Sonic Automotive

  www.sonicautomotive.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.3 42 reviews

16% Approve of the CEO

Sonic Automotive Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith

O. Bruton Smith

(19 ratings)

22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
42 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

     

    Smart organization focused on changing how car buying is done.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWilling to invest for the long term so that customer needs are met. This is a different kind of car company.

    ConsThe dealerships don't always understand why corporate is making so many changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you take the time to listen to what your associates are telling you.

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Great opportunities for the right positions, other positions are expendable and can/will be outsourced.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood Benefits, slight possibility of growth in certain positions, Executive level management and others at headquarters are reasonable and open to suggestions.

    ConsLack of communication between Regional VPs and Headquarters, Possibility of multiple corporate visions/directions, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, rules and guidelines that are written are inconsistent and contradictory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease transparency, share the wealth and make raises available, create one clear vision and work to enforce it instead of telling us the vision and not providing dealerships the means to achieve the vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    General Manager

    General Manager (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsInnovative, training, multiple locations and competitive benefits

    ConsToo many levels of management, too many emails & too many meetings

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Great People to work with, within the dealership I was employed at.

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsGrowth potential, stability, great brands to sell.

    ConsHighly micro managed. Retail hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Accounting office full of vipers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary, sales and service staff tend to be nice people.

    ConsTime off, growth potential isn't good, company is consumed with the good ole boy network. If you're not friends with the right people don't expect to get promoted no matter how good you are at your job. Cons pally mainly to accounting staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have no idea how terrible it is at the dealership level and that's a big problem that needs to be addressed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    If you aren't commission, you don't count

    Corporate Slave (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits and discounts a national chains.

    ConsIf 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.

    Advice to Senior ManagementO Bruton Smith is a great man but he has nothing to do with day to day operations. The people running the company are only worried about how much money they can put in their pockets. It has real gone downhill the last 5 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    It is good at times other times it sucks!

    Accounting (Current Employee)

    ProsMy direct manager is wonderful and very flexible when needed!

    ConsBenefits stink & are expensive, you get lot more work to do and no money, you get a raise every 3-4 years--it's a joke!! They preach that employee satisfaction is number one, does not really feel like it. They have an "anonymous" 800 number to call for complaints but it is not anonymous they always find out who called and when there are numerous complaints about the same person or problem--nothing gets fixed!!

    It feels the bigger a-hole or b**ch you are, the further you get in the company!! I work for a few!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what the employees have to say about a problem and fix the problem or don't ask and pretend to care and let things keep going the way it is

    Don't give immature people power!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Great Income Potential, No home life

    Internet Director (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe Income POTENTIAL is HUGE if you are a go getter in sales.

    ConsThey forget the Sales Team drives their entire operation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Good Place to gain sales experience

    Salesperson (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThe sales experience you gain here is great and a helpful tool for later on in your career. The managers are very involved in helping you close your deals. There is little to no micromanaging you have room to breath and don't feel pressured to perform. The money isn't to bad either.

    ConsTheres is very little time for your personal life in the car sales business. This is one of those job where you get what you put into it. So you may have to work extra hours, that may result fruitless some times or come in on your days off to finish up a deal. You only have two weeks of paid time-off, which you have the option of cashing out only one week if you needed the cash instead, but its your time off you should have the option of cashing it all out.The culture in this company is going thru the growing pains right now, they are trying to reinvent the sales process, but due to the car sales reputation it is going to take a very long time for it to catch on and it may or may not work. Right now it is not working at all and sales people are taking the brunt of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys should really look into the hiring process of management at the dealerships because of right now its broken. Some people may have the experience or the product knowledge, but as people they just aren't cut out to lead a team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Promotes it's own people over externals, values loyalty and innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnever satisfied with current business, always looking to improve and innovate

    Consconstant state of change, not for the faint-hearted

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain the customer-based culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Worked for Sonic Automotive? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.