Edmunds.com Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
88 Reviews
3.6
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Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf
Avi Steinlauf
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It allows you to have more of a work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The benefits are good and the time off policy is way generous (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Very senior management (CEOs, CSOs, CMOs, etc (in 4 reviews)

  • Top heavy: Operational inefficiency (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Edmunds.com is Avi Cool

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    Former Employee - Creative Ditrector  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Ditrector in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Edmunds.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Avi the CEO is a good guy, and the company's leadership in automotive editorial is clearly one of its strengths. Advertising does not impact editorial

    Cons

    I am not going to say anything bad. The company has matured. I am not going to say anything bad. The company has matured. I am not going to say anything bad. The company has matured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Point to selling cars directly and partner with TESLA.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hands down best place to work in LA!

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They actually care about their employees and understand that happy employees are much more productive! They have the work life balance thing all figured out!

    Cons

    It's hard to find your place in the big picture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits, lots of transparency

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    Current Employee - Product  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Product in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits: Result only work environment means employees can set their own schedules and work from where they want as long as they can figure out how to coordinate with other team members and meet goals.

    Transparency: Company leadership is very transparent about what's happening - good and bad. COO sends out emails at least twice a week to discuss current problems and opportunities.

    Cons

    Due to the benefits, there isn't a lot of turnover, so people trying to move up quickly may not find the opportunities they're looking for - these types of people tend to leave after a couple years unless they're able to get in front of the executive team and really impress them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hold internal innovation competitions so that all employees have a forum to share their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place I've ever worked!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Results only work environment (work where you want, when you want as long as your get your work done)

    Excellent pay, location, benefits!

    Rewarding, challenging work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the product can inhibit latest design directions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great day-to-day feel, worrisome outlook

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance with ROWE. For the most part there are mechanisms to hear out employee concerns at every level, so if there's anything that bothers you about your particular manager/director, it's not hard to be heard (although I don't sense that this is a common problem to begin with. In general, working here from day to day is fun and relatively low-stress.

    Also, if you do your job and play the game, above average compensation seems to follow.

    Cons

    Many question the direction of the company in a time that's been a bit turbulent. Traffic is on the decline and competitors with flat, streamlined website designs offer more ease-of-use for the same product. The difficulty seems to be that Edmunds relies heavily on advertising revenue for cash flow, but ads muck up the site and make navigation and page load times reminiscent of a decade ago. This is in direct conflict with the transition to becoming a car shopping website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The flaws of the current site design might not stand to baby-boomer uses, but younger users who are becoming more and more accustomed to simple, easily navigable, and fast applications won't put up with it for long. Perhaps the Tier 3 business doesn't belong on Edmunds.com, but on an integrated sister website that offers the same product without the burden of heavy advertising.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Employees Valued, Great Opportunities, Challenging Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Open, collaborative work environment
    -Excellent benefits
    -ROWE (Results Only Work Environment)
    -Employees valued and treated with wonderful perks
    -Employees are high quality, professional, and extremely nice to work with
    -Small company; everyone knows each other and works together well
    -Casual and comfortable environment
    -Excellent Technology

    Cons

    -Although this is a highly collaborative environment, you still encounter silos just like any other company. You have to speak up and make sure you are heard.
    -Senior management is challenging - not sure that would be a con; I actually look at this as more of a pro. You have to have a backbone, accept criticism, and deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    edmunds is awesome!

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, super nice people, transparency, yearly raises and bonus, beautiful location.This place is a real slice of heaven.

    Cons

    none really...this place is truly wonderful. it is hard to come up with negatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no issues to report, the executives are on point and always friendly and approachable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment, entire team dedicated to the workplace experience, happy hours, great benefits, ROWE workplace.

    Cons

    It's basically a hierarchy with way too many branches, company will pay a bonus but put a freeze on hiring which doesn't help the long hours especially being a ROWE workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more people working here to effectively take the company where you think it deserves to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    They truly value their employees!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is incredible here. Most departments of this company are super flexible with your schedule. I come and go as I please, and I can actually live life and get my job done - all the while not feeling as stressed. If I want to leave for the day bc I'm tired, I do. But, I get my job done.
    The leadership TRULY cares about the consumer. They take every piece of feedback and try to apply it to making our site better.
    Edmunds just really values their employees and treats us well. We have a lot of fun events all the time, and they really spare no expense for us.

    Cons

    At times, it's hard to see any growth potential. Seems like sometimes people get promoted or moved up based on tenure vs actual knowledge of how to run a team of people (a critical skill).
    The flexible work environment has a different definition depending on what dept you're in. I think it should be consistent throughout. I know that's the goal. But, it's not reality at the moment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, great product

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Laguna Niguel, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Laguna Niguel, CA

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with great people. Comp plan is reasonable. The product speaks for itself. The Edmunds.com team never is just satisfied with standing still. It has been my pleasure being part of a corporation who truly cares about its consumers, customers, and staff.

    Cons

    Comes with my position long drives and the...traffic! Working with SalesForce is a necessary evil, I am not a big fan of long annual corporate meetings in the middle of the month. I'd rather have them on the last 2 days/1st day of a calendar month. None of our clients want to see us on those days typically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue beta testing with focus groups across the US prior to launching new product

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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