ZenithOptimedia Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
55 Reviews

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ZenithOptimedia CEO, Worldwide Steve King
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Trainee program at Zenith gives you a great opportunity to learn different media roles before becoming an Assistant (in 3 reviews)

  • Big company, with cool clients, free food & drinks from all of the meetings going on, and friendly people at the lower level (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance - Worked around the clock - just working no learning experience involved (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management can be very rude and immature (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to start career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia

    Pros

    The people are a great asset to the company, very social and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Workload can teeter between extremes.

  2.  

    Have the ingredients but not the flavor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They had a very nice coffee machine and a great view in the board room. That's just about all I'll say. There are some great lessons that I'll take going forward

    Cons

    Its a really bland environment and the clients are not really interesting. I honestly feel there's no passion in the employees and everyone is focused on the idea of living in NYC than doing something that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would definitely love to see some more experienced people in management. Having a young environment is great but there's a wisdom that comes with age & experience instead of just title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out Fabulously finished shaking my head in disbelief

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

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *There were some incredibly talented and wonderfully nice people during my tenure.
    *Lots of hands on client exposure to many top shelf brands once you've gained a certain level
    *Given a great deal of autonomy to succeed or fail

    Cons

    * There wasn't a great deal work-life balance in this company as they are far understaffed compared to competing agencies so your life becomes your work.
    * Company went through a tumultuous period in Executive Management change and turnover during my time. Part driven by a shift in strategy and part by politics which are ever present at ZO.
    * My departure came about when I was asked to cross a line that I refused to do on moral, ethical and legal grounds. This wasn't the first time I was asked to do things of a questionable nature buy executive management but the final request carried the potential of severe legal consequences if I complied.
    * Bonus plan and options at management level are not really very competitive with other companies though base salary is very good at the upper levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of gray areas in advertising and media and most people know these exist but when you request or force employees under threat of job to violate clients trust and the law you've gone way over the boundaries. Rather than these individuals being punished you've promoted them knowing what they did - shame on you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start, would not stay more than a year

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia

    Pros

    Fun benefits, lots of perks. Friendly people, and a good opportunity to learn about media.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Long hours. Stressful. Difficult to find support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia full-time

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and vacation, paid holidays

    Cons

    Poor company culture, strange hierarchy in work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people feel excited about work and appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No value added experience ...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Location
    2. Perks
    3. Thursday Beers
    4. Bagel Friday

    Cons

    1. Dysfunctional Environment
    2. Not up to par with Technology - legacy systems still in place, systems not consistent or connected to each other, everything is manual and painful
    3. Management does not like to go home, honest truth I have found them sleeping in their office
    4. No work life balance - Worked around the clock - just working no learning experience involved
    5. If you don't work late or leave after your boss is gone, management does not consider you a team player
    6. No room for recommendations and contribution - management is not open-minded to change
    7. Did not gain any valuable experience for professional growth

    The review stating “Relaxed, comfortable easygoing place to work” -- not true ...
    The falling apart of merger is a great example of how the organization functions ...
    Very disappointed I left a good job to not gain anything ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I made great friends while working at Zenith, but we bonded over our frustrations with working there. Strong client list, and plenty of opportunities to rise through the ranks quickly if you can prove yourself.

    Cons

    I worked on several different accounts during my time at Zenith, and all of them were painfully understaffed. I worked round the clock during planning season (and most other times), BUT had a lot of client contact. I haven't seen the office renovation, but when I worked there, I never saw the sunlight...it was hard to stay motivated in that environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff your teams and pay them competitive salaries!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great stepping stone for entry-mid level employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong employee training program. Healthy work/life balance, awesome location in Chicago. Substantial opportunities for growth up through the Associate Director level.

    Cons

    Lack of clients, too many local accounts. Lack of career growth and development. Upper management disorganized and at times unprofessional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best internship opportunity in a Media Agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at ZenithOptimedia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Really great opportunity to work with Account Executive mentors throughout the semester that give you thorough insight of the workload that needs to be completed with respected deadlines.

    Questions are strongly encourage to interns who are starting out, a lot of full-time assistants and mentors are willing to help.

    Steady 9-5 days for interns. Overtime is never required.

    Lot of free food flowing around during holidays or big meetings with clients.

    Great location! No worries about super crowded areas, unless you end up in SoHo which is not too far from ZO. Lot of lunch/dining options around the office.

    Opportunity to move forward with ZenithOptimedia for full-time opportunities are also encouraged.

    Cons

    The 1 train could be troublesome at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ZenithOptimedia

    Pros

    Clients are cool if you get on a good team and every one is young, easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Outdated office space, stressful work environment when it gets busy. Poor work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your office space more open and foster interaction between teams

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