Sonic Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. Can be fun if you can deal with awful management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CarHop in Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - CarHop in Modesto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a good atmosphere to work in if you like the constant fast paced environment and if you like to challenge yourself constantly. The 50% off employee discount was also appealing because they have amazing ice cream.

    Cons

    The management at my location was a bit screwy. Most of them were young and seemingly inexperienced. It was my first job yet I found myself picking up a lot of their slack. One manager in particular made a habit out of not giving me the full amount of tips I was owed.

    Advice to Management

    The managers should either be replaced by people with more experience or they should be required to go through some sort of leadership program because whatever they're doing currently isn't working.


  2. Sonic is a good first experience for your first job.

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good first experience, helps with communication, makes you more active.

    Cons

    moving at fast and stressful times. dealing with rude customers.


  3. Multi Unit Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multi Unit Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Multi Unit Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you meet on a daily basis. The salary is decent. Company provides health insurance and a one week vacation yearly.

    Cons

    Long hours, benefits could be better. Lots of paperwork. Lots of wear and tear on personal vehicle. Very stressful position.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that there needs to be a work/life balance.


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  5. Decent for someone just starting

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    Former Employee - Server in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Server in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice, comfortable environment. People are willing to teach everything needed to be done and willing to help. Not very hard but a lot to do

    Cons

    Too much standing. There's nowhere to sit down. Having so much to do can range from tiring to frustrating at times. Minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    Have somewhere to sit down. It was pretty decent, but only making minimum wage for it made it feel less worth it.


  6. Working at Sonic

    Former Employee - CarHop
    Former Employee - CarHop
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reason to work at Sonic are: The tips you make, the people you meet, and your co-workers.

    Cons

    Some of the worst reasons to work at Sonic are: How unprofessional they are, you aren't able to call in, and skating outside in the heat.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be more professional, and learn that everyone can not show up to work EVERYDAY for a year, even though I had to.


  7. Stressful

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    Current Employee - CarHop in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - CarHop in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good discounts, tips, funny coworkers, fast paced, funny stories

    Cons

    Very stressful with promotions, workplace


  8. Sonic Drive In..... ehhh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice People. Great attitudes and kind

    Cons

    Low Pay for high hours of work


  9. Shift Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonic full-time

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Sonic is the unbelievably schedule. You also make tips which is pretty cool too. The environment is really fun and upbeat too...I always enjoyed listening to Sonic radio!

    Cons

    If you exclusively carhop, you don't make minimum wage hourly, you are paid more like waitstaff even though not everyone tips, or even knows to (Not sure if all Sonics are this way). And even as a shift manager the pay is little more than that of a carhop and there are no benefits.


  10. good job

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    Current Employee - CarHop in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - CarHop in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun people to work with flexible hours and vacation time

    Cons

    some people don't put in as much work as other

    Advice to Management

    mangers tend to slack on other managers


  11. Crew Leader

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cook/Crew Leader in Little Elm, TX
    Current Employee - Cook/Crew Leader in Little Elm, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours -Fun work environment -Discounted food

    Cons

    -Lowered my pay rate while I was away at college -Documented hours less than what you worked -Always understaffed

    Advice to Management

    They should offer a pay rate increase for every six months of employment; 25 to 50 cents.



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