Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Roll your sleeves up and get ready to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Without a doubt, Zimmerman is the only player in town doing digital, social, and integrated advertising on a scale that matters. They may also be the best national retail agency ever. The executive leadership, including Jordan, believes in the future of digital.

    Cons

    Don't expect a cakewalk. Data driven results are one of the founding principles. If something needs to get done, you do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard work and fast deadlines are not the problem. Lack of process and swirl seem to create the majority of frustration and burnout. Top down demands are deployed with fear tactics and aggression. Millennials beware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Ok, for South FL.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fast moving industry, some 'name brand' clients, great paid time off policy including most of the week between Christmas and New Years off. The office building is new and modern in design. There is a nice mix of older and younger employees. Probably not a bad place to spend a few years.

    Cons

    Office building is nice, but the location is bad....nothing around it. Very high turn-over of staff. Salaries very mediocre. Seems like the work pace shifts as clients come and go, but of course, that's just the industry. Middle management not particularly good. You need to definitely be a self-starter here because the management will do little to guide you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out some of the old timers in middle management who seem to be hanging around because of seniority vice talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. Experience is a +!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    The people and Directors are amazing. Very laid back, but do a good job at teaching. Well the Directors I worked with.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible especially as an assistant and the company needs a diversity initiative. They need to recruit a more diverse set of employees in all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of the "worker bees" they always know what is going on and can provide wonderful insights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Out of Touch with Employees and Creativity

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    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Great People who do their best to create good work within the culture of mediocrity. New offices a much needed upgrade the previous cramped quarters.

    Cons

    Zimmerman has a well earned reputation for turning out a huge amount of lackluster work in a short amount of time. At least I do not work on auto ads with copy full of terrible grammar and a Billy Mays shouting style. These clients come and go as often as the employees at the agency. How terribly inefficient is it to train newbies who leave as soon as they get some experience and realize the culture in which they work is based on often extremely unrewarding and mediocre.

    The agency claims that they care more about results than advertising awards, This is a phony excuse which sounds like sour grapes for their lack of creativity and respect in the industry. Stop railing against the community of which you are a part and embrace an ethic which exudes some class. Jordan Zimmerman holds contests, the winner of which gets to have lunch with him. This is extremely embarrassing to those who work for him and I am quite sure to current and prospective clients as well. What client feels comfortable with such narcissism? As a long time creative employee, it shows a lack of respect for those of us who have to make excuses for such a lack of class.

    We recently had a all employee rallying meeting led by new CEO Michael Goldberg. He had previously been a huge asset to the company and left to pursue a PR career in NY. I do have hope that his return will attract new clients, in part by buffering the egotism that fuels the agency. The meeting was ironically a client presentation to it's own employees. When you have to sell yourself to your own company, something is terribly out of whack. They have a new internal(?) logo of a raised clench fist.. It simply seems anarchistic and classless. "No more excuses" was a phrased used. A company should not have to feel that excuses would ever have to be made to the advertising community and its employees if they were proud of their work and corporate ethics. The recent scandal of its management team should not have come as a surprise as it simply reflects the culture of .. let's just say not the highest corporate morality.

    The notion that we are a company who builds other businesses and one who "just happens to do advertising" is disingenuous. Why not change the name from Zimmerman Advertising to Zimmerman Business Consultants? All agencies care about the performance of their clients or they would not last in such a competitive environment. Zimmerman should build its own corporate reputation by embracing the value of its employees and it own work.

    I often work at the production facility which in my opinion houses some very talented people. Unfortunately it is dingy and there is someone there who cackles like a hyena and is louder than I can possibly describe. What on earth is that about? Does the management not realize that this is extremely unprofessional and is a huge distraction for those of use working with the editors?

    I have worked here for almost eight years having come to the agency as a creative with solid advertising experience. The creative output leaves so much to be desired but all in all I do my job and do not worry about my personal situation. I write this for two reasons: Firstly, we were asked by Michael Goldberg to post honest reviews here. I do so in an effort to express what the state of affairs is. To his great credit, he says that what has been the policy in the past cannot be changed, so secondly to point out what is demoralizing the Zimmerman staff and to stop the bleeding in terms of the loss of so many clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect. It is truly lacking...for employees and the industry of which you are a part. You reap what you sow. No more excuses need not be a phrased used if you show some class and show pride. Client results, high creativity, morality and pride are not mutually exclusive.

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

    Jr. AE

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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

    Pros

    Work environment is awesome. The building is very nice.

