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"Road to nowhere"

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Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Fast paced and always busy... Dynamic environment and always changing. Will definitely keep you on your toes.

Cons

Endless road and no light as a beacon... No time for anything else but the company. It would be beneficial to support and motivate towards further education.

Other Employee Reviews for Zimmerman Advertising

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Learned at lot--at the expense of happiness"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Since it's a high-pressure environment, you will be forced to adapt your skills to learn quickly and multitask very well. The skills that you learn will be beyond valuable for you throughout your career.

    - You'll learn a lot, and this learning will not be limited to the advertising industry. You'll learn about work, people skills, communicating with others, etc.

    - Promotion opportunities can come quickly.

    - There are some fun people there. The fun is created out of misery. You have to have a personality to survive there. It's kind of like being in jail: You're already in a bad place, so be nice and make the best of it.

    - If you are lucky, you'll find middle management that is willing to guide you and give you opportunities to learn. Should you find them, keep them forever--even after you've left.

    - When people see Zimmerman Advertising on your resume, they will be impressed. The company has a bad reputation, so people will be surprised that you made it out alive. People with whom I've interviewed say things like, "Oh, you worked there? How was that? I know people who hated it." (Hint: If you're asked this, talk about the skills you learned, as mentioned in pro #1. Keep it classy.)

    - Benefits aren't too bad.

    Cons

    - This place is an above-ground sweatshop: lots of work, no pay. Don't expect to live off of your salary.

    - Oh, you want a work/life balance? No. Not here.

    - Upper management does not care about employees. At all. The company bends over backwards for clients at your expense. When they say "24/7," they mean it. If you have to stay at work until 8:15 p.m. because the client suddenly decided they need something tomorrow, suck it up and stay. If someone calls you on vacation, you'd better answer.

    - The work isn't good, not because people in the creative department aren't creative, but because their creativity is stifled by an agency that cares more about driving sales than about building brands.

    - You will be absolutely miserable. You are expected to put the client's interests before you own, and by "interests," that means your interest in having a high-quality job that you actually enjoy.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that employees down in the trenches are the lifeblood of your company and deserve to be cared about. There is a reason that the turnover rate is so high. You may think that the 24/7 motto gives you a differentiating position in the marketplace, and you're right: It makes you look like slave drivers that clients don't want to work with. You lose accounts and associates for a reason. You're already aware of the power of word-of-mouth, so you can bet that your reputation will strengthen as more people escape. Keep this up, and you can guarantee that there won't be enough clients or employees to keep the agency standing.


  2. "Learned a ton while making peanuts"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company events and fun stuff for employees once in awhile, great people, smart people, learned a ton of skills and know the advertising industry inside and out. You can learn how to run an entire company here. Approachable bosses and superiors. Good positive energy around the halls, young people keep it lively here. Fun happy hours. If there are layoffs or moves and you are good at what you do, they try their best to accomodate/keep you.

    Cons

    The money. Everyone can complain about getting low pay, but this is REALLY a real problem here. It is at least $5,000 below average in the area. The trade-off is that you gain so much knowledge and skills for future use and everyone here gets paid low so we are all in the same boat. Moving up is very difficult. Company gains and loses clients and hires from the outside instead of moving up. Or if there are layoffs or you get moved, raises are rarely given. This constantly happens so there is always a "it's a bad time" excuse if you ask for a raise. You will stay til at least 7pm everyday.

    Advice to Management

    There is some excellent talent right under your nose just waiting to be utilized. Take notice. Staying late hours and working 110% should be rewarded by occasional pay raises, promotions or bonuses.

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