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HZDG Overview

Rockville, MD
51 to 200 employees
1987
Company - Private
Business Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
HZ is an independent, fully integrated creative agency specializing in branding, marketing, content, and digital. For more than three decades, our WBE-certified studio has delivered award-winning marketing for consumer, hospitality, food & beverage, sports ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're looking for the DC area's top creative thinkers, strategists, and marketing pros. Fit the bill? Stop by our recruiting event on 6/1 or 6/7 to learn more:

    HZ Recruiting Event

    HZ is one of the biggest independently owned integrated agencies in the country-and we’re still growing.With 30 years in the industry and 200+ employees, our staff believes in life-long learning. We’re creative thinkers who listen, ask questions, and are forever chasing the next Big Idea.

  • Excited to announce our latest partnership with Maryland, marketing the state's assets and encouraging the expansion of new and existing business in the state.

    Rockville firm picked to market Maryland to new businesses

    Rockville-based HZDG picked to lead campaign for Maryland Marketing Partnership—Washington Business Journal.

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HZDG – Why Work For Us?


WE ARE HZ

Karen Zuckerman is the founder and chief creative officer of HZ, the award-winning agency she launched 30 years ago this year. Today, HZ is one of the largest independent creative agencies in the country.

Her vision has grown the agency into a full-service creative juggernaut with 200-plus employees and clients including Volkswagen of America, Hilton Worldwide, Washington Redskins, Rockefeller Center, Bozzuto and King Arthur Flour.

HZers believe in life-long learning; in the state of permanent curiosity. We’re creative thinkers who listen, ask questions, and are forever chasing the next Big Idea. But being creative is more than our day job. It's how we solve problems for our clients. There will always be newer and more effective ways to approach a challenge—our job is to develop them.


BRANDING. MARKETING. CONTENT. DIGITAL.

Over the years, we’ve grown in size, evolved, our capabilities, and sharpened our process, but our reasons for doing this have never changed. We love to create. It’s that simple.

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BENEFITS & AMENITIES

Professional Development: From HZU (a cross-department educational series) to our Mentorship Program, HZ offers a variety of ways to build knowledge and deepen your skills.

Compensation Package: In addition to an enclusive health care package, HZ offers vision and dental coverage as well as 40k and profit sharing plans. 

Health & Wellness: After a long day of working that creative mojo, give your brain a break and put your body to work. Sessions include hikes, meditation, yoga, and bootcamp.

Metro Carpool: No car? No problem. Our van will bring you to the office from the Rockville Metro station.

HZ Clubs: If you have a passion, we have a club for it. Groups meet to taste craft beer, test the latest VR experience, sip gourmet coffee, and more. 

HZ Events: Team-building trips, holiday parties, quarterly gatherings, and more—unwind after hours over drinks, snacks, and a host of other activities. 

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO

Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Canvas is a coworking space where DC’s most creative come together to do more, and to do it all better.

In addition to housing several start-ups, boutique agencies, tech companies and more, Canvas has over a dozen desks reserved for HZ employees to work from—whether they have a meeting in the capital or are looking for inspiration in a change of scenery. HZers are encouraged to work from this space—and, in fact, there are many who frequent the space weekly!

For more information on our co-working space or becoming a member, please visit http://canvasco.work/work

HZDG Reviews

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    Pros

    The company started as a mom-and-pop shop, so there have been some growing pains as it has become a 200-strong operation, but management is committed to solving them and improving employees' day-to-day experience. Leadership is taking steps to improve transparency, and there have been several professional development opportunities spearheaded in the last year by an agency newcomer that have made this a place you can actually grow and learn. Perhaps the biggest pro about HZ is that, at least as a digital team employee, you can be involved in shaping the role you want -- granted, you have to put some time in (as you should!), but for those with a few years of agency experience, the opportunity to create a niche that only you can fill is there for the taking.

    Cons

    Change is hard, even for agencies that make a living off of selling change to their clients. In some instances, leadership has been slow to implement processes that will drive efficiency and improvements, but that seems to be changing. In certain departments, there are team members who are still living in the Mad Men days, and that's too bad -- it's 2016, guys. As other reviewers have said, it can feel a little clique-y, but the agency takes every step possible to introduce people to each other -- clubs, game nights, etc. Of course, you'll encounter drama and gossip, but you'll find some of that in every office. The best thing to do is to keep your professional life professional, rise above bad behavior, and stay positive.

    Advice to Management

    Practice being nimble and responsive when it comes to implementing change. Make small operational fixes -- better HR process, transportation benefits for employees with long commutes, etc -- that don't make a big bottom-line impact, but are deeply important to employees. Know when it's time to show someone (employees and clients alike) the door.

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HZDG Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at HZDG (Rockville, MD) in August 2016.

    Interview

    I was e-mailed on a Wednesday afternoon. Not for a screener, but by a recruiter who was immediately asking me to come in for an in-person interview the next day. I agreed to come 9am the next morning, though it felt rushed.

    Without offering any breaks or food, I was forced to speak with roughly 10 different people through 5 hours of non-stop interviews. By the end I was unfocused, weak, and hungry. It was an awful experience.

    The whole thing felt rushed and unprofessional.

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HZDG Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Addy Award(Digital Advertising-Happy Family Brands Website), American Advertising Federation, 2015
  • Silver ADDY Award(NV Homes Web Site), American Advertising Federation, 2015
  • 50 on Fire(Finalist - Marketing & Advertising), DC Inno, 2014
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