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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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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. "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.


  2. ""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

  3. "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.


  4. "Research and Analytics"

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    Former Intern - Market Research Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Intern - Market Research Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Upper management is supportive. Flexible schedule. Supportive of artists.

    Cons

    Refuses to change with the times and investing in new ideas.
    Business model built on archaic advertisement principles and out dated technology.
    Pay is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Its too late.


  5. "Very SHady"

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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    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


  7. "Emmis"

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    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!

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Sales Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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