Sonic – Why Work For Us?

Where is it written that Fun and Work can’t be one and the same? Not undefinedin our playbook, that's for sure. At SONIC, we encourage and attract wildly creative people. Bold, unique personalities whose passion for what they do shows in the food, the experience and the culture of America’s most-loved restaurant brand.

We are pioneers of the atypical and are always seeking out kindred spirits unafraid to embrace their career potential in a shameless bear hug – yes, we are talking about you. Explore the site. Get to know us. Apply.

Core Values

  • Respect for everyone touched by the SONIC brand.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the power of the individual.
  • Importance of relationships as a way of life.
  • Doing different, special and better things to surprise and delight everyone touched by the SONIC brand.

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Our vision is simple: to become America’s most loved restaurant brand. SONIC® Drive-In’s founder, Troy Smith Sr., strived for that vision and after more than 60 years it remains the same. What once was a small hamburger and root beer stand named Top Hat Drive-In has grown to become America’s drive-in with more than 3,500 locations coast to coast.

SONIC revolutionized the ordering process in 1953 by using curbside speakers that allowed customers to place food orders without ever leaving their cars. This technology spawned the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound™,” which translated to one word: SONIC. Troy Smith Sr. aptly changed the name from Top Hat to SONIC® Drive-In® in 1959.

SONIC has surged forward while specializing in fresh, made-to-order meals that are as unique as the brand itself. Our 3 million customers a day can order from a customizable menu featuring Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), TOASTER® sandwiches (sandwiches served on thick Texas toast) and handmade Onion Rings that are sliced, breaded and cooked fresh in every drive-in. Also, all meals should be topped off with dessert: it’s the SONIC way. Classics like our hand-mixed Shakes are made with Real Ice Cream® and come in a variety of flavors. No trip to SONIC would be complete without a drink featuring craveable crushed ice. As the Ultimate Drink Stop® with over 1 million fountain drink and slush combinations, customers can’t go wrong.

SONIC is more than a great place to grab a Footlong QuarterPound undefinedConey and a Cherry Limeade. Our heritage is not only about great food and friendly service but also being part of the community. It’s not just the right thing to do…it’s good business.

National Outreach
For more than 15 years, SONIC's community giving programs have been geared toward advancing education and educational opportunities for Oklahoma youth and the arts. To further extend our commitment to education, each fall SONIC conducts its largest annual fundraising effort supporting teacher’s projects across the nation—Limeades for Learning.

This award winning program is a national cause effort conducted in partnership with that benefits teachers and students in local communities. Since its origin in 2009, we have donated over $2.7 million to teacher’s projects and made a difference in thousands of students’ lives.

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Sonic Reviews

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Sonic Chairman, President, and CEO Cliff Hudson
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112 Ratings

    Fun, hard work

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    Current Employee - CarHop in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - CarHop in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Sonic


    Fun and mostly upbeat
    Laid back at night
    Free food (when things get canceled)
    Employee discount
    Very nice coworkers


    Overwhelming sometimes
    Company and operating partner very cheap
    Can get extremely hectic and hostile

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    Learn to delegate tasks better when very busy

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Sonic Interviews

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014

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    Cashier Interview

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    Pretty easy. But took twenty day progress The manager was nice easy going joked around didnt feel nervous at all. She didnt ask many questions like my previous interviews working there was pretty easy everyone hot along an were nice

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Sonic Awards & Accolades

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QSR Digital Brand of the Year, Restaurant Social Media Index, 2014

Additional Info

Headquarters Oklahoma City, OK
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1953
Type Company - Public (SONC)
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Keeping the drive-in burger joint alive sounds like a good idea to this company. Sonic Corp. operates the largest chain of quick-service drive-ins in the US, with more than 3,560 locations throughout the country. The chain has a significant presence in the South, namely in Texas. The eateries offer a menu of hamburgers, chili cheese hot dogs (Coneys), onion rings, and tater tots, along with cherry limeades and frozen desserts. Most locations offer drive-thru service and some have indoor seating. The company operates and has a majority interest in about 450 of the... More

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