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Zimmerman Advertising Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • I'm also getting to learn a lot about the trade as well as the time frames in which they are done (in 20 reviews)

  • Fast paced and quick learning environment (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a constant challenge, as in all client service based businesses (in 26 reviews)

  • very low pay compared to other internships in the area (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Threatening to quit seems to be the best, if not the only way to get the raise you're owed."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unavailable in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Unavailable in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If it's a field you're interested in there are some genuinely interested opportunities.

    Cons

    Prepare to be worked to the bone, over and over again, for substandard pay.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. Can the extremely high turn over rate be that easily missed, or do you just not care?


  2. Helpful (15)

    "There is a reason there is so much turnover"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was decent, the benefits were ok, free parking was nice and there were some really smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from management. Systems training was very poor. Oppressive environment. Lots and lots of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time cultivating and training younger employees. Encourage employees to ask questions and learn the business. Stop being so negative.

  3. Helpful (28)

    "If you have other options (literally any, like a garbage man or something) take it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not going to lie, the building is pretty cool. Also, due to the high turnover rate, co-workers are generally young and fun to work with.

    Cons

    1) The pay is terrible. Worse than terrible. Laughable wages. Literally... My girlfriend laughed at me.
    2) The work is terrible. Very few people on even fewer accounts have the opportunity to conceptualize good creative. From account services to the creative department, it isn't about producing good work... It's about producing a lot of work, very fast. You have no pride in the work you are doing and you don't learn how to properly conceptualize projects here. It wasn't until I left for a real agency that I learned how good advertising is made.
    3) Zimmerman is a tool... Once I shared an elevator ride with him and thought I was having a conversation with him until I realized he was just talking on a Bluetooth headset and never actually acknowledged my presence.
    4) Promotions - you think this would be a pro, not a con... But they just offer promotions to keep you around. I was promoted twice yet the type of work and responsibilities I had remained constant... There was just more of it. They also throw pennies at you each time so you can feel like you're getting a raise, but the pay is still crap.

    Advice to Management

    Have some pride in the work. Want more for your clients. Don't settle and push the norm. It's not always about what the fastest, what's the easiest, what's the cheapest way to get something done. Put some thought and value into the work and maybe employees would think about valuing this job more. Also, to state the obvious, you have to pay more. Wages are not livable.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Account Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot in a short time frame

    Cons

    They are endless. If you have no desire to be in Advertising, do not take the job. It is only (somewhat) worth the hours/terrible pay/stress if you want to be in NYC one day working for a top agency.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, respect a reasonable work-life balance, and teach your managers to know what they're asking their subordinates to do.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "24 / 7"

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you need a job then work here. It is a great place for college grads to work because you will learn everything you need to know after working over 50 hours a week in 6 months.

    Cons

    No balance of work and life. 24/7 means they will call you to work at any time. I was once called by my boss while in church on Sunday to come in immediately. You never get time off. And if you are sick you are expected to come in. Management especially the higher ups are notoriously for being powerfully rude and unnerving. This comes from Jordan Zimmerman at the top. He has no morals. Very high turn over!

    Advice to Management

    Work to live dont live to work... Treat people with the same way you would want your son or daughter to be treated. Profanity is just low class


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Low Pay & Needs Diversity Initiatives"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot in a short amount of time. Sink or swim and if you're good, you'll swim. If you're not quick on your feet and resourceful, you will Tank quick.

    Cons

    This company needs some sort of diversity initiative! Like I don't see any people that look like me running departments or as leaders. Not sure if they think they need one or not, but find a way to recruit people of color and people with more diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the pay is terrible. They keep winning clients and pay "the worker bees" nothing and look confused when people quit!

    Advice to Management

    Properly compensate employees for hard work, and don't take them for granted. It takes more than a gorgeous office to win over employees


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Digital Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner/Buyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner/Buyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Advertising (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great digital team. Worked with a lot of smart people. Everyone was willing to help each other out. Great team work.

    Cons

    A lot of pushback for innovative things in the digital space. Stuck in their ways. Not open to new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management doesn't seem to get along with each other which creates tension that trickles down to junior positions. Very top heavy

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Tons of Work to do, IT Management does little or nothing to help."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Helpdesk Level II in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Former Helpdesk Level II in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Beautiful Building. Really Cool and Helpful H.R., zRepro, Facilities Staff. Special Holiday/Occasional Free Company Lunches. Beautiful Food Cafe's with a Tons of Free Coffee and Soda Options. VERY Hard working Level 2 and Infrastructure Engineers who appreciate Fast Assistance and Cooperation from the already Hard working Help Desk Team.

    Cons

    Overworked & Underpaid! Very low Hourly Pay rate for the Amount of Hard Work expected to be completed by IT Management. Too much Drama and work related Stress in the Office!!! IT Management does close to "Zero" - nothing to help their Hard working IT Team when they ask for Help at Times. Instead they are asked to figure it out themselves... Maybe their too busy flirting with the some of the ladies of other Departments instead of helping their Team at Times? Maybe they don't care about what the eventual Outcome of what that may be? Maybe they don't Fully recognize that their Hard Working IT Helpdesk Team already notices that? Maybe their Helpdesk Team are looking for better Leadership? Why are ALL of their Senior, Hard Working Level 2 Helpdesk Techs leaving the company? Who knows???

    Advice to Management

    Please show your Already Hard Working Helpdesk Team (That already are in fear of losing their job at times because of the way you come Across with too much Pride) that you are willing to help them in case they have a few questions that they do not know how to answer but could use your Help!!! Do not throw any more responsibilities on them that you could possibly Help them with. Work with Executive Management to allow Higher Hourly Wages and/or Salary for your already Hard working Helpdesk Team that strives to keep things running smoothly for the Department. The Overtime Rate should be against the Law...


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Accounts"

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Zimmerman Advertising (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young enviorment and a cool building

    Cons

    Everything is rushed and due "yesterday"


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Don't let the new building fool you. Nothing has changed."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The lower level people: young, social, and active. People hang out with each other on nights and weekends. Human Resources sponsors different events and activities. When you leave, you'll have a decent name on your résumé.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no leadership from the upper management, and zero transparency. The executives do not care about the lower level employees at all. They are too myopic to understand that constantly training new employees is significantly more expensive over the long-term than training and retooling existing employees.

    The pay and benefits are pathetic. The health insurance options are subpar and expensive. The education reimbursement is a joke. The 401k match is only average.

    Zimmerman has a sweatshop and revolving door reputation that they actively acknowledge and don't care to change.

    Advice to Management

    ZNA 3.0 was supposed to revolutionize the culture at Zimmerman, but it's clear that nothing has changed. People knowingly work at Zimmerman just to get the name on their résumé, then jump ship for a real job. Business is a long-term game, and costs (both implicit and explicit) will go down and productivity rise by actively investing in your employees. The low pay is the only reason people leave.


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