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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Pros
  • Great people, supportive and flexible environment, casual dress code, great product (in 6 reviews)

  • Free concert tickets, EVERY holiday off, birthday off, fun events, laid back atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Not many opportunities for career advancement and pay raises are unlikely (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Production"

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

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

    Pros

    This job like any other job. Its a Pro to be employed.

    Cons

    There is no cons i can think of.


  2. "Promotions"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pleasant and fun workplace,

    Cons

    hours can be up and down

  3. "Great People, Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Bosses were generally empathetic, receptive, and encouraging
    Fun and relaxed environment

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great
    Not enough resources


  4. "Good times at Emmis"

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    Current Employee - Promo Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Promo Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun work culture and the perks are nice

    Cons

    Not the best pay ever.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work (and consider giving more raises)


  5. "Great Culture, great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful team with a passion for media. People are treated well

    Cons

    Industry is struggling financially which creates lots of pressure to deliver results in the short term

    Advice to Management

    Find a path to growing the business again


  6. ""Communications" oftentimes lacking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications part-time

    Pros

    Overall fun place to work. Laid back environment and friendly staff -- for the most part.

    Cons

    Managers/staff leaders sometimes lack communication -- ironic, I know -- regarding placement within the company, and opportunities for growth. I was unsolicitedly told a raise was coming months ago, but haven't heard anything regarding that. I understand that the industry is tightening budgets allocated for staff wages, but voluntarily promising -- even the slightest raise -- with no action is not a great way to keep ambitious workers on your team.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Sep 21, 2017

    Thank you for your post. We are sorry you received incorrect information regarding a potential raise. You are right - times are tough across the board in all media companies. (We appreciate your... More


  7. "Okay if you're a recent grad"

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

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, neat perks like getting tickets to events, and fun place to work in general, most people there are good people, and they throw the best holiday parties.

    Cons

    Some of the leadership group lacks leadership/management qualities, company is losing money therefore pay is low - and don't expect raises unless someone gets fired and you have to take over 2 peoples jobs yet they will pay radio talent millions and they're investing too much money into NextRadio which isn't taking off anytime soon.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the right employees better or expect high turnover.

  8. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great products, solid values, sense of camaraderie, great reputation, leaders you can look up to and respect and admire

    Cons

    Tough industry, small company with limited product offerings, financial pressures constraints hard to be competitive, compensation not always competitive, not a lot of perks

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 21, 2017

    Thank you for your comments about Emmis - and thank you for your service! The radio industry is challenged, which is why we are involved in efforts like NextRadio and Digonex. We believe it provides... More


  9. "Sales - a great opportunity!"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Powerful brands and great assets to sell

    Cons

    Business is very competitive in the advertising space. Prepare to be creative and find a way over, around or under or through!

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 21, 2017

    Wonderful feedback - thank you for being part of Emmis!


  10. "Nice beginning but unprofessional end"

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    Former Employee - On-Air Personality in New York, NY
    Former Employee - On-Air Personality in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Treated employees fairly and with respect initially. Holiday parties were great.

    Cons

    A Very rude way of firing 46 people, via a conference call. Some employees had been there for 26 years and weren't even fired in person, but yet on the phone with the rest of us. Sad end to my nine years working there.

    Advice to Management

    Talent is not cattle that should be grouped together like they mean nothing. Selling the station was the only priority 95% of the time. Take some time and care for the employees as well who are on the air and not big time celebs.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 21, 2017

    Thank you for your post, and I'm sorry for what you experienced. Emmis values all our employees. The only time Emmis notifies groups of employees of news (not dismissals) is when we sell a radio... More


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