AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
188 Reviews
3.4
188 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for the aggressive sales person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company weighed down by some in management

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for 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.  

    Good Benefits and Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out of it more than what you put in to it.

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

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

    Pros

    - Smart, skilled, and experienced people (mostly);
    - Strong corporate values (honesty, fairness, competition) are more than just lip service;
    - Honest and relatively transparent dealings with customers;
    - Corporate puts real resources and money behind community service;
    - Employee happiness efforts are more than just lip service. Talk is backed by money and time;
    - Lots of opportunity if you are not an idiot;
    - Very strong financials;
    - Serious attention paid to costs of each project;
    - Corp. not afraid to spend serious money for perceived benefits'
    - Well-managed growth;
    - Company genuinely strategizes for next generation.;
    - Generous pay and benefits, including pension.
    - Interesting problems to solve in a vertical backed by lots and lots of spending.
    - Really nice facilities;
    - Full gym on site. First-class equipment, personal trainers - all FREE;
    - Decent food options in the subsidized cafe

    Cons

    Like all large companies, ATC feels growing pains - too few processes and SOP becomes too much process and SOP. Eventually it will even out.;
    - Very often plans don't survive contact; Lots of hero efforts by individual contributors are often required for projects to succeed. And they often do.
    - Too much red tape sometimes to get things done.
    - Lots of powerpoint and political buy-in required for significant efforts. (not any different than any other place really)
    - It's a first-name place. An hourly worker can call the CEO by first name and it's normal.
    - Can be hard to get recognized, stand out from the crowd. Depends on what department you work in and who your bosses are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing fine. Way better than a lot of places. If it's not the ideal place, it's certainly trending in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Data Architect Co-Op

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    Current Employee - Data Architect Co-Op  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Data Architect Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Leadership, experience, and exposure

    Cons

    Not yet mature standards and history of program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced Dotcom / advertising company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    At least for awhile this was a tremendously fast growing Dotcom company with tremendous opportunity. The company is owned by Cox Enterprises, and more recently, Private Equity has taken a stake. Most of the early explosive growth has slowed, and the company is now operating as a more mature and more slowing growing company. If you enjoy working on interactive and website projects, it can be a fairly innovative environment with some rewarding and challenging projects. They do invest in training, and they developed a pretty robust in-house training curriculum.

    Cons

    Some departments are much better than others. Although it's a technology company, it's driven by advertising. Most of the best opportunities are lavished on Marketing and Sales. It can be a great place if you're in one of those departments. Other groups often donn't get the same respect, to include IT, the PMO, Operations, etc. Several departments to include IT and the PMO have had a tremendous amount of turnover. Directors, in particular, seemed to last about 6 months in a role, before they were replaced. Also, I witnessed the company let go a number of talented and seasoned individuals while bringing in a wave of new hires. A lot of this activity seemed to be focused on cost cutting and reducing veterans while the company attempted to prepare for an IPO that never materialized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay loyal to and provide opportunities to the employees that drive your success

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, energetic people, lots of opportunity for growth, lots of opportunities to learn via internal training offered weekly at no costs. A lead from where you are type of environment where your input is always heard. Rapidly growing organization means plenty of room to grow current roles as well as find new roles. A company that people actually retire from without being terminated months before retirement! A great place to start and finish your professional career.

    Cons

    Although input is heard, decisions that have negative impacts are made daily by leadership who kind of figure it out as they go. Too many managers with no formal training in their areas who continue to figure it out as they go. The transparency boasted by the company has not proven to be true in all areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your knowledge workers input and really "listen" to employees. Not taking action on employee suggestions is a positive sign that you dont really care about their input. Align your department with other ATG & ATC business units for better input and output across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11. 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

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