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Updated March 17, 2017
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  • Minimum wage when others places pay more (in 60 reviews)

  • Long hours, Somewhat of service management (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Manager They don't value employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours during the busy time of the year. Most people there are pretty nice. They can promote you pretty fast.

    Cons

    They don't value employees
    Barely give raises
    They don't like to give you direction on how you're doing.
    They assume you should pick up everything without their training.
    You never really get a thank you. And they further up you go the worse the upper management is, they're just money hungry.
    Barely any pay
    They get away with borderline harassment.
    They will literally watch an employee argue with you about something and they won't do anything

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect. Especially you're assistant managers, they work extremely hard. Try to actually train employees instead of assuming they know how to do things. Start giving raises every once in awhile.


  2. "carhop"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good entry level job if you are young, and you can get drinks at discount, and in the summer you are cool inside with the freezers.

    Cons

    management was shoddy, money was minimum wage, unspecified job mostly running around picking up slack or helping others. Sanitation and space was small

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer in job details and dont let your newbies flounder.


  3. "no breaks, bad mangement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Car Hop in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of hours because there weren't enough employees, food discount, tips

    Cons

    no breaks, bad management, not enough employees, not everyone did their job

    Advice to Management

    invest in your business


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  5. "Could've Been Better"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Cocoa, FL
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Cocoa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I have no clue I wasn't there long enough

    Cons

    can get really busy, training isn't the best, certain important things weren't discussed during the interview

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people's availability and to the position they actually applied for


  6. "alright"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CarHop
    Former Employee - CarHop
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great for teenagers who want to learn about money, great place to learn about hard work, great flexbility

    Cons

    the money is not all that great depending on the sonic you're at, you work way too hard for the little money you get, working outside in harsh temperatures can be very uncomfortable especially during happy hour


  7. "Car Hop"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Car Hop
    Former Employee - Car Hop
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tips are a great benifit

    Cons

    everything else is not perferable

    Advice to Management

    Be nice


  8. "Operating Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheney, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheney, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food

    Cons

    Stressful, lots of hours

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonic part-time

    Pros

    Decent high school gig before graduation

    Cons

    Bad pay, bad managers, fast paced


  10. "General Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager in Bardstown, KY
    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager in Bardstown, KY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sonic is a world wide company and there is always room for advancements.

    Cons

    I been with sonic for almost 9 years and the only con I have is if your not looking for a career in this business then keep moving because sonic is full of opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be strong,be full of motivation. Each day be ready to lead to the fullest. There's always that one team member that looks up to you or that wants to follow in your footsteps as their leader.


  11. "Bad bad tips, barely pays minimum wedge."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours.
    Good work out.

    Cons

    Customers do not know you are supposed to tip carhops, Sonic seems to take advantage of this and actively hide the fact that employees are paid a tip offset salary to make their prices seem cheaper, although food prices are already very expensive. Customers are not offered any method to tip by card, and had no plan to intergrate this in the future, even though less and less people carry change to tip with. Carhops can expect to sometimes make less than minimum wage here, especially if you are somewhat unattractive or male.
    Carhops are expected to perform a mass amount of indoor duties, that detract from the time that you can take out orders, during this time you are guaranteed to make less than minimum wage.

    They offer a measly employee discount on food.

    No paid breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay universal minimum wage or advertise that customers are expected to tip their employees.



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