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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated November 4, 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)

  • 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. "Still one of the true gems in the Radio industry."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In a cut throat world of disposable people, Emmis strived to be fair and respectful even when tough chopices had to be made. They aren't afraid to try new things and instead of being punished for failure, you received praise for the attempt. I always felt I knew the people I was working for and their values, ideals and beliefs, even if they were based far away.

    Cons

    Being a smaller company, you could quickly run into a wall that made advancement difficult. They have also fallen into the cycle of chasing Wall Street which devalues individual effort and focuses on stock price alone.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fall into the trap of the "big guys" and lose the culture that made you unique.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Radio Sales"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible freedom, great work atmosphere, tons of fringe benefits, management that inspires evolution and embraces change, 100% commission, great culture (11 Commandments of Emmis Communications), have a finger on the pulse of the city's entertainment scene, make connections all over town, management is easy-going

    Cons

    Earning potential has a ceiling, 100% commission, necessary job tools (phone, car, etc.) not covered, industry becoming more and more competitive (radio share is decreasing), "skip paychecks" twice annually, very difficult business to get started in (start below age 25!)

    Advice to Management

    Local management needs to be able to confront issues with managers and employees more often

  3. Helpful (2)

    "One of the BEST Media companies to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emmis Communications is a world wide publicly traded company that lives their 11 Commandments. This is a company that rewards it's employees for hard work and vision.

    Cons

    They expect you to be "on your game" and break barriers....the future is something that Emmis Communications isn't afraid to venture into.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, Company Does Right By Its People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong people focused culture, creative business, people enjoy one another and like to have fun

    Cons

    Challenged businesses have slow growth prospects

    Advice to Management

    Shed losing businesses and invest in winners


  5. Helpful (1)

    "12 years as the assistant to the National Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to National Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant to National Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, no big brother watching, compassionate management, stick together attitude!

    Cons

    Radio is a tough business overall but we have a great team!


  6. "One of the best companies I've worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture, forward looking, allows employees to do their jobs w/o constant inspection, open doors

    Cons

    Radio is a rough industry right now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ethical, team oriented, highly value employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fair compensation
    -Excellent leadership
    -Great office culture
    -Good benefits, generous holiday schedule
    -No micro management
    -Great employee wellness program
    -Forward thinking organization
    -Financially stable

    Cons

    -No stock options for entry to mid-level employees
    -Slightly understaffed in some departments
    -Overall, an excellent company to work for

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Parttime Emmis Radio On Air Host"

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    Former Employee - On Air Host in New York, NY
    Former Employee - On Air Host in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was one of the best places I ever worked! Colleagues were very supportive of one another. The stations were very professionally managed, and led by very focused and successful upper management. Expectations were clearly explained, station plans were very organized and executed very efficiently. Staff rarely called off work, high morale, and fun social events for coworkers where we could comfortably let our hair down, on occasion.

    Cons

    I honestly cant think of any, other than it was unfortunate that our station's format flipped after several years of being a heritage format/station, resulting in many extremely- talented individuals being let go.

    Advice to Management

    None...other than to bring back the Smooth Jazz format ?? (Note: the last year I worked for Emmis was actually 2008 (not 2009) but the dropdown did not go back far enough to 2008. Our format flipped in Feb 2008.


  9. "learning , challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, good leaders, teamwork

    Cons

    clients demands too unrealistic. very tight schedule, sudden changes.

    Advice to Management

    treat your people with respect.


  10. ""Best company to work for""

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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!


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