Sonic Automotive

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Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
52 Reviews
2.8
52 Reviews
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Sonic Automotive Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good People, nice facilities, lunch provided on Saturdays (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent benefits and discounts a national chains (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • not very personable, long hours, no comraderie (in 6 reviews)

  • If you are hourly and can't get your job done in 40 hours they switch you to salary then work you 55 - 60 hours a week for the same money (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Automotive - Car Sales - Dealership - New - Pre Owned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic Automotive

    Pros

    Good People, nice facilities, lunch provided on Saturdays.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Work most holidays and Saturdays.

  2.  

    Became employee of Sonic Automotive when they purchased the dealership where I was employed

    Former Employee - Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health plan and well kept stores

    Cons

    Constantly changing pay plans to meet the corporations needs of a pre set percentage going to that departments payroll, favoritism shown to select employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches as they are the ones having direct contact with the customers.

  3.  

    General Manager

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

    I worked at Sonic Automotive full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Innovative, training, multiple locations and competitive benefits

    Cons

    Too many levels of management, too many emails & too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunities for the right positions, other positions are expendable and can/will be outsourced.

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, slight possibility of growth in certain positions, Executive level management and others at headquarters are reasonable and open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between Regional VPs and Headquarters, Possibility of multiple corporate visions/directions, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, rules and guidelines that are written are inconsistent and contradictory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase transparency, share the wealth and make raises available, create one clear vision and work to enforce it instead of telling us the vision and not providing dealerships the means to achieve the vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Income Potential, No home life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Internet Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Internet Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The Income POTENTIAL is HUGE if you are a go getter in sales.

    Cons

    They forget the Sales Team drives their entire operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bigger is not necessarily better

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large client base, good money making potential

    Cons

    not very personable, long hours, no comraderie

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent Company

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

    I worked at Sonic Automotive part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    No room for growth whatsoever. They only ending position you could really end up in was sales. Long hours and required to work on almost all holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Positive forward thinking company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Treat Managers and above well.

    Cons

    Entry level associates find a raise difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    NOT LIKE THE OLD DAYS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, perks, sell enough cars there is good money

    Cons

    Leadership runs place like a boys club. Have switched to a more volume based pay plan so you must sell more cars to even consider making a paycheck. Work environment is like a locker room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and put into practice their ideas. Don't get so defensive when an employee raises an issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The general working environment is full of good people and Sonic as a company has been trying to be cutting edge when it comes to technology for their employees such as iPads, etc.

    Cons

    Management is under a lot of pressure to sell a lot of units which trickles down. Seems as though they are paid on this, so filling the floor with extra salespeople only ends up costing that tier money so they don't care. Leads to a lot of underappreciated and unhappy employees that have a lot more to offer. Also the hours are excessive, which wouldn't be a big deal if it wasn't overcrowded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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