Emmis Communications

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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
48 Reviews
3.8
48 Reviews
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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  1.  

    Be wary of current management at WIBC.

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    Former Employee - WIBC News Anchor/Reporter  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - WIBC News Anchor/Reporter in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Fun company culture in departments outside of WIBC
    Solid values and reputation

    Cons

    WIBC:
    Inept management (micromanagement w/o individual willingness to contribute to the success of the team)
    Overworked and underpaid
    Erratic hours
    Frequently asked to work on weekends, holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet the same expectations you set for WIBC employees. Show appreciation for the hard work performed by many members of the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Like Working in an Episode of "The Office," Except No One is Funny...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice people who would probably be great to know outside of work.

    Cons

    Very dry, stuffy and stiff environment. Forced fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint people to delegate that have real leadership qualities and can handle the balance between being a boss/friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling industry with issues in Management, Budget and Organization

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    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company allows for many young adults to have supervisory and management positions

    Cons

    No organization
    Low budgets due to industry decline
    Incompetent people in supervisory roles
    Not enough training for employees and very little opportunity for growth and/or full time employment opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees better before promoting them into supervisory roles
    By, affording productive employees with full-time status instead of having them remain part-time employees (while requiring full time hours) so you won't have to give them benefits is just plain unfair. Take care of your employees better and they'll do a better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Representative of Radio Industry Decline

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    Former Employee - Production Director
    Former Employee - Production Director

    I worked at Emmis Communications

    Pros

    Money spent on equipment and facility

    Cons

    Horrible double-standard from management- will tell a group one thing, tell individuals another. Cut-throat management. No security whatsoever. You get the distinct message you are very replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more and trust in employees. More accountability from management. Eliminate favoritism. Be more open and honest with staff. Be more encouraging of ideas from rank and file. Don't be so tied to doing things one way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Get with the time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emmis Communications

    Pros

    Benefits, notority, parking space downtown,

    Cons

    Poor Management, non creative, old dinosaurs in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Young people have good ideas. Get out of the traditional radio box. Allow for more creative autonomy. Too much beurocratic red tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    Overall a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time for 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
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time for 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
  11.  

    Fun Environment but pay sucks

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time for 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

Emmis Communications Photos

Front of Emmis offices in the West Village, NYC
Employee perks- station events like KGSR's anniversary party!
Staff dressing up for the annual Halloween costume contest
Emmis Indianapolis at the red dress dash

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