Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
162 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • You will make mistakes and learn a lot right off the bat (in 8 reviews)

  • Client interaction and casual work environment in a small office is great (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • AWFUL work-life balance, late hours 24/7, worked weekends ALL the time, had NO life (in 14 reviews)

  • Abusive work environment, low pay and lay offs with zero notice and zero severance (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Join if you want to see a bunch of older white guys act like they are in touch with today's shoppers

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    Current Employee - Account Director  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The junior staff is full of good people who try hard, but are led astray by management. The new building is beautiful, too bad the employee treatment is the same!

    Cons

    being blamed for the senior team's failures, long hours and under appreciated, second rate clients, getting yelled at by people full of hot air, lying by senior team,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to appreciate your staff and stop your constant self congratulation!! People leave because they need better leaders, who inspire greatness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is this High School?!

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to make friends. Umm.... that's all. I loved working from 9am to 9pm. I loved getting promoted without a salary increase. I loved all the drama too, that was my favorite.

    Cons

    You know what's fun? Deciding to take vacation time and then having a guilt trip laid on you. When I worked there the pay was so terrible with the hours we worked that the department of labor had to step in. The most unprofessional work place I've ever come across. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee does good work, reward them for it. Don't just give fake promise after fake promise. Connect with your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll hate yourself in the morning

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your co-workers will be cool. You'll get along with them. If for no other reason, than because you can complain about how much you hate the place. They have free candy, which is nice.

    Cons

    Above all else, the stress that will be unwillingly placed upon you. There is a reason the turnover is so high. Every week, at least 5-10 people quit/get fired. In an office of less than 200, that's insanely high. The job of HR, almost exclusively, is to find new hires, weekly. No one stays longer than 2 years. And if they do, it's only because they either kiss someone's "bum" or care only about money (not their free-time, family nor health). Trust me; I know things might be tough for you, and you may need a job/money, but this place really isn't worth it. It doesn't deserve you. You are better than this place. Keep looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop leading through fear. You don't deserve your paychecks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    We were told to rate this place highly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    When you're gone from this hellhole you'll be able to say you did it. You survived. You can handle anything now that you've handled working for managers like these.

    Cons

    Low pay. Making Jordan rich. Long hours. Making Jord rich. Working for the least-respected ad agency in Florida, nay, the country. Making The Z rich. Having ANYthing to do with "The ZNA". For the love of god. The ZNA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing you haven't heard before, and ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Out of touch and full of hot air

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    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful new office space, great people (peers), opportunities to work for prominent and nation-wide brands

    Cons

    Insanely inefficient workflows, and most people (while nice) are clueless about advertising, design, and copywriting and merely carry out tasks as they are told from above. A lot of the work is mindless, boring, and absolutely unrewarding. The general attitude is "it's good enough". No attention to details, no pride in most of the work that is done. Entry level employees don't get to have much input on projects, if at all, even if they have new and innovative ideas. People's true talents are not put to use and are often discouraged from putting in the extra effort as a result. Zimmerman is a businessman, not an advertising man - do not be fooled. He's in this for his ego and nothing more. Never mind the second rate and cheesy work that comes out of this "world-class agency".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the past, get past your egos, and embrace the young, innovative, and eager beginners that are abundant at the company. Don't pigeon-hole people based on their job titles; leverage their full potential and help them learn, grow, and feel fulfilled by what they are doing at the company. Don't be surprised by the high turnover if you fail to do these things. It is common knowledge that Zimmerman is a place to get in, get that year of experience, and get the hell out. Wake up and smell the coffee; the current state of affairs is not a way to remain relevant and successful in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A white-collar sweatshop of humiliation and degradation. Avoid at all costs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will learn the basics of the retail advertising business at this giant agency. If you apply yourself and suffer through, you will walk away emotionally disturbed yet with a lot of bottom tier industry knowledge and ability.

    Don't get me wrong: you won't walk out of this joint with the ability to create a brand or launch a national campaign you can be proud of. But you can get a better job up a few rungs on the ladder.

    Added bonus: since 90% of the people there are also poor and abused by upper and middle management, you'll have a lot of casual co-workers to commiserate with.

    Cons

    There is no sharing of the wealth here.

    None.

    A ton of people work lawyer-long hours for basically no money (less that $25K, with a 'middle class' salary being $35K or so. Seriously.) All that work makes ten people at the top very, very, very rich. You could start an Occupy Zimmerman movement.

    The turnover is insane at the agency, much more like working in a fast food restaurant than an office of college degreed people. As a result, you're constantly churning through new people and new work relationships, there's little consistency, training and stability to your work day (beyond the stable environment of being worked to the bone for no money.)

    For those who do stay and progress to lower or middle management and salary positions, they have a financial incentive to toe the company line from the top: so its very much trickle-down horror through the agency.

    Also, since the place has such high turnover and true talent, intellect and ability vacate as soon as their sentence is up, you have to wonder at those middle-level people who have stayed and made a career there.

    What exactly are you going to learn from the people who can't find work anywhere else? Who are the people made happy by working here, and do you really want to be working with them or for them? (For many people, the answer is obviously "no.")

    From the "salary freezes" (which never apply to ownership,) to the insane hours for no money, this is really a wretched place to work.

    It's the Wal-Mart of marketing, and it should be a job you take when you have no other alternative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd think that according to management, everything is going swimmingly. They make a ton of money on the backs of others. This is their business model and it works for them. The problem is with the employees, who tolerate it.

    I'd stop having employees write obviously fake "reviews" of the company. They sound so wrong, especially when compared to the reviews ripping the place to shreds. If you want Zimmerman to not be a sweatshop, change the culture. But don't pretend that the culture doesn't exist, especially when everyone, everywhere knows that it does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abusive work environment

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You gain experience but not worth your health

    Cons

    Abusive work environment, low pay and lay offs with zero notice and zero severance. Look through all the reviews, see for yourself if you think some are posted by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Stay away. Top management are all a bunch of spoiled little winey girls.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The faster you leave the better you are.

    Cons

    To many to count. Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management please take courses on how to treat people with respect and dignity. The IT department is not there for you to complain because you're having a bad time at home and want to take it out on us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Highly stressful and frantic work environment

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Will hire directly out of college. Free coffee and candy during work.

    Cons

    Long work hours, stressful, High turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop anxiety throughout the departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Media Planning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn everything you dont want in a company.

    Cons

    Horrible Pay. More then have of the entry level employees live with there parents. Even when concern is expressed to management it falls on deaf ears. And then they wonder why everyone quits. Treated like little kids and are forced to work with a sweat shop mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man up and get rid of the some of the bad blood in management. When several employees tell you a director is yelling and berating employees constantly, grow a pair and get rid of the problem. Instead everyone quits and do you really wonder why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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