Panera Bread Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
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Pros
  • 50% discount on food if you're working that same day (in 96 reviews)

  • Flexible hours; discounted food; pleasant work environment (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • The amount of work one person has to do is ridiculous (in 30 reviews)

  • It's a fairly typical minimum wage job (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great job! Nice and friendly environment.

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    Current Employee - Bakery-Cafe Associate in Catonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Bakery-Cafe Associate in Catonsville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees are friendly, great hours, nice customers, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    The pay isn't the greatest and there aren't many opportunities for moving up in the company


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have the best bosses in the business. Upper management takes care of me at all times, I have no intentions of leaving.

    Cons

    There is no bar or alcohol sales. So profit is a little harder to achieve. Also. It is virtually impossible to hire "cooks or chefs" so we rely on kids to work the line.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  3. eh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it's aight pay is good food is good no experience needed pay is decent

    Cons

    pain in the butt everything is very tedious and often poor management


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  5. Panera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Fun environment with good coworkers and free food

    Cons

    Pay, management, constantly micromanaged, difficult to be promoted from within

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult because most people that work here are in high school and need to be told what to do, but walk a better line between micromanaging and allowing space


  6. Busy place with welcoming staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, several higher ups to easily approach, flexible scheduling, practice makes perfect (or as close to perfect as one can in a busy environment).

    Cons

    If you haven't worked in the restaurant industry, there will be a lot you'll need to remember the first few weeks but after that it becomes habitual.

    Advice to Management

    always have one manager/shift supervisor near the cashiers (for easy swiping when needed)


  7. Assistant Manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work enviroment. Hours are pretty good.

    Cons

    Average pay. Not alot of feedback/support from upper management.


  8. Good Part-Time Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, our cafe gives workers a 60% discount before or after your shift or during break; coworkers are very friendly and helpful; warm atmosphere.

    Cons

    Minimal training after you get hired; pay could be better. Typical cash register job.


  9. Cashier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough hours for part time employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    Seems Good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Day Baker in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Day Baker in Michigan City, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a baker I get bonuses, PTO, and decent pay.

    Cons

    BTS's and BMM's aren't around as much as they should be.


  11. Customer service associate

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very flexible with schedules awesome coworkers fun place to work always get to do different jobs never gets boring keeps you on your toes

    Cons

    sometimes can be too busy and stressful can get very repetitive have to memorize all the soups, salads, and sandwiches

    Advice to Management

    maybe having an easier method for payment and schedule distribution. also, weeks starting on Wednesdays is a bit odd



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