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SONIC is a drive-in fast-food restaurant chain of 3,500 locations, 95% of which are owned by local businessmen and women. The chain serves approximately 3 million customers every day. SONIC is known for its specialty menu items, including sandwiches served on thick Texas Toast, footlong hot dogs with chili and cheese, onion rings, and tater tots, etc. Whether in the corporate headquarters in Oklahoma, or out in the drive-ins, SONIC seeks to attract creative people with bold, unique personalities whose passion for what they do shows in the food, the experience and the culture of one of America’s most-loved restaurant brand.

Company - Public
$500M to $1B
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants
1953
Cliff Hudson
What departments Sonic employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
General and Operations Managers26.8%
other occupation26%
Servers / Bartenders20%
Cooks / Food Preparation12.8%
Management - Other9.5%
Computer / IT5%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Sonic employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Sonic: Newcomers: 46%, Experiencers: 15%, Experts: 12%, Veterans: 27%. Sonic employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Sonic employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Sonic: Arby's, Burger King, McDonald's. Typical Sonic employees have worked at Arby's.
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Burger King
McDonald's
What industries did Sonic employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Sonic: Limited-Service Restaurants, Full-Service Restaurants, Niche Retailers, Food & Beverage Retailers, Traveler Accommodation Companies. Sonic employees most likely come from a Limited-Service Restaurants industry background.
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Where did Sonic employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Sonic: Small: 28%, Medium: 11%, Large: 61%. Most Sonic employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Sonic study?
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Where did employees at Sonic study?
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Sonic?
Time employed at Sonic: <1: 4%, 1-3: 17%, 4-8: 53%, 9-13: 16%, 14-20: 6%, 20+: 4%. Most Sonic employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Sonic rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Sonic: 57.7% Male and 42.3% Female. Age ratio at Sonic: 16-20: 3%, 21-30: 63%, 31-40: 20%, 41-50: 9%, 51-60: 4%, 60+: 1%. Sonic rates - 0.7% less female than the industry average. Most Sonic employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Sonic?
Top roles of Sonic: Manager, Carhop, Cook, Crew Member, General Manager. The top role at Sonic is Manager.
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Carhop
Cook
Crew Member
General Manager

Career advancement

How does Sonic rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Sonic: low. Sonic ranks low for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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What companies do Sonic employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Sonic: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Sonic Drive In, Starbucks, Target. People who work at Sonic most typically go on to work for the McDonald's.
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Pizza Hut
Sonic Drive In
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Target

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Sonic Reviews and Ratings

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Cook
Elk City, OK - June 4, 2023
Busy work busy life.
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So when I worked at sonic I was working through my senior year of high school. I was put on a surprising amount of hours and days to work so I did make a decent amount of money, but it wasn’t good for the school side of things so I had to put in a two weeks notice. But all in all I only ever messed up a few times, and that was only due to me being new. I cooked well and did what was told.

Pros and Cons
Willing to work with high school students.
Low pay for too much work.
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Dumas, AR - September 5, 2022
I enjoy a place everyone can get along and work together as one
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I enjoy working with others and learning new things and helping others that don't understand anything can be solved long as your willing to work towards that.

Pros and Cons
Free lunch birthday party s friend
People being jealous and invy of a person
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Kitchen Leader
Bay Minette, AL - July 30, 2022
Fun and productive work place.
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I loved working for sonic the crew and management team was wonderful the customers where great we had old modle cars do shows on weekends

Pros and Cons
Friendly all the way around
There where no cons in my opinion
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Cashier/ carhop
Elkton, MD - March 26, 2022
It was an unprofessional work place
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All the managers were terrible there and so unprofessional , they fight in the work place , there dirty and the managers don’t care about the work place they care about the money.

