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Sonic Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 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.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Nice coworkers really friendly environment

    Cons

    Fast pace, rude customers at tines

  2.  

    Great first time managing job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Spring, TX

    I worked at Sonic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    fun environment, flexible scheduling, 50 percent off food when working, free food for managers, full paid benefits for managers

    Cons

    no training, no work life balance, no sick time, paid hourly, not a lot of opportunity to move upward

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Liked the job- not the coworkers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Customers mostly friendly

    Cons

    Coworkers negativity and drama ruined it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of bad workers quickly

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  5.  

    A mess.

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    Former Employee - Car Hop, Assistant Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Car Hop, Assistant Manager in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, fun at times. Pay can be good if at good location, otherwise you could be making less then minimum wage.

    Cons

    Fast paced, dealing with rude customers ALL the time. Little pay for so much work. Crazy and hectic especially during summer and happy hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about yourselves so much and help your employees out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic as an intern

    Pros

    A great learning experience, interacting with customers turns you into a great people person.

    Cons

    Cold weather creates less business = Less tips

  7.  

    Great Job for a college student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drive Thru Cashier in Placentia, CA
    Former Employee - Drive Thru Cashier in Placentia, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy job, meet great people

    Cons

    fast work environment
    have to be a fast learner
    do a little bit of everything

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    gm

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Saint Joseph, MO
    Former Employee - General Manager in Saint Joseph, MO

    I worked at Sonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay, make schedule, fast paced

    Cons

    turnover, teenaged employees cant count without ipad or calculator

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Meh.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Cook in San Marcos, TX

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

    Pros

    It was a summer job in college, decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    Really corporate cooking job, bad management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about getting your shoes wet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A Carhop's Opinion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CarHop in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - CarHop in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Pros

    The environment is cool and laid back. Co-workers are nice and mostly young. If you're a carhop you get tips BUT you work for $3.50-4.00/hr so that's not good. Also, the location of your sonic determines your tips. Most people don't know to tip so don't expect to make as much as you would in a real restaurant. Expect about $20+ in tips a day but some days u may not even make $10-15 in tips. It all depends. Drive thru makes minimum wage and i believe cooks make $0.50 more than drive thru. This is a job for high schoolers or people with little to no bills, but you can pretty get as many hours as you'd like.

    Cons

    The pay-tips are not enough. Rude customers. Hours are late especially during the summer so it gets tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees are satisfied and learn what would make employees more productive and care more about their job. A raise would help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The money comes and goes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CarHop in Cibolo, TX
    Current Employee - CarHop in Cibolo, TX

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

    Pros

    Sonic is a great place to work at as a first job for any high schooler. Other employees are incredibly friendly and you can have an absolute blast while making some easy cash here. Provides a fantastic opportunity to gain customer service experience as you will be serving them and assisting them with ordering (carhop)

    Cons

    If you are a carhop, there is no chance of getting a pay raise, at least there wasn't at my location. Many people do not know you make an average of $4/hour and may not tip, while others will be more generous. Your paycheck ultimately depends on the time of year, location, whether or not it is a hot spot for customers, and whether or not the customer acknowledges tipping. Unfortunately, this job is a dead end. If you thrive to go anywhere or be financially stable, sonic isn't the way to go.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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