Emmis Communications

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Emmis Communications Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
56 Reviews
3.8
56 Reviews
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Emmis Communications Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Smulyan
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very nice people, great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, Great People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Class Act!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    learning , challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    good people, good leaders, teamwork

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your people with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Basically good - depending on what city you're in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic learning opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emmis Communications as an intern

    Pros

    If you raise your hand, you'll be rewarded. There were opportunities to work with a variety of staff members on almost any project. Supervisors are still very understanding of being a student and an intern and balancing both of those roles.

    Cons

    If you don't volunteer for things, may not have as many opportunities to succeed/earn clips because there can be multiple interns working at the same time. It could be easy for some to get lost in the shuffle.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    IT Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Burbank, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great laid back environment. Actually learn a lot about radio on the entertainment side a well as the business side.

    Cons

    Some times the interns have no work and nothing to do. That is when you should make your self known to all the other departments and make yourself stick out.

  10.  

    Great company to intern for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Emmis Communications as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to intern for. Every employee is very friendly and willing to help you with anything. Very flexible at working with your school schedule. Interns are encouraged to job shadow in various different departments, which is pretty cool. I interned in the spring and got to help the marketing/promotions department with SXSW. Great learning experience. Gives you good insight of how a radio broadcasting company functions.

    Cons

    Opportunities for employment at the end of the internship are pretty slim. Internship is also unpaid and you must get school credit in order to intern for Emmis. Other than that, everything else is pretty great.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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