AutoTrader Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated 31 August, 2014
Updated 31 August, 2014
188 Reviews
3.4
188 Reviews
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Pros
  • At one time you could make great money, work from home, cool parties, great product (in 12 reviews)

  • It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other (in 14 reviews)

  • Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Takes care of employees. Great pay. Yearly bonus.

    Cons

    Unorganized executive team. Accurate reporting is not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals that you can actually report on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work! Wish my contract didn't end!

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Design Level I  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Digital Media Design Level I in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at AutoTrader as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    18th floor window seats are amazing, Food was great! Very creative environment.

    Cons

    Not much to say there, but I wish my contract didn't end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at AutoTrader full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice atmosphere, Plenty of ways to relax, Gym access. Awesome Innovative people to work with.

    Cons

    Work life balance, multiple systems to work with that may not always talk to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in technology.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    18 months at autotrader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual work environment
    Volunteer projects
    Free onsite gym
    Approachable managers
    Open floor plan
    Onsite affordable cafeteria with healthy options for breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Change is slow to manifest
    Host events as an alternative to higher pay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once an awesome and unique startup... now a holding company trying to run leaner... yet handing out huge payouts.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of cummunity support / service opportunities. Friendly and casual culture. Good parent company (Cox). Lots of investmentent in coaching and development. Great consumer brands and software solutions. Lots of opportunity to leverage these assets with Manheim and other Cox divisions.

    Cons

    Very driven by sales organization (what sales wants sales gets). Trying to be more strategic and less tactical but no big changes yet. Trying to change car business and car dealers is like moving a mountain. Lots of pushback in industry and new solutions are stealing market share. Limited career advancement. Promotions based on networking. This results in some leaders who are super networkers but have no idea how to manage specialized teams. Company needs more leaders with specialized skills in product, marketing, sales, customer service, etc. Also, budgets and headcount need to be reduced to help the company run leaner. Got fat and happy during early days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exec comp plans and buyout packages are insane when compared to people immediately below... leading to some directors and VPs checking out. Not only operations need to be leaner, but exec comp should be leaner as well. Step out of your office and talk to people more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    High energy, lively people, interesting products, top-notch marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun environment and people who are very productive with minimal politics.
    Great perks, good salary, bonus structure, excellent benefits, 401k match, pension plan, employee discounts, covered parking, cafeteria, onsite fitness center, community service opportunities
    Interesting business - everyone can relate to automobiles in some way (performance, feel, look, value, image, financial, economy, fuel economy, etc.)

    Cons

    There was a time period where there was a fear of layoffs. That was a hard time but it seems like they are well over the hump from the time when the industry took a hit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the original creative energy going as you grow and acquire other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Management

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Management in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Young company, still building infrastructure
    Diversifying-no longer a one dimensional company
    Growth oriented for employees
    Exceptional benefits, which includes bonuses and stock options for management level

    Cons

    Still in flux
    Unclear how to handle competition
    In the midst of changing company direction
    Very silo'ed organization, very little communication across departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redefine company values to not just be corporate buzz-phrases
    Identify go to products
    Simplify product set

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, free parking, nice incentive trips for sales. Very little to add.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, criminal activities going on, poor management, management has no oversight on spending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    HR Culture at ATC

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at AutoTrader full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intelligent, fun (yet professional HR), hard working HR department. Employees are really motivated and love working at ATC. The culture is really lively and embraces change and innovation.

    Cons

    Executive leadership micro manages down to all levels and needs to improve delegation and empowerment. High turnover in the HR department due to poor leadership. Even the most motivate and intelligent HR members can not sustain the pace of change which often requires an average of 60-70 hours/week. Since I left there are only 2 of the original HR team members still on the team of 20

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your directors and managers so you can focus on the strategic initiatives of the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working Environment

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Dunwoody, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dunwoody, GA (US)

    I have been working at AutoTrader as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    AutoTrader has an excellent working environment, very friendly and flexible. It is a fast paced company but allow for great work life balance. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Excessive meetings from upper management to lower level employees. The cafeteria is limited in its options :). Other than that, all is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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