Zimmerman Advertising

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Great entry level

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zimmerman Advertising

Pros

Young culture
Hire recent grads
Learn a lot about advertising
Have social and philanthropy activities

Cons

Hard to get promoted
Low entry salary

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in your recent grads to avoid high turn over rate

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    You work your ass off.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn if you are a self-starter. Lots of nice people.

    Cons

    The pay is sad and it will make you sad too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people and put in the time to help them grow. Pay them better. If you go home before the people who are working for you, you are a bad manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A white-collar sweatshop of humiliation and degradation. Avoid at all costs.

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

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (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
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