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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Exciting atmosphere, great people, a little bit of perks (in 6 reviews)

  • Free concert tickets, EVERY holiday off, birthday off, fun events, laid back atmosphere (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 Culture, great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful team with a passion for media. People are treated well

    Cons

    Industry is struggling financially which creates lots of pressure to deliver results in the short term

    Advice to Management

    Find a path to growing the business again


  2. "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

  3. "Sales - a great opportunity!"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  4. "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  6. "Radio Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice people, hard work will pay off to move up on the hierarchy!

    Cons

    No Cons on the job since I was an Intern!

    Advice to Management

    Good Job, keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • 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.

  8. "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.


  9. ""Best company to work for""

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Emmis is a great company to work for all around. I started out as an intern in the promotions department and hired on after my internship. It was one of the best work experiences I have been in.

    Cons

    No real cons, mostly likely more room for advancement in the company.

    Advice to Management

    The management staff taught me the essentials of radio and promotions.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Feb 14, 2016

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your comments!


  10. "Human Resources Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern

    Pros

    + Large amount of learning opportunities available
    + Get to work Independently
    + Acknowledges that you're a student 1st and intern 2nd and allowing flexible scheduling
    + Did work that was actually RELATED to the HR field
    + Great work environment where you feel valued and respected even as an intern
    + Job Shadowing so you learn about every aspect of the organization and how radio stations are run
    + Little to no busy work, everything I was asked to do was justified and I could relate to the internship
    + The job felt as if I were the Human Resources manager for all the interns, I was given a lot of responsibility when it came to caring for other interns and managing their paper work
    + Willingness to allow interns to make mistakes and learn from them, you will make mistakes and when you do your supervisor doesn't punish you but calmly explains what occurred and how the issue was fixable

    Cons

    - Only one Human Resources manager so if you want a job in HR you won't be getting one here after the internship is over
    - Can only intern once with the company (Emmis Austin Radio Policy)
    - Very few problems that I recognized, overall loved the company and have to nitpick to find any negatives, I loved my whole experience!

    Advice to Management

    Stress the importance of job shadowing early and frequently, a semester goes by quick and in the blink of an eye you can go from 1st week to last week with relatively few job shadowing
    +Would also recommend getting a list of Intern Supervisor names and contact info to make it easier to contact them for Job Shadowing opportunities


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