Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Inspired by the vision of this company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Changing the Car Industry for the better forever!! Progressive and forward thinking. Care about thier employees!! Forward thinking vision. Embracing the use of Technology to improve the guest end employee experience

    Cons

    The work associated with changing and industry can be challenging (Nobody likes change), but in the end it will be rewarding. Lots and lots of changes currently, but all for the better

    Advice to Management

    Changing an industry is never easy, and will not take place over night. Stay the course. The front line employees are where the rubber meets the road.

  2. The best place to work and shop

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    This company really strives to be the best place to work and shop. The amount of effort and resources put back into the organization to make that happen is huge. I can see this company going nowhere but forward.

    Cons

    I can truly not think of any cons to this employer. If you have to work, why not work for a company that you can make that statement about?

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is doing a fantastic job of steering the ship!

  3. Progresive company in an old school business

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Charlotte, NC

    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 environment and career move that allows ability to move up within the company. Reputation for structure provides an excellent reference for future career growth. Good benefits with a lot of room to grow if you are intelligent, and open minded.

    Cons

    If your in the automobile business, and want to do business the old fashioned way, this company is definetly not for you. Ethics and doing business the right way is communicated and supported throughout.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and fight the good fight. Constant communication and support is being provided, and should continue. Keep the push to improve culture. One Sonic One Experience is a game changer, sure to disrupt a lot of other companies.

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  5. good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic Automotive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    help you succeed and will will let you grow in their company. the management will make you feel important

    Cons

    pay is not so great

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Corporation to work for. Awesome business plan and work ethics towards the auto industry consumer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Calabasas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastically transparent and easy business model that facilitates the task at hand for the employee.

    Cons

    Even tough the corporation strives to be a great place to work and shop, it still falls in to the local management hands to put the corporate plan in action and it fails to follow the "new way" of the car business and they tend to fall back on the "old car lot" mentality.
    Too many hours on and very little time off.

    Advice to Management

    Better treatment towards employees creates a more relaxed, more enjoyable work environment that motivates people to do better and care for the company, clients and fellow employees making everyone more productive.
    Positive reinforcement gives more results than a crack of the whip every day.

  7. Helpful (1)

    no room to grow

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

    I worked at Sonic Automotive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    issued a free ipad. helping customers find the car they need

    Cons

    backstabbers. it was a cutthroat environment

    Advice to Management

    have a better pay plan

  8. Great company and vision. Not so great execution.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center Agent in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Call Center Agent in Charlotte, NC

    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

    Really good training program. Also have awesome benefits and 401k plans. They are still in their early stages so there is tremendous opportunity for growth. Pretty good hours.

    Cons

    Work-life balance could use some working with. A more stable schedule would be nice, possibly go to a normal shift verses swing shifts.

  9. If the company truly cares about their guests they will truly care about you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experience Guide in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Experience Guide in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive

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

    Pros

    Beautiful facility, genuine concern for all employees and guests, all management on the same page and great leadership from an inspiring GM, Sanjay Prakash.

    Cons

    Long hours if you want to succeed. No dedication and commitment to excellence? It won't be tolerated for long.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in your dedication to "One Sonic, One Experience" it is a tremendous,lofty goal but if anyone can do it Jeff Smith can. Please continue build up and foster middle management. They take a lot of heat but if they are secure, serene and inspired that will trickle down to us and can only serve to improve and inspire us.

  10. eSales Agent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESales Agent in Montgomery, AL
    Current Employee - ESales Agent in Montgomery, AL

    I have been working at Sonic Automotive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay and usually additional monthly pay incentives

    Cons

    Hours; days you have to work 10a-7p

  11. Helpful (1)

    stay away from Sonic.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed environment. decent benefits.it could be a decent place to work if management gets it together

    Cons

    no room to go up. no promotions on merits. buddy -buddy system in place. mid level management only interested in keeping their jobs. too much corporate BS, not enough hand on. Corporate overloads the stores with fake overheads, and unreachable goals.

    Advice to Management

    promote from within, value your employees and associates.

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