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AutoTrader Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
205 Reviews
3.4
205 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)

  • 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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    HR Culture at ATC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, fun (yet professional HR), hard working HR department. Employees are really motivated and love working at ATC. The culture is really lively and embraces change and innovation.

    Cons

    Executive leadership micro manages down to all levels and needs to improve delegation and empowerment. High turnover in the HR department due to poor leadership. Even the most motivate and intelligent HR members can not sustain the pace of change which often requires an average of 60-70 hours/week. Since I left there are only 2 of the original HR team members still on the team of 20

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your directors and managers so you can focus on the strategic initiatives of the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A true market leader in the classifieds realm... amazing potential and scope to the auto industry. With change being the constant they learned from their mistakes early on and in the last few years rolled out tech products better and more efficiently. Sales through Service was a great mantra, and in my opinion should have stayed. Clients liked us better, and the environment was much more relaxed.

    Cons

    VERY... I repeat... VERY POOR middle level management. No consistency in such across the country, most of the manager's that I worked for had their own agenda in mind, NOT the client or ATC. The corporate america mentality killed the amazing workplace environment that the company had for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Field reps are your true front line... not only as the revenue generators, but also your liaisons to the clients... consider this when training middle level management (RSD/DSM). 90% of the reps that I met in my time there had what it takes to make your company flourish, but were being restricted by "management" in one way or another.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dunwoody, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dunwoody, GA

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

    Pros

    AutoTrader has an excellent working environment, very friendly and flexible. It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees. The cafeteria is limited in its options :). Other than that, all is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away from sales at this company.

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    • 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

    Pay is decent and they provide a car allowance and nice trips for top sales performers.

    Cons

    No work/life balance: constant meetings, trainings, travel and lots of administrative work. If you are a die-hard sales person and don't mind working with tough car dealers, this job is for you. Sales, sales, sales, "what have you sold for me lately mentality." Not a good fit for those with small children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care your people and stop switching accounts around. Dealers don't like it and our company gets a bad reputation on the street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Former Advertising Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits started off great.

    Cons

    Kept changing pay program resulting in lower income while telling you it would be to your benefit
    Managers had no management talents, taught to micro manage and toe the company line without regard to their own district composition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop all the rah rah of the 600 lb gorilla and listen to your sales force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for the aggressive sales person

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Advertising Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, industry is growing

    Cons

    Comp plan changes regularly. Poor management for my team.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    AutoTrader IT dept

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility with work hours and time off, employee benefits and training to enhance personal growth

    Cons

    Too many politics, meetings about setting up meetings and individuals who do the bare minimum knowing very little will happen

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Was a good company back in the day

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Not a bad job if you get a Manager that does not micro manage you.

    Cons

    Salary / Com. just keeps getting lower and lower every year. Dealerships were hating us when I left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This is a great place

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

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Flexibility
    Great Pay, Benefits
    Great products

    Cons

    Every job has cons. One man's ceiling is another man's floor. I didn't really experience anything negative that doesn't come with any job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the innovation!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company weighed down by some in management

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical and dental plan, decent PTO (if you can get the time away), nice facilities and eating options, covered parking. Salary was slightly above market for my position which I appreciated. Free coffee and discounted lunch within the facilities. Fairly easy access to 285 both coming in and leaving.

    Cons

    If you're of the aggressive mindset, you may do fine. There's a very competitive spirit within the corporate office. One where managers sometimes put the best interests of their people second to projects which don't warrant the urgency. Each team will be different but overall I see a similar "race to the top" mindset by management. More of a "ready fire aim" approach which doesn't always make the best use of limited time. There are some exceptional individual contributors who are great at what they do. They must get their motivation from the rare occasion they are recognized for their contributions. While the company does have an entire floor dedicated to learning, good luck getting the time away to improve yourself through these opportunities. Also they have a floor dedicated as a break room with TVs and video games. Again, good luck finding the time to utilize these benefits. One last point, I have a hard time accepting management calling people "resources" openly. I understand that's what we are, but be a bit more "human" please.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at how you really interact with your team. Develop them, don't just talk about it. Give them the time and space to do so. You have a great brand, but remember many others did at some point and fell from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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