Auto Trader UK Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Auto Trader UK Chief Executive Officer Trevor Mather
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Pros
  • The working environment is excellent, with great people all very passionate about what they do (in 5 reviews)

  • My colleagues are not only smart, but they also share the company values (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Historically have been guilt of trying to do too much, at the expense of work life balance, to achieve expected financial results (in 3 reviews)

  • Whilst there is great departmental company & comms, communication between business areas could be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    Indomitable, understated, ambitious

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lancs in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lancs in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy to do the right thing is promoted everywhere. There’s little hierarchy, and plenty of ownership. Auto Trader proactively develops and invests in the people who aspire to be artisans rather those that just seek to climb a ladder. Mentoring and collaboration are two very important aspects of any role in Auto Trader. The working environment is inspirational – you can work with anyone at any time in any place if you want to.

    Cons

    Being around for 37 years means some people still think of us as a classifieds business not technology company, but this is changing daily.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going on this path! Auto Trader has transformed significantly over the last 2 years, its been a culture shock for some but inspirational for most,

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Jul 2, 2015 – Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review that captures the essence of working for Auto Trader so well. We have been around for 37 years and have ambitious plans for the years to come. Our people have demonstrated ... More


  2. Fantastic place to work and develop!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vehicle Data Specialist in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vehicle Data Specialist in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture..... open, honest, sharing, clear, productive, flexible, pro active, positive, supportive, agile Amazing offices ...... high tech, spacious, spectacular, flexible. How many people have meetings in a VW Campervan and have a TVR parked at the end of their desk?? Benefits.....tailormade, rewarding, progression, learning, facilities, packages

    Cons

    Quite a commute for me, but worth it. As a non techy it was overwhelming at first!

    Advice to Management

    More non techy conferences!


  3. I love this place

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

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Autotrader is easily the most exciting, dynamic and innovative company I have worked for. Every day is a new exciting challenge, where you are respected, empowered and encouraged to constantly challenge and collaborate with others. It's completely unique and full of talented, friendly and hard working people, and unlike a lot of tech companies, there is respect for work life balance and I have never been asked it expected to work late.

    Cons

    There are constant changes to the organisation to continually adapt. I absolutely love this pace of work, but some mighty find this challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Everything's going great! Make sure that you keep the great people here and keep our amazing culture.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Brilliant place to work and awesome brand!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can genuinely say that i've never worked for a company with such passion, determination and ambition to become the best they can be! From my experience of working at AT i have seen all of these traits in the people that work here which is a brilliant moral boost and really helps everyone achieve their goals. The new offices are fantastic and have helped re-enforce the companies strong values and people friendly approach. The leadership team have done a great job in turning the company into a top digital business whilst creating a very important ethos that everyone has a voice; challenging the status quo is a good thing!

    Cons

    although difficult to get right in such a fast paced business, we need to ensure communication is pushed as hard as possible as a lot of the working frustration can be eliminated with a simple conversation or knowing someone who can help.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pushing the Auto Trader values as they are critical to keeping everyone honest in what they do day to day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Privileged to be part of this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company with an amazing culture. Have gone through an unbelievable transformation in the last 2 years from an arrogant, old fashioned publishing organisation to an agile, customer oriented and people focused digital business. Truly feel proud to be part of the team. Never before have worked with a team that can get so much done in such a short period of time. There is a lot going on but the impact you can make not only on the business but the whole industry is unparalleled. CEO, Trevor Mather, is a charismatic, inspirational leader that is driving a culture and values that are not just a slogan on a powerpoint slide but reality on day to day basis.

    Cons

    There is fast and then there is Auto Trader speed. If you are looking for a nice quiet time with no change and no excitement, well this is not for you....

    Advice to Management

    Just continue to drive the culture and values to ensure that Auto Trader maintains its leadership position and keeps providing great growth opportunities for all its people. Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Place of Genuine awesomeness

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Autotrade-mail Account Support in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Autotrade-mail Account Support in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good opportunities, ive had 6 roles in 2 yeas. always looking to develop people, great training. Really look after the staff. Christmas parties, rewards like ipads & day trips, world class working environment, modern facilities, superb office, break out space, pool tables, xbox one, PS4, café area. The put a lot back into the community with help towards charities, fund raising events. All round a superb place to work. Really customer focused and striving to be the best in the business. Best place i've ever worked by miles

    Cons

    Recent relocation has meant travelling to Manchester. that is the ONLY downside.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Listen to staff and continue to evolve every day.


  8. Wonderful people and atmosphere!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Auto Trader UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked here as a temporary role in the HR team, and the people here are always really happy and positive! They always make you feel like a part of their little happy family and despite being in an extremely busy environment, they are always there to help people and give really useful advice when you need it. Definitely a warm and cheerful company to help you shine and bring the best out of you!

    Cons

    May not be suitable for someone that loves the hierarchical structure of big companies as everyone can just have a joke and laugh about with the people here no matter who they are.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let negative comments affect you and keep up the good work !


  9. Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Great people and great ambition

    Cons

    Not a con but it is always busy!

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Aug 8, 2015 – Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review. Great people and great ambition sums it all up perfectly!


  10. Full of like minded, intelligent people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great centrally located offices which are a pleasure to come into, amazing benefits as soon as you join and varied tasks. The greatest thing about working at Auto Trader is definitely the people, everyone is really lovely and each person has their own individual talent and is not afraid to share their knowledge of ask for yours.

    Cons

    I have yet to find any real cons!

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Aug 8, 2015 – Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review. One does struggle to find cons when working with such awesome and talented people every day.


  11. There's nowhere quite like it....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Auto Trader people are top of their game. Auto Trader people genuinely care about the business, their colleagues and about being sucessful. When normal people are getting tired, Auto Trader people are just getting going. The offices are awesome and the management style is relaxed.

    Cons

    Working at Auto Trader isn't for the faint hearted - the pace can feel relentless. The flat structure does make progression opportunities less obvious

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making career development opportunities clearer



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