Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Good People, nice facilities, lunch provided on Saturdays (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Since they are paid on the combined gross profit, a manager never has to work long hours (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. Helpful (1)

    Former Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sonic Automotive (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Co-workers and middle management

    Cons

    Poor Benifits, no rewards for great work

    Advice to Management

    Take batter care of employees


  2. Automotive - Car Sales - Dealership - New - Pre Owned

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  3. 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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    General Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Sonic Automotive full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Innovative, training, multiple locations and competitive benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Get it together


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

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great Income Potential, No home life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Promote from within.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Bigger is not necessarily better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Large client base, good money making potential

    Cons

    not very personable, long hours, no comraderie


  9. Helpful (2)

    Decent Company

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

    I worked at Sonic Automotive part-time (More than a year)

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

    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.


  10. Positive forward thinking company

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treat Managers and above well.

    Cons

    Entry level associates find a raise difficult


  11. Helpful (2)

    NOT LIKE THE OLD DAYS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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