Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2020

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3.6
73%
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Zimmerman Advertising CEO Michael Goldberg
Michael Goldberg
85 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast paced and outgoing work environment(in 44 reviews)

  • "Great people and nice perks from Zimmerman(in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours but not unusual for agency life(in 38 reviews)

  • "The 24/7 seriously mentality is no joke, meaning work/life balance is hard to come by(in 37 reviews)

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  1. "-"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients, great experience to grow

    Cons

    there are no cons definetly

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  2. "Great Stepping Stone"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Digital Media Planner in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

    Pros

    fast pace, learning experience, great for people who are new to the industry

    Cons

    pay could be better overall


  3. "Good opportunity, not long-term"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You learn to deal fast with a lot of challenges and become a quick problem solver. You can easily get exposure with big retail clients. You get to have great contacts and share daily jobs with dedicated and talented co-workers.

    Cons

    There low possibility of career growth, management and I mean not even inside the creative department, the higher management who really takes decisions (is a very centralized old fashion structure) is not really interested in the inside growth, you are a little piece of the machine and they can getting rid of you without hesitation. They are very reactive in their business desiciones, not so good planners for the well-being of the creative team, that by the way there are awesome professionals. They prefer to bring outsiders for higher titles instead of rewarding and fueling inside growth. Advise? Don´t stay too long.

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  4. "Great People to Work With"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - everybody here makes the work environment smooth and easy - usually have free food and there are always fun activities - It helps you grow professionally if you push yourself to achieve more

    Cons

    - pay is lower than expected

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Faced paced retail agency"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integrated Media Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and nice perks from Zimmerman

    Cons

    Will kick you to the curb with nothing when it comes to the bottom line, no matter how many years you have given them...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Studio Management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great and talented colleagues abound

    Cons

    You can either kiss the ring of the classless management, or leave. The choice was obvious

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't bother"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Your job is to make the owner rich. Slavery in 2020.

    Cons

    You won't get paid to make the owner rich. Slavery in 2020.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great to gain experience but toxic culture"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Marketing Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It’s great to gain experience quickly starting off but the pay is terrible. There is a not guidance or positive mentorship to help great talent move forward.

    Cons

    The turnover was insane. This company does not invest in you and once people realize that they quickly leave.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Slave Drivers"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Integrated Media Planner in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I will be honest- the exposure to the industry standard of advertising with national brands is great for any young pro. You learn quickly and you take on responsibility fast. Vendors treat the employees well (much better than the company does). Frequent free food.

    Cons

    1) No pay. I worked there for $30k/yr (avg. of $14.37/hr). In Broward County, this is not a livable wage. You either have to have parents in the area that will let you stay with them or be willing to live in a dangerous area. Even with free rent, the wage was not enough to pay student loans and set up any type of savings or financial plan for the future. What really made it worse was that I worked long hours for 2 pro-bono accounts. I know Jordan likes to offer free stuff to his friends, but he grossly underpays his workforce to do so. My very next job paid me twice the salary with half the work. 2) No work-life balance. Everyone from entry-level to executives are expected to work well over 40 hours per week, come in over the weekend, and also be available 24/7. I heard "If you're not willing to be here Saturday and Sunday, then don't be here Monday through Friday" so many times. The company loved to praise employees that had to check in to the hotel next door because they had to stay at the office so late that they were too tired to drive home. 3) Poor quality of work. If you look at any commercials the creative agency produces, you'll quickly they are far below the industry standard of work. 4) Condescending directors. Too many people around me were plagued by harsh directors that overworked them and consistently degraded them. It was heartbreaking to watch each day, and you couldn't go to the bathroom without hearing someone crying. 5) Terrible training structure. You end up learning how to do your job via trial by fire. Nobody was able to teach me one thing and I am a gifted learner (if I do say so myself). 6) Pompous company identity. I quickly observed how little the company was willing to listen and how often they touted how smart and innovative they were. There really wasn't much company growth, they quickly lost new clients, and results were never what they hoped. 7) Unbelievably high turnover. No effort was put into retaining employees and everyone was expendable.

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  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (12)

    "Inhumane"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building, clients are world known

    Cons

    Jordan Zimmerman runs this company much how North Korea is run. On a recent call, he instructed employees to work 2.5x more per day (8 x 2.5 = 20 hours). He said if you are unwilling to work 20 hours a day you need to quit so he can hire someone who is willing to work 20 hours a day. Since Covid-19 he has laid off 1/3rd of the workforce and is now monitoring people's systems, emails and chats to ensure you are in fact working 20 hours a day. If you are not you will be in fear of losing your job without the possibility of unemployment benefits. You are constantly in fear of being fired for political reasons. You may not voice your opinion for fear of retaliation. The HR team is not qualified to be in their positions and lacks the certifications typically found for a company of this size.

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