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.  

    This is a great place

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    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pays the bills

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    some really talented folks work there

    Cons

    forced to work 80 hours a week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Boiler Room

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, payed well in the past.

    Cons

    Core product is sold out. Now selling the rickety product sets which leads to many cancelations. Which means no paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The poor pay plan and "foot on your throat" to sell or be fired approach will slowly lead to poor employee retention. Poor customer service at the dealer level and many more cancellations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gained a lot of knowledge re Automotive Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Definitely some great people that work at AutoTrader. The training is engaging and you learn not only about the company but overtime will have a better understanding of the auto industry and online advertising. They look to promote from within.

    Cons

    Too large for your voice to be heard if you're not high up on VP level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Company Number One in the Industry

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

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

    Pros

    Rewarded for hard work. Excellent Training. Excellent Products

    Cons

    Pay is going down. Not sure why. Products and stress going up, harder to service dealers than ever. Not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the value and time necessary for retention of accounts and products in more saturated markets and compensate accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Best in work environment,training,compensation,benefits, etc...

    Cons

    Company lost interest in Hispanic Market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-take targeting Hispanic Market with more support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Consultant

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

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own schedule. Compensation is above par. It is the number one site in this particular business.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is not the greatest. They are definitely behind the times technologically with their antiquated servers, not very agile anymore. They used to be innovators, now, not so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your IT systems, work faster on the mobile side and focus more on tablets and cellular phones, less on the old way of thinking. Get a better CRM tool for your sales folks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out of it more than what you put in to it.

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    • 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

    - Smart, skilled, and experienced people (mostly);
    - Strong corporate values (honesty, fairness, competition) are more than just lip service;
    - Honest and relatively transparent dealings with customers;
    - Corporate puts real resources and money behind community service;
    - Employee happiness efforts are more than just lip service. Talk is backed by money and time;
    - Lots of opportunity if you are not an idiot;
    - Very strong financials;
    - Serious attention paid to costs of each project;
    - Corp. not afraid to spend serious money for perceived benefits'
    - Well-managed growth;
    - Company genuinely strategizes for next generation.;
    - Generous pay and benefits, including pension.
    - Interesting problems to solve in a vertical backed by lots and lots of spending.
    - Really nice facilities;
    - Full gym on site. First-class equipment, personal trainers - all FREE;
    - Decent food options in the subsidized cafe

    Cons

    Like all large companies, ATC feels growing pains - too few processes and SOP becomes too much process and SOP. Eventually it will even out.;
    - Very often plans don't survive contact; Lots of hero efforts by individual contributors are often required for projects to succeed. And they often do.
    - Too much red tape sometimes to get things done.
    - Lots of powerpoint and political buy-in required for significant efforts. (not any different than any other place really)
    - It's a first-name place. An hourly worker can call the CEO by first name and it's normal.
    - Can be hard to get recognized, stand out from the crowd. Depends on what department you work in and who your bosses are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing fine. Way better than a lot of places. If it's not the ideal place, it's certainly trending in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work and have fun

    Cons

    Uneven opportunity depends on people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    form process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, but seems like some of the wrong people get promoted.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    Great place to learn a lot and develop your business skills. Great benefits, PTO and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Lack of diversity at executive level, growth opportunities and promotions not balanced across all areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees about the issues they have with the direct management and departmental leadership - they are speaking the truth!

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