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AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.8 79 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

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Sandy Schwartz

(12 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • At one time you could make great money, work from home, cool parties, great product (in 12 reviews)

  • Work/life balance highly encouraged (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is gone since they have taken away things, like telecommuting (in 12 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 13 reviews)

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    Good company weighed down by some in management

    Individual Contributor (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Digital Media Designer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsPlenty of great people and personalities. Benefits are great.

    ConsCustomer 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Digital Media Designer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsCool 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.

    ConsHere'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 Senior ManagementPromote 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worse Company I ever worked for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsWorse 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsI 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Associate Manager (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsBenefits 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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementCompany values should also pertain to how you treat employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One word: Frustrated

    IT Professional (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than previous employers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMiddle 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 Senior ManagementGet a clue.

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    ATC.Com what happened?

    Senior BA Analyst (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

    Conssenior 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 Senior Managementgrow 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working in IT.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThere are some great people who work there and they have some cutting edge technology and new processes. Work with great colleagues.

    ConsSome of the C team is very good. Most management in IT, Finance and HR is horrible. Too much dead wood (Cox lifers) in management and this hurts ATC.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the annual company survey and take action. Keep the new CIO. Get rid of the dead wood in middle management and Director level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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