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Sonic Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
392 Reviews
3.0
392 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was a fast-paced environment, but I enjoyed the feel and food of the place (in 20 reviews)

  • great customer service experience, with tips you can really make quite a bit of money (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Minimum wage pay for lots of grunt work and demanding customers, however (in 18 reviews)

  • as a crew leader you don't have very flexible hours and you have work very long hours (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Get in and get out

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    Former Employee - Car Hop in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Shawnee, KS

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

    Pros

    -Good customer service expierience and thats about it

    Cons

    -Hectic
    -No pto
    -low pay
    -lack of management
    -Managers stealing tips

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire honest and truthful team leads

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I felt like management just blew me off.

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Crew in Ellicott City, MD
    Former Employee - Kitchen Crew in Ellicott City, MD

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

    Pros

    I can't describe any because the hiring process was atrocious.

    Cons

    During the hiring process, I got glowing remarks on my work ethic and attitude, and was offered a job in this store. I was continually contacting them to set up training and kept calling week after week, but I kept getting the same response: "We'll get back to you sometime this week," and I never heard back. After 3 weeks I just gave up. Friends that worked here said that management is very poor and half of their staff quit within their first month of opening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep track of your employees, be mindful of their schedules, and be respectful of their interests. Don't let valuable, hard-working employees or candidates fall through the cracks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unless your a male you won't make it

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    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Always something new never a dull moment

    Cons

    Unless you are a male or kiss butt you won't cut it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new manager and stop sitting in your office doing nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Miserable

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager
    Current Employee - Shift Manager

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

    Pros

    I love a handful of the people I work with. Tips can be really great during the summer, and with regular customers. Hours during the summer are perfect if you want to work 7 days a week.

    Cons

    Almost no one here has any common sense. They obviously don't believe in lunch brakes, I worked a 13 hour shift with only seven minutes to eat half an hour before I got off. Getting promotions and raises are impossible. If you have a second job it's more than likely they're going to threaten you and make you choose one or the other. It's just like high school with the amount of drama and hookups going on. And management is a joke. And once I hit my head and I had to sit in the back for half an hour, throw up and pass out before they even asked me if I 'wanted to go to the hospital' because they didn't want to fill out the paper work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people that actually deserve raises a raise. Stop bullying all of your employees, and hire a new general manager. If the owners opened their eyes and saw what was actually going on that would be great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Corrupt and negative environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    The only thing I miss were the tips that I got.

    Cons

    Rude customers, drug addicted managers, bullies, and district and general managers who would not help me with a bullying issue from a manager even when the other managers were going to them about it. I even emailed the DM and GM at one point with a screenshot of a harrassing text I receieved as a minor from a manager who was in their 40's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are absolutely no words of advice I can give because I tried everything to convince them to listen.

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

    Horrible,stay away!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kingston, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kingston, NY

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    There aren't any pros for this company. I guess the only pro would be that they closed in my area. Thank you for that!

    Cons

    horrible management, manager stealing money while working, bringing in rude employees from other locations. Took over a month to set up direct deposit so I just told my manager that I would rather receive my check physically and he still put it through direct deposit supposedly, I never received it which I'm sure was because I quit. Company plays games! Hard to reach anyone to resolve that matter. Stay away. They have no issue dropping food and then giving it to customers, using rotten I mean ROTTEN bananas in milkshakes ugh. This company is the worst. Probably why they closed in my area. Proceed with caution!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It sucked, the Owners couldn't care less about the employees.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Tips, Helping Customers, and Not Much Else

    Cons

    Pay, Work Environment, Had to Pay for Meals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employees.

  9.  

    Sonic Carhop

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Valley Center, KS
    Former Employee - CarHop in Valley Center, KS

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

    Pros

    You make good tips working at sonic, especially as a Carhop as opposed to a manager or cook. It is almost always a fast paced environment and as with the majority of jobs, there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done!

    Cons

    Management. Management. Management.
    It is managed so poorly that I seriously wonder how this company functions. Not only do they not appreciate their employees but they completely take advantage of them while also over working them. Sonic's turn-over is unreal. I personally only stayed on for two months because I was so dissatisfied with the work environment, and in that time at least 3 other employees came and left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to get to know their employees, truly appreciate them, and award them accordingly. Without satisfied internal customers, Sonic will never reach its full potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It was pretty lame.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA

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

    Pros

    Sneaking free food before and after shifts.

    Cons

    Everything else - my manager put me on onion ring duty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good tots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This job bites

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - CarHop in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    The only reasons I can think to work here is if you are desperate for money with no alternative.

    Cons

    They work you like a dog
    The wok is monotonous
    You aren't getting paid enough for what you do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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