in projects is rampant, but deadlines are not adjusted. If you are not good at, or refuse to pass the buck on things like this you will not make it at this company. Firing employees at the end of the fiscal year to meet budget constraints is common. If you are making fair market or higher salary, you do have a target on your back. Do not expect HR to require them to have sit downs about "performance issues", or give notice of lay offs due to budgets.

    Advice to Management

    For senior management: When you see 3-4 employees turn over in the same position with in 2-3 years, you have a management problem. Especially if you loose any key long term employees from the same department in that same time frame.


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    Worried about the future...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good employees Fun, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    No more cash matching 401K WAY below average salaries Management doesn't value or appreciate what they have in their employees

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jul 2, 2015 – Brand Ambassador

    Thank you for posting. You are correct: Emmis did move from a cash 401(k) match to a 401(k) match in Emmis stock. While many companies, particularly in the media industry, have moved away from any ... More


  6. Its ok

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    Former Employee - Promotions in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Promotions in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Event tickets and swag Perks

    Cons

    Latte to no place for advancement


  7. Fun while it lasts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    fun work environment at times depending on which department you choose to work

    Cons

    annual lay offs even though the company tells staff that they are doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Don't base your judgment on employers based off of gossip but facts.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 18, 2015 – Brand Ambassador

    Thank you for your feedback on Emmis and for your over 10 years of service. We do pride ourselves on a fun, productive work environment. It is impossible to address your situation directly without ... More


  8. NA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, great people, a little bit of perks. Random free food.

    Cons

    No room to move up. Management is always confused. Consistently firing people due to budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together.


  9. Great People, Great Job, Not a Great Career

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    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and fun workplace. Lots of freebies (swag). Chance to run into celebs and network. You're in the Biz. You get to work two other jobs to make a living.

    Cons

    Yes, it's a good place to get your foot into the door if you want to get into broadcasting. However, chances to move up for a better shift are slim to none. If you are the creative type, management will often shoot down every other idea after talking to "sales" or budget reasons. Its business model wants to be at the the forefront of technology and edgy, but still drags its feet in the 20th century ideas so in essence, corporate radio. I know this is a joke in radio but the pay compared to other major markets is well below standard.

    Advice to Management

    Step up and be managers. Getting the advertising bucks is only half the job, do air-checks and keep the standards high and consistent. Just because clients have the money to buy themselves a job on air, doesn't mean they need to be on air. Show some self respect.


  10. Great Company with Many Perks

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are well taken care of and appreciated, good work/personal life balance, fun environment

    Cons

    Salaries are sometimes slightly low depending on your job


  11. Great company, but the culture was changing - and not for the better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great owner, and a great media company overall. I never felt like I was working for one of the "big" media giants that treated their employees like a number.

    Cons

    Middle management was changed, and leaders from those "other" media companies were brought in. The atmosphere changed, and the "Emmis Way" was gone.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your middle management is in line with YOUR vision for the company. If you don't want your employees feeling like just a number, then make sure the managers you hire won't treat them that way.



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