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Sonic Austin Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Interacting with customers, & it is fast paced (in 135 reviews)

  • Good Pay, Flexible Hours, Great Atmosphere (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • busy not enough staffs long hours (in 67 reviews)

  • you make a waitressing wage so if people don't tip you don't make minimum wage (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "Good place for young people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Liberty Hill, TX
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Liberty Hill, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sonic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tips and easy work will keep you alive, great place to make friends

    Cons

    really physically straining and the customers are rude

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees time to physically rest


  2. "Sonic is for high school kids"

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    Former Employee - Sonic Drive In Emplyee in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Sonic Drive In Emplyee in San Marcos, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for if your in school and can't get a job anywhere else, you get free food too, and drinks...

    Cons

    Low base pay and people never tip much if at all. Some Locations make you wear skates and potential to drop food increases

    Advice to Management

    Pay at least minimum wage

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sweet"

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    Current Employee - CarHop in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - CarHop in Cedar Park, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay(since im a teen)
    Cool first job
    Benefits

    Cons

    Slow days
    Too Busy days
    Hours
    Co workers
    slackers

    Advice to Management

    ...


  4. "Not Horrible for a First Job"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Buda, TX
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Buda, TX

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

    Pros

    Good tips when you're a carhop
    Decent tips when you're on drive-thru
    Relationship with co-workers

    Cons

    Work schedule varies
    Not a ton of room to grow


  5. "Carhop"

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Time goes by really fast while working
    Free drinks

    Cons

    Insanely fast-paced environment
    Rude customers
    untrained management
    Different schedule every week
    Always rushed

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well. Be patient with them, don't yell and blame things on them. Just because it's busy doesn't mean you have to scream at your employees to hurry up, they know to work fast and are usually going as quickly as they can without sacrificing quality.


  6. "Former Car hop"

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    Former Employee - Former Carhop in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Former Carhop in San Marcos, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The tips were good but didnt enjoy the environment and the workers.

    Cons

    Happy hour and not scheduling enough car hops, too many or have them coming in at such an off time.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your workers more and make sure all orders are completely done before sending it out! And be more friendly make new employees feel welcomed


  7. "Carhop"

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Taylor, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Taylor, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Made good tips (every now and then) and it was way more laid back than most places. I met a lot of good people there.

    Cons

    Management is disappointing. Pay is terrible. They expect that people will get tips just for taking people's food to them. Also there is no room for advancement. Most people do not know that these kids aren't working on a living wage so most people would not tip.

  8. "car hop"

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    Former Employee - Car Hop in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great job for high school or college kids

    Cons

    lazy con workers that don't care about their job.


  9. "Beast"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Hutto, TX
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Grill Cook in Hutto, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sonic is a fair paying job and works around my schedule since i am currently still in school. Its a nice enviroment with chill people who make the job chill af but they make sure you get your job done and we overall enjoy it here

    Cons

    The only thing i have to complain about is the event days keep us up on our feet non stop and we sometimes have a little trouble with being understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    It be nice to have some more members in the kitchen and not having to train so often.


  10. "Due to the management at that moment my experience was not the best."

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    Former Employee - CarHop in Hutto, TX
    Former Employee - CarHop in Hutto, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn how to deal with customers, and how to give fast and friendly customer service. It's a good place for people looking for a first job.

    Cons

    People that go through there are sometimes very, very impatient and get very aggressive quickly. And sometimes the boards outside are broken making hard to understand orders.

    Advice to Management

    Have better background checks for GMs..


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