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    Default Re: Sonic Corporation

    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    It is an unfortunate result of capitalism that when efficiencies can be made within a company, layoffs can happen. It irritates me a little that Inspire had said they would leave the SONIC HQ in OKC pretty much alone when they bought the firm but it is not efficient or a good use of your resources to have duplicate departments such as payroll, HR and accounting.
    I think every company says that to appease the locals, very few actually follow through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG918 View Post
    I think every company says that to appease the locals, very few actually follow through.
    They still need their workforce happy while they carry out their corporate plans in secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG918 View Post
    I think every company says that to appease the locals, very few actually follow through.
    My friends in the business said that Inspire had done a pretty good job with their other acquisitions to keep the important unique parts of the headquarters intact. But, as pointed out, they also buy because of efficiencies they can improve in basic services... supply chain, accounting, hr, etc. The stockholders and customers will not complain as the shareholders expect companies to keep improving efficiencies and customers want prices held in check.

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    They had about 400 at the Bricktown HQ at the time of the buy-out; looks like they are now close to about 200.

    That's a lot of well-paying jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    My friends in the business said that Inspire had done a pretty good job with their other acquisitions to keep the important unique parts of the headquarters intact. But, as pointed out, they also buy because of efficiencies they can improve in basic services... supply chain, accounting, hr, etc. The stockholders and customers will not complain as the shareholders expect companies to keep improving efficiencies and customers want prices held in check.
    ^^^^^
    Exactly what l have seen and heard. The restaurant concepts are complimentary and don't overlap but some HQ administrative jobs do.

  6. #256

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    Friend of mine that worked there for many years was given the option several months ago to move to Atlanta, so these weren't out of the blue. I believe he worked in the buying/supply side

    He was pretty quickly able to find a comparable job here in OKC as he wasn't interested in moving to Atlanta

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrettd View Post
    My problem with Sonic has always been that it takes so long to get even something as simple as a coke. Doesn't seem to make a difference if I do the carhop service or the drive-thru, it just takes forever to get served. If the food was so much better than anything else, I could see waiting for it, but the food is definitely not worth it.
    I think that's definitely location dependent. We won't even go to the one in downtown OKC any longer during normal lunchtimes. It can literally take 20 minutes to get an order. Each time we are told "4 people didn't show up today" or "we are really short staffed."

    That said, I go to the one in Edmond at 2nd and Bryant and get served pretty fast.

    I've cut down a lot of wait times by simply using the app. (plus it's always Happy Hour with the app).

    What-A-Burger is Sonic alternative in a pinch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    My friends in the business said that Inspire had done a pretty good job with their other acquisitions to keep the important unique parts of the headquarters intact. But, as pointed out, they also buy because of efficiencies they can improve in basic services... supply chain, accounting, hr, etc. The stockholders and customers will not complain as the shareholders expect companies to keep improving efficiencies and customers want prices held in check.
    I think that's pretty much every merger or buyout isnt it? The buyer can either find efficiencies to make a bigger profit or they have a large pile of cash to carry out a bigger dream. The buyer almost always thinks a company should be ran differently though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    I think that's pretty much every merger or buyout isnt it? The buyer can either find efficiencies to make a bigger profit or they have a large pile of cash to carry out a bigger dream. The buyer almost always thinks a company should be ran differently though.
    Increasing efficiencies doesn’t always mean changing the core of the business. Implementing purchasing programs, leveraging scale, sharing accounting, etc doesn’t mean they are now a pizza company. They also bought some core competencies they will keep in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake View Post
    Friend of mine that worked there for many years was given the option several months ago to move to Atlanta, so these weren't out of the blue. I believe he worked in the buying/supply side

    He was pretty quickly able to find a comparable job here in OKC as he wasn't interested in moving to Atlanta
    This is consistent from what I've heard from friends that work at Sonic. I was surprised this stayed so quiet in the lead up to last week because Inspire/Sonic seemed to do a pretty good job of letting employees know this was going to happen/there was never really an expectation internally that there wouldn't be any layoffs. From what I've heard (may not be true for everyone across the board), those that got laid off or relocation offers have until this summer before it takes effect, giving them quite a bit of time to find something else. Also sounds like some groups were hit really hard and others not much at all, and its not like the OKC office was completely gutted (though some departments may be totally going away/going to Atlanta).

    Not saying it was/is a great situation, but it sounds like Inspire handled this decently well/better than many other companies following an acquisition.

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