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Sonic Automotive Reviews

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Sonic Automotive Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith
O. Bruton Smith
21 Ratings

    Too big to fail

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive


    Excellent potential for growth from low to mid level, good benefits and 401k matching. Excellent technology focus. Huge network of qualified and over achieving workers doing their part for the whole.


    Ever changing, no transparency between vision and implementation. Knee jerk reactions instead if leveled and structured roll-outs. It's about who you know, not about 'know-how' or 'do-how.' Always seemingly a conflict with the front line employees and the back-board executives. No reward for doing well aside from pay. Very little job security, especially with how fast paced this company is trying to grow Marketshare and Additional stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow a better flow of information, ideas and suggestions to better your business. We realize you are busy and have too much going on, however you have many positions that seemingly only do work when the squeaky wheel whines. There is too much going by the wayside while you focus on the 'future' of the company. If you focus too much on the future you will be a company of the past.

Sonic Automotive Interviews

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Experience Guide Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sonic Automotive.

    Interview Details

    Was brought to a building they were renting out. Asked me many questions about my hobbies, what had driven me, what I knew about the company. Very warm and genuine people. You really could tell they had a passion for this business and not just some kool aid drinking bull. Met with one manager, then met with the general manager of hiring for Denver. They said they were very impressed would call within a week or so.

    Interview Questions
    • Probably just why I wanted this job. You always want to make sure you're going in for the right reasons.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    After about a week I was called and was sent an offer of employment. I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

Sonic Automotive Awards & Accolades

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Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009

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Headquarters Charlotte, NC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1976
Type Company - Public (SAH)
Industry Retail
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Competitors AutoNation, CarMax

No stranger to speed, O. Bruton Smith has raced Sonic Automotive to the front of the pack of US auto dealers behind larger rivals, such as AutoNation and Penske Automotive. Founded with five dealerships in 1997, Sonic today owns about 120 new- and used-vehicle dealerships and about 25 collision repair centers in major markets in 15 states, including Texas, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia . The company sells some 30 brands of cars and light trucks and offers vehicle financing. Chairman Smith, who runs Sonic Automotive with his son Scott, is also the majority owner of... More

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