Sonic Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • It was a fast-paced environment, but I enjoyed the feel and food of the place (in 20 reviews)

  • great customer service experience, with tips you can really make quite a bit of money (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Minimum wage pay for lots of grunt work and demanding customers, however (in 18 reviews)

  • as a crew leader you don't have very flexible hours and you have work very long hours (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    I love Sonic

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    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Goose Creek, SC

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

    Pros

    very good service towards customers

    Cons

    no cons about my employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a general manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Very demanding job, but incredibly good pay

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Allen, TX

    I worked at Sonic part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The money, and it's a very relaxed environment inside. You also get some free/discounted food and drinks, but really the strongest pro is just the money

    Cons

    It's a demanding job, on your feet all day. It can get really fast paced, and the hours are usually long. They are a little flexible with schedules, but ask for ridiculous hours (from a high school student's standpoint). They'll work you up to 39 hours a week if they can

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely get a better system for managing work schedules, like maybe something online, through email, or even just displayed a little more prominently in the building

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. great job for teens

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    tips are good, very flexible hours (for the most part) fun and somewhat active job, coworkers are nice

    Cons

    tips can be inconsistent-- it's possible to make almost nothing one day then a large amount the next, lots of last minute changes to shifts, many days may require staying late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is very understanding and easygoing but good at what they do. good balance of working while playing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. My job title is a Manager. As a manager I have to manage 8-10 employees during my shift.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pine Bluff, AR
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pine Bluff, AR

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

    Pros

    Because you get to interact with new people or former customers everyday

    Cons

    That you will have cranky customers and some you just can't satisfy you just have to be professional and keep smiling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes you will have days where u just feel like u wonna yell or snap but you have to always remember what your job title is and even though times things may get out of hand but keep it professional and smile. They'll hate it more when you kill them with kindness

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Never worked here

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Russellville, KY
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Russellville, KY

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Love cooking love the customers

    Cons

    Get burnt some times really hurts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Okay

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Sonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Customers great atmosphere but nothing else

    Cons

    Never willing to give a raise after 3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Takes care of the good workers

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8. Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Car Hop in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Car Hop in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Always had free food. Everyone was nice. You would make a lot of money in tips. You got free drinks. Flexible schedule. Co workers were fun. Short hours.

    Cons

    You always got free food. Always had free food. Everyone was nice. You would make a lot of money in tips. You got free drinks. Flexible schedule. Co workers were fun. Short hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect. Always had free food. Everyone was nice. You would make a lot of money in tips. You got free drinks. Flexible schedule. Co workers were fun. Short hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Love working for sonic, it's a good first job and it's a lot of fun.

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    Current Employee - CarHop
    Current Employee - CarHop

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    Amazing crew, we focus on work but have fun too. Good money too

    Cons

    Some people are rude, also people don't show up for their shifts and you constantly get called into work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of unreliable people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Sonic is great for the people but the management lacks compassion. Fast paced and always different.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Sonic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with can be amazing, its fast pace and they are willing to teach you and allow you to move up.

    Cons

    Upper management only cares about their numbers and not their employees. Hitting that bottom line and getting those shop checks high is all that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your staff to help improve the stores, don't take them for granted. They need to have trust in you to respect what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Overall, not a bad place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    Sonic is pretty structured, and is very good with each employee knowing all positions . The hours are pretty decent.

    Cons

    It is confined, so if you have issues with small places, probably not the best place, Doesn't have allot of challenges for you,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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