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Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
46 Reviews

2.5
46 Reviews
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Sonic Automotive Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith
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  1.  

    Great place to work and you can move as high as you like

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Very progressive company that trains its associates, Benefits are good and the company truly cares about it's customers and associates.

    Cons

    You must work hard, but evry job you must work hard that's life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose sight of the vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internet Sales  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Internet Sales in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Job security, Fun work environment, training...

    Cons

    Can't think of any now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart organization focused on changing how car buying is done.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you take the time to listen to what your associates are telling you.

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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    General Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Innovative, training, multiple locations and competitive benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst place i have ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Porter  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Porter in Fort Myers, FL

    Pros

    a very clean work environment.

    Cons

    No one is paid properly, management does not care about any employee. They take as much as they can and do not give anything in return!!!! Sonic automotive has a varable labor rate specified on the front of the ro as "var". instead of the labor rate going down the more you spend it is the opposite and it increases. For all customers out their do you math when you pick up your vehicle and you will realize they are charging you roughly $ 150.00 per hour and paying their employees barely enough to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in your position and pay all employees properly. Employees that feel appricated are more likely to continue working at the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Sonic has lost touch with it's dealerships outside of the corporate area of Charlotte, NC, i.e.. (Columbia, SC)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    The insurance benefits are absolutely great. There is no such thing as promotions within your own dealership-you have to move to another for an available opening.

    Cons

    The colleague atmosphere is in an upheaval. The new "Managers" brought in haven't the faintest idea how to actually manage their teams, and I use that term loosely. Unless you are stressing yourself out or working 70+ hours a week, you aren't going to make any money. Management isn't trying to compensate for the lack of traffic with advertising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of preaching the "Corporate Dream" of "A great place to work and shop", actually take time to pay attention to the individual person, you are only as strong as your weakest link.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Growth potential, stability, great brands to sell.

    Cons

    Highly micro managed. Retail hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Accounting office full of vipers

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Time 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Slave
    Current Employee - Corporate Slave

    Pros

    Decent benefits and discounts a national chains.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    O 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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