AutoTrader Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
192 Reviews
3.3
192 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 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other (in 15 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great culture and good perks!

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    In my opinion . . .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    cant think of any right now

    Cons

    no work-life balance, it's like having a job where you are on- call and must respond to your manager and customers right away, at night and on weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    2014 compensation plan for Advertising Consultants is a detriment to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The gateway to pay my mortgage off 10 years early

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Travel, benefits and pay.

    Cons

    constant tweaking of pay plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lead - stop managing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great 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

    Great pay. Lots of employee perks. Laid back environment. Lots of activities to keep workers interested.

    Cons

    Traffic is terrible, but that's with any company in that area. No real complaints yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints so far. Need to be here longer to give accurate summation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Takes care of employees. Great pay. Yearly bonus.

    Cons

    Unorganized executive team. Accurate reporting is not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals that you can actually report on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant fear for your job. Often told "There tons of applicants who want to work for us". WATCH YOUR BACK!

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

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

    Pros

    Working from home. (allow for decent work-life balance) Company car (if you can get it). There have been some outstanding Managers/Directors who truly have served their teams (but they have all been quickly pushed out). Training was good which I will use with my next employer, THANKS!

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. Reps are Tasked to Sell Ads, Software, Web Sites, etc…. AND service and Billing…..REALLY?
    TONS OF NEPOTISM. "Public Face" portrays a caring company of Staff and Customers (It couldn't be further from the truth). Promotion is limited to Lateral moves or Relocation. Managers and Directors only look out for themselves by manipulating contracts to deliver to benefit their own pay plan. Strong account lists are often passed on to cronies of the Managers and Directors. Mediocre Service (at best) from HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would matter, advice not taken even with Internal Surveys. Executive Level took money out of company to "invest" but then later paid off its high level execs over $4MM each. Slowly , these Execs are "retiring"…Yeah we noticed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    18 months at autotrader

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

    I worked at AutoTrader as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Volunteer projects
    Free onsite gym
    Approachable managers
    Open floor plan
    Onsite affordable cafeteria with healthy options for breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Change is slow to manifest
    Host events as an alternative to higher pay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good, but needs improvement

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

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Great benefit package, one of the few companies that have a pension
    Fun, team-centered culture
    Career growth is possible if you are aggressive enough

    Cons

    Low pay
    Lack of work/life balance
    Tough to contribute outside of your core role, yet these are part of your performance evaluation
    Overly complex workflows
    You are managed by people who are overly analytical and uncreative
    Promotion is based on popularity versus competence
    A culture that preaches individual contribution and creativity, but eschews it in actual practice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear down and rebuild the workflows so they make sense
    Restore things that encourage work/life balance, like telecommuting and flexible scheduling
    Management needs to have at least a rudimentary familiarity with the core work of the people who work for them
    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work! Wish my contract didn't end!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Design Level I in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Digital Media Design Level I in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at AutoTrader as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    18th floor window seats are amazing, Food was great! Very creative environment.

    Cons

    Not much to say there, but I wish my contract didn't end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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