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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 177 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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Sandy Schwartz

(29 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 person found this helpful  

    Gained a lot of knowledge re Automotive Industry

    Advertising Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsDefinitely some great people that work at AutoTrader. The training is engaging and you learn not only about the company but overtime will have a better understanding of the auto industry and online advertising. They look to promote from within.

    ConsToo large for your voice to be heard if you're not high up on VP level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Consultant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFreedom to make your own schedule. Compensation is above par. It is the number one site in this particular business.

    ConsWork/Life balance is not the greatest. They are definitely behind the times technologically with their antiquated servers, not very agile anymore. They used to be innovators, now, not so much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure your IT systems, work faster on the mobile side and focus more on tablets and cellular phones, less on the old way of thinking. Get a better CRM tool for your sales folks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

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

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    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

    ConsLike 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 Senior ManagementYou'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Place to work and have fun

    ConsUneven opportunity depends on people

    Advice to Senior Managementform process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good, but seems like some of the wrong people get promoted.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn a lot and develop your business skills. Great benefits, PTO and competitive compensation

    ConsLack of diversity at executive level, growth opportunities and promotions not balanced across all areas

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees about the issues they have with the direct management and departmental leadership - they are speaking the truth!

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    Great people, but a lack of transparency or appreciation from management.

    Digital Media Designer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsPlenty of great people and personalities. Benefits are great.

    ConsCustomer 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a fun place to work

    Advertising Consultant (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsGreat people to work with, but necessarily to work for at ATC. This was a great place to work, but the cultured changed dramatically over the last year. The pay was very not very stable, and made it difficult to budget. The company is very generous with its resources. However, as an individual contributor there is very little autonomy to conduct good business. Also, opportunity is very limited and it appears that the model is to look outside company for management hires.

    ConsThe business landscape is changing around ATC, but it appears that it is being ignored. Low to mid level management were at the right place at the right time. Many are not qualified to manage, but were promoted due to ¨being hot¨ at the time of opportunity. These managers would not have been as successful in current selling conditions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook out side of ATC portfolio of products to partner with ad networks. Also, the days of commanding a premium are waning.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-paced Dotcom / advertising company

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsAt 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementStay loyal to and provide opportunities to the employees that drive your success

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great company with room for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI really enjoy the people I work with.

    ConsToo many layers that hamper progress.

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    Data Architect Co-Op

    Data Architect Co-Op (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat Leadership, experience, and exposure

    ConsNot yet mature standards and history of program

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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