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Sonic Automotive Reviews

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

2.5
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is good at times other times it sucks!

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

    Pros

    My direct manager is wonderful and very flexible when needed!

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Income Potential, No home life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Internet Director  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Internet Director in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They forget the Sales Team drives their entire operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Place to gain sales experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salesperson  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Salesperson in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Theres 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    never satisfied with current business, always looking to improve and innovate

    Cons

    constant state of change, not for the faint-hearted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the customer-based culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bigger is not necessarily better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Large client base, good money making potential

    Cons

    not very personable, long hours, no comraderie

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent Company

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    No room for growth whatsoever. They only ending position you could really end up in was sales. Long hours and required to work on almost all holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has a very good culture for the Automotive Industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    Pros

    Well Structured. Company has embraced technology with Apple. Sufficient training.

    Cons

    Pay plans don't reward for going above and beyond average sales. But pay good for average sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Title Clerk  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Title Clerk in Denver, CO

    Pros

    There really weren't any other than lots of overtime to meet ridiculous deadlines

    Cons

    The whole thing went terribly wrong from the moment they took over my family owned company. No regard for anyone. No training whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want everything done your way (and you do) you'll need to actually train people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Their corporate policy is good in theory...but never actually practiced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internet Sales Manager  in  Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Internet Sales Manager in Hayward, CA

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, and if you get a good GM hours can be flexible. .

    Cons

    atrocious retirement plan, they say they care about their employees but they don't. The minute you start making too much money, they change the pay plan to where you have to sell double the amount to make half the money. When you start selling volume, they complain about profits. When you start making profits, they complain about not enough volume. I've taken training for upper management and have been certified and qualified for a promotion for three years...passed over for 11 promotions because a friend of a corporate friend wanted a job. This company hypes you up with rallies to make you feel like they couldn't do it without you, but in actuality will try squeeze the life out of you, until you get fed up and want to leave on your own. In all honesty, this employees should consider a collective bargaining tool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associates first. Without them, you wouldn't have a paycheck yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    I would have to agree with previous posts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service  in  Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Service in Plymouth, MI

    Pros

    It's hard to find many pros, three weeks vacation and three sick days is nice, some really good people have worked here, but they have pushed them out.

    Cons

    Can't run a dealer from out of state. Need to listen to local employees. Customer service is sacrificed due to there polices. If you are not in the "inner circle" it will be difficult. Inability to understand local markets and adapt to them. Walmart doesn't sell winter coats in Key West and bikinis at the North Pole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are that unhappy with Michigan, "SELL US" so the rest of us can be saved!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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