Look at his performance at the Seelow Heights, where the preparatory bombardment turner the Oder river bank into a sea of mud almost impassable to Soviet tanks and he ordered desperate frontal assaults simply to keep up with the Ukrainian Front commander's assault from the south.
You’d think they would have learned from Stalingrad that bombing cities to rubble actually makes it more difficult to take the city, it becomes a fortress, and difficult for tanks to maneuver in.
In no way Zhukov was a Western-style military leader but situations you have described weren’t so common.
Also Zhukov was a subject of both Stalinist and Khruschev’s propaganda aimed to taint his popularity. He was generally portrayed as a sort of Napoleon and un-Soviet. The media once in a while relayed witness on him abusing troops or stealing war loot in Germany but it never progressed into something serious.