Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Jr. AE

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great company to start off advertising career!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Amazing work environment, work/life balance, fun events, great HR team and support, good hours, learning opportunity, growth in field

    Cons

    salary (but again- the things you can learn here are invaluable, especially for people looking for entry-level career)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    change is good; make more

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    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 ManagementAdvice

    learn when to do the right thing.

  6. Great Place to Grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    There is a ton of opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of agency flow. It's a great place to start a career and hit the ground running as 80% of the employees are under the age of 35. And, the people you work with will become your best friends!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, salary is not an indication of the employee talent and most employees are not compensated fairly in comparison to other agencies in South Florida. Most employees come in and are expected to learn on the job with little, if any, training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are promoted from within but are not compensated fairly for promotions (3% - if you're lucky!). So, with the new title, people leave the agency to find better compensation. Therefore, Zimmerman is losing a lot of its talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    current employee

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a few things that make it a nice place but mainly it is the employees. There are some great people working there and I have made some good friends. They have offered many programs that are fun, and heathy, The benefits are good, but expensive. The offices are nice. The current creative management is supportive and inspirational. The leadership at the agency (Michael Goldberg) is inspired and smart. There are some really talented people working there.

    Cons

    The lack of planning is stressful. Too many fire drills on a daily basis. In an attempt to be responsive to clients ( a good thing) they too often subscribe to the Fire, Aim, Ready approach. This causes too many revisions which wastes resources both mentally and financially and infuses the process with stress and works against the agency goal to be a powerful creative company. Most of the best work being done doesn't get produced for anything except presentations. Too much cheap stock being used instead of working with photographers, and illustrators that help bring ideas to life.

    The account service staff is often young and inexperienced, not excited about great work, and don't seem to be able to sell or support it on the majority of accounts. This creates a situation where the goals are not shared between departments and therefor division.

    These things reduce the ability to attract better clients who want better more inspired work because the work isn't consistently good.

    There isn't as much work/life balance as there should be. Life experiences outside of work are the fuel needed to create better work. This works against the agency goals and creates conflict internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation isn't evenly shared enough. SVPs get bonuses but the masses do the work that earns them and get little in return. Not enough payback for the demands placed of them which causes a lack of caring by many employees. There has to be a reward of some kind ( I got to do great work, I made more money, I was mentored...something)

    Employee culture is great, but the company seems to lack a human side. You can't create culture by demanding that it be so. Want to stand for something? Inspire people and produce great work. The recognition that brings creates employee that are proud to be part of it, and that creates a culture.

    In short care more, recognized more, and stand for more. Do more than just talk about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall Review of Zimmerman Advertising

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    Great co-workers! My direct manager very good.

    Cons

    Career advancement not good at all. Mgmt. talks a good game, but actions do not support claims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to embrace potential of employees. Company is stuck in the past glory. Zimmerman can do better, if they do what they say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. A great place to grow and learn

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    Current Employee - Junior Level Employee
    Current Employee - Junior Level Employee

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

    Pros

    Its a place where learning happens. No matter the department, you can grow with the company or grow as an individual for your next career move. HR works really hard to keep a high moral and provide perks/activities throughout the year.

    Cons

    Its a lot of hard work and some crazy/random requests at times. You can also end up with a bad experience if you dont fit in with your team. The relationship with your co workers needs to be a positive one for you to enjoy working here, or any where really. Personalities clash, it happens, learn to work with one another- its a big place with A LOT of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a fast paced environment with the client's needs first before ourselves, understood. But in order to give the client 100% you need a team that is committed to work 100%. Focus on creating a great team and placing the best people on the biggest opportunities rather than the biggest problems. Value your team and value their character, work ethic and intelligence over particular skills that can be taught. "First who.. then what."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers who will turn into your closest friends. Other employers always think highly of people who worked there for more than one yr as it shows great work ethic. During the holidays, they worked off a skeleton crew so you only worked one day during the last week of December.

    Cons

    Low pay as everyone is replaceable. Work is very segmented so you dont get exposure to alot . No one will care when you leave. Dont stay longer than 1.5 - 2 years.

  11. Great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising

    Pros

    The people and the knowledge you gain. Also a better understanding of advertising

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours and no extra compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to at least work with people and give them a chance to prove themselves to move to another position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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