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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Pros
  • "Lovely office and relaxed work environment" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great people, supportive and flexible environment, casual dress code, great product" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no cons i can think of" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Business model built on archaic advertisement principles and out dated technology" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time

    Pros

    open environment and great experience working in radio

    Cons

    tough to get promoted or a raise


  2. "Roller Coaster Ride"

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

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, the best thing about the place is the people you work with. THEY make the experience better. I enjoyed watching how fellow employees made lemonades out of lemons.

    Cons

    Low compensation, morale is at an all-time low, no one knows what is going to happen next.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent!

  3. "Unfair work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    non-traditional workplace
    catered all-staff meetings
    occasionally fun events

    Cons

    no room to move up
    HR doesn't help in serious situations
    hostile work environment
    men get away with everything

    Advice to Management

    try doing something when your staff comes to you about harassment instead of icing them out.


  4. "Promotions Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved it, it was great. Promoted from within.

    Cons

    Radio is a tough industry.


  5. "A fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that cares about its employees

    Cons

    Not many. This is only part time however

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, to put professional opportunities into perspective, given that this clearly is a struggling industry.

    Cons

    Unless you are in certain departments with-in certain clicks, there is no stability nor any growth potential. Sadly, with radio in general, on a decline, the culture reeks downward spiral. Tough industry and the financial pressures/constraints make it difficult to be competitive or positive on a daily basis. Some of the leadership groups lack professionalism as well as leadership/management qualities. Pitiful, worst I have ever witnessed, representation by a few key managers, to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly consider removing the managers who are in over their heads and lack any ability to hold it together. The added stress and volatile behavior certainly isn't adding any benefit to the company's bottom line. For those who have stayed and survived the back stabbing non-evolving industry, you might want to think about
    compensating these employees better or anticipate high turnover.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - challenging market"

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

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Emmis is a company that wants to win, that's used to winning. The team is struggling to get back to winning again as the media and advertising world has changed quickly.

    Cons

    challenging market / less-than-ideal product offerings make sales challenging for the radio, event and digital sides of the business.

    Advice to Management

    keep pushing to make your people the best they can be / and your radio stations the strongest brands they can be

  8. "Like Family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented, and scrappy. Provides resources to the best ideas, not the loudest voice. Many years at this company thanks to their policy of giving current employees the opportunity to grow and succeed in advanced roles. Great familial culture.

    Cons

    Working in radio has its quirks and challenges, and Emmis (like most media companies) is trying to find their place in a modern, mobile world. Some instability to be expected.


  9. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking, willing to take risks, challenges employees in the best way as to inspire career growth.

    Cons

    No cons to think of. A rarity in this world we live in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. "A Good Place To Tread Water"

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    Current Employee - Production Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Production Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A casual corporate atmosphere with lots of peripheral perks.

    Cons

    The company looks to cut costs everywhere except at the top, gutting (or outright dismantling) its most valuable brands to keep treading water. They will tell you how much they value you, but don't expect that to become actual compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell your employees that they're valuable. Show them their value monetarily or not at all. And if you want a skilled, passionate workforce, you'll need to pay what the market demands.


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