AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
190 Reviews

3.3
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once an awesome and unique startup... now a holding company trying to run leaner... yet handing out huge payouts.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of cummunity support / service opportunities. Friendly and casual culture. Good parent company (Cox). Lots of investmentent in coaching and development. Great consumer brands and software solutions. Lots of opportunity to leverage these assets with Manheim and other Cox divisions.

    Cons

    Very driven by sales organization (what sales wants sales gets). Trying to be more strategic and less tactical but no big changes yet. Trying to change car business and car dealers is like moving a mountain. Lots of pushback in industry and new solutions are stealing market share. Limited career advancement. Promotions based on networking. This results in some leaders who are super networkers but have no idea how to manage specialized teams. Company needs more leaders with specialized skills in product, marketing, sales, customer service, etc. Also, budgets and headcount need to be reduced to help the company run leaner. Got fat and happy during early days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exec comp plans and buyout packages are insane when compared to people immediately below... leading to some directors and VPs checking out. Not only operations need to be leaner, but exec comp should be leaner as well. Step out of your office and talk to people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    HR Culture at ATC

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intelligent, fun (yet professional HR), hard working HR department. Employees are really motivated and love working at ATC. The culture is really lively and embraces change and innovation.

    Cons

    Executive leadership micro manages down to all levels and needs to improve delegation and empowerment. High turnover in the HR department due to poor leadership. Even the most motivate and intelligent HR members can not sustain the pace of change which often requires an average of 60-70 hours/week. Since I left there are only 2 of the original HR team members still on the team of 20

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your directors and managers so you can focus on the strategic initiatives of the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for the aggressive sales person

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    Current Employee - Advertising Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Advertising Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, industry is growing

    Cons

    Comp plan changes regularly. Poor management for my team.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Benefits and Pay

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    Former Employee - Manager Information Security  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager Information Security in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Most of the employees are pleasant to work wtih and intelligent.

    Cons

    IT leadership politics are at times unprofessional rather than those of a professional work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider improving work/life balance for IT employees. Telecommuting options should be implemented rather than shunned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The culture has changed

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Well compensated, more to sell as company has grown through acquisition

    Cons

    Was a sales through service model, now sell, sell, sell and see what sticks. More micromanagement in last year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting the car shoppers more engaged by upgrading the website, an engaged shopper = happy dealer clients follow company values, not just lip service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    good before the red tape kicked in

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are dedicated to making the customers grow their business

    Cons

    Too many managers to effectively get things done. As it matured there are more and more hurdles of red tape with lack of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from ... turn on a dime not like the huge ocean liner that takes weeks to get approvals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work depending on what department you are in

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great building, awesome gym, cool co-workers, good location and decent pay.

    Cons

    Constant change to the point where you never know what the next month will bring. A lot of managers don't understand what their employees do so they a poor representatives when change is coming down the pipeline. It's all about who you know, not necessarily how well you perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change up the hiring process. We have hired some major idiots for management positions. Obviously we're not asking the right interview questions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glacially slow to change

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary and benefits, lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    Despite being a dot com, the pace of change is not what you'd expect. Re-orgs were the answer to communication and collaboration problems, rather than outlining clear strategies. Chip, the CEO, is a nice guy, but he's in the weeds on things and nobody who stands up to him lasts long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chip - get some people in upper management who are willing to tell you the unvarnished truth and be open to it. Too many of your direct reports are incapable or unwilling to disagree with you.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well compensated , too much red tape

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great compensation, company parties, company perks, work at home days

    Cons

    So much red tape it takes 6 months to make the simplest code or product change. Middle management is not empowered to make any decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower leaders, cut out the red tape, be innovative. You've had the same ugly home page and search process for 10 years. Yes it works but it could be better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good growth company. Less sincere focus on employees.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong growth, opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Reorganizes often quickly displacing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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