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AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
205 Reviews
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Pros
  • At one time you could make great money, work from home, cool parties, great product (in 12 reviews)

  • It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other (in 16 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work depending on what department you are in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (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
  2.  

    Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and harness your skills

    Cons

    sometimes political in terms of whether or not to be transparent with internal clients and dealers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good company that value employees and community service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunities if you are having the right skill-sets. Continue grow and making profit with low competitions on the market.

    Cons

    Many changes in the recent years including top executives changes, business unites re-aliments. The changes are inevitable and maybe it's works out to be best for the business as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love my role; love the company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love the work that I do, and I have the freedom to do my job but also the guidance to continue to grow as an employee. Additionally, there always seem to be events, opportunities, prizes, giveaways, and snacks. It feels like they put a lot of emphasis on keeping employees engaged. I am, so I guess it's working!

    Cons

    Although I would consider it to be laid-back corporate, it's still a corporate environment, so if you're looking for a true dot-com feel, you may want to look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People, Great Benefits, Great Product

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ATG Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - ATG Technology in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    -Awesome benefits
    -Great pay
    -Highly encourages team work, versus drawing targets on the backs of fellow co-workers
    -Fun environment (whole floor almost entirely dedicated to having fun with tv, billiards, ping-pong, video games, etc.)
    -Continuously growing company with a high demand product, even during a bad economy
    -Schedule flexibility
    -Ability to work from home occasionally

    Cons

    HR has been somewhat of a pain for me. When I started I was supposed to be set up with access to a lot of tools, to be provided by and handled through HR, and so much was missing when I arrived. I had to take extra time to personally fish for what I needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are a manager with a team, open up your schedule more so that your team can run more project progress/updates and questions by you, instead of telling your team to figure it out. Please give more guidance to your team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Poor management and extreme cronyism

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DB Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - DB Contractor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Nice office spaces
    Good location

    Cons

    Management is weak and most of the time protected by friends that got them the job.
    No incentive to stay
    Half the people don't come to work consistently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set your expectations to those outside of the company. Work on yourself, you a not better than the people you manage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glacially slow to change

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (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
  9.  

    Good growth company. Less sincere focus on employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong growth, opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Reorganizes often quickly displacing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very innovative and results driven company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is very transparent. Company culture is strong and aligned with company values. Generous compensation. Senior management is extremely visible and very involved. Acceptance and implementation of good company traditions is high.

    Cons

    Advanced training not available to everyone. No college partnership programs that I'm aware of. Work life balance is good, but could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe that there should be bigger investments in the growth and training for AutoTrader.com's existing employees. If someone exhibits the drive and work ethic there should be no limitations to that person's access to company provided, relevant training. It has been said that AutoTrader.com's secret to success is its people, therefore, its people should be its biggest investment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well compensated , too much red tape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (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

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