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Was a fun place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Charlotte, NC
Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Charlotte, NC

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

Pros

Great people to work with, but necessarily to work for at ATC. This was a great place to work, but the cultured changed dramatically over the last year. The pay was very not very stable, and made it difficult to budget. The company is very generous with its resources. However, as an individual contributor there is very little autonomy to conduct good business. Also, opportunity is very limited and it appears that the model is to look outside company for management hires.

Cons

The business landscape is changing around ATC, but it appears that it is being ignored. Low to mid level management were at the right place at the right time. Many are not qualified to manage, but were promoted due to ¨being hot¨ at the time of opportunity. These managers would not have been as successful in current selling conditions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look out side of ATC portfolio of products to partner with ad networks. Also, the days of commanding a premium are waning.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced Dotcom / advertising company

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

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

    Pros

    At least for awhile this was a tremendously fast growing Dotcom company with tremendous opportunity. The company is owned by Cox Enterprises, and more recently, Private Equity has taken a stake. Most of the early explosive growth has slowed, and the company is now operating as a more mature and more slowing growing company. If you enjoy working on interactive and website projects, it can be a fairly innovative environment with some rewarding and challenging projects. They do invest in training, and they developed a pretty robust in-house training curriculum.

    Cons

    Some departments are much better than others. Although it's a technology company, it's driven by advertising. Most of the best opportunities are lavished on Marketing and Sales. It can be a great place if you're in one of those departments. Other groups often donn't get the same respect, to include IT, the PMO, Operations, etc. Several departments to include IT and the PMO have had a tremendous amount of turnover. Directors, in particular, seemed to last about 6 months in a role, before they were replaced. Also, I witnessed the company let go a number of talented and seasoned individuals while bringing in a wave of new hires. A lot of this activity seemed to be focused on cost cutting and reducing veterans while the company attempted to prepare for an IPO that never materialized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay loyal to and provide opportunities to the employees that drive your success

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with room for improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AutoTrader

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people I work with.

    Cons

    Too many layers that hamper progress.

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