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Sonic Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
374 Reviews
3.0
374 Reviews
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Sonic Chairman, President, and CEO Cliff Hudson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast-paced, can be exciting, minimal wage plus tips if you're a carhop (in 18 reviews)

  • great customer service experience, with tips you can really make quite a bit of money (in 16 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.  

    The job is easy if you come ready to work and willing to get everything done.

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    Current Employee - Cook in Prague, OK
    Current Employee - Cook in Prague, OK

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The job is simple. It just requires a little past paced thinking occasionally.

    Cons

    Co-workers are lazy and not willing to work hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A Carhop's Opinion

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    Current Employee - CarHop in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - CarHop in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment is cool and laid back. Co-workers are nice and mostly young. If you're a carhop you get tips BUT you work for $3.50-4.00/hr so that's not good. Also, the location of your sonic determines your tips. Most people don't know to tip so don't expect to make as much as you would in a real restaurant. Expect about $20+ in tips a day but some days u may not even make $10-15 in tips. It all depends. Drive thru makes minimum wage and i believe cooks make $0.50 more than drive thru. This is a job for high schoolers or people with little to no bills, but you can pretty get as many hours as you'd like.

    Cons

    The pay-tips are not enough. Rude customers. Hours are late especially during the summer so it gets tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees are satisfied and learn what would make employees more productive and care more about their job. A raise would help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The money comes and goes

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    Current Employee - CarHop in Cibolo, TX
    Current Employee - CarHop in Cibolo, TX

    I have been working at Sonic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sonic is a great place to work at as a first job for any high schooler. Other employees are incredibly friendly and you can have an absolute blast while making some easy cash here. Provides a fantastic opportunity to gain customer service experience as you will be serving them and assisting them with ordering (carhop)

    Cons

    If you are a carhop, there is no chance of getting a pay raise, at least there wasn't at my location. Many people do not know you make an average of $4/hour and may not tip, while others will be more generous. Your paycheck ultimately depends on the time of year, location, whether or not it is a hot spot for customers, and whether or not the customer acknowledges tipping. Unfortunately, this job is a dead end. If you thrive to go anywhere or be financially stable, sonic isn't the way to go.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Meh.

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    Former Employee - Cook in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Cook in San Marcos, TX

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

    Pros

    It was a summer job in college, decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    Really corporate cooking job, bad management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about getting your shoes wet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't plan on a social life or family

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    Current Employee - Co-Partner in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Co-Partner in Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were alright depending on your volume.

    Cons

    Get ready to live at your store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoy working here

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Indian Trail, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Indian Trail, NC

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

    Pros

    I get to learn and grow with the company and share my skills and learn new ones

    Cons

    The hours are never the same and that I don't have the same hours every week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to become a owner one day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Job for experience

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good tips, co-workers very friendly

    Cons

    some management unorganized, lots of pressure, barely got time off even if requested

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was horrible, I saw everyone else get promotions, but they all sucked up to the managers and I didn't want to.

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    Former Employee - Drive Thru Crew Member in Brunswick, OH
    Former Employee - Drive Thru Crew Member in Brunswick, OH

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

    Pros

    A lot of the other employees were cool. I got a lot of hours, but sometimes too many because I was still in high school.

    Cons

    The hours, i had to work all evenings and weekends. The management constantly changed and we had a creepy boss sometimes. They would sometimes clock new out to make it look like I got a break, but they never gave me one. They had me work an illegal amount of hours and times, but would change it in the computer. They didn't staff enough people so we had to do so much more work. They held the food for too long ago we got tons of complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff more, treat employees fairly. Stop overworking minors that are still in school. Sonic is not their life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Only work here if you have no other option

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - CarHop in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Tips.
    The job hours are sometimes flexible.
    You get a discount on food.

    Cons

    No free meals.
    Management is a joke.
    You must carhop even in bad weather.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring blatant criminals, get people who have some moral fiber, actually train your employees in the proper way (not throwing them into the situation with no training), treat everyone with respect, and keep your restaurants clean for goodness sake. People with college educations would be nice, too. Also, you should probably be a bit more strict with your food safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you like to work every other day and be running and almost slipping for little pay this is the job for you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    The crew members were nice and we got tips

    Cons

    The management was picked at random and were unprofessional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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