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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Pros
  • Exciting atmosphere, great people, a little bit of perks (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment where you feel valued and respected even as an intern (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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. ""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.


  4. "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!


  5. "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


  6. "A model for how other media companies - and non-media companies - should operate."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative, culture-rich, fast moving and FUN. Emmis is lead by some of the best people in the biz, at all levels. They try harder, work smarter, and produce great results because they won't settle for an "okay" product.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any. Maybe "slow to promote" but that's because no one wants to leave - not their fault!

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 21, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback - and for your service!


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emmis is a people company

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to list

  8. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, flexible schedule, and great face-to-face interaction with clients

    Cons

    Lacks open communication, difficult to make a great income long term unless you have accounts when you start.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Aug 21, 2017

    Thank you for your post and for working at Emmis. Given that "Communications" is in our title, it is something we pride ourselves on. If you are having communication challenges at your location... More


  9. "Overall good but growth potential can be limited"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Perks like tickets, parties and food are great plus access to artists and exclusives is also a plus. Health care is also really good.

    Cons

    Unless you're in certain departments, growth potential is staggered. Radio in general is on a decline so digital and sales is where you need to be.

    Advice to Management

    We believe in you just keep us current with the cost of living and upward movement.


  10. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A lot of training, open door policy and great programming.

    Cons

    I was laid off in an awful manner and two weeks later I still don't have outplacement information.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money to get an ACTUAL human resources representative.


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