Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Zimmerman Advertising Founder & Chairman Jordan Zimmerman
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Pros
  • You're given a lot of responsibility off the bat because it's only a younger crowd that works there so you learn a lot (in 13 reviews)

  • Great place to start off you're marketing career (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no respect for work/life balance; in fact they make you feel bad for wanting to leave at 6 pm (end of the day) (in 10 reviews)

  • Great results require time and commitment so if 24/7 isn't what you are looking for then the agency culture isn't a right fit (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Fast-paced client consulting firm

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Hmm... let's see...the soap in the bathroom smells amazing, the floors are always clean, the building is beautiful, and you get free valet parking. The people are all young and fun, there's a lot of positive and eager energy, Food truck Fridays, Summer Fridays where you get half-days off, company events, a lot of events to keep the employees motivated, several very good looking people in the area never hurt, a free soda machine with every Coke product you can imagine... I looove Vanilla Diet Coke! and our CEO Michael Goldberg is awesome. He's an absolute teddy bear.

    Cons

    The salaries are horrible across the board, people drop like flies, hours are long for some only to have the client then completely shut down the entire project, many employees are a bit too young so it seems the company uses these newbies to pay them short salaries and work them to the bone so they can gain the experience. Interns get Macbooks, while people that have been here for years don't? That's a little weird. Some execs are too young because they've likely been here since they got out of college and act like they own the place. Nice people here don't last very long. The social culture in the company acts like a dating service. It's high school all over again, where so and so dated so and so in x floor and now they're not speaking because x person is dating someone in their team. Jordan only goes around tooting his own horn... his book, his plane, his accomplishments, how he built the business from the ground up, how he comes into work even though he doesn't need to (so annoying), and he makes people be here at 7:45am for his on-boarding presentation because he's a morning person. Jordan is so successful, owns so many cars and a plane, yet pays his employees minimum wage salaries :(

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries for employees and maybe the doors wouldn't revolve as much as they do. People drop like flies here. I've watched multiple people leave from my area in just 1 month. Something is obviously not right.


  2. Helpful (1)

    business culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Experience only for starters in industry.

    Cons

    better pay with experience these days


  3. Helpful (1)

    Graphic Designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place if you're just starting out your career. I learned a lot about the industry and about myself as a designer here. It really helped shape my path to where I want to go in this filed of work.

    Cons

    Long hours (a lot of weekend hours). Be prepared to work and help contribute to new business and pitches.

    Advice to Management

    Champion the people that make the work and come up with great ideas. It's nice to know that upper management knows that you're really working hard putting in the effort to make the company successful


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Roll your sleeves up and get ready to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Ok, for South FL.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. Experience is a +!!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (6)

    Out of Touch with Employees and Creativity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Jr. AE

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    change is good; make more

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  11. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    learn when to do the right thing.



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