Pros and Cons
Nothing good it was a bad work place.
Bad food quality, fights all the time and unprofessional managers
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When was Sonic established?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1953.
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What industry does Sonic belong to?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Restaurant/Food Service.
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Where can I find Sonic’s stock symbol?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
look no further: SONC is its stock symbol.
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Where is Sonic’s HQ?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Oklahoma City, OK.
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What’s the gender distribution at Sonic?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
42.3% female, 57.7% male.
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What is the annual revenue of Sonic?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
$500m to $1b.
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What’s the name of Sonic’s CEO?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Cliff Hudson.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Sonic?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Sonic employees work for?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Large companies before Sonic.
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How often do employees get promoted at Sonic ?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
advancement opportunities are low
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where do employees go to work after leaving Sonic?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Most went to work for one of these companies: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Self Employed, Sonic Drive In, Starbucks, Target, US Army, Walmart
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Where did employees work before joining Sonic?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Arby's, Burger King, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Sonic Drive In, Subway, Taco Bell, Walmart.
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How old are Sonic’s employees in general?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
21-30.
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Where did most of Sonic employees go to school?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center, University of Phoenix-Utah.
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What’s Sonic’s business mission statement?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
"To become America's most-loved restaurant brand.".
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Sonic drive in is not a job for everyone. It's not easy and it's definitely one of the fastest pace jobs out there. Once you get in the grove though they treat you like family and you begin to absolutely love working there!
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9 months ago
for all those wishing to work here, I wish you GOOD LUCK 🤞
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9 months ago
do they require a specific amount of experience and qualification for a job here☺
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The team work is excellent there's alot to do and learn. Once you catch on its easy trying to learn the menu is difficult for some. Just do your job and go home.
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9 months ago
Be willing to learn. Don't make money your only motive. Otherwise It's a waste time😬
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9 months ago
Learning should never be a problem here because all your seniors are extremely experienced in real life lessons!
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They are really harsh on setting schedules. Never understand pain of others. I humbly requested them to give me a day off for my appointment with doctor and instead they scheduled me from open to close on saturdays 😓
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9 months ago
I like working here because the day goes too fast👀
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9 months ago
They schedule me from 6am to 10 pm. Can't give proper time to my studies 🤦
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The people there are great but sometimes when it go busy it was a little overwhelming but overall its an easy and enjoyable job. You get to know new stuff about and new people and its loveable there.
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9 months ago
I newly joined so can't really share my thoughts right now!
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9 months ago
I have my own share of experience with this restaurant but that is for some other day. although this is a great company.
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What I really appreciate about my job the most is how much you are appreciated when you actually do your job. Although it may vary from store to store, I have been very satisfied with my job.
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10 months ago
many job openings but nothing for me! 😞
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10 months ago
I am impressed with how they have managed to handle such a big team.
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Was a great starting place to gain experience. Was able to be trained on multiple items. It was very fast paced but doesn't take a lot to get used to it.
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9 months ago
I see so many people recommending this place to start your career if you're new to the industry but who will give me job without the experience? 🤔
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9 months ago
Is it only good for a starting job?
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Overall safe and relaxing environment. Learn hands-on how to get orders out quickly. Kelp a clean environment. Customers are always right.
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9 months ago
Is there any way I can get a promotion quickly? 🤔
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9 months ago
what do I have to do to get noticed by my boss directly?
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Simple straight forward they asked my previous experiences, when i would be available, if I was a team player. If i could work in a fast paced environment comfortably. How comfortable i am at counting change back
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10 months ago
Sounds like a professional environment. Happy to know this! ❤
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9 months ago
I'm sure it'll benefit alot of people looking for professional experience.
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Fast paced. Pay also great & good work environment. Learned alot of good skills while going to school. Would of worked in management but got a better paying job
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10 months ago
I really think that you took the wrong decision because if you would have stayed here for a long time they always increase salaries and also other benefits which are noticeable😌
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10 months ago
everything in life is not about the money brother sometimes the experience and the environment equally matters
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Easy first job, tips, and free food! This place has great ppl to work for and with.
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9 months ago
I want to know one thing that if we do this as our first job without an experience then will we get better jobs in the future? 🤔
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9 months ago
this was your first job and where are you working now?
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I loved working at sonic because of the staff! Everyone is young so its easy to get along w/ each other & the managers/ shift leads are pretty chill.
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9 months ago
It's good that money was not only your perspective but also a secondary option because if the environment is good everything else would be smooth❤
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9 months ago
looks like you got the whole package.
