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HZ CEO Jerry Zuckerman
Jerry Zuckerman
42 Ratings
Pros
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  • "No work/life balance unless you have a good amount of seniority and live within 20 minutes of the office(in 9 reviews)

  • "As with any company that has grown as quickly as HZ there have been some growing pains, but the pros far outweigh the cons(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    Definitely proud to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HZ full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    I just read some of these reviews for the first time and I am appalled. This does not sound like the place I work at. HZ challenges me every day. Its a place you have to bring your 'A' game to in the morning and you can't go home without leaving everything on the table. Its filled with a ton of young and passionate people that are all looking to make their mark and do great things. It can be electric and exciting....

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    Cons

    Its clear that as of recent there have been some growing pains, other people's comments that HZ feels stuck between being a big or small company are accurate. However, I also think its understandable after years of a lot of growth/change, I believe it will likely resolve itself and settle like everything else does. There is a feeling of pressure and like you always need more resources to get the work at hand done....

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    Advice to Management

    Everyone who works here just wants to be supported and know that you have their back. Priorities for management may be to be a great supervisor, leader, mentor, etc.— but make sure you also take the time to really get to know your team members. Make sure they feel supported and better yet, empowered. If all management can encourage one another to truly do this I think a lot of the feedback you read here can be addressed...

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  2. Wonderful Agency, Great Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Assistant Content Marketing Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    This agency was willing to let you learn new skills and refine your current ones. They always wanted you to push yourself and take on bigger challenges. I felt that I left this agency with a wealth of newly-acquired knowledge about digital marketing.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to add about my work experience with HZ.

  3. Helpful (1)

    This place has so much potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at HZ full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - good client list - super creative and talented designers and web developers - most employees are friendly and easy to work with

    Cons

    - upper management is extremely out of touch with the rest of the company - project scopes are unrealistic with regard to timeline and budget, which creates a constant state of stress, sets the account and project management teams up to fail from the start. - across all departments it seems like the number one concern is creating "cool" work that will look good in HZ's portfolio, rather than what is best strategically...

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  4. Helpful (9)

    1 Star Is Too Many

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Some of the most talented and most creative people I've ever worked with were at HZ.

    Cons

    One day the water to the office was cut off and when we asked if we could go buy a few bottles of water for people we were told "Not at this time". That should be the end of this review, but I'll press on for those hopeful few looking to work at HZ. I knew sexism was real but I never experienced it more than when I worked at HZ. I watched men with less experience rise further, be given more opportunities, throw out...

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    Advice to Management

    Step down.

  5. Helpful (11)

    Slow decline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time

    Pros

    Talented folks who actually do the work, flexible hours (for everyone other than the Account Services team)

    Cons

    1. Can’t decide if they want to be a big company or maintain the small business model 2. Below average pay 3. No proper and formal training of employees who seek out new experiences or knowledge 4. No onboarding process 5. If someone wants to learn a new skill, encourage it. It is mutually beneficial 6. Significantly delayed reviews. In some cases they never happen at all 7. No clear objectives, review process...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to these reviews. Where there are common themes, you may want to address them instead of brushing them under the rug. Decide if you want to be a small business or not Empower your leadership team and stop meddling Hire an ECD that can run the creative side, CCO needs to distance herself

  6. Helpful (2)

    Run far, far away from this place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time

    Pros

    Hopefully you can find some co-workers to band together with and commiserate in the misery that is extremely poor management.

    Cons

    HR is grossly inadequate. Not only do they ignore any expressed concern over management behavior, their execution of important paperwork is negligent and unresponsive. I was owed disability money during a leave and all HR had to do was sign paperwork so that I could receive money that I contributed to MY coverage. They not only failed to sign the paperwork after weeks and weeks of time, but refused to return many calls...

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    Advice to Management

    Thanks for withholding my earnings from me when I needed it most. Good luck with that style of work ethic.

    HZ Response

    September 7, 2018Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you felt you had a negative experience during your employment at HZ. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to disability claims. It is a coordinated effort with our insurance provider and the ...

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  7. Helpful (6)

    Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    If my future self could advise my past self, the future self would say, “No. Do not accept this job offer. They all seem cheery and nice in the interview but time will expose the underbelly of truly manipulative individuals. Run.” But no, I wanted the challenge and was seduced by their work. Time has passed but I still shudder when I think of those people. Of course, there are a few incredible people that are fantastic...

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    Cons

    I mean. Total lack of management. Genuinely horrible people. Inter office bickering. Gossiping. General gross behavior. Many in need of anger management. Screaming fits. Passive aggressiveness. Super cool office though so totally worth it.

    Advice to Management

    I mean. Keep going. You’re making a ton of money so why stop? How you do so obviously makes no impact.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Trust the other bad reviews, avoid this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - You'll work on some well-known clients. - Many of the people here are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    I agree with almost every bad review on here. Some of them go a bit too far but overall you should trust them. Senior management really is as bad as everyone else says it is and you'll notice that many of the higher rated reviews come from senior management themselves: 4 stars "Enough with the negativity" was written by an ACD 5 stars "If you like challenges.." by a Senior manager 4 stars "Overall positive experience"...

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    Advice to Management

    From my time at HZ I've learned that giving any advice to management is pointless. Over the years I heard the same complaints over and over again from different people in different departments. You know what needs to be fixed and you are refusing to do it.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Social Media Analyst at HZDG

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at HZ

      Pros

      HZDG is employed with awesome people

      Cons

      The scope of work can be limited at times.

    • Helpful (1)

      Typical agency experience, the good balances out the bad

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at HZ full-time

      Pros

      - Flexible hours - Managers who care about you - Fun and interesting work - A social environment that makes the busy times more manageable - Cross-department training can happen if you want to learn something new

      Cons

      - Senior leadership isn't the most transparent, and small things take a while to be approved for a small-mid sized company - HR and hiring is a slow process as well - Long work hours where many people log on after they leave for the day and on weekends

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