Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Good People, nice facilities, lunch provided on Saturdays (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent benefits and discounts a national chains (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • not very personable, long hours, no comraderie (in 6 reviews)

  • If you are hourly and can't get your job done in 40 hours they switch you to salary then work you 55 - 60 hours a week for the same money (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great organization and advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experience Manager in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Experience Manager in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great sense of team pride and healthy culture of providing world class customer service. Sonic is highly dedicated to employees and guest experience. I have been with this organization for 14+ years and have advanced through the ranks and this year offered an opportunity to be part of the GM leadership academy. A n honor to be chosen for a future General Manager position in the company. Excellent benefits and compensation that exceed the industry average. Sonic invests in their employees to cultivate and grow the next generation of leaders from within.

    Cons

    No real cons to mention other than the obvious challenge of work life balance in a competitive retail environment. Average hours for a retail associate are 50-60 per week depending on the location and store operating hours. I will note that Sonic is making strides to provide a better work life balance and some progress has been made in this arena.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continue the quest for fundamentally changing the automotive industry for future generations to purchase and service vehicles with a customer friendly environment. "One Sonic One Experience" is the future of car buying and Sonic is way ahead of the curve!

  2. okay i guess

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive part-time

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

    Pros

    great benefits, paid vacation, overtime

    Cons

    Nothing for part time employees no holiday time and a half

    Advice to Management

    give your employees easter and thanksgiving off t spend with their families

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    Training Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive

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

    Pros

    Great chance for advancement, Company is very innovative, Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Taking a big chance with changing the industry

    Advice to Management

    Continue the One Sonic One experience process across america

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  5. National Training Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Training Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - National Training Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Technology, Wonderful Caring People, Opportunity for advancement, Solid Culture

    Cons

    I have not experienced any Cons thus far in my career with Sonic Automotive

    Advice to Management

    Let's continue to develop the dream - One Sonic, One Experience

  6. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Room for opportunity advancement if you are dedicated and hard working. Good vision from the leadership.

    Cons

    Just part of an industry with change after change after change. Sometimes a lot of pressure to meet budgets

  7. Regional Training Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Training Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Regional Training Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome employee perks program. You can purchase a new car from any of their stores at triple net! Even though the company has over 100 stores, your voice is heard. You get rewarded for doing things the right way.

    Cons

    It's the automotive industry, hours can be long, there can be crabby people, and there are over 9,000 associates nationwide, it's impossible to have every single person on the same page at all times.

    Advice to Management

    The constant focus on the future and preparation for the next big thing is refreshing in an industry that has largely stayed away from change. Let's not stop pushing the envelope. #changingthegame

  8. Opportunities are endless. Managers keep you engage and challenge you to think differently

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities and room to grow.

    Cons

    The only downside is that we don't have more dealerships in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward and trying new things!

  9. BEST place to WORK and SHOP!

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family based company that truly cares about there associates. They promote from within the organization, which is rare in the workplace.

    Cons

    This is really not a con, but Sonic does hold people accountable, and expect excellent Customer Experience at all of there stores.

    Advice to Management

    If you are looking for a longteam employment with promotional opportunity's, Sonic Automotive is the place for you.

  10. "Take the high road" - the company's core value!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Sonic Automotive is commited to change the way customers buy cars. The guest-centric focus of the Sonic Sales Process is refreshing. Sonic believes in transparency and in treating all customers fairly in an industry with a reputation to take advantage of customers. Sonic has invested over $250 million in One Sonic One Experience and Echo Park, demonstrating its commitment to change how people buy cars.

    Cons

    Sonic Automotive wants to change the way people buy cars. If you like haggling and taking advantage of customers then Sonic is not the place for you. Sonic Automotive believes it is important to change to meet every moving customer expectations. If you don't like change then Sonic is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your commitment to One Sonic One Experience and Echo Park. Naysayers like to predict one company cannot change the way people buy cars. I came to work for Sonic because of the vision and integrity of the company leaders - Stay the Course!

  11. Great company with leadership that cares

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

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive

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

    Pros

    The company is evolving towards a more guest focused environment. It is clear that Sonic cares about making the process easier for both internal and external customers. Personally, I have nothing but great things to say about leadership. My bosses are caring and understand how to motivate team members. It is a great feeling to be part of an organization that wants you to succeed.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

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