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AutoTrader Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
202 Reviews
3.5
202 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • At one time you could make great money, work from home, cool parties, great product (in 12 reviews)

  • allow for decent work-life balance) Company car (if you can get it) (in 12 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 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Downhill slide!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoTrader

    Pros

    The benefits & PTO are average.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Outdated platforms, Unrealistic sales goals, Upper management out of touch of reality in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue with what is going on in the dealerships.

  2.  

    Awesome people, great opportunity, constant change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    People, focus on employee development, private company with long term view

    Cons

    Change is constant, I have had half a dozen bosses in 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a change and stick with it for a while; fatigue is starting to encroach in the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Incredible opportunities abound for high performers looking to roll up their sleeves, work hard and be appreciated!

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

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

    Pros

    Autotrader takes care of it's employees first and foremost.
    Dedication, commitment, knowledge and skill are highly valued and innovation is highly encouraged at all levels.

    Cons

    Accountability is an opportunity for improvement. This is not the place where you will move up by just showing up to work and collecting a check, but some people have adopted a habit of coasting in their current roles.
    If you work hard and contribute you will be rewarded and have more opportunities to shine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is always a challenge in an organization this size. Keep working at it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company treats us very well-job is challenging

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of perks. I feel like they truly want to always be getting better and are setting the bar high. It's great to work for an online company. Company car, phone, iPad...whatever I need in the field is provided. We are also a part of KBB.com which is an awesome asset to sell. Work independently and I set my own schedule. I am not micromanaged and I have lots of outside support. There are lots of opportunities to get more training and improve your skills.

    Cons

    It's a difficult job! Things are always changing (good and bad) and working with dealers is really tough. You have to be willing to learn and fight for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the pay plan for sellers and compensate us for consulting. It's really tough to survive in a highly competitive environment and make money of of sales. You know how volatile it is for us...pay us for consulting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful place to work.

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

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Office environment is very relaxed but demanding. No micro managing. Plenty of growth if your a hard worker.

    Cons

    Sometimes it will take years before they hire you on from contracts. Traffic is horrible. Located on Hwy 285, the most congested area in Atlanta. If you live 5 miles away, it will take you 45 mins to get home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives for contractors to stay on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, leadership cares, great benefits, awesome work/life balance

    Cons

    for me it's the location. Too far from where I live. a lot of favoritism. Turning into a different company than was started. Not sure where it's going.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Be Careful.....

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

    I have been working at AutoTrader (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting company....they used to be known for their honesty....

    Cons

    Management....never think that they won't screw you over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tell the truth...PLEASE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and good perks!

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

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

    Pros

    Company provides a lot of opportunity for community service. Building space is excellent.

    Cons

    Management feels disorganized at times. A growing company so expect changes but feel that changes can be handled better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more transparency in hitting our objectives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best companies I've worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People and environment are great. Fun projects to work on.

    Cons

    As with anywhere, there are some people and some departments that experience turmoil. I find that it's less here than at other places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Gain more focus as you have been over the past year. Slow down the number of changes taking place as that makes people nervous. At least be a little more transparent with changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales

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

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training is extensive but only in core products.

    Cons

    TOO MANY PRODUCTS FOR SALES STAFF TO MANAGE AND MANAGE BOOK OF BUSINESS.
    The sales staff is doing the work of 2-3 people, they are getting the work done for cheap.
    Training was in classroom/ride along setting. The past couple months has been in Self guided modules that have deadlines and staff is "graded" as to how soon they complete it and are reprimanded for not completing on time.
    Too many acquisitions in the past couple years and no increase in sales staff. Current Sales staff expected to meet goals with minimal experience selling products AND maintain current book of business.
    The "retirement" of founding President /CEO Chip Perry was the downfall of the company.
    Other Key High Level Execs have also "retired", Marketing, VP of Sales. And replaced with Execs from Sister companies that have note worked in this industry. They are making "Car Guy" company rather than a true "advertising" company.
    This will be the demise of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BRING BACK CHIP PERRY!! CURRENT CEO IS A FOOL!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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