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Sonic Automotive Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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Sonic Automotive Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith
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  • Difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • long hours, can be slow at times (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Short term success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefit package

    Cons

    Management was inconsistent. High turnover


  2. "Great Place to Work - take it from long-tenured member of management"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific people, management cares about our associates, very good pay, and a fun, relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    Hours and schedule can be tough in the retail dealerships.

    Advice to Management

    Too many initiatives - pick a few important ones, and stay the course with those.

  3. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Baytown, TX

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

    Pros

    great company and pay , love them.

    Cons

    long hours, but for the money its good.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  4. "Work elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made some great friends while there.

    Cons

    They say their top concern is Associate satisfaction. This is a lie. The pay plan is horrible. In one year they reduced pay, took away spiff incentives, had a demotivational carpet diem (their annual company hoorah ), and to top it off fired some of the best people to work for them. If you value your happiness, stay away. Horrible, worthless, soulless corporation

    Advice to Management

    Look under your shoes and see who you're stepping on.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Area Human Resources Administrator in Colma, CA
    Former Employee - Area Human Resources Administrator in Colma, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, great managers, great employees! Treat employees very well, good incentive programs, training and perks.

    Cons

    Upper Management too far away - did not take enough time or interest in our area dealerships.

    Advice to Management

    Always listen to your front line employees.


  6. "Sales and Leasing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Sales and Leasing Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales and Leasing Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Manufacturer compensates sales consultants for new vehicle sales.

    Cons

    Long hours and crabby management.

    Advice to Management

    Cheer up.


  7. "Cadillac"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You're exposed to a lot of different skill sets.

    Cons

    The hours weren't that great.

  8. "Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, advancement to a certain extent

    Cons

    The pay was not good, however considering it was a commission based job, you were able to make more money. No time off. If you wanted time off it basically affected your pay(comission wise)


  9. "Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They promote employees from within

    Cons

    No re-hire rule for the employees who left or quit

    Advice to Management

    Remove the no re hire rule


  10. "Working for Sonic Automotive has been an amazing experience over all."

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    Current Employee - BMW Genius in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - BMW Genius in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. I'm happy to come to work every single day and everyday there is something new and interesting.

    Cons

    None. I would definitely recommend this as a great company to work for. They take care of their employees and community.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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