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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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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. "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


  2. "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Onward and Upward"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Commission Structure, Rewarded Fairly for performance, open door policy, work life balance. No work place is perfect but I have had an overall positive experience at Emmis,St. Louis. They are not afraid to make changes when necessary to benefit the overall business and take employee feedback under careful consideration. The atmosphere is casual but fast paced. With recent changes the attitude is onward and upward. The new management team is already making positive changes.

    Cons

    Emmis, at one time, had the reputation of being the best media company in the city to work for and the new management team seems dedicated to reclaiming that title while providing a superior product to the community and advertisers.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would be to stay involved in the day to day business and dive deep into relationships with employees and clients.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Feb 22, 2016

    Thanks so much for posting!


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  5. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Highly enjoyed coming into work every morning always learned something new or helpful. Everyone who worked there was very nice and comforting, which made work better.

    Cons

    Heavy traffic because location was in the city. Other than that there are none.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Feb 14, 2016

    Thank you for your post and for interning at Emmis. Great to hear you had a positive experience!


  6. "Its ok"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promotions in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Promotions in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Event tickets and swag Perks

    Cons

    Latte to no place for advancement


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Great Job, Not a Great Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and fun workplace. Lots of freebies (swag). Chance to run into celebs and network. You're in the Biz. You get to work two other jobs to make a living.

    Cons

    Yes, it's a good place to get your foot into the door if you want to get into broadcasting. However, chances to move up for a better shift are slim to none. If you are the creative type, management will often shoot down every other idea after talking to "sales" or budget reasons. Its business model wants to be at the the forefront of technology and edgy, but still drags its feet in the 20th century ideas so in essence, corporate radio. I know this is a joke in radio but the pay compared to other major markets is well below standard.

    Advice to Management

    Step up and be managers. Getting the advertising bucks is only half the job, do air-checks and keep the standards high and consistent. Just because clients have the money to buy themselves a job on air, doesn't mean they need to be on air. Show some self respect.


  8. "Get In where you fit in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programming in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of information to learn and grow your career in the radio and entertainment industry overall.

    Cons

    Too many associates afraid to engage management about how they can make better use of there skills.

    Advice to Management

    Fresh ideas, young minds coupled with seasoned talent is the recipes for success.


  9. "Great company to intern for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to intern for. Every employee is very friendly and willing to help you with anything. Very flexible at working with your school schedule. Interns are encouraged to job shadow in various different departments, which is pretty cool. I interned in the spring and got to help the marketing/promotions department with SXSW. Great learning experience. Gives you good insight of how a radio broadcasting company functions.

    Cons

    Opportunities for employment at the end of the internship are pretty slim. Internship is also unpaid and you must get school credit in order to intern for Emmis. Other than that, everything else is pretty great.


  10. "Excellent company and leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management truly cares for its employees

    Cons

    Hard economic times have made for challenges to the business model


  11. "A Culture Unlike Any Other"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promotions Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Promotions Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, innovative ideas, free-wheeling encouraged, great benefits, superb perks, and constant praise given for a job well done. Emmis is a company with its finger on the pulse of many industries and the people that make it to the top are normally the cream-of-the-crop.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities - though this is because not many people want to leave the company; Emmis does, at times, choose to take the safe route instead of blazing their own trail.

    Advice to Management

    More development on existing staff; a need to examine their "best bet" to assure that they are a true fit to the overall team; a conscious effort to take the suggestions of lower & mid-level staff.


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