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Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
159 Reviews

3.6
159 Reviews
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Zimmerman Advertising Founder & Chairman Jordan Zimmerman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will make mistakes and learn a lot right off the bat (in 8 reviews)

  • Client interaction and casual work environment in a small office is great (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • AWFUL work-life balance, late hours 24/7, worked weekends ALL the time, had NO life (in 14 reviews)

  • Abusive work environment, low pay and lay offs with zero notice and zero severance (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    InfuZion Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Services Intern  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Account Services Intern in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    The immersion into the real workings of this agency is an invaluable experience. You feel like your work is valued and is actually contributing, as opposed to the coffee fetching routines in other internships. The employees are extremely welcoming and are genuinely concerned with helping you learn this business and making sure you have a positive and inspiring experience. Accompany that with the friendships and friendly competition between the other interns and you have one unbeatable experience.

    Cons

    The amount of work you are given throughout the week makes it difficult to balance your real project. And you unfortunately have to leave at the end of the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I could give to Management would be don't stop holding this internship. Keep being as supportive and encouraging as you have been thus far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Role. Outstanding Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Surroundings, team members, management and benefits. They just moved into a beautiful new building and couldn't be happier.

    Cons

    None. Seriously, none. During my tenure, I have yet to experience anything negative that was directly the fault of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and dedication. It's a fast paced and dynamic environment; management excel in every way, shape and form.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is this High School?!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Great place to make friends. Umm.... that's all. I loved working from 9am to 9pm. I loved getting promoted without a salary increase. I loved all the drama too, that was my favorite.

    Cons

    You know what's fun? Deciding to take vacation time and then having a guilt trip laid on you. When I worked there the pay was so terrible with the hours we worked that the department of labor had to step in. The most unprofessional work place I've ever come across. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee does good work, reward them for it. Don't just give fake promise after fake promise. Connect with your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll hate yourself in the morning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Your co-workers will be cool. You'll get along with them. If for no other reason, than because you can complain about how much you hate the place. They have free candy, which is nice.

    Cons

    Above all else, the stress that will be unwillingly placed upon you. There is a reason the turnover is so high. Every week, at least 5-10 people quit/get fired. In an office of less than 200, that's insanely high. The job of HR, almost exclusively, is to find new hires, weekly. No one stays longer than 2 years. And if they do, it's only because they either kiss someone's "bum" or care only about money (not their free-time, family nor health). Trust me; I know things might be tough for you, and you may need a job/money, but this place really isn't worth it. It doesn't deserve you. You are better than this place. Keep looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop leading through fear. You don't deserve your paychecks.

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

    I knew I made a giant mistake after a month on the job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Large company with lots of resources

    Cons

    Leadership is non existent. The Chairman is too busy trying to be a celebrity and has left management of the company to at the HR director and a bean counter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a dynamic leader for a CEO. One that pays attention to the company, it clients and employees. Work on lowering the 70% turnover rate in employees. Get some top notch creative. I know the mantra of the company is brand tailing but how much better would results be with great creative?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Helpful colleagues, smart staff, but company is a revolving door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in advertising and be fully exposed to all parts of agency life. I really appreciate the structured on-boarding for new employees with helpful, informative, and inspiring presentation from the upper management of each department. I am really impressed with the effort to make sure employees (no matter the department) understand how each facet of the agency works. I am also impressed with the helpfulness of employees, the kindness displayed to new hires, and the opportunities available socially inside and outside the office.

    Cons

    The turnover rate is atrocious, and CEO Jordan Zimmerman either doesn't want to know, or just doesn't care. Most of the staff is young and entry level because that means less money is spent on their salaries. Speaking of salaries, the entry level positions have some of the lowest starting salaries in the industry, without any dramatic improvements if you stay with the company (that's because executive management is hoping you don't). Even with the success the agency has found, and Zimmerman being one of the fastest growing agencies (and 14th largest with new clients all of the time, none of that success is being shared with the hard working staff. Jordan Zimmerman needs to open his eyes and do more to retain entry level employees, whatever the right formula for that may be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay. take care of your entry level employees, and view them as irreplaceable, not replaceable. Also, work hours should be shifted from 8-5 with an hour lunch break, or 9-5:30 with a half hour lunch break. Leaving at six (and often after) every day has negative effects on work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced unless you are not given any work and you wonder why you're there.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn to navigate through different personalities.

    Cons

    Toxic, gossipy environment. No work, left to sit for hours and days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about teaching your employees.

  9.  

    Snr Graphic Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary and excellent people that surround you

    Cons

    late hours but the people and accounts make up for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow company brand style guides and enforce them to not only the creative group of your teams but to Account executives and

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and Fulfilling

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Ability to utilize digital skills
    Personal growth

    Cons

    Communication challenges across teams and client agencies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunity in South Florida

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

    Pros

    A successful company delivering great work for growing brands. Lots of opportunities to learn and build your skill set, while making significant contributions to clients' businesses. Nice office environment to work in and professionals with amazing experience and talent to collaborate with, learn from.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is a work in progress. and there are a lot of egos to navigate that can make it difficult at times to do your job effectively and efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture of greater positivity and more clearly define roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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