Zimmerman Advertising
2.8 of 5 126 reviews
www.zadv.com Fort Lauderdale, FL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2014
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2.8 126 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

Zimmerman Advertising Founder & Chairman Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A white-collar sweatshop of humiliation and degradation. Avoid at all costs.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsYou 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Abusive work environment

Art Director (Current Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

ProsYou gain experience but not worth your health

ConsAbusive 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 Senior ManagementNone

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe faster you leave the better you are.

ConsTo many to count. Stay away.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Highly stressful and frantic work environment

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

ConsLong work hours, stressful, High turnover rate.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop anxiety throughout the departments.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

ProsYou learn everything you dont want in a company.

ConsHorrible 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 Senior ManagementMan 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?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to learn, grow and move on

Creative (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe people here are amazing. This place seriously harbors high talent, and attracts the most talented in the area. Great clients, but unrealistic expectations which in turn wears down employees, resulting in turn over. The people and the culture is what make people stay. Great first impression. New building soon to come, which could be impressive.

ConsLots of egos, creativity will not be utilized here, horrendous turn over, low pay. I've seen some associates worked hard to the bone, only to get "laid off" while others spend their time skating by on the bare minimum, while pawning off work to others.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet over your egos, understand where the talent lies and show appreciation for your employees. Understand the work that is being done behind the scenes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An experience I wouldn't wish on anyone else

Copywriter (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

ProsLearning to know exactly what I don't want in the agency I work for.

ConsSeveral of the reviews on this site in regards to Zimmerman are based on a non-creative position. I strongly urge creatives to hold off and look elsewhere. This company is more concerned about getting work out quickly and not really embracing the process. The environment does not aid in collaboration or any form of fun. (While I was working there, they held the first "company wide" event they had in years. Maybe 100 people showed up and we were offered ONE drink ticket and a cheese and cracker plate for the evening. If you work in advertising legitimately you know this is not a 'fun' environment) My CDs didn't work with us, they just had us come up with executions, let us share, and then kissed their own asses as they 'shared' with us their executions. We had no interaction with the client, or were given any actual feedback about what the client liked or didn't like. So there is no room to improve.

To top it off, in my own experience, I worked very well with a new coworker, and instead of helping to support that creative relationship, our creative directors decided that we shouldn't work together anymore. With no explanation.

Even their introduction process is a nearly bi-weekly dry series of lectures from each department, having nothing to do about getting to know anyone personally (seriously they don't even ask your name or care who they are speaking to. Just another one of these 'new employee on-boardings they have to do'). The fact that they have these series running continuously and the room always has at least 12 people in it will tell you the turn over rate at Zimmerman is high. Not to mention how often jobs are posted.

Again, please seriously consider picking up your life to take up a job here if you are coming from any other city. (And even though everyone else has said this, the pay is terrible.)

Advice to Senior ManagementIronically, I think it is the whole concept of 'advice' that you aren't interested in taking. The agency is known for making a lot of decisions, even in upper management and then those decisions suddenly 'leaving Zimmerman' after a short period of time. Doesn't look good. With basic employees matching that trend, Zimmerman is just overall an undesirable place to work. My honest advice is either admit that you are a churn and burn ad agency that isn't actually creative but just gets placements out there, or actually go the extra mile and start loosening the corset you have strapped around that company and BE creative. Stop pretending like you're both.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience if you can survive the horrible management

Media Supervisor (Current Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou can learn a great deal

ConsYou have no support, as management is your enemy, not support

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to help those under you grow & learn - stop throwing them under the bus

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A lot of promises; no delivery

Creative Director (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

ProsSome great people have passed through here and some fairly decent accounts.

ConsWhere to start without sounding mean....no value of employees whatsoever;lower than average pay;unrealistic expectations;no room for growth;toxic management culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementLIGHTEN UP and learn to value the employees who are the ones that make you look good. The potential is there to be a great agency but because management is so devoid of active listening and caring about employees 90 per cent leave with good experience and few positive things to say about the agency or its management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Thanks and Bue-Bye!

Art Director (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people right up until middle management and above. If you are too young to know any better, it's a great place to work for about 6 months to 1 year.

ConsThe place is poison! Your opinion means nothing. Glass ceilings. Laid off after 6 years, no severance, no payout of unused vacation time. No need for creativity, they have executives for that. Constant begging for raffle $$ and donations. When they lose clients, the have massive lay-offs.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within. Stop spending $$ on hats & t-shirts. Give the $$ to your employees in the form of raises.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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