Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q

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Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
22 Reviews
3.8
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great. Managers and corporate team are the best.

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to listen to the employees concerns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was a good first time job, but makes me want to never work in a restaurant ever again.

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    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Grill Cook in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The free food was pretty good as a cook and there is opportunity for advancements, but I cant really think of any other good things about working there.

    Cons

    Management acted very childish and the other employees had no regard for customer services. There were frequent fights between managers and back of house employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Server/Cashier
    Former Employee - Server/Cashier

    I worked at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was only part time the hours were convenient and they're scheduling system was awesome and I learned so much working in a fast paced environment really grateful for the opportunity.

    Cons

    Immediate management was unprofessional lots of cursing towards employees and a lot of put downs when a mistake was made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be professional treat your employees with respect. As a manager you should be trained better then that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible schedule

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Athens, GA

    I worked at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked here part time in college ad s cashier. They were good with my schedule because I was only available M - Th.

    Cons

    It was a little bit far for me to go but not too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people to be positive.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A first job, and a decent first impression

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    Former Employee - Server in Somerset, KY
    Former Employee - Server in Somerset, KY

    I worked at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is carefree for the most part, but still professional enough to ensure good service. The customers that patronize the store are the standard group, and the tips end up being a bit more than minimum wage level.

    Cons

    The immediate management were fairly incompetent and were as effective a worker as the worst server. They also do not pay their employees a living wage and follow the norm in the United States of disregarding the 'lower' tier of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to your servers, and the servers will be kind to your company (i.e. the customers).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I'm a waiter and former cashier. I've been with Sonny's for three years.

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    Current Employee - Waiter in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Waiter in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a good family environment. The atmosphere is very laid back so there is not a pressure of professionalism.

    Cons

    The management is very very inconsistent. We have gone through nine managers at my store and they all believe and implement different things. Rules are very vague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A good first job, considering the industry it's in.

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    Former Employee - Chef in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Chef in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There was a laid back atmosphere that as a rule kept the coworkers amicable and the management off your back if you put some effort into your work.

    Cons

    Upper management and store owners can be very quick to judgement and some of the long time customers have very specific needs that can be unclear if you haven't familiarized yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reducing turnover by not micromanaging the small fry, lead by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Definitely a job but some days are well worth it.

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Server in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Cashier/Server in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've got a decent management staff and most of the servers are great. They work with you on hours and are very flexible. The people that come through aren't so bad either.

    Cons

    Still has the same drama every restaurant has. Turn over rate for both cashiers and servers is very high..normally no longer than 2-3 months before another face come in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Valuing people really is one of their values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q full-time

    Pros

    Truly value their employees
    Teachable and willing to change based upon employee evaluation and opinions/customer reviews

    Cons

    System hierarchy can make some changes slow
    Miscommunication between management has caused a lot of frustration, but they are willing to listen and change when given respectable feedback and constructive ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making changes to any policy in the restaurant (from filling napkins or cleaning sauce bottles, etc.) post a bright, vibrant sign on the bulletin board (changing colors with each announcement!!!) that way Everyone has a chance to see! :D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Server

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    Current Employee - Server in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Lakeland, FL

    I have been working at Sonny's Real PIT BAR B Q part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    you get decent tips, it's easy to pick up hours when needed, easy menu to memorize, easy computer system to learn

    Cons

    Inconsistant schedule. Must work weekends, sometimes doubles to make better money, Low min wage, ($4.79) must do all jobs, not just serve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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