Sonic Reviews

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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)

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

    Pros

    very good service towards customers

    Cons

    no cons about my employer

    Advice to Management

    get a general manager

  2. Great starter job

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    Former Employee - Skating Carhop in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Skating Carhop in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Sonic part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked at Sonic from my junior year in high school to my junior year in college. It was a lot of fun, great coworkers and excellent management.

    Cons

    Some of the late night shifts could get a little draining for those in school. Also, some of the customers were rude as with any fast food establishment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work. Adding incentives to those who become carhop or drive-thru masters is a great idea.

  3. decent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    good people at the entire company

    Cons

    tough environment to work in

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  5. First job

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Boynton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Boynton Beach, FL

    I have been working at Sonic part-time

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

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for.

    Cons

    They pay you every two weeks

    Advice to Management

    It's a great company

  6. Fun job, can be overwhelming.

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    Former Employee - Carhop/Shift Manager in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Carhop/Shift Manager in Lafayette, IN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great employees, can become very close with co-workers, very easy to learn switch boards and menu.

    Cons

    The pay was awful compared to what other fast food restaraunts are paying. If you are carhopping, people don't know that you are supposed to tip because they think its just a "regular" fast food restaraunt. Very pushy on mystery shops. Never forget mints, napkins, utensils, and to say your name!

    Advice to Management

    Do away with half-price shakes. Not enough employees to handle it at night. Better pay, more hours.

  7. great franchise verses corporate sonic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company will take care of you and give you time off to take care of your family if you ever need it. They are very flexible and honest.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work a little extra and it doesn't always work to your benifit.

  8. From the start Sonic was looking to help me in my career.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Applications Services in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Applications Services in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Sonic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, very open business. Fun, friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    fast paced environment. Sometimes leap before they look.

    Advice to Management

    I love working at Sonic, it's people make the place.

  9. Meh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stillwater, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stillwater, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay after tips for a fast food job

    Cons

    high turnover, management is hit and miss

  10. Retail Support Analyst

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    Current Employee - Retail Support Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Retail Support Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment, terrific people, and awesome benefits. Very family oriented and willing to help the individual excel within the company.

    Cons

    Depending on job at hand could require extreme hours and being on salary can make you feel underpaid at time. New employees have to be hired on as a contractor to start with no guarantee of a permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, it works. We are in the midst of the biggest change our brand has seen in years and the team collaboration is great.

  11. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I learned how to operate in a fast-paced environment and how to effectively multitask. The schedule was always extremely flexible and this degree of flexibility helped me pay for college.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover rate, so dealing with unprepared staff was frustrating. Futhermore, you put in more effort than you will ever get compensated for.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend cross-training employees as frequently as possible so each part of the team can support the rest.

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