TRADER Corporation

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TRADER Corporation Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging and very rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent and motivated exec
    True desire to innovate
    Fun and interesting mix of employees
    Bottom-up approach to decision making
    Great opportunity to learn from bright and experienced leaders

    Cons

    Challenging goals affect workload and stress
    Most of my co-workers are better than me at ping pong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refining the approach to completing priorities always helps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast growing company with great people and opportunities to make a difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Fast paced and exciting!
    2. Work hard and pay hard attitude
    3. Can feel like a start-up in a larger company
    4. Management team is willing to take risks as long as it makes business sense
    5. Encouraged to experiment and try new things to enhance internal operations and customer value
    6. Very little politics
    7. Organization is fairly flat. You really get to work hand-in-hand with your manager to get things done
    8. Execs are very approachable
    9. Clear expectations on organizational values
    10. Clear and objective goal setting process with annual and semi-annual reviews
    11. Ongoing leadership training and events
    12. Access to online training courses
    13. Free fitness facilities
    14. Access to a games room (ping pong, air hockey, fooseball, XBox)
    15. Performance and adherence to company values are rewarded

    Cons

    1. Fast paced! It can be a good thing as well as a challenge at times.
    2. Organization is flat so it does take time to ‘climb the ladder’

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Continue to encourage out of the box thinking
    2. Help employees to carve out time to visit customers. There’s a lot happening on a daily basis and it’s hard to do this at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company I have worked for...by a big margin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)

    I worked at TRADER Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - The development and sales team in BC is decent to work with (most of the positive reviews on here are from the BC employees)
    - Compensation is average

    Cons

    - Senior executive team is thoroughly incompetent and arrogant. I have worked with other VPs who have exhibited similar traits but the crew at Trader Corp. win by a landslide. It won't be a stretch to say they are racist. All the VPs, CEO, CFO and most of the directors are white.
    - My director harassed, bullied and abused me for months so I would leave without a severance while he cashed in on the bonus that I had worked so diligently to earn.
    - There is virtually no opportunity for growth..
    - You pay for your own benefits.
    - No company I have worked for has treated its customers with the amount of disrespect that Trader Corp. does. The dealerships are nothing but cash cows to this organization.
    - Apax partners are just waiting for a buyer to offload this company. When that happens, there will be a slew of firings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You reap what you sow. It may not happen in this job but eventually your sleazy ways of conducting business will catch up with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work and grow!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior .NET Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior .NET Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at TRADER Corporation as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a .NET Developer with Trader for six and half years. The company has very strong development teams, from directors, project managers, business analysts, development managers, developers, QAs, designers, to infrastructure team, everyone works hard and do the best to deliver the products on time. Development teams use Agile methodology, directors and managers encourage ideas and adapt new and proven technology. Beer Friday every month, ping-pong table, pool table and XBOX, three boxes of Tim Horton donuts weekly. People at Trader work hard and play hard, good company culture with great social community. It's a big family!

    Cons

    Should host more BBQ event, say once every two weeks with free beer in summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for career growth and opportunity

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

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy - have been given the freedom to manage my programs and expand upon them.
    Have been given significant responsibility and been provided with the tools to achieve success.
    Been working at Trader for almost 3 years and have had numerous opportunities to expand my skill sets - presentations, speaking engagements, vendor management, etc.
    Great team to work with. Most employees are typically working towards a larger goal while still maintaining their own personal objectives. Nice to have that balance.
    Easily the best company I have worked for in my 15 year career.

    Cons

    Fast growing business going through growing pains - communication can be difficult sometimes but for the most part its what to be expected from a growing organization.
    Location can be a challenge if you don't drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team outings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nurtured talent, provided training and opportunity for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Training, promotion opportunities. Some talented, dedicated people. Some interesting projects in the years I've worked there and was able to implement modern coding practices.

    Cons

    Hit and miss work-life balance. Too much politics. Certain departments / individuals get over-rewarded and recognized while others don't get the deserved recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Fun, fast-growing company working hard on employee satisfaction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Editor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting, fun atmosphere, great management, excellent communication culture from the top to the bottom.
    I've been with Trader since June 2013. The company is clearly going through a growth period, and it's exciting. I really enjoy my job and my work day.
    It is a large corporation, but has a similar atmosphere and climate to some small non-profits I've been apart of. My manager is engaged and responsive, my work-life balance is good, and my sacrifices outside of hours are recognized. Best of all, I'm given regular recognition. I work in the Toronto office, which has good access to games rooms, etc.
    My only gripe: No microwave on my floor (I have to go to the lunch room - boo!)

    Cons

    Some silofication of departments means sometimes we are unable to make big changes quickly - projects are (rightly) prioritized by scale, some smaller projects are overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more cross-department meetings (not just execs)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly recommend, excellent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Development Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been with Trader Corporation for almost 5 years now with autotrader.ca team.

    I enjoy every moment of my experience with the company. I am happy to go at work in the morning and work with an amazing team of highly qualified and smart professionals. As they say A champion team will always beat a team of champions, Trader's team truly is a championship team that has strong core values that I adhere to.

    Respect, Integrity,Focus on Results, Transparency, Work/Life balance, Nice working environment, work hard / play hard philosophy with ping pong table, pool table, XBOX and so on are part Trader's culture.

    Working in IT/Software development is also very motivating as they thrive to use the latest technologies and stay ahead of the curve.

    Cons

    Should organize more events at the end of successful projects to celebrate wins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good, genuine people at the junior management level.
    That's about it.

    Cons

    Highly political environment
    Self centred senior management
    Incompetent executives who overestimate their abilities
    Only bullies survive and succeed
    No customer focus - management motivated by greed
    No respect for employees - the HR team chooses to look the other way when VPs violate employee respect.
    Zero career development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're going down soon....can't run a business like this.
    Your customers will see through your tactics soon enough...they are not idiots.
    Stop kidding yourselves - you are definitely far from being on any sort of path to greatness.
    Learn to respect your team. Stop being so selfish.
    Stop faking cultural values.
    Wake up Mr. CEO - there is a lot going on that you should be looking into!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    RUN!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TRADER Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Most people at the management level that you work with are really nice and very smart.

    Cons

    No work life balance although promised of it.
    Your boss will throw you under the boss if it means they look better than you do.
    Some of the directors don't see beyond their own spectrum
    CEO is unapproachable and sullen most of the time
    This place is going to get dumped by its private equity firm sooner rather than later and it's all downhill from there.
    No opportunities for Canadians. Top management is primarily non-canadian and there is talk about bringing in more folks from overseas for some of the positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take another look at your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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