Autotrader Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work from home, payed well in the past (in 12 reviews)

  • It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is not the greatest (in 16 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. FInance/Accounting point of view

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

    I have been working at Autotrader full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are great benefits. The people are very friendly and helpful. Office environment is laid back. There are flexible work hours and depending on your department you have the option to work from home at times.

    Cons

    There are not too many cons I can think of but you have to take control of your career path. Otherwise you can get stuck doing the same role for too long.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Used to be GREAT company....Now just ok.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Autotrader full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, great coworkers, and volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    This used to be a GREAT company under the old leadership of Chip Perry. However, once Chip left the company took a nose dive. Micro management, no good leadership, no policy or procedures set in place. You have to be in the know to advance, management has no loyalty to their employees ( they start and end the gossip! and forget about going to HR...it's a joke). Most employees are stressed to the point of no return.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employees with "Real" training to succeed at their job, provided "Real" advancement opportunities for your dedicated employees and stop letting managers bring their friends from outside. Last but defiantly not least Get rid of ALL middle management and start over!


  3. AutoTrader Review

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

    I worked at Autotrader full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    AutoTrader was overall a friendly working environment. Competitive salary, good benefits, lots of nice and talented people (though most don't work there anymore).

    Cons

    Years ago, Autotrader had a powerhouse UX team of 30+ people but you wouldn't have known it by looking at the website. Many talented people were held back by process and politics. You had to be comfortable taking orders.


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  5. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Autotrader as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible with hours. Great work life balance. A lot of opportunity for movement within the company. Also very LBGT and minority friendly, diversity is encouraged and adds a lot to keeping perspectives fresh

    Cons

    It's all online so you don't really see things through to completion since it's all in cyber space. And you spend 6 months working on something and by the time you're done, it's obsolete

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Excellent Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Building a winning culture is apparent. Company wants employees who want to Win and who want to be there. * Product is solid and easy to believe in. * Beautiful building/workspace * Community Involvement is top-notch!!!

    Cons

    * Mobile strategy & execution is behind others in the space * Too many meetings * Decisions are "by committee" too many times; need leaders to make decisions - bad or good - and then handle the consequences. Leaders seem afraid to make a wrong decision. * Traffic getting out of the area around the building is very bad/borders on horrific.

    Advice to Management

    * Focus on Mobile; there needs to be as much focus on mobile as there was on changing the logo or removing the "dot com" from the name * Make sure all levels of employees feel like there are opportunities for growth (note: this doesn't always mean moving up) * Maintain the community involvement initiatives * Allow for flexible work schedules more because of traffic around Perimeter


  7. Helpful (1)

    Second Class Citizens

    Former Contractor - Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Autotrader as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great employees. They treat their employees well and focus on work life balance, goal setting, and training. Very diverse environment and opportunity for advancement and personal growth.

    Cons

    I was a contractor and felt like contractors are treated like second class citizens with regard to the restrictions. Other than that everyone was really nice.


  8. Helpful (1)

    No direction and no focus

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

    I worked at Autotrader

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers and team members were great - a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen, no accountability, huge teams for insignificant project tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Set goals and hold individuals accountable.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good Ole Boys Club!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Autotrader full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Its ok - nice building in a prime area good benefits, at a relatively low premium Friendly respectful people

    Cons

    not a place you want to stay if you are competent or skilled. Stay if you are a con artists and just want to build relationships or be a politician

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and stop talking about AGILE - it is just a Farce for a company of this size and with a culture centered purely around CYA


  10. Good company

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

    I worked at Autotrader

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

    Pros

    This was a great company to work for. Pay is fair but a bit under market value. They do offer bonus and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    There wasn't enough work to really go around our department. Spent a lot of time not learning anything.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more direction to employees and encourage training and utilize technologies purchased


  11. Application Support Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Autotrader

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. And great people to work with,

    Cons

    Poor middle management, that only have their own interest at heart.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs to be made more accountable on how they support junior staff members.



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