    Cons

    Pay is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They expect you to work numerous hours for little pay. Not much room for growth, and Executives can be a little self-centered. Management has changed for the better so hopefully things will change. Lets see what the new year brings. Actions speak louder than words....I do not trust what they have to say I rather see the changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder than words....I do not trust what they have to say I rather see the changes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    change is good; make more

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

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

    Pros

    Some great talent within the organization, delivering some solid work. Great new building and dedicated HR team that works very hard to give people reasons to like working there. Getting the new CEO on board earlier would have prevented many losses (in talent and clients) over the past few years. Obviously, based on the 180 change in reviews over the past few months, the sentiment is universal. Jordan is an accomplished, hard working leader, but he has not surrounded himself with the executive leadership the agency needs. Glad to see this first step!

    Cons

    Significant change is still needed among the leadership team. Most of the executive team members have gotten where they are due to tenure and internal relationships. Talented outsiders quickly realized they would not have the operating authority or tools to succeed and left, rather than risk their professional reputations. Most of those remaining truly don't have the experience or skills to deliver against their titles, and they would not have them at other agencies. The current lineup not only hinders the agency's growth, but the growth of other team members who have no one to train and mentor them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and get the senior talent you need to succeed. Then, continue to serve the loyal clients you have while attracting more sophisticated ones. Ensure plans, budgets and resources are aligned for each account to avoid burning team members out, delivering marginal work and disappointing clients. Don't just take any client you can get for the lowest price they're willing to pay. You're better than that!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Speak Fearlessly

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Potentially great agency..if management can look beyond just the ROI and give more appreciation to the people who make it happen.

    Cons

    Despite successes, like a boasted 300% increase from the in-house production studio, the best the agency can muster up for holiday "bonuses" is a dozen or so $50 gift cards to be raffled off amongst entire departments of kids scraping by on >30k/yr...adding insult to injury, one of said gift cards was happily accepted by a gushing top executive who clearly has embraced the agency ideal to lead fearlessly, even when that leadership is exhibited as giant middle finger to the employees who grind it out day after day, year after year, thinking THIS might be the year the culture changes. Zimmerman isn't lead by fearless leaders, it's lead by (some) disconnected and culturally challenged individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn when to do the right thing.

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    current employee

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a few things that make it a nice place but mainly it is the employees. There are some great people working there and I have made some good friends. They have offered many programs that are fun, and heathy, The benefits are good, but expensive. The offices are nice. The current creative management is supportive and inspirational. The leadership at the agency (Michael Goldberg) is inspired and smart. There are some really talented people working there.

    Cons

    The lack of planning is stressful. Too many fire drills on a daily basis. In an attempt to be responsive to clients ( a good thing) they too often subscribe to the Fire, Aim, Ready approach. This causes too many revisions which wastes resources both mentally and financially and infuses the process with stress and works against the agency goal to be a powerful creative company. Most of the best work being done doesn't get produced for anything except presentations. Too much cheap stock being used instead of working with photographers, and illustrators that help bring ideas to life.

    The account service staff is often young and inexperienced, not excited about great work, and don't seem to be able to sell or support it on the majority of accounts. This creates a situation where the goals are not shared between departments and therefor division.

    These things reduce the ability to attract better clients who want better more inspired work because the work isn't consistently good.

    There isn't as much work/life balance as there should be. Life experiences outside of work are the fuel needed to create better work. This works against the agency goals and creates conflict internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation isn't evenly shared enough. SVPs get bonuses but the masses do the work that earns them and get little in return. Not enough payback for the demands placed of them which causes a lack of caring by many employees. There has to be a reward of some kind ( I got to do great work, I made more money, I was mentored...something)

    Employee culture is great, but the company seems to lack a human side. You can't create culture by demanding that it be so. Want to stand for something? Inspire people and produce great work. The recognition that brings creates employee that are proud to be part of it, and that creates a culture.

    In short care more, recognized more, and stand for more. Do more than just talk about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall Review of Zimmerman Advertising

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Great co-workers! My direct manager very good.

    Cons

    Career advancement not good at all. Mgmt. talks a good game, but actions do not support claims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to embrace potential of employees. Company is stuck in the past glory. Zimmerman can do better, if they do what they say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. A great place to grow and learn

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    Current Employee - Junior Level Employee
    Current Employee - Junior Level Employee

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

    Pros

    Its a place where learning happens. No matter the department, you can grow with the company or grow as an individual for your next career move. HR works really hard to keep a high moral and provide perks/activities throughout the year.

    Cons

    Its a lot of hard work and some crazy/random requests at times. You can also end up with a bad experience if you dont fit in with your team. The relationship with your co workers needs to be a positive one for you to enjoy working here, or any where really. Personalities clash, it happens, learn to work with one another- its a big place with A LOT of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a fast paced environment with the client's needs first before ourselves, understood. But in order to give the client 100% you need a team that is committed to work 100%. Focus on creating a great team and placing the best people on the biggest opportunities rather than the biggest problems. Value your team and value their character, work ethic and intelligence over particular skills that can be taught. "First who.. then what."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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