Sonic Reviews

Updated July 31, 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. Can make money if you move fast

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant/Food Services in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Restaurant/Food Services in Austin, TX

    I worked at Sonic (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cash every day, good exercise, easy work

    Cons

    its fast food, so you smell like onion rings


  2. drive thru cashier, car hop server, fountain frozen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get the hours and days you want. Fun and fast shifts. If car hop? You could make 100$ a night with tips.

    Cons

    Not all employees are very educated and bring there personal life's to work with them. Some employees are not profional and slack. Managers will use their placement to get the money they want when it's the employees who need the hours and money.


  3. My Review

    Former Employee - CarHop in Kingsville, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Kingsville, TX

    I worked at Sonic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything was great, if I could go back I would.

    Cons

    There was nothing wrong about this place.


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  5. Sonic

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Totowa, NJ
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Totowa, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work at sonic as a cook, and honestly depending on who trains you, your job will be something that is relatively easy. Basically your whole experience at Sonic will depend on your co-workers. The co-workers i work with were very welcoming to me. I mean yeah for the 1st few minutes it was kinda awkward, but as soon as you introduce yourself to everyone (depending on the environment) you will be golden.

    Cons

    Working as a cook, it is very frustrating when you make something and then the person cancels the order after you've already made the order. I'm a pretty quick worker so when the order pops up on the screen i start to make it. Just wait until you see the word "completed". Also another thing, i don't really have a problem with this but others might. Once you finish making the order, on the screen it say either *Tray* Or *Drive*. Tray means that its going to someone either outside in their car or they are sitting outside. Drive means that its someone in the drive thru. Make sure you get those right! Because its a whole mess if someone gets the wrong order, they start to expect free stuff.

    Advice to Management

    More benefits.


  6. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Freedom as a manager, opportunity to advance, free meals.

    Cons

    Long hours, no breaks, poorly staffed shifts.


  7. Good Starter / Seasonal Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CarHop in Wexford, PA
    Current Employee - CarHop in Wexford, PA

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

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

    Pros

    >Fun loving staff. >Nice costumers and environment. >Tips for carhops. >Fast Paced work environment, never bored. >Skating at work.

    Cons

    >All Calculations done by hand / mental math >8 o'clock Happy Hour >Messy uniforms after working

    Advice to Management

    Maintain better control over who has money when. Hold all Employee tips till the end of their shift. Have a designated trainer for new employees.


  8. carhop

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    Current Employee - Car-Hop in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Car-Hop in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    one best reason the tips you get a day, some of the people you can stand to work with

    Cons

    there are a lot of loud and rude and most disrespectful people that work at sonic and it someone that works in the morn and she just doesn't care and the manager let her do what she wants.. also theres girl there that get paid 7.25 a hour when carhoping when you should be on your car-hop number and make 5.00 a hour but the boss lets them get paid that and tips that not far to the rest off the car-hops that work real hard and do all the work when the other car-hops stay on the phones and stand around or outside talking on the phone. we be busy and i would do everything.. Like sweep the lot, clean the menu houses, wash the windows, stock inside, and make sure everything is how it suppose to be, like working 730 to 4 but then change me to 11 to 8. i have kids and she knew that why is it that im being treated bad and not getting any credit for all what i do everyday i'm there..

    Advice to Management

    they get a few girl out bc you cant play favoritism and give the other girls that aren't on their list should get the same pay.. Also stay off your phones and do your job, far amount of work for both car-hop that's there. Manager should pay more attention to whats going on around them then not at all.. Also the girl in the morning shouldn't be the only one making all the money, in tip alone from 7am-11am she can make $70 in tips and 11am-4pm she can make $40-$50 So theirs where they talk about you on the job and off and all employees that are working there. their should be no one talking about someone else in that job talking about them off the job go ahead.. When you have employee worker hard and doing everything she told work over and more make her manager you think when they need it


  9. Helpful (1)

    good job for high school students or felons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee discount with room for progression, may have to roller blade tips are good if you are nice with people

    Cons

    Smell like grease daily the environment is very crowded employee discounts suck need more employees for happy hour minimum wage sucks

    Advice to Management

    Treat your carhops nice understand no one is perfect promote within instead of grabbing other managers from other locations.


  10. Fountain

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fountain in Collierville, TN
    Current Employee - Fountain in Collierville, TN

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

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, leadership skills, critical thinking, chances to move up fast, and sometime you get tips.

    Cons

    You are expected to aid the car-hops


  11. Fun place to work, well motivated environment!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Timonium, MD
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Timonium, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Environment, Food, and employees

    Cons

    Minimum work hours, No benefits, and long closing hours.

    Advice to Management

    Give applicants a try during the interview process.



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