Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated May 14, 2020

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3.4
60%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
Jeff Smulyan
80 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people to work with, easy to build lasting relationships(in 9 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)

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

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  1. "Excellent Employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great culture and took great care of their employyed

    Cons

    There aren’t any cons that come to mind

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    Emmis Communications2019-04-09
  2. "Fun place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promotions Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty fun to work with people your own age and get to go to events and concerts

    Cons

    Can be gossipy at times and favorites are for sure a thing.

    Emmis Communications2020-05-14
  3. "Entry Level"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Videographer/Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Flexible Hours and a place where you can truly learn the basics and just have the freedom to be very creative and open.

    Cons

    The hours and pay, that's really it.

    Emmis Communications2020-05-03
  4. "Revolving Door"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to Concerts tickets and celebrities

    Cons

    Every management decision comes with layoffs

    Emmis Communications2020-03-18
  5. "Fun place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Producer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    It’s radio, so the pay is not great.

    Emmis Communications2019-09-08
  6. ""Best Place to Work" No More"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    99% of the people that work there are fabulous, the views from HQ are awesome, and the parking situation is very beneficial when it comes to going to various events in Downtown Indianapolis

    Cons

    1. Management who out-right lies to you. If you go to HR with a problem, they make you out to be the culprit instead of reprimanding the person actually at fault; normally because that person brings in money. 2. 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. 3. Radio doesn't pay. You can work your tail off for 6 days a week, and still barely be able to afford a decent living. 4. It used to win awards for being the Best Place to Work in Indianapolis. They still have the stickers outside the front door on Monument Circle. It stopped in 2015. There's a reason for that. That's when morale started to plummet, and management kept letting go of hard-working people instead of those who were truly the problem. 5. They don't reward employees for their work. Instead of raises, they "reward" you with giving you MORE responsibilities and MORE after-hours work, but with little to no financial incentive to do so.

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    Emmis Communications2019-09-12
  7. "Springboard Opportunity"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours. People like hearing you work for Hot 97, which can open the door to make connections.

    Cons

    Staff is competitive. Few people open their connections. There is an ego-driven mentality. This is evident by the number of people that have started at Hot 97 and left because they were given limited opportunities due to the politics of the studio.

    Emmis Communications2019-04-29
  8. "Fun fun Fun"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director 

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working in radio is always fun. Something new everyday, excellent working environment and the best of people. Life work balance is ideal

    Cons

    Salary compensation for your work is low

    Emmis Communications2019-03-14
  9. "Promotions Assistant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promotions 

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, easy to build lasting relationships.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement.

    Emmis Communications2019-03-12
  10. "A great place to work with wonderful people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Family environment: everyone seems to really, really care about each other and the radio business, but first and foremost each other. -Decent location: surprisingly easy commute from Jersey as long as you can get to the PATH -Work-life balance: the company is very serious about family coming first -Promotion from within: lots of people were promoted during my time there. -Respect: the managers I worked with really and truly respected their people, as well as other departments. Everyone knew that everyone else had an integral part to play, and there was never corporate drama.

    Cons

    -Industry focus: radio is radio, and there aren't as many roles that a generalist from outside the industry could easily get into. -Not many referrals: Several open roles came up that I submitted referrals to. Those referrals never got a call back, all from the same manager who said he was really happy with their resumes (not my department) -Budget crunch: radio isn't as much of a growth industry, and it's tough to fight for money to get things that would help the business or your section of it

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    Emmis Communications2019-02-19
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