Emmis Communications Reviews

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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Pros
  • Laid back office environment, decent pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits, and perks like event and concert tickets (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Radio is a tough business overall but we have a great team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. NA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emmis Communications

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, great people, a little bit of perks. Random free food.

    Cons

    No room to move up. Management is always confused. Consistently firing people due to budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together.

  2. Great People, Great Job, Not a Great Career

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    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Producer/Board Operator in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  3. Great Company with Many Perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are well taken care of and appreciated, good work/personal life balance, fun environment

    Cons

    Salaries are sometimes slightly low depending on your job

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  5. Great company, but the culture was changing - and not for the better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great owner, and a great media company overall. I never felt like I was working for one of the "big" media giants that treated their employees like a number.

    Cons

    Middle management was changed, and leaders from those "other" media companies were brought in. The atmosphere changed, and the "Emmis Way" was gone.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your middle management is in line with YOUR vision for the company. If you don't want your employees feeling like just a number, then make sure the managers you hire won't treat them that way.

  6. Get In where you fit in

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    Former Employee - Programming in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Programming in New York, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Great Company, Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people. Ability and encouragement to develop your career and capabilities. Flexibility in growth path.

    Cons

    Declining industry and tight budgets. The nature of radio involves significant career risk.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting a strong culture and developing talent. Look for opportunities to leverage your team's skill sets beyond terrestrial radio (without simply copying Pandora or trying to "save" radio).

  8. Very nice people, great company to work for.

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    Former Intern - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Intern - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being around all the music/musicians is very cool. They are very honest and my supervisor always offered feedback.

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid, but you do get school credit. Environment is still corporate, so you will be in a cubicle with no daylight, but that's how it is with a lot of corporate jobs.

  9. Class Act!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company to work for. OUTSTANDING CEO and very good senior leadership.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to static size of the company

  10. Basically good - depending on what city you're in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller radio conglomerate - you don't necessarily disappear like you would for bigger entities
    Framework is in place for great office culture and is supported by corporate.
    There is opportunity to learn more than your own position if you seek it out.
    Corporate makes an effort to touch all cities / clusters regularly

    Cons

    No real substantial growth - or if there is - there's no real clear path to said growth position
    Framework adaptation is contingent upon the cluster - so if they're not buying it, you're not feeling that culture.
    Pay is markedly lower than other similar companies.
    "Promotions" come in the form of new title and more work - not necessarily more pay.

    Advice to Management

    A program needs to be put in place and enforced to help folks grow their career. Longevity is very good and is a nice concept but you don't want people thinking they're going to die in the job - implying they won't go anywhere.

  11. learning , challenging

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Holmesburg Finance Station Post Office, PA (US)

    I have been working at Emmis Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

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