AutoTrader Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
188 Reviews
3.4
188 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)

  • 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The gateway to pay my mortgage off 10 years early

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
  3.  

    Great place to work.

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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    18 months at autotrader

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once an awesome and unique startup... now a holding company trying to run leaner... yet handing out huge payouts.

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of cummunity support / service opportunities. Friendly and casual culture. Good parent company (Cox). Lots of investmentent in coaching and development. Great consumer brands and software solutions. Lots of opportunity to leverage these assets with Manheim and other Cox divisions.

    Cons

    Very driven by sales organization (what sales wants sales gets). Trying to be more strategic and less tactical but no big changes yet. Trying to change car business and car dealers is like moving a mountain. Lots of pushback in industry and new solutions are stealing market share. Limited career advancement. Promotions based on networking. This results in some leaders who are super networkers but have no idea how to manage specialized teams. Company needs more leaders with specialized skills in product, marketing, sales, customer service, etc. Also, budgets and headcount need to be reduced to help the company run leaner. Got fat and happy during early days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exec comp plans and buyout packages are insane when compared to people immediately below... leading to some directors and VPs checking out. Not only operations need to be leaner, but exec comp should be leaner as well. Step out of your office and talk to people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, but no upward opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, job security, work life balance

    Cons

    limited career growth, too far from clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work!

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice atmosphere, Plenty of ways to relax, Gym access. Awesome Innovative people to work with.

    Cons

    Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in technology.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company but bad location

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager/Inside Sales  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager/Inside Sales in Irving, TX

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and hours. Weekends off and plenty of paid holidays. Normally most are off by 5 and some off by 4

    Cons

    The management needs improvement badly. The office is more about who likes you vs how well you work and rules are applied based off of this as well. The decisions being made on comp and work duties are made by individuals who have not done the job and truly have a no clue on what it truly takes and how to perform the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't manage effectively and make compensation guidelines and performance policies if you have not done the job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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