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Updated August 15, 2017
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Be wary of current management at WIBC."

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    Former Employee - WIBC News Anchor/Reporter in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - WIBC News Anchor/Reporter in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun company culture in departments outside of WIBC
    Solid values and reputation

    Cons

    WIBC:
    Inept management (micromanagement w/o individual willingness to contribute to the success of the team)
    Overworked and underpaid
    Erratic hours
    Frequently asked to work on weekends, holidays

    Advice to Management

    Meet the same expectations you set for WIBC employees. Show appreciation for the hard work performed by many members of the team.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were some great people who are passionate about their career.

    Cons

    Companywide pay-cut less than two weeks of being hired. Horrible Chief Information Officer with no management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your Chief Information Officer with someone who knows how to manage.

  3. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Okay benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    CFO out of touch with staff needs and plays favoritism in a very obvious fashion. Not the company it once was.

    Advice to Management

    REPLACE UPPER MANAGEMENT BEFORE YOU LOSE MORE GOOD PEOPLE!

    Emmis Communications Response

    Feb 14, 2016

    Thank you for your feedback, and we have taken steps to address the situation. In early 2016, we did make changes in New York that we think will improve the workplace, performance and morale.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Laid Off"

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    Former Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Emmis Communications (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the music and many of my colleagues

    Cons

    They shouldn't have hired new employees, if they were having financial issues.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Feb 14, 2016

    Thank you for your post. Emmis took a number of personnel and non-personnel actions in January 2016 to reduce expenses in its radio, publishing and corporate divisions. These reductions included... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Programming Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Every day was different. Fun co-workers.

    Cons

    Only managers and sales make any money. Hard work and dedication is not rewarded. Despite their company rhetoric, they do not value staff. Their stock value is a reflection of the leadership of the company.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jun 15, 2016

    Thank you for posting, and we are sorry you didn't have a good experience during your time at Emmis. We did make some personnel changes in January of 2016 that were difficult but necessary, and... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible in St. Louis"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    So far my check has cleared every two weeks.

    Cons

    local sales management is absolutely awful. Operates from a power position. No connection to individuals. No sales training. Senior managers are disconnected and act like it's 25 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Lot's of discussion in the industry and market about how long Emmis can stay in business.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jun 28, 2016

    Thank you for your post and we are sorry for your frustration. We have had some changes in the sales department recently, which have led to improved standards and performance. These changes were not... More


  7. "It went downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time

    Pros

    People from different radio stations are very friendly.

    Cons

    You get to experience role ambiguity due to their poor communication.

  8. "Get with the time."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, notority, parking space downtown,

    Cons

    Poor Management, non creative, old dinosaurs in management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Young people have good ideas. Get out of the traditional radio box. Allow for more creative autonomy. Too much beurocratic red tape.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling industry with issues in Management, Budget and Organization"

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    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Promotions Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company allows for many young adults to have supervisory and management positions

    Cons

    No organization
    Low budgets due to industry decline
    Incompetent people in supervisory roles
    Not enough training for employees and very little opportunity for growth and/or full time employment opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees better before promoting them into supervisory roles
    By, affording productive employees with full-time status instead of having them remain part-time employees (while requiring full time hours) so you won't have to give them benefits is just plain unfair. Take care of your employees better and they'll do a better job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Like Working in an Episode of "The Office," Except No One is Funny..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice people who would probably be great to know outside of work.

    Cons

    Very dry, stuffy and stiff environment. Forced fun.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint people to delegate that have real leadership qualities and can handle the balance between being a boss/friend.


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