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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated December 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Lots of creativity and worked with great people" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Fast paced work environment; casual" (in 7 reviews)

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

  • "Unless you are in certain departments with-in certain clicks, there is no stability nor any growth potential" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Very employee focused. Lots of structure. Good benefits. Fair compensation. Lots of creativity and worked with great people. Very understanding and empathetic company culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes ideas got stuck in the bureaucracy. Stock was volatile. Not very savvy with digital marketing or upgraded tech. Our company was sold off from the Corporate entity and once that happened the culture changed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the people focused culture, it's a rare find these days.


  2. "Good people, poor culture"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment; casual

    Cons

    The sunken place; poor communication; iced out (maybe worse) if you take issues to hr

    Advice to Management

    Put good people in management positions that reflect the company’s values. Don’t empower negativity, prejudice, and intolerance.

  3. "Emmis Really Cares"

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

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Really cares about their people. Live by the commandments listed on their website.

    Cons

    Really care about their people... to a fault. Lack of accountability leads to others picking up the slack and decreases morale. Primarily a radio company that has been selling off assets for several years so no real growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable. If someone can't or won't do the job, it's your responsibility to get them to do it or find someone who will.


  4. "Great people make all the difference."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, very relaxed environment

    Cons

    It’s radio, so don’t expect your salary to lead to early retirement

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the tech side of operations


  5. "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!


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.