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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated May 25, 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)

  • Great work environment where you feel valued and respected even as an intern (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay is average, and not really much room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very nice, dynamic, and intelligent colleagues and manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm a contractor but they treat me like I'm one of their own; they're very forward-thinking without losing that realness/groundedness and sense of humor. Very fun and fast paced, challenging setting.

    Cons

    None. I wish I could identify something, but based on personal experience I really don't have any - even constructive - criticism to provide.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you and please keep doing whatever you guys do here.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Emmis"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Newsstand Director in Knightdale, NC
    Current Employee - Newsstand Director in Knightdale, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company with opportunities and growth

    Cons

    Has trouble investing in new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box

    Emmis Communications Response

    Dec 23, 2016

    Thank you for your response. Emmis is known for championing and investing heavily in new ideas, including current initiatives like NextRadio and Digonex. Thank you for your time at Emmis!


  4. "Relies heavily on "perks""

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    Former Employee - Digital Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Digital Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of perks like event tickets, freebies and the opportunity to meet athletes and musicians through the station. The variety of clients keeps things interesting.

    Cons

    Some members of Senior Management have been with the company a long time and unwilling to try new ideas. They also believe that you must "pay your dues" with the company to move up. The company can also have a high school hallway feel with gossip and backstabbing across several levels. Sales reps rule the company, so getting on their bad side can cause your time there to be rough.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid sticking current employees in the box reserved for what you want them to do and be open to them using their education and experience in different ways.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Nov 15, 2016

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your time at Emmis and your thoughts on our work environment. We do have a new top leader in Indianapolis who is well respected in radio and in ... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Terre Haute, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a very good overall place to work.

    Cons

    I have yet to find anything I do not enjoy!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  6. "Good short-term job opporutnities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice perks such as concert tickets and food. Most of the staff was friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career advancement and pay raises are unlikely. The radio industry as a whole seems to be struggling.


  7. "It's a pleasure to come to work every day"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative freedom
    Trust in the leadership and a sense that they are transparent and honest with employees
    Good communication, easy to have questions answered
    Laid-back atmosphere
    Lovely office and relaxed work environment
    Broad vision - with reminders like "never get smug" - is posted on the walls, and many people seem to really internalize these ethics
    Great parking and building amenities

    Cons

    Perks are slowly going away
    This industry is struggling
    Salaries have been stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to give raises


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company Review"

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

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

    Pros

    - Cool Perks
    - Nice people
    - Great Events

    Cons

    Downsize a lot
    Low Pay
    Management without proper goals set
    No career training or advancement


  9. "Promotions Field Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Graphics Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphics Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    Would've liked to work there longer

    Advice to Management

    Try not to listen to everything the consultants say.


  10. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and bonus structure and perks at management level

    Cons

    Limited growth potential and no work life balance


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