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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Had some perks like concert tickets (in 5 reviews)

  • Free concert tickets, EVERY holiday off, birthday off, fun events, laid back atmosphere (in 5 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "Very SHady"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of celebrities.

    Cons

    The employees don't give you much to do. They're very biased and stand-offish


  2. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper management is fair. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Commission only and senior account execs are favored and protected. Promises of 6 figure salaries in 6 months are not true. Believe that there is that possibility 5 years in not 6 Training is non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a comprehensive training programming in the first two weeks of employment rather than a learn as you go approach. Give call ins to the lowest on the totem pole. Don't share with ones making 6 figures and above.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jan 30, 2017

    Thank you for your post, and for your time at Emmis. Emmis invests heavily in sales training with The Center for Sales Strategies starting on day 1 for all our radio sales staff. While most sales ... More


  3. "Emmis"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


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  5. "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


  6. "Account Executive"

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

    Pros

    Great culture and family feel

    Cons

    Upper management micro manages at times and displays favoritism in some cases


  7. "Sales Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Semi-casual environment, friendly co-workers, small benefits in-office

    Cons

    Level of disorganization, workload imbalance, expectations of this position


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. "Decling company"

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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

    Work is interesting, music/artist environment, diminishing but better than industry average benefits

    Cons

    Pay cuts instead of raises, no cost of living adjustments

    Advice to Management

    Re-instate bonuses. Pay closer attention to middle management's activities.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jul 19, 2016

    Thank you for your post. Emmis, like most radio companies, has had a challenging time the last few years, but we are confident brighter days are ahead with exciting innovations like NextRadio, an ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Potential"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    The work environment, up until the very end of my experience was amazing. The people I worked with are absolutely amazing, there was an incredible feeling of comradeship, and we worked through some pretty tough times as a team. I have never been happier with any work environment in my life.

    Cons

    Department manager ultimately had no idea what was going on in his department or how to best handle a team with lots of experience. When one of the lower level managers left he carried out a search to fill the position with little regard for the existing employees or speaking to them directly to understand and identify team problems, strengths, or weaknesses. Between "layoffs" and "restructuring" more than 60 years combined experience in broadcasting was sent out the door in what felt like was very personally motivated decisions. It was kind of a "do everything the new guy says, and love doing it, or get fired" sort of situation.

    The pay wasn't great, but times aren't great in radio...and the friendly work environment made up for the lack of pay.

    Getting the little things done right was of little concern to management and newly hired management.

    I had looked forward to spending a long time with the company and helping build their brand, but changes made it impossible to stick it out personally.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to assume that immediately complete overhaul is the best way to solve your problems. In this case the hard work of the little people was overshadowed by lack of structure and poor execution by management...and you can guess which one paid the price. Use your people to better your department...your workers are your best resource and they care about the product an awful lot.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Mar 28, 2016

    Thank you for your post, and for working at Emmis. We are glad you enjoyed your time and appreciate your contributions! If you have a chance and feel comfortable, could you send us an email at ... More



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