Sonic Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Pros
  • It is a fast paced environment that requires you to pay attention to details (in 20 reviews)

  • Probably one of the best fast food restaurants to get customer service experience (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Management can make good money but the regular employees start at minimum wage and unless they excel, they stay close to the same pay (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. Bad Franchise

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a strong sense of community.

    Cons

    The franchise that I was a part of was too focused on saving money and not giving the proper support to their managers. It was almost impossible to get any help.

    Advice to Management

    Support your people!


  2. Fun and rewarding while in teenage years.

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Kingston, TN
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Kingston, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good life experience Ability to make good friends Free food

    Cons

    Terrible hours No room to grow Almost everything else


  3. Sonic Carhop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sonic part-time

    Pros

    You can make good tips as a Sonic carhop if you live in a high income city and are a high school kid. This combo will make your tip amount very high.

    Cons

    You'll be a sonic troll, cleaning and endlessly putting eating utensils, a salt, a pepper and two peppermints into little brown bags of all sizes until you find a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can.


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  5. Good for some, bad for others

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Food discounts, cool employees, yummy drinks.

    Cons

    Chores, super hectic during certain times, getting scheduled for 5 days a week


  6. Horrible

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    Former Employee - Cook
    Former Employee - Cook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There weren't any pros at all, management was a joke

    Cons

    Management was a joke, pay was horrible, food is nasty

    Advice to Management

    get some quality merch products suck


  7. Used to be a good job

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    Former Employee - Car Hop in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Car Hop in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the pros of this job are the hours, base pay, plus tips. You can aquire some great customer and food prep expeireince. grewat for a side job or high school to college aged kids

    Cons

    the cons of this job are the pay. For some reason they decreased it from minimum wage plus tips to something like $4 plus tips, which is not ok for the company to pay less to their employees.


  8. No hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonic part-time

    Pros

    1/2 off food except ice cream Some tips

    Cons

    2-4 hour shifts, depends on how busy they are Minimum wage Lazy coworkers

    Advice to Management

    get new management


  9. Floater

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good food that's about all I can think of

    Cons

    Stupid bosses, ridiculous pay for the amount of work you do, get bullied overall its a sad and sorry environment. Sorry.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like turd just because your a manager and don't offer to do something if tiu expect something in return other than what ur already getting. Help don't hendar


  10. Don't work here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Russellville, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Russellville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The other employees are awesome that's about the only pro

    Cons

    There really is nothing good about this job.


  11. The owners (Hodges) only care about money.

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    Former Employee - CarHop
    Former Employee - CarHop
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are flexible with scheduling, and the employees were nice. I was there for 12 years before things got out of control.

    Cons

    Very low pay and too many carhops in one shift making $3.50 an hours. You were barely making minimum wage and they wanted you to do special cleaning and all kinds of other stuff. I quit because I would go in and open, and then only get to take an order out every 15 minutes. Then they want the person who already opened to do a bunch of cleaning after they've already busted their butt, instead of the people that just came in and didn't do anything except hang out under the scanner. Also the place was disgusting. I would have to clean up in the morning because the people at night couldn't even wipe the candy and junk off the counters. Also they halfway cook food, and put it in the warmers to save time when someone orders.

    Advice to Management

    Pay carhops more, and don't schedule so many people to fight over scans



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