Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated Apr 27, 2021

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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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84 Ratings
Pros
  • "great people, perfect location, good connections(in 12 reviews)

  • "Family environment: everyone seems to really, really care about each other and the radio business, but first and foremost each other(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "It's a company in a dying radio industry that says it wants to get younger, and yet fires all of it's young staff to bring in the old guard(in 4 reviews)

  • "No real cons, mostly likely more room for advancement in the company(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Truly a great place

      Apr 27, 2021 - Vice President in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Nice people, ethical standards, strong code of standards

      Cons

      Not big enough to compete

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A headache

      Apr 27, 2021 - Digital Strategist in Indianapolis, IN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good entry-level job, Honestly was a great foot in the door for my professional career - Met some of my closest friends and mentors - Was able to attend some cool events and experiences - Got tickets to Colts and Pacers games occasionally

      Cons

      - Pay does not match the workload given - The audiences you serve can be unpleasant - Lots of day-to-day tasks, with little time to focus on long-term goals - Communication with the sales department is a headache at best - Management always follows the money above all else, even at the expense of their employees - Management has said they don't want to invest in younger talent

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Culture is stuck in the 90s

      Dec 28, 2020 - Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working here is a foot in the door in NY music with exposure to labels, artists, and other influencers. You can meet some great people internally who you connect with. The environment is casual, and there is plenty of work to do. If you love R&B and hip hop, you will get up close opportunities with artists and industry big timers often. Summer Jam and Circle of Sisters are cool.

      Cons

      The casual environment also leads to low professionalism. Many employees operate with apathy or high anxiety due to burn out, unrealistic expectations, and lack of support which effects you eventually too. There is no structure and few established processes outside of the radio operations. Much of your work will be up to you to lay out and execute with little strategic guidance from above. Opportunities for advancement above a manager level are few and appear to be exclusively for those who are considered “older” or non-black staff despite the audience, your contributions, or prior experience. Many employees work for 5+ years without ever receiving a promotion or even full-time pay. There isn’t formal HR, so accountability is negligent. You will work long hours with constant last-minute changes for little reward nor competitive pay. Radio is a quickly dying medium, so the scarcity mentality is deep in the culture. Working for a black and brown facing company while witnessing how they negatively view and treat those same people internally is draining on many levels. Many negative stereotypes and biases are embraced here and effect senior leadership decisions. The corporate culture and strategy are still stuck in the 90s. If you are sold on and expect a forward thinking environment, you will be disappointed.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Sinking Ship

      Apr 26, 2021 - Media in Indianapolis, IN
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      Pros

      Some of the people are amazing, lifelong friends

      Cons

      -no room for growth -unfulfilled promises -won’t adapt with the times -don’t value digital media -radio is dying -low pay -unnecessary meetings that waste time -furlough started extremely late

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun Work Environment

      Apr 22, 2021 - Producer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Collaborative Management Team Loose Environment Creative Freedom

      Cons

      Pay was less than what I expected

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun Job, Low Pay

      Apr 20, 2021 - Producer 
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      Pros

      Fun collaborative atmosphere Great management Opportunities to go to events

      Cons

      Low pay Work-life balance not great

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Fun Company - not great pay

      Apr 6, 2021 - Producer/On Air Host/Digital Conmtributor in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      Music, fringe benefits, fun likeminded people

      Cons

      Minimal pay, limited growth potential

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun workplace

      Mar 7, 2021 - Senior Producer 
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      Pros

      Relaxed atmosphere and good management

      Cons

      Radio doesn’t pay much so that’s tough

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not safe for poc

      Apr 16, 2021 - Staff in Indianapolis, IN
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      Pros

      Downtown location was convenient and the company has a good reputation in Indianapolis

      Cons

      Not safe for black and brown people

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      Emmis Communications Response

      Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your experience. Without more detail, it is difficult to understand your statement or the circumstances. We have worked hard to ensure a safe environment for all. Our Indianapolis Radio Market President has made it her personal mission to educate and provide an inclusive environment. If you have specific feedback, we'd love to hear it - please email hrhelp@emmis.com. You can also report Emmis workplace information anonymously at our 24-hour Ethics Hotline at 1-800-421-9182

    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Cold Corporate Management

      Feb 1, 2021 - Senior Editor in Indianapolis, IN
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      Pros

      Work can be interesting. Centrally located downtown offices.

      Cons

      Management seems consistently averse to new ideas, plays favorites, and doesn't seem to notice or care when morale slides as a result.

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