Sonic Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
348 Reviews
2.9
348 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 17 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.  

    Great Learning opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have always made great money in the 13 years I have worked with this company.

    Cons

    As the boss my personal challenge has been balancing home and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With dedication and consistency this is a great opportunity from within the company. With great income opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    it was alright

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    it was a okay first job. you just had to be nice to customers

    Cons

    there were no cons whatsoever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of work goes under appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Skating Car Hop in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Skating Car Hop in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    Working at Sonic is fun, especially if you get to work on roller blades. The environment is fantastic and working where you get to meet a lot of people is always fun.

    Cons

    When people who are inept are hired into management, it makes working extremely exhausting. Instead of cheering you on, they always find reasons to tear you down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of who you're hiring into management and assistant management positions. These individuals need to understand how to respect those working under them instead of treating them like a door mat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    For a first job, it was not so bad.

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    Current Employee - Car Hop in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Car Hop in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    The pros to working at Sonic is that it's not like every other Fast food restaurant in town and that you get to bring home tips.

    Cons

    the cons was all the stuff they expected the car hops to take care of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give the car hops so many tasks to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very fast pace, physically intensive, always on the go. A lot of interaction between customers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fountain Worker/Carhop in Dripping Springs, TX
    Former Employee - Fountain Worker/Carhop in Dripping Springs, TX

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

    Pros

    Well, you had a discount on food. Everyone seemed like family. When it would get swamped with customers, someone almost always had your back to help. Decent tips if you work your butt off and take care of your customers. Loved having regular customers who would ask for me when placing their order.

    Cons

    Always on the go!! You are constantly speed walking or running!! I honestly don't think sonic pays enough for their hard working employees. The food is good, and if you have a great manager and supervisors, then it makes it a little easier to get through the day. But bottom line... a lot of lifting, running, and trying to hurry to make sure the order is placed, made, everything is clean and on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say..be patient with your new employees who are new to working. I had a great supervisor but my manager pushed me way more than he should have when I had only been there for a week. He would get so mad when he would try to make me learn the switchboard and I would mess up on accident. also, get to know your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was pretty lame.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA

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

    Pros

    Sneaking free food before and after shifts.

    Cons

    Everything else - my manager put me on onion ring duty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good tots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This job bites

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - CarHop in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    The only reasons I can think to work here is if you are desperate for money with no alternative.

    Cons

    They work you like a dog
    The wok is monotonous
    You aren't getting paid enough for what you do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Cook

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    Former Employee - Cook
    Former Employee - Cook

    I worked at Sonic

    Pros

    Free food, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours. Tough schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for talent from within

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Top 100 companies that should be sued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook, Crew Lead, Manager in Santee, CA
    Former Employee - Cook, Crew Lead, Manager in Santee, CA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the friends you gain from working here. There are absolutely no other good things about this company.

    Cons

    Where to begin. Hired on as a "cook" at $8 an hour, promoted to "Crew Lead" which was supposed to get me a 50 cent raise but I did not get the 50 cent raise until I got promoted to "Manager" which was supposed to have me making $10 an hour which I did not get. After two months of being a "Manager" I ended up quitting. The owner is suspect to changing hours to pay less overtime. Many others that I worked with at Sonic have experienced not only never getting raises but also having their hours shorted or changed by management. I will never give another cent to a Sonic Drive-In and I strongly encourage every one else to do the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on becoming a more ethical company, your moral values are nonexistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    disrespectful people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic

    Pros

    tips, money, salary, personal growth, promotions

    Cons

    rude, training, managers, benefits, work life balance

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