Sonic Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • It is a fast paced environment that requires you to pay attention to details (in 20 reviews)

  • Probably one of the best fast food restaurants to get customer service experience (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Management can make good money but the regular employees start at minimum wage and unless they excel, they stay close to the same pay (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. okay job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    A lot of fun on the job helping customers with what they need. It's also great to roller skate all day and get paid for it.

    Cons

    There are some bad days to work because you don't get much tips and not a lot of people come to eat.


  2. Only if you have to

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Owasso, OK
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Owasso, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A monkey could get hired as management as long as they didn't have a felony. I got a least one free meal a day and unlimited drinks.

    Cons

    The pay was bad, minimum wage for crew and management was $10/hour. They have unrealistic expectations of achievement. The air conditioner's break EVERY summer, 100+ degrees inside the building. Management is expected to work 12-14 hour shifts regularly. Overall a high stress, low pay environment where NOONE is happy to be there. Also expect 165 degree chilli to be thrown at you by customer taking their bad day out on you.

    Advice to Management

    Care about and invest in your employees. "You are ALL replaceable" was a frequent phrase screamed to the whole store by the GM.


  3. Carhop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CarHop in Elizabeth City, NC
    Former Employee - CarHop in Elizabeth City, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at sonic is you get paid 7.25 per hour plus tips.

    Cons

    The downside is that all of the management takes advantage of their power and abuses it.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to your employees


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  5. Ugh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CarHop in Anderson, SC
    Former Employee - CarHop in Anderson, SC

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

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment that greatly facilitates a fast pace and a customer service mindset. This was a to say the least interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Can be fired over anything-specifically you can get fired for a customer accusing you of rolling your eyes-even if they do not send a complaint then a coworker will likely call in to the district manager and you will not have a job the next day

    Advice to Management

    More autonomy to franchise owners and less to the district or regional managers-work environment is currently terrible and stressful on its own pressure from upstairs is very unnecessary.


  6. Horrible experience here due to busy workload and a store manager who cursed at us to hurry up.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Brenham, TX
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Brenham, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here would be for the discounted food. And that is a flimsy excuse but it's the only one I had since I was in college.

    Cons

    Customers and management cursing at me, minimum wage, and no help from co-workers when it came to cleaning the bathrooms..

    Advice to Management

    Is it so hard to treat your workers with some dignity!?


  7. Car-hopping? More like car-jumping-in-front-of

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Car-hopper in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Car-hopper in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They allow you to take food out of your pay check

    Cons

    Horrible pay (4.50 an hour to roller skate), they wanted me to roller skate (during my interview I said I can't from an ankle injury), I witnessed other employees eating customer food, etc

    Advice to Management

    Actually watch your employees when they eat fried out of a customers bag, okay?


  8. Sonic Carhop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CarHop in Burleson, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Burleson, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free drinks, half off food, flexible hours, nice tips

    Cons

    No sitting down (standing on feet for duration of shift, cannot call in unless you have someone to cover shift and if u can't find anyone u have to come in, rude customers (rarely)

    Advice to Management

    Free food like managers


  9. It isn't worth your time to apply !!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in North Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in North Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sonic full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    25% food discount is the only thing going for them.

    Cons

    The hours suck...and they are always are running out of some sort of cleaning supplies or food product.

    Advice to Management

    Up the monthly budget for labor and inventory !!


  10. Not good long term job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers and the regular customers.

    Cons

    Management, customers, and the pay.


  11. dont like it here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CarHop in Junction City, KS
    Current Employee - CarHop in Junction City, KS

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good money when you carhop

    Cons

    bad work place and its unfair



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