AutoTrader Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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. Good company with solid backing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    great benefits, stability and security

    Cons

    too hard for some to make big/hard decisions

  2. Lack of Stability and work life balance

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great solutions to offer customers, well known brand,decent compensation at certain levels

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership, Slow to Market with products, Stability is very questionable, inconsistent messaging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your employees, foster a culture of work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Sales Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant

    I worked at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Good Pay, vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    High Pressure, high turnover and employees are not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your sales people better and they will stay longer and sell more.

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  5. Great Company but not a career company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company as far as benefits and employee development.

    Cons

    Too rigid with evaluations. No career path for employees. Not willing to work with valuable employees to keep them. No valuable leadership. Does not apply the policies to upper management regarding promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your employees are doing to make you look good. Notice those that do not blow their own horn. Pay attention to your loyal workers while they help you move around in the company. Stop stepping on the backs of others to make yourself look like you know what you are doing when you know it is your team who is holding it together. The customers are still there because your team knows their job and it's not because of leadership its because of their loyalty to the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. manager

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

    I worked at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Great company and benefits. They care about the employees.

    Cons

    some managers don't respect confidentiality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Stunted growth but can still be part of a a family

    • 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

    Very big company with good structure and a very good earner. This company delivers value and for the most part is great to work for. They have a good salary base and bonus structure and decent benefits. If you want somewhere that you can "sit" and retire in your current line of work it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Plan on being happy with just the job you are in unless you come in and make your way into a "click", otherwise you will always be looked at as an outsider and not go anywhere outside of the contraints of your current position. Middle management tends to pick out who they "like" and who they don't care for and if you aren't in the "like" crowd" you can expect that growth within the company will come to a halt for you. If you are not looking for growth within then it's a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is more a message to upper management: Get a better eyeball on your middle tier management, they are creating too much of a smokescreen below where you cannot see the efforts of the many good people that are "trying" to make a difference and work hard regardless of whether they are a "favorite" of a middle manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Good company

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

    I worked at AutoTrader

    Pros

    This was a great company to work for. Pay is fair but a bit under market value. They do offer bonus and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    There wasn't enough work to really go around our department. Spent a lot of time not learning anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direction to employees and encourage training and utilize technologies purchased

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. My experience with regards to working for this employer was positive.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Dothan, AL

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for this organization are as follows:
    Flexible work schedule.
    Professional employees.
    Fair compensation.
    Learning opportunities.
    Expansion of individual career goals.

    Cons

    There is a significant amount of travel involved with regards to most all positions within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be communicating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Application Support Engineer

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

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Great work life balance. And great people to work with,

    Cons

    Poor middle management, that only have their own interest at heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to be made more accountable on how they support junior staff members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Stressful at times but what job isnt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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