Sonic Employment Application

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Sonic Corp. is a drive-in fast-food, restaurant business that is located in Oklahoma City founded in 1953. There were more than 3,500 restaurants located in 43 states of the U.S. that serve millions of customers per day. The company ranked 10th in a QSR Magazine’s for the top 50 quick-service and fast-casual restaurant brands. The company is known for their servers who are working with their roller skates. They usually host a competition for all their associates to check their top skating carhop in the company. Their menu consists of classic fast food items such as hamburgers, French fries, onion rings and chili hot dogs. Customers of Sonic Drive-in will have to drive on the drive-in stall, set their orders by an intercom speaker system and their food will be delivered by a carhop.

Sonic supports their community by providing programs that will help in advancing the education and opportunities for Oklahoma youth. They also conduct an annual fundraising to support teachers’ projects across their nation. The company donated more than $2 million to teachers’ projects and had made an impact for thousands of students’ lives.


Sonic was founded by Troy Smith Sr. from Seminole, Oklahoma. He was employed as a milkman and decided to work in delivering bread instead because the bread was not heavy as milk. Later on, he purchased the Cottage Cafe, located in Shawnee, Oklahoma and opened a fast food restaurant which he named Troy’s Pan Full of Chicken. In 1953, he went with a business partner to purchase a land that had a log house and a root beer stand and had a named the Top Hat. They still continued with the operation of the root beer stand and just changed the log house to a steak restaurant. Smith focused more on the root beer stand which had more profits and bought out his business partner. Smith went on a trip to Louisiana and he saw a drive-in that used speakers for ordering. He then came with a new plan for his business and strategies the layout for controlling parking. The plan became a success and tripled their sales immediately. He later partnered with Charles Woodrow Pappe, who became interested with the layout. In 1956, they opened their first franchise located in Woodward, Oklahoma and by 1958 two more drive-ins were opened. They changed the name Top Hat to Sonic in 1959. The company grew regionally during the 1960’s and 1970’s from 165 to 1000 drive-ins located mainly in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.

Job Opportunities at Sonic

Crew Member
As a crew member, you will take the orders from the customers and make an accurate change quickly, serve the customers with enthusiasm, pack all the menu items and check for product quality, prepare drinks and ice cream treats, and clean the drive-in.

Carhop/Skating Carhop
You will ensure that all menu items meet product quality, greet all customers in a polite and friendly manner, carry and balance a tray weighing up to 25 pounds, serve the customers and clean trays from guests’ cars.

Assistant Manager
You will be responsible in assisting the General Manager in managing the operations of the drive-in. You will train, monitor and coach new crews. You will reinforce a good customer service focus and immediately responds to guests’ requests.

Consumer Insights Manager
You will work in partnership with the Director, Consumer Insights. You will support the Consumer and Marketplace Insights team in representing the voice of the customer within the company.

Why Work at Sonic?


Love Carhopping? Why not join Sonic Drive-ins where you can get paid while having fun at the same time. At Sonic, they hire free-spirited and energetic people to do the tasks assign to them. They offer competitive pay, flexible schedules, and an exciting culture that encourages growth for everyone who works hard. Additional benefits include medical benefits, free uniform, discounted meals, vacation, life insurance and retirement benefits. Apply now for a rewarding and fun position.

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