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AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
205 Reviews
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Pros
  • At one time you could make great money, work from home, cool parties, great product (in 12 reviews)

  • It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other (in 16 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Be Careful.....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting company....they used to be known for their honesty....

    Cons

    Management....never think that they won't screw you over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tell the truth...PLEASE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company weighed down by some in management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical and dental plan, decent PTO (if you can get the time away), nice facilities and eating options, covered parking. Salary was slightly above market for my position which I appreciated. Free coffee and discounted lunch within the facilities. Fairly easy access to 285 both coming in and leaving.

    Cons

    If you're of the aggressive mindset, you may do fine. There's a very competitive spirit within the corporate office. One where managers sometimes put the best interests of their people second to projects which don't warrant the urgency. Each team will be different but overall I see a similar "race to the top" mindset by management. More of a "ready fire aim" approach which doesn't always make the best use of limited time. There are some exceptional individual contributors who are great at what they do. They must get their motivation from the rare occasion they are recognized for their contributions. While the company does have an entire floor dedicated to learning, good luck getting the time away to improve yourself through these opportunities. Also they have a floor dedicated as a break room with TVs and video games. Again, good luck finding the time to utilize these benefits. One last point, I have a hard time accepting management calling people "resources" openly. I understand that's what we are, but be a bit more "human" please.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at how you really interact with your team. Develop them, don't just talk about it. Give them the time and space to do so. You have a great brand, but remember many others did at some point and fell from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, but a lack of transparency or appreciation from management.

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of great people and personalities. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Customer Operations department is all about numbers with little appreciation for individual contribution. Recent management changes have lead to uneasy environment with no work/life balance. Strict clock in times, break times, and shift bids contribute. Constant initiatives to show upper management appreciates employees and wants their opinions, but rarely are any changes put into place. Performance reviews are nonsense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like repetitive tasks and netflix this job is for you

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Media Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool office, fast internet, fancy break room you'll never have time to use. MARTA accessible. You can work from home part time. Community outreach. Amazingly talented people.

    Cons

    Here's the thing, for someone coming straight out of school this is a golden opportunity. Aside from all of the micro-managing, complete lack of creativity (except for on the corporate teams), and minimal career growth this is a great gig. It literally requires only enough brain power to answer emails, create the worst kind of advertisements you've ever seen, and watch netflix or hulu. No really, I caught up on so much online video content I ran out of things to watch.

    Your hours shift depending on the timezones you serve, which can be a hassle if you enjoy having early evenings.

    The culture they have is interesting but pretty weak. In my opinion, the company lost it's spark about 5 or 6 years ago. Now it's corporate juggernaut, that promotes on responsibility rather than ability.

    If you've had a decent career and are looking at autotrader, stick to the corporate jobs, anything in the Web / Design / and IT departments is pretty much just killing time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote change in your organization, you have such potential to be Apple-Esque and be a major pillar in the Atlanta community, but you throw it away to keep the managers happy with controlling the bureaucracy.

    The talent you have is completed wasted by red tape, needless meetings, and remote

    I was incredibly excited to work at autotrader, and left counting my blessings for a better opportunity. While I was there, after having done the same thing everyday for months on end, the only glimmer of hope I had was hearing about how others had moved to corporate teams years before. What broke the camels back and sent me looking for new opportunities was finding out people in my department had in some cases been in the same position for 5 or 6 years and nothing truly on the horizon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worse Company I ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company OVERALL is an OK place to work - depending on who you are.

    Cons

    Worse company "I" have ever worked for. I worked in the HR department and there is a lot of turnover and discord in the department starting with incompetence at the leadership level. AutoTrader started as a very small company and then grew over time. The individuals who started the organization as a vision from Cox all knew one another and everyone was promoted up the ranks extremely fast so there is an expectancy of promotion mentality. In addition, because of how the company came together and grew, it is EXTREMELY relationship based so everyone talks and things spread about your reputation (good or bad) sometimes to top leadership. There is disparity in promotion and in a particular department where most individuals are African American, they are barely represented in managment. If you're the type of person who likes to go into an organization and manage relationships with no particular skill set just to move up, this organization may be just the place for you...... It is the worse environment I ever worked in my entire professional career. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look uf DIVERSITY in the dictionary and stop giving it feel good lip service. Hire people who are competent and promote based on the skills they bring to the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They'll suck the life outta ya....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really am impressed by the above par professional training based on a person's needs. There are many ways to improve your professional self by going to ATC training or Cox-sponsored training. Also of note, they have leadership programs that are demanding, but well worth the time put into it.

    Cons

    VERY immature leadership.. from a "Manager" title all the way up to the "VP"... you can see it in the finger pointing and CYA culture. The stress level sucks the life out of you - much of which is originated from leaderships' insecurity in the management decisions they make.... also seemingly based upon the heavy politics and whether or not you are a favorite of some VP or Director. OH! Speaking of Directors... I firmly believe that ATC does not need the amount of Directors that are walking around the building CONSTANTLY in meetings to avoid real work. I've never worked for a company where there are so so so many Directors with no direct reports. Just sayin....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the politics and wise up... maybe some of those acquisitions will actually work to the company's benefit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    was a great place to work, now a sad shell of what the company was built on

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits through Cox are good.
    People are talented, but constrained by management
    If you are in the right circle and enjoy drinking your career will go far

    Cons

    Very sterile enviroment.
    Communicating with peers through email or IM only
    No privacy during meetings - all glass meeting rooms
    Very top heavy organization
    In fighting amongst department heads
    Departmental survey yields low rating results but issues are never addressed
    Takes too long for management to make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values should also pertain to how you treat employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One word: Frustrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    As others have commented, decent benefits (nothing fancy), flex time is recognized and some folks are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    No recognition for folks who actually do the work, at least far and few between. Watch for
    "idea stealers" as some will take your work and claim as their own. As a "newbie" in your dept. (at least IT anyway) expect to be given the "crap" nobody wants. You may find what you were hired to do may not be "actually" what you "get" to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being honest with your employees instead of telling them one thing and then it changing to something else at your discretion without consulting who you are effecting, you may find you are hindering careers rather than "building" them up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than previous employers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    The company has a very relaxed atmosphere. Not stuffy at all. Employees are nice and I've met some lifelong friends there. The executive team is also very friendly and they share the company goals once a quarter. During these meetings they are willing to answer any questions asked of them. A annual employee survey allows employees to rate the company and provide constructive feedback to management. Management usually makes moves to work on the areas of improvement.

    Cons

    Middle management is a joke. Half of them only have their jobs because of who they know, not what they know. Some of them don't take the time to ever learn their jobs and the employees who do the job are the ones that suffer. Lately management has been more apt to let you take the fall for their short comings so they can keep their job. Decisions are made not based on any real data. And its usually the wrong decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    ATC.Com what happened?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior BA Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior BA Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader

    Pros

    tech toys and tons of them to work and play with.
    operations is filled with extremely bright people.
    operations people are great to work with.

    Cons

    senior leadership. no direction. too many CIOs in the last few years. Too many re-orgs. Too worried about things that are not in company's control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up!! stop the silliness of firing, hiring... Get some clarity as to what you want too be and stick to it. The core product is great! Focus on it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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