Autobytel

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Autobytel Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
13 Reviews
2.3
13 Reviews
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Autobytel President, CEO, and Director Jeffrey H. Coats
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  1.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Autobytel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family environment with lots employees that have been here over 10 years.

    Cons

    High stress environment, but I thrive under pressure - not everyone does, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to ideas from employees who are on the front lines, dealing with customers directly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a great place to work as they are very disorganized shop/.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy money, easy work, but disorganized, you work then go home type of job.

    Cons

    disorganized IT dept, no way to climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what position you are hiring for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    If you're not a Director, then it's just a holding spot till something better comes your way.

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a stable and simple company. The mere fact that they survived the recession is a huge accomplishment in itself, It shows they know how to strategize and acquire companies to help leverage and profit.

    Cons

    HUGE salary gap among the workers versus Directors. I worked a lot of overtime for free at the states minimum professional salary of $75K per year (wage order #4), which was not professional at all, while they were making 2-3 times states minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your employees. Share the growth and wealth of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Very rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer/Helpdesk in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer/Helpdesk in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong management staff on board

    Cons

    Less than competitive pay compared to others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    BAD Business and BAD LEADS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autobytel

    Pros

    They Supply Leads for the AUTO MARKET

    Cons

    THE LEADS ARE 99% BAD...And they use tactics to try and Force you to pay for bad leads.....DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get BETTER LEADS...If your a lead company and selling bad leads...Well the company will not last long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    what joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Autobytel

    Pros

    its a paycheck but not a happy place

    Cons

    pay plan, job responsibilities changes every 3 to 6 months -- not only am I the sales rep I'm also the cleaning person, chauffeur and whatever you need gal-- micro management, just an awful place to work - its a big rumor mill extremely unprofessional. poor excuse for professionals ... couldn't believe anyone at this place had a secondary education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell to the first internet marketing company that takes interest in autobytel

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company on the decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Autobytel

    Pros

    The only pro was working out of your own home office

    Cons

    Working with disorganized management and an outdated product model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to broaden scope of offerings as primary business model is in decline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed Bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager of Programming in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Programming in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Autobytel

    Pros

    Due to the financial condition, the company was willing to try new ideas breath new life into the company. There was opportunity for those who were willing to change.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a split in management between management and it was very difficult to get things done. Some of the workers where too comfortable and the place had a bit of a feeling like you were working at the DMV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to get on the same page and fix the culture. Company needed to help more of an entrepreneurial feel to it and management needed to foster that.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good management through tough times in 2008

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Autobytel

    Pros

    In prior management regime there was a determination to innovate and change the Automotive Internet space, and the company was making progress until the industry implosion of 2008/2009.

    Cons

    As Auto industry and our clients were suffering, the company had continued downsizing efforts impacting morale. Despite best efforts of top mgmt to communicate and develop contingency plans, it was a difficult environment to remain excited in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully things are stabilized a bit now, hopefully company can get back to path of innovation and vision that is had under prior management.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Autobytel

    Pros

    Liked my co-workers and got to interactive with many different areas of the company
    Good Benefits
    nice location
    acceptable pay

    Cons

    Hated my Boss
    Job was not what they told me I would be doing
    work was mindless, unsatisfying and tedious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was working at ABTL during the Riesenbach era so I can't really comment on current management. I hope the best for everyone still there. I think overall, investors and employees have been equally screwed my management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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