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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated August 15, 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. "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. Helpful (2)

    "Company Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Cool Perks
    - Nice people
    - Great Events

    Cons

    Downsize a lot
    Low Pay
    Management without proper goals set
    No career training or advancement

  3. "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.


  4. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best jobs I've had in my career. I was an Account Executive working in the advertising sales dept, specifically for Hot 97. Great experience and great friendships established with some of the best people you'll find in the industry. Not uncommon to see celebrities walking through your office at a moment's notice and the perks were great.

    Cons

    Highly competitive work environment and you are constantly under pressure to meet your monthly budget. Comes with the job but if you are not prepared for this type of grind, then this industry or company might not be for you. At the end of the day, all that matters to the bean counters is the bottom line.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decling company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emmis Communications full-time

    Pros

    Work is interesting, music/artist environment, diminishing but better than industry average benefits

    Cons

    Pay cuts instead of raises, no cost of living adjustments

    Advice to Management

    Re-instate bonuses. Pay closer attention to middle management's activities.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Jul 19, 2016

    Thank you for your post. Emmis, like most radio companies, has had a challenging time the last few years, but we are confident brighter days are ahead with exciting innovations like NextRadio, an... More


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible in St. Louis"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Programming Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to see a lot of celebrities and musicians
    Has family type atmosphere

    Cons

    Very high turnover no sense of stability.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Potential"

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

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

    Pros

    The work environment, up until the very end of my experience was amazing. The people I worked with are absolutely amazing, there was an incredible feeling of comradeship, and we worked through some pretty tough times as a team. I have never been happier with any work environment in my life.

    Cons

    Department manager ultimately had no idea what was going on in his department or how to best handle a team with lots of experience. When one of the lower level managers left he carried out a search to fill the position with little regard for the existing employees or speaking to them directly to understand and identify team problems, strengths, or weaknesses. Between "layoffs" and "restructuring" more than 60 years combined experience in broadcasting was sent out the door in what felt like was very personally motivated decisions. It was kind of a "do everything the new guy says, and love doing it, or get fired" sort of situation.

    The pay wasn't great, but times aren't great in radio...and the friendly work environment made up for the lack of pay.

    Getting the little things done right was of little concern to management and newly hired management.

    I had looked forward to spending a long time with the company and helping build their brand, but changes made it impossible to stick it out personally.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so quick to assume that immediately complete overhaul is the best way to solve your problems. In this case the hard work of the little people was overshadowed by lack of structure and poor execution by management...and you can guess which one paid the price. Use your people to better your department...your workers are your best resource and they care about the product an awful lot.

    Emmis Communications Response

    Mar 28, 2016

    Thank you for your post, and for working at Emmis. We are glad you enjoyed your time and appreciate your contributions! If you have a chance and feel comfortable, could you send us an email at... More


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