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Auto Trader UK Overview

Manchester, England
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
Business Service
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Auto Trader Group plc. is a 100% digital business having successfully completed the transition from a print title in 2013.
Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process and operates the UK’s largest digital automotive ... Read more

Mission: Auto Trader has a clear focus on maintaining our market position as the UK and Ireland’s leading digital automotive marketplace for buying and selling vehicles. Accordingly, we aim to improve the process of buying and selling vehicles through the application of digital ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Rak Patel, our Advertising Director spoke with passion about the importance of championing the needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the digital and automotive industry. This is because we're focusing on diversity & inclusion this month; giving our colleagues the chance to explore this important topic through a range of workshops, talks, and drop in sessions.

  • Arcade games, beautiful coffee shop, Manchester art, break out spaces......our canteen has had a revamp and colleagues are loving the new look. How lucky are we?

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Auto Trader UK – Why Work For Us?

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland’s largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 250 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness and attracts circa 48 million cross platform visits each month, with circa 70% of visits coming through mobile devices. More than 80% of all time spent on automotive classified sites is spent on Auto Trader.

Trevor Mather, CEO has focused transformation activity to achieve a leaner, highly agile and innovative organisation with a values based culture;

We have been listed in the Top 25 UK Employers 2015 for Pay and Benefits by Glassdoor.

Below are just a few of the incredible benefits that we offer to our awesome employees. 

  • Conferences and Learning Events – keeping you in touch with the latest thinking
  • Support and Mentoring – from colleagues at every level of the business
  • Regular Hacks and Brownbag sessions – pooling our talent, having fun
  • Volunteering in the Community – two paid working days a year to give something back
  • Free Coffee and Fruit
  • Group Personal Pension– You contribute 3% and we contribute 5% of your salary with NI savings on offer
  • Company Funded Medical Benefit– for everyday costs and treatments
  • Season Ticket Loans – pay for your ticket over a 12-month period
  • Shopping and Leisure Discounts –gyms, retailers and more
  • Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave– Enhanced pay during parental leave

  • Childcare Vouchers– tax benefits for parents with children under 15
  • 25 Days Holiday Increasing to 28 Days– after 5 years of service
  • Buy/Sell Holidays– buy up to 5 days and sell up to 5 to get other benefits
  • Cycle to Work– 12-month lease agreement with Evans Cycles
  • Car Parking in Manchester– Get discounted parking and make tax and NI savings
  • Dental– a number of levels for you and your dependents
  • Give as you Earn– donate from your gross salary so your gift goes further
  • Health Screening– claim £200 of assessment cover through our cash plan
  • Employee Assistance – 24 hour support and advice
  • Wine Club– discount booze to your door every month

Our Values

This is what we really care about, do our values match yours?

  • Be Determined

    We are determined to take this business to it's full potential, and beyond!

  • Be Reliable

    AutoTrader has been serving it's customers for 37 years, they can rely on us being here for another 37 years at least.

  • Be Curious

    To be successful, we need to feel free to ask questions and try things out, even if we make mistakes.

  • Be Inspirational

    We are courageous and inspirational to our people, customers and the whole industry

  • Be Humble

    We are all about serving our customers, consumers and of course each other.

We are always looking to hire amazing people. Could you be one of them?

The "AT Way" from Auto Trader Life on Vimeo.

We sponsor, host and attend a series of exciting events all year round

For a list of all our events please visit 

Auto Trader UK Reviews

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Auto Trader UK Chief Executive Officer Trevor Mather
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146 Ratings
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    Helpful (2)

    "Really glad I joined!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Manchester, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Auto Trader UK full-time (More than a year)


    The people and culture are great - it’s a very collaborative environment, plenty of opportunity to meet many interesting and passionate people. And it’s not all about work, there’s plenty of fun.

    It’s not just all about cars - I was a bit apprehensive as someone who is not much of a car lover, but it’s not just full of die hard car enthusiasts and I find the work really interesting.

    I enjoy the fast pace of work at AutoTrader - there’s certainly no time for boredom here. But at the same time, I think there’s a very good work-life balance - you won’t see people working at the office until late and I never feel pressured to do so.


    Trying to do too much sometimes!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that people feel rewarded for all the hard work that’s put in.

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Auto Trader UK Photos

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Auto Trader UK photo of: A massive welcome to our new apprentices. They are starting their journey to becoming Java Developers
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Auto Trader UK Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Graduate Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Auto Trader UK (Manchester, England).


    The whole interview process began by submitting a quick online application - you have to submit your CV and answer two short essay-type questions about your personal values and why you want to work for Auto Trader.

    The next day, I was sent an invitation to complete 3 online tests - Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Inductive Reasoning. The tests weren't too difficult but it certainly requires some practice, especially if you are not familiar with this type of assessments. I think the purpose of these tests were to weed out incompetent applicants.

    After that, I was contacted to schedule a phone interview with one of the recruiters. The recruiter was very friendly and made the whole process very enjoyable. The conversation was mostly about why I want to work with them, their values, how they do things as well as questions about my previous experience at university (incl. projects and how I handled some difficulties) and outside of it. As they emphasised right at the beginning, it's not really a Q&A type interview but more like a conversation.

    Next step - assessment day in their Manchester office. They keep the assessment day small as there were only 4 of us that day. Everyone was super friendly (both staff and other candidates) and there was no "Hire me, I'm the best!" mentality. The whole day lasted about 6 hours and included things like introduction meeting, pair-programming test (I recommend researching what this is and what is the purpose of this type of tests), values-based interview with 2 members of staff, lunch break, office tour and spending time with 2 teams to ask any questions you have.

    After the assessment day, regardless of the result, you will receive detailed feedback on how you did during the interviews. If you were successful, you will be invited to the final stage interview which is a phone interview with one of the senior leaders. This was a general chat about you, your past experiences and what your career aspirations are. Person I was speaking to was also very friendly and just wanted to get to know me better.

    They made me an offer very quickly (I think it was the same day or so) and I didn't even think twice about accepting it. The offer was generous and I knew since the first phone interview that I wanted to work here.

    Overall, I could not ask for a better recruitment experience. The company is absolutely amazing, especially for new grads who are very keen about starting their career in tech. Offices are stunning and people seem to love their job.

    What I really liked is that all the interviews made sense. They didn't focus too much on what you know but how you do things and how you fit in. The cultural fit is extremely important and it was emphasised and reflected in every question/task. And they don't ask you silly questions like "What is your biggest weakness?" and such.

    Perhaps the whole process was a little bit too long with too many stages (compared to other new grad schemes) but, then again, this is understandable as they want to recruit the right people and the process was quite enjoyable anyway. The HR team was brilliant - communications and decisions were made quickly.

    Keep up the good work!

    Interview Questions

    • Give us an example when you were humble, curious, inspirational, determined and reliable?   Answer Question
    • What is your favourite language/what web technology excites you?   Answer Question
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Auto Trader UK Awards & Accolades

  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, Sunday Times Best Companies, 2017
  • Lord Mayor's Award, Manchester Pride, 2016
  • Sales Team of the Year (Bronze), British Media Awards, 2015
  • Brand Republic Digital Awards(Sales Team of the Year), Brand Republic Digital, 2015
  • Best Auto Finance Brand(United Kingdom), Global Brands Magazine, 2015
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