Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated April 24, 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)

  • Best place to start your career and work your hardest to get where you want to be (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance was generally good, though benefit packages could be improved (in 10 reviews)

  • AWFUL work-life balance, late hours 24/7, worked weekends ALL the time, had NO life (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Back in the big time!

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    Current Employee - Account Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Account Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clients, people, office, Conpensation, Location

    Cons

    Process in place are not that great for some parts of the Agency

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  2. business culture

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    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. 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 (2)

    Run, don't walk from this place.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

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

    Pros

    None. Oh wait... free soda and gift card year-end bonus that's one step above jelly of the month club membership.

    Cons

    Low pay, dog and pony show social newsroom, degrading and uninspiring work environment

  6. Helpful (2)

    I double dare you to work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Fancy office helps keep your typical type A employee there well past burn out, weight gain, and depression meds, since Type A's are typically terrified of change.
    -Brandtailing sounds good to executives that are being pressed to make immediate $, but these aren't lasting gains because, Zimmerman destroys brands for quick $'s

    Cons

    -Salaries are beyond the industry low. If you are due a raise they will tell you next month, next quarter and when that time comes around they'll likely fire you as they've found a cheaper replacement during that time.
    -Where does this money go. It goes to show Jordan's golden rule of proving ROI is a joke.
    What is his return for plastering every seat at the BB&T Center with ZIMMERMAN
    What is his return for putting an obnoxious Z on the building that cost who knows how many people their raises and jobs fighting city hall to allow that.
    What was the return for putting in a building wide speaker system to play the "Happy Song" Jordan expected people to jump up and start dancing....but everyone is miserable and overworked, so the entire office sat there in disgust every day as he kept playing it hoping for a different result. That lasted about 3 wks.

    Advice to Management

    There is no fixing this place. It's to far gone.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

    Pros

    If you like high volume, Crazy Eddie style retail, Zimmerman is the king of the hill.

    Cons

    Embarrassing work, truly embarrassing work. Clueless managers who can teach you next to nothing. A negative work atmosphere, trust and respect simply don't exist. The billings are grossly inflated. Salaries are the lowest in the industry and advancement, very few progress here. The smart ones quickly leave once they realize what they signed up for. Some of the worst creative work I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    JZ, fire your top level management across departments: they are truly awful. Pay your staff a livable wage. Cut the hype, walk the talk.

  8. Helpful (2)

    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

    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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    I didn't let their ways effect the ways you I produce quality ads

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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)

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

    Pros

    JZ appeals to decision makers whom are out to make short term gains as Zimmerman can back those statistics and shows this with short term clients. Jordan can easily land the guys in shinny suits that can't see past a $ to the detriment of their company's brand

    High pay for executives, but these aren't people who worked their way up they are brought in.

    There is great creative talent at the mid and high range, but they are handcuffed by mass production of ads.

    Cons

    This is no place to start a career and I don't let my company hire people who did, because the way they train, teach, and rotate through staff creates a very undesirable employee for a real advertising agency. Any postings on here that says different are placed by Zimmerman. They rely on young people who never have time to embrace a brand, but rather shell out underwhelming ads and with JZ's huge donation to USF he's locking up a pool of future burnouts.

    Lowest pay in the industry

    Advice to Management

    This is working for you guys, but I hate to see the youth this industry working themselves out before they are even in.

  10. Inspiring, motivating, challenging, exciting. That pretty much sums up my first month.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, training and community life of the agency.

    Cons

    sometimes it feels like everyone is together but separate.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest being more open within departments about any changes that are occurring within a specific department.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Ridiculous amount of work with clueless managers who are never on the same page

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Having this agency on your resume looks good if you live in South Florida.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, account service is a joke with a whole lot of "go getter attitudes" but ultimately the leaders don't do any of the work but can attend meetings all day. You're really an order taker and although you do 99 things right, one mistake you make and then management actually pays attention to you by addressing their "concerns and needs". Work/life balance is awful and I feel sorry for anyone with kids with the horrible insurance this place offers.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics and communicate with your team. Advice to directors: if you can't handle more than one account don't take it out on your team and you might want to consider remaining in account service. Finally, you know what would be a great perk?! Good pay and not all the unnecessary "perks" Zimmerman offers.

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