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Updated December 9, 2017
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  1. "Contract Work at US Mint"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reviewer (Index Specialist) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reviewer (Index Specialist) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly leadership and management, Good office culture

    Cons

    Jobs aren't really for the social butterflies


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hypocrisy at best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    The job is easy and the stress of it isnt high

    Cons

    Hypocrisy and favoritism. If one isnt a kiss up or good friend of upper management then dont believe for a second that there could be a thought of promotion. The promoted were people who are incompetent, save for a few, and who act as if it is high school and a clique. And now it is filling up with pure friends and family, so any drama that can exist is brought to everyone’s attention. Do not even try to complain about the way one manager or coworker is treating you because the moment you do and it happens to be the upper management’s friend or kiss up they will tell them what you complained about and make one feel intimidated. The worst is the eay they pick and choose who can do what and cannot. A manager was preaching about security and how we cannot let people in unless they have the clearance to enter the building and our section, however, when it seems that no one is really there lets her daughters come in and give a tour and let them sit wherever.

    Advice to Management

    Stop all the cliqueing type attitude. Hold the managers to a higher standard and stop the hostile environment that currently exists. It is clear that while some may find it great, a vast majority may feel intimidated to even say anything due to upper management telling others about what was said in confidence.

  3. "Family and Friends One Stop Shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, Low stress, Nice location

    Cons

    The job itself is not stressful at all. In fact, the work is very easy and redundant. There is room to move up in the company since they make sure to hire within. The issue stems from the obvious favoritism and open doors for friends and family of the upper management team. I haven't been here long and the trend is sickingly obvious. If you know someone, you're hired. If you REALLY know someone, you're promoted. The rest are left behind to watch the sorority that they call management giggle together in corners, sing and yell loudly throughout the office and take long lunches on the regular. (This is not to take away from the FEW who are promoted/hired based on their work alone.)

    Advice to Management

    Take courses on ethics and equal opportunity and stop hiring your friends and family. It makes for a seriously hostile work environment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "jr quality control analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    My peers are enjoyable to work with and always a pleasure to work with. I enjoy the experience with my coworkers but I don't really respect management because they only look out for their friends. If you're not on the friends and family plan you can cancel Christmas

    Cons

    Work is boring and mundane. Favoritism amongst the staff. Nothing but friends got promoted. Lowballed the pay from Diamond solutions. Benefits are expensive and not that good.

    Advice to Management

    Stop choosing favorites it's painfully obvious honestly. I see the staff changing more rapidly as people are hightailing out of there


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A consistent and successful long running government contractor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    They provide NARA training (National Archives Records Administration certification), tuition reimbursement for school, paid holidays, medical, paid vacation accrual, sick leave, and paid days off for government holidays unlike some contractors. They offer incentives such as "employee of the month" and employee appreciation meetings depending on the task order you are assigned to. There are many ways to move up in the company. Can help provide access to many positions within Health and Human Services if utilized correctly.

    Cons

    There are widespread complaints of a "glass ceiling" dependent on race and favoritism. Disputes with project managers often remain unresolved with little instruction or assistance from human resource. Contract renewals create periods of flux and uncertainty, where one may become in danger of becoming transferred to a new subcontractor (benefits are restarted and tenure is often lost). Unscrupulous dealings with employees in the past, including employment termination based on medical condition and age. A habit of using subcontractors and discarding them upon contract renewal.


  6. "Library Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    Responsive, friendly, approachable, diligent, and attentive

    Cons

    Work varies by position and department, so job descriptions for jobs posted are vague and uninformative.


  7. "compliance analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    very flexible with hours

    Cons

    micro managed, very little independent work and your pay is very low for the area

  8. "Field Service Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zimmerman Associates full-time

    Pros

    People oriented, they listen to their employee needs and make appropriate changes. Team focused. Comensated well, never micromanaged, need time off you got it. Pleasant coworkers and great work environment.

    Cons

    Government Contract work is not good job security, the game keeps changing, and ulcers get bigger each year.


  9. "Business Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is well organized and efficient.

    Cons

    None experienced at this point.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay far away for your own good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits in general

    Cons

    ZERO job security.
    Say you have a Peter principle type supervisor at a federal client site who thinks work is not progressing fast enough on a project. Even though he is the one who created the many roadblocks that are slowing the project down in the first place. He decides maybe you're the one that's slowing the project down, even though you're killing yourself trying to get the work done, because it could never have been the incompetent decisions he made. So he contacts the ZAI CEO.
    Now at ZAI you have a passive-aggressive CEO who will instruct the ZAI human resources department to invent a work of utter fiction for your separation letter in hopes of appeasing the client. Now all of them get to continue providing for their children and you're out the door.
    It's shameful really because your federal tax dollars are being used to support this odious enterprise. And don't even get me started on the way they fudge their process improvement certifications/assessments in hopes of getting one over on the government, because they certainly have no intention of using any of those processes day to day. All in all a place to stay well clear of.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe purchase a book on how to be a decent human being?

    Zimmerman Associates Response

    Feb 13, 2017 – VP Bus. Dev.

    While it is never easy to let an employee go for performance issues, when the client requests they be replaced the company is required to do so. We do not take lightly the impact a dismissal has on... More


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