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Whether you aspire to be one of our iconic Carhops or a Multi-Unit Leader, our Drive-Ins are the customer-pleasing front lines of career opportunity. They're where we directly fulfill the Bacon Cheeseburger and Chocolate Shake needs of America - and that’s a deliciously rewarding feeling.

It’s fast-paced, super fun, and crazy in the very best way. If that’s how you roll, then let’s do this. We’re ready to feed that passionate drive of yours with a whole menu of cool opportunities.

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Benefits & Perks

Think our Shakes are sweet? Check out our benefits. At SONIC, we know that keeping the best people means keeping them happy. Which is why SONIC Drive-In restaurants offer things like flexible schedules, competitive pay, and a culture that encourages professional growth and upward mobility. Depending on eligibility and location, benefits packages may include:

    Health & Wellness:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Vacation*
  • Medical Benefits*
  • Dental Benefits*
  • Vision Benefits*

    Total Rewards:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Retirement Benefits/401 (k)*
  • Life Insurance*
  • Scholarships*

    Work Perks:

  • Free Meals*
  • Free Uniform (trust us, you're gonna like these!)
  • Perkspot Employee Discounts

*Subject to availability and certain eligibility requirements. SONIC Drive-In restaurants are owned and operated by independent SONIC franchisees who determine their own benefits. Talk to your local franchise owner or restaurant manager to learn more.

Training

2018 Dr. Pepper Sonic Games

Dr Pepper SONIC Games

We like to do things the SONIC way, which is anything but boring. And training at SONIC is as fun as it gets. Each year, thousands of drive-ins across the nation join together in the Dr Pepper SONIC Games, a SONIC training experience to unlock team members' potential by focusing on operational training, teamwork, and delivering the best SONIC guest experience. With interactive eLearning modules, gameshow-like Traveling Knowledge Bowls, and tons of recognition and prizes, there's no better way to train. Plus, the top 12 teams get an all-expenses-paid trip to compete at SONIC's National Convention!

2018 Dr. Pepper Sonic Games

Carhopping

People love SONIC Carhops. And not just because they bring the world's best food right to customers' cars. It’s because we have free-spirited and energetic people who do it.

Whether you run, skate, or moonwalk, it takes a certain combination of passion and poise to maneuver a tray full of Cheeseburgers, Tots, and Cherry Limeades across a parking lot.

Yep, it's impressive. And it's fun. And it can be totally lucrative. Tips, anyone?

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SONIC Skate Off

Clearly, being a Carhop is awesome. And if you skate… well, that's a whole other level of cool. In fact, we have a whole competition dedicated to finding the country's best Skating Carhops and rewarding them with cash, prizes, trips, and ultimate bragging rights.

So if you're crazy about skating, you're a total people-person, and you could use some dollars, this is the job for you. But don't take our word for it - our Skate Off champs will tell you everything you need to know.

Sonic Skate Off video

Career Path

Not to put the cherry in our own Limeade, but SONIC has a great reputation for growing careers. Seriously, next time you’re at your local SONIC, ask the Manager how she or he started – we’re willing to bet it was as a Cook or a Carhop. Maybe you’re interested in working at SONIC to put yourself through college; or you’d like to become General Manager of a drive-in; or you want to own a SONIC! Whatever your goals, there’s a place for you here, and plenty of opportunities for you to grow with our brand. Take a look at the possible SONIC career progression.*

Crew Member

Crew Member

Cook, package, and deliver awesome food, fast.

Crew Leader

Crew Leader

You’ve mastered all the stations. Keep it up, and help your fellow crew members do the same.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager

Help manage the daily operations of the drive-in and train the team to deliver an A+ guest experience.

First Assistant Manager

First Assistant Manager

Second in command, you’ll develop the team and work to consistently drive business results.

General Manager

General Manager

Now, you pretty much run the place. Make your SONIC Drive-In the best of the best.

Multi-Unit Leader

First Assistant Manager

Lead operations, training, and development of teams within multiple SONIC Drive-Ins.

Franchisee

Franchisee

You’re a SONIC Drive-In owner. Do a little happy dance! And then lead your business to success.

*Subject to availability and certain eligibility requirements. SONIC Drive-In restaurants are owned and operated by independent SONIC franchisees who determine their organizations’ career paths. Talk to your local franchise owner or restaurant manager to learn more.