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my training is going on and they are just giving me three hours only. How many more hours should I expect in coming days? 🧐
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9 months ago
8 hours in you intial months then it can go up to 12 as well depending upon the work load of your store 😴
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9 months ago
10 hours is what most of the employee are doing here
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Sonic was a very fun place to work. You can make great tips and move your way up to different positions. The shifts are not long and the work is not hard
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9 months ago
Any word of wisdom for new comers?
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9 months ago
The best part about me was the time great with people so it was really easy to bond with my customers
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I enjoyed my time there. Have no complaints and would suggest to others. Typing the rest of this due to minimum characters required to go to the next screen
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10 months ago
So much to say about this company but I'm chosing to stay silent.
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10 months ago
I know this is a stupid question but is there any scope of work from home?
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I loved how friendly the workers were they welcome you with open arms and help you with as much as they can learning new things that you may not be familiar with great team work
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10 months ago
I can never leave them. Do you know why? Cause they hired me without any experience. Will never forget that
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10 months ago
I am happy to get to know so many people in fact so many amazing people too.
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Good check, start between $8-$9.50/ hour, tips are on the lower end but the check compensates. Managers are great. Main con was dealing with the weather at times.
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10 months ago
I pray for all of you to keep on cherising your career
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10 months ago
I appreciate the generosity with this staff and they have always treated us with at most respect and dignity
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Going in to work is probably the best part of any day for me! Everyone is super helpful and does a really good job getting orders out on time, and the management there is just amazing!
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10 months ago
Never regretted my decision to join this company restaurant!
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10 months ago
I left my job because of family emergency advice I would have stayed for a long time😊
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You can make decent money. Build lots of relationships with coworkers and customers
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9 months ago
Then I don't think so this is for me. I wanna work somewhere where I can make hell lot of Money 🤑
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9 months ago
Decent money or good money?
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in their job ad they have mentioned bonus program benefit but many employees here are saying that they have nothing like that. Any help ?
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8 months ago
I have only seen manager getting bonus pay
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8 months ago
Nobody ever got such thing in my store atleast
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Great place to work people are very friendly there I love that the job was very easy if you love math and money this is the place for you I made a lot of great tips also was paid every 2 weeks
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10 months ago
People get pretty generous around the festivals.
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10 months ago
I am happy that they are growing so fast so soon! ☺
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Great place to work for first job! It was an easy experience and a great learning experience in the work field, that gives you time to work in communication, leadership, and other attributes.
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10 months ago
No employee lets their personal agenda come in between their work or office relationship.
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9 months ago
I know this is quite odd to say but I met my future partner in this restaurant😊
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A job I enjoyed, loved the people and customers. Always worked and your schedule and always called when and where they could. I learned a lot if patience from this job
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9 months ago
are we allowed to manage our own schedule? 🤔
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9 months ago
It is good that you loved your job otherwise it can get boring sometimes
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it was fun and people are nice. You learn how to deal with all kinds of people and how to treat them, you get discounts and make friends, and you have fun. As a teenager i thought it was a fun and good first job and it taught me a lot
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10 months ago
Anything else would you like yo share?
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10 months ago
I wish I could spend more time with my people here but unfortunately I had to leave
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Sonic has great management and supervision, the job is overall fun but professional. There are many positions to fit many people, you can also cross train.
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9 months ago
The management knows their job perfectly so you will never see them annoying you or micromanaging you because everybody in this team is highly professional☺
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9 months ago
sometimes the management takes their employees side and also fight for them to their bosses
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This place and management was decent. Mostly always, easy days and having fun is the most enjoyable work. Hardest part is roller skating hands down, just kidding.. it’s also probably dealing with the technology in the drive thru.
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9 months ago
working here has always been a dream which I guess will be fulfilled soon
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9 months ago
My manager was always there for me whenever I needed help from him✌
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Flexible hours, easy, and the amount of work reflect how many tips you earn.
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10 months ago
why does it have to depend on the amount of work we do? 🤔
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10 months ago
I wasn't offered a really good salary but I am depending now on the tips.
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Is sonic open on chirstmas and thankgiving holidays? My last job obliged me to work on those day, which i really dont like. I dont want 1 and half pay. I want to have time with me family
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10 months ago
I have only seen indians working on public holiday otherwise mostly staff enjoy holiday🙄
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10 months ago
yes but you supervisor will not schedule you if you request
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liked the job and the managers seem to care about people that wernt on task and got distracted, wernt very sanitary and had to constantly remind co workers to use gloves and wash hands.
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10 months ago
I can only say that you are super lucky to have a manager who is concerned about their customers safety and hygiene. 😊
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10 months ago
see this is how you know if a manager is a great person or not. how much is concerned about you all!
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5 minutes with store manager, asked if I could handle counting money and giving change back. how would I handle a difficult customer. if I ever worked in fast food before
