Autobytel Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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  1. Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Incestious Place Were The Dumb Promote the Dumber

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autobytel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was somewhat decent and employee benefits were ok

    Cons

    Where do I begin...could possibly be the worst bunch of upper management in the history of companies. They basically promoted each other like some prep school click. It's not a shocker why the product has so many issues, when you promote the way they do talent gets overlooked. Lack of talent = lower quality of products. Add bad management as well and ya got Autobytel in a nut shell

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the directors and do a better job at promoting the the best people for the job, not your best friend. Go out spend the money and get some quality of folks that can fix all the issues

  3. Helpful (1)

    Product line-up not as good as the competition.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Autobytel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice marketing dept. Good salty snacks in the lounge.

    Cons

    Too much time is spent dealing with customer retention and complaints. Disorganization. IT behind times. Lots of turnover versus the industry =

    Advice to Management

    Don't blame the employee(s) for product quality issues. Don't force us to buy the company stock. Reduce micromanagement from the vp to middle manager.

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  5. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Know what position you are hiring for.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Autobytel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong management staff on board

    Cons

    Less than competitive pay compared to others

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. BAD Business and BAD LEADS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autobytel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. what joke

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Autobytel

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Company on the decline

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

    I worked at Autobytel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro was working out of your own home office

    Cons

    Working with disorganized management and an outdated product model

    Advice to Management

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

  11. 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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