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Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Atlanta, GA

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

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

Pros

Great benefits, energetic people, lots of opportunity for growth, lots of opportunities to learn via internal training offered weekly at no costs. A lead from where you are type of environment where your input is always heard. Rapidly growing organization means plenty of room to grow current roles as well as find new roles. A company that people actually retire from without being terminated months before retirement! A great place to start and finish your professional career.

Cons

Although input is heard, decisions that have negative impacts are made daily by leadership who kind of figure it out as they go. Too many managers with no formal training in their areas who continue to figure it out as they go. The transparency boasted by the company has not proven to be true in all areas.

Advice to Management

Trust your knowledge workers input and really "listen" to employees. Not taking action on employee suggestions is a positive sign that you dont really care about their input. Align your department with other ATG & ATC business units for better input and output across the company.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    National Sales Software Division

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, healthcare, 401k matching 6%

    Cons

    1. ATC bought all these software companies but do not have a knowledge base on how to run them. They basically purchased 4 companies who have overlapping products and by default they pit Homenet, Vin, Vauto and CDM all against each other and want all companies to leverage autotrader to get in with dealers.

    2. its not about whats remotely best for the dealer it's about what is financially best for ATC. Example: if a dealer can buy VIN's market-pricing tool for $300 or Vauto for $2000 then they want the VIN rep to back off. Which is fine if all companies are on board which they are not. VIN wants all of their products in stores including Inventory and Market Pricing and Autotrader does not. VIN is not on the same page as Autotrader.

    3. VIN pushes ERRONEOUS information to dealers on the capabilities of their CRM, Market Pricing tool, Desking and inventory and ESPECIALLY their Websites/SEO.

    4. Environment - While autotrader supposedly has a professional culture they allow VIN and Homenet to be run like unprofessionally and hostile. (in regards to how they treat their employees) Example - constantly swearing at the sales reps and not approving expense reports for their internal amusement which ties up the finances of the sales reps.

    5. The offer drastically different pricing to dealers based on the mood of the sales managers (more so VIN than anyone else)

    6. While the price of the products/solutions are extremely high compared to the competition, they have no problem A. staying in lavish hotel rooms up to $300 per night with out approval, B. throwing lavish parties with bands like kid rock and matchbox 20 and C. allowing dinners up to $85 per person when traveling and much higher if traveling with others. Who pays for all this??? The dealers for solutions that do not deliver the ROI it once did.

    7. Verbal discrimination which autotrader is aware of and consistently does nothing to stop it which adds to the uncomfortable work environment.

    8. These guys have obviously saturated the market, have layers of management and have run out of worthy products to sell.

    9. Success is not determined by ability, it's directed by who the managers like or are sleeping with.

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve all employees who are part of the BLB's (you know who they are). In addition just do an overhaul of these guys that are heading up these different companies.

  2. Helpful (5)

    ATC ruins another software company and lets the sales team go

    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, working from home.

    Cons

    hahaha...ATC management. We all figured out Homenet would go under as soon as we learned of BL's reputation for running divisions. At last they had a company wide meeting on December 4 2013 and let all the sales team go. Why? Because they hired 40 some sales reps, messed up the inventory for several thousand dealerships nationwide, had a huge cancelation rate and could not make HomeNet profitable. Who's next Vin Solutions...I guess autotraders strategy of buying separate companies and trying to be a dealer.com is not working. haha. Jokers.

    Advice to Management

    fire yourselves.

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