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Auto Trader UK Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great values, great people

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

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are definitely the highlight of the job, passionate about their work but also fun people to be around. New Manchester offices have a nice atmosphere with some great facilities (Some greenery wouldn't go amiss though!) and it's great to be in the city. I feel there's a lot of opportunity for growth, be it in my current team or in a new one, and offsite training can also be provided

    Cons

    Cafeteria was promised to be subsidised however this did not happen and complaints seem to have fallen on deaf ears
    Cost of travel has unfortunately increased threefold due to Manchester move; extra mileage and no longer free car parking (Accompanied by longer travel times :/ )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up great events like the employee conference and general demeanour. Some city center orientated benefits would be great and also juice machines for the kitchens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Jan 24, 2015Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about working with us. The passion of our people is what makes us a great business and we have some exciting plans for 2015 and our employee ... More

  2.  

    Fast paced, exciting and genuinely fun company

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

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

    Pros

    It's all about the culture here. Our greatly admired CEO,Trevor, once said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast" (or something very like that). This shift in mentality from our leadership team has transformed Auto Trader from a good place to work into a GREAT place to work. The world of opportunity literally opened up for me when I joined Auto Trader and in the last 18 months the team here have kicked it on to a whole new level. If you are inquisitive, thoughtful, passionate and have a real desire to make a difference then this could be the place for you. At Auto Trader the more you put in, the more you get back and yet there is never a sense of having to stay late just to be seen to be working hard. Here it's all about quality of output. There is a wealth of learning, training and personal improvement to help you achieve you ambitions and with a product portfolio like theirs, Auto Trader has lots of varied opportunity so you wont get bored!

    Cons

    If you are after fancy titles and a really structured, obvious career ladder to climb, you may find it a bit bewildering. The org structure is very flat but that doesn't mean you cannot develop and earn well if you are successful. Other than that, there is just a lot to do, all the time, so coasters beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to be really bold and don't let the message get diluted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Jan 24, 2015Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review. Our culture is unique thanks to our dedicated and talented people that really make a difference in making our business a success. We will pass your advice to our ... More

  3.  

    It's all about the people

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Auto Trader is the people, they are welcoming, passionate and know their stuff. It's fast paced and exciting place to work. The new offices are spectacular as are the facilities except........

    Cons

    Since the move to Manchester the car park isn't great. Can't wait for the multi-storey as long as it's not too expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please please can we improve the carpark. I know it's not ours and its only temporary buts it's terrible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Jan 21, 2015Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review. We could not agree more with you, our people are awesome so we created some spectacular offices to make their working days enjoyable. Bear with us about the car park ... More

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  5.  

    A really great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Opportunities to grow as a person and an employee. Office space is new and inventive. Benefit schemes are good.

    Cons

    Transport links are busy to and from the office and car parking poor.
    Onsite cafeteria too expensive and not that great a standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Birthday 'day off', that does not affect your holiday entitlement.
    A £200 Christmas bonus or Christmas Eve off as a company wide holiday.
    Change the food facility providers or have subsidised cafeteria.
    Allow Sky Sports News on the wall tv's in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Jan 6, 2015Head of Resourcing

    Happy New Year! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences of working here at Auto Trader.
    We're really honoured to have so many great people working at Auto Trader, and
    ... More

  6.  

    Really lovely company!

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK

    Pros

    - Friendly, helpful and driven staff
    - Great enabling culture which allows employees voices to be heard
    - Fab induction programme for employees at department and organisational level
    - Every employee really is valued and allowed to participate in things
    - People actually want others and the company to succeed
    - Open plan offices so departments actually get to know each other and it avoids silo working

    Cons

    Can't really think of any disadvantages to working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Dec 12, 2014Head of Resourcing

    Many thanks for taking the time to share your review. There is a lot of effort and creativity that has been put into our new induction programme and we are glad you enjoyed it.

  7.  

    Best decision I made

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic attitude to staff
    Invest heavily in staff training and well being.
    Culture is very collaborative and progressive.
    New offices are brilliant.
    Everything in place to help you achieve better results.

    Cons

    Progression can be seen as bottle necked.
    That is about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Dec 5, 2014Resourcing Partner

    Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and share your experiences. It's great to know how much you value the investment we make into training and development. I'm sure the L&D team ... More

  8.  

    14 years..........and still love working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - The culture and environment is amazing.
    - People are genuinely valued and listened to.
    - Really powerful company values that staff believe in.
    - People are passionate about the work they do.

    Cons

    can't really think of any. Can sometimes be a little too 'fast paced'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Nov 21, 2014Head of Resourcing

    Many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We all feel really lucky working in an amazing environment and with such great people. The pace can sometimes be fast but as you say everyone's ... More

  9.  

    Great people-Love working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time

    Pros

    Great office, great people with interesting work.
    AT really do invest in people and want them to develop their careers at AT as a whole. Work is always interesting and varied...but if you don't like a fast pace organisation with a lot of change then AT is not the place for you.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are competitive but could be improved.
    More collaboration is needed but AT are well on their way to achieving this
    AT offer some amazing career opportunities especially in P&T, Sales and Customer ops, smaller specialism are beginning to offer similar opportunities but are not quiet there yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Nov 14, 2014Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review, it is great to hear that you are enjoying working with us. Collaboration is key and the new offices in Manchester and central London will bring us closer together and ... More

  10.  

    Everything Sounds About Right

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Auto Trader has a great culture and amazing offices. Everyone I've worked with has been genuine and talented at their job - I love my team. The offices really are good and are clearly designed around working in an agile way. There's a lot of talk about making sure that we do the right thing, instead of just what's easiest or fastest to get a product out of the door. To a developer, this kind of culture is key.

    Cons

    There is a gulf between business areas - a definite feeling of 'them and us'. This is well represented by the difference in cultures between floors. There is also a lot of talk about company values by management but I'm not convinced everybody on the shop floor buys into them on a day-to-day basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowing the company values and actively working towards them are two hugely different things. Events like the Green Man induction are so important in actually making the values work. More needs to be done on a more regular basis to make sure that everyone sees how the values actually apply and can be used on a day-to-day basis. The induction is great, but what's the next step after that? And what can be done for people who've been working here for years so that they can really 'get' the values too?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Nov 14, 2014Head of Resourcing

    Many thanks for taking the time to post your review. We all love the offices in Manchester and looking forward to our new office in London opening very soon. Our Values are important to our long term ... More

  11.  

    Great environment to learn with great opportunities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to move around the business.
    Great environment to learn.
    Flat management structure, anyone is at most 3 levels away from the CEO.
    Great company induction.
    Lots of in house courses for self development.
    Environment where asking questions is encouraged, nobody will ever look down on you.
    Everyone gets the opportunity to get involved with the recruitment process.

    Cons

    Until surrounding offices/hotels/shops are finished the local area is a bit of a building site. This is short term though and will eventually be an amazing area!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Auto Trader UK Response

    Nov 14, 2014Head of Resourcing

    Thank you for your review and highlighting the reasons that make Auto Trader such a great place to work. It is a great thing that Manchester is growing but the building work can be a disruption ... More

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