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9 months ago
everyone deserves a manager like you who is always there to help and inform you. 😊
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9 months ago
what did your manager say then?
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Made good tips some nights that is definitely the only plus side. They Worked with my school schedule. Easy work, fun environment with good people. Would recommend for a high school student!
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9 months ago
Could do so much with the tips I get here.
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9 months ago
during the festive seasons the customers usually gets pretty generous so it means you can make a lot of money in that time😃
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Overall a good workplace it's fast paced and gets you moving i feel as though it's good for people just starting to work it's an okay pay and most of the management was friendly
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9 months ago
Nonetheless, the experience in this company is totally worth every penny.
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9 months ago
What is the salary difference between a full-time employee and a part-time employee?
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Everyone was super nice training is super easy, the managers never got mad when they were training me to become a manager they were always patient and understanding
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10 months ago
I had a secret crush on one of my colelagues but never told her 😌
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10 months ago
I want to know if they hire managers from outside or hire within their existing staff?
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Pretty good work environment, a great first job. Pays surprisingly well for fast food, at least when I worked there. Managers are relatable and kind.
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10 months ago
Best part is, one does not completely depend on the salary in Sonic. It's also about the amount of tips you gather
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10 months ago
always serve your customer with a big fat smile and they will always remember your services.
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I loved sonic all my employees made a lot of great friends it’s easy and fun In the summer to carhop its just small work area everyone has to work together or things could fall apart fast just over the smallest thing we had a good team,
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9 months ago
Team work should always be preferred over individuals performance so that nobody takes credit more than each other and everybody works equally. 😌
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9 months ago
Yes when the place is that a small you have to work as a team otherwise it could all turn out into a disaster
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Sonic workers are really nice and many of them are high school students. Managers were great and they make you feel like you've been best friends for a while. It can get hectic during rush hour and you can be called suddenly to go to do something.
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9 months ago
I am super excited to start my journey with them real soon
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9 months ago
I wish I could share my experience with you all but I don't think anybody would be interested! 😘
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overall i enjoyed the job but it’s not for everyone. they trained well, pretty good pay. tits a great beginner job.
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9 months ago
If you want to earn a little extra, just be nice with the customers and they'd be pretty generous!
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9 months ago
during the festive seasons you can make a lot of money with the tips💕
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Fun place to work at , also a good side job for extra money… just depending what you are exactly looking for in a job . Definitely wouldnt make it a permanent job, but that just depends on what your needs are.
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9 months ago
I'm happy to apply here as a manager, I don't know if I'll get a job or not.
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9 months ago
You literally don't have to worry about anything because everybody working here is so nice and friendly all the time
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Good part time job if you're a student or are balancing something else. I haven't worked there in a while, but it was a good way to make money. Great flexibility on schedule, and great opportunity as full time employee as well.
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9 months ago
I moved here from a different country right after I got a job here. 💕
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9 months ago
The dedication of an employee matters here than anything else.
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It's a pretty standard fast food job. Busy times get stressful but slower times are chill and coworkers are great. Being able to have free food is nice and all the ice cream you want.
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9 months ago
When things get heated up at Sonic, we all work together like a TEAM. Hats off to all of us. 😍
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9 months ago
Free food? ☺ I can do anything for that
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Excellent company and fast Paced. Really enjoyed being assistant manager. Maintained crew labor, truck orders. Kept restaurant nice and clean for the customer.
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10 months ago
I won't say this is an excellent company but definitely a place where you can have a good experience! ❤
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10 months ago
I only work here because the selfie was amazing and I wasn't getting a salary like this anywhere else
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My interview went really poor. I am wondering that will I receive the call?
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10 months ago
You should have prepared for your interview.✊
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10 months ago
My interview not went good as well they asked me very basic question like why do you want to work at Sonic?I was unable to answer them but I got the call🙏
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Is there any union to join ?
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9 months ago
Nothing like that
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9 months ago
I wish there could be one where we can raise our concerns 🤲
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it’s not a bad place to work as long as you have good managers. i had great managers and mostly great coworkers when i was employed. most customers are super nice
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10 months ago
My manager which I bought while working here was so amazing that he used to do my work sometimes😍
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10 months ago
this may not make any sense to you but do they offer work from home?
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My time wasn't Long because I had a very hard hit death in my family that took a toll on me so I quit I Love The opportunity to be a part of their team every one Got alone and helped One another I would love to go back
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9 months ago
Tell me some juicy insights!!!
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9 months ago
I have literally never seen them terminating all scolding any employee which is a really good thing. 🌼
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They recommended me to come in black slack on the first day but I dont have any. Will blue yoga pant work?🤔
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10 months ago
Black only and they will provide you tshirt with tag.
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10 months ago
Black pants in regular day & we wear shorts in the summer as long as knee length but depends on the location so first confirm about that. I hope this may help you ☺