Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Run, don't walk from this place.

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

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. Oh wait... free soda and gift card year-end bonus that's one step above jelly of the month club membership.

    Cons

    Low pay, dog and pony show social newsroom, degrading and uninspiring work environment

  2. Helpful (1)

    I double dare you to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Fancy office helps keep your typical type A employee there well past burn out, weight gain, and depression meds, since Type A's are typically terrified of change.
    -Brandtailing sounds good to executives that are being pressed to make immediate $, but these aren't lasting gains because, Zimmerman destroys brands for quick $'s

    Cons

    -Salaries are beyond the industry low. If you are due a raise they will tell you next month, next quarter and when that time comes around they'll likely fire you as they've found a cheaper replacement during that time.
    -Where does this money go. It goes to show Jordan's golden rule of proving ROI is a joke.
    What is his return for plastering every seat at the BB&T Center with ZIMMERMAN
    What is his return for putting an obnoxious Z on the building that cost who knows how many people their raises and jobs fighting city hall to allow that.
    What was the return for putting in a building wide speaker system to play the "Happy Song" Jordan expected people to jump up and start dancing....but everyone is miserable and overworked, so the entire office sat there in disgust every day as he kept playing it hoping for a different result. That lasted about 3 wks.

    Advice to Management

    There is no fixing this place. It's to far gone.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like high volume, Crazy Eddie style retail, Zimmerman is the king of the hill.

    Cons

    Embarrassing work, truly embarrassing work. Clueless managers who can teach you next to nothing. A negative work atmosphere, trust and respect simply don't exist. The billings are grossly inflated. Salaries are the lowest in the industry and advancement, very few progress here. The smart ones quickly leave once they realize what they signed up for. Some of the worst creative work I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    JZ, fire your top level management across departments: they are truly awful. Pay your staff a livable wage. Cut the hype, walk the talk.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    I didn't let their ways effect the ways you I produce quality ads

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    JZ appeals to decision makers whom are out to make short term gains as Zimmerman can back those statistics and shows this with short term clients. Jordan can easily land the guys in shinny suits that can't see past a $ to the detriment of their company's brand

    High pay for executives, but these aren't people who worked their way up they are brought in.

    There is great creative talent at the mid and high range, but they are handcuffed by mass production of ads.

    Cons

    This is no place to start a career and I don't let my company hire people who did, because the way they train, teach, and rotate through staff creates a very undesirable employee for a real advertising agency. Any postings on here that says different are placed by Zimmerman. They rely on young people who never have time to embrace a brand, but rather shell out underwhelming ads and with JZ's huge donation to USF he's locking up a pool of future burnouts.

    Lowest pay in the industry

    Advice to Management

    This is working for you guys, but I hate to see the youth this industry working themselves out before they are even in.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Ridiculous amount of work with clueless managers who are never on the same page

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Having this agency on your resume looks good if you live in South Florida.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, account service is a joke with a whole lot of "go getter attitudes" but ultimately the leaders don't do any of the work but can attend meetings all day. You're really an order taker and although you do 99 things right, one mistake you make and then management actually pays attention to you by addressing their "concerns and needs". Work/life balance is awful and I feel sorry for anyone with kids with the horrible insurance this place offers.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics and communicate with your team. Advice to directors: if you can't handle more than one account don't take it out on your team and you might want to consider remaining in account service. Finally, you know what would be a great perk?! Good pay and not all the unnecessary "perks" Zimmerman offers.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Look for the silver lining: there isn't one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Zimmerman has been in business for decades. Jordan has become a millionaire through his dogged focus on retail.
    The agency is located in South Florida so the climate is great.

    Cons

    This is the sorriest agency I've ever worked for: the creative product is awful, the pitch team hopelessly lame (re: Amerprise to name the most recent disaster). Account service is comprised of waiters and waitresses who never lead the client. The new management team talks "tough" but its the same old tired rap with nothing behind it. No one stays here very long, its soul crushing. And the agency's reputation nationally is kind of a bad joke.

    Advice to Management

    Are you serious? Can you not see the problems? Those that came here from bigger shops, can't you see how screwed up this place is? Is anyone going to really address these issues or are you going to just have HR post glowing phony reviews on Glass door. As Sculley and Muldaur know: the truth is out there. Really. Creative is abysmal here. We're about as digital as a 5 o clock early bird at the Marco Polo.DOn't believe the hype. There is no change here. Stay away. You've been warned.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Strategist

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

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Spectacular office building, food, beverage & parking perks, lots of young and ambitious 20-something staff

    Cons

    Narcissism is rampant among management with a strong bias toward closed mindedness, arrogance and egotism. In terms of values, integrity, honesty and authenticity play no part in the 'fast-paced' culture; if you enjoy working with duplicity, desire a tutelage with mean-spirited leaders and disingenuous souls, you have the Zattitude and the fundamentals to succeed in this empire.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever you do, do it only for personal gain

  9. Helpful (6)

    Not as advertised, not even close to the reality,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Zimmerman is a profitable agency in the Omnicom universe. Billings per body is high. Agency is located in South Florida,

    Cons

    As a whole, the staff is pretty mediocre. Virtually no leadership in senior and middle management that anyone admires

    Advice to Management

    If Zimmerman were a house, it wouldn't be a fixer-upper, its a gut rehab -- top to bottom. Lose the posturing and invest in real talent. PR blitzes in the Sun Sentinel are a dead end. Our national reputation is a laughingstock. Account service and Creative need new executive leadership ASAP>And pay the staff an industry commensurate wage.

  10. Helpful (8)

    Disgusting employment practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none. Really. No, really.

    Cons

    They pay people slave wages 5-10k below market value) and they lay off with ZERO severance and they are PROUD OF THAT. Gone Friday with nothing and your health insurance expires Monday. They are animals.

  11. Helpful (3)

    High Turn over

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Fast pace environment, new office building

    Cons

    work life balance, be prepare to work after 6pm

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