Panera Bread Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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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 Work Environment, Though Management Dependent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in North Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production Associate in North Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers- they look out for each other, and the atmosphere was nearly always a pleasant one. Training was positive, and store meetings were optimistic and fun in nature. The schedule was never too rough, and we were rarely short-handed.

    Cons

    Some managers get a bit short sighted- sometimes we would wait 15-30 minutes for the closing manager to check the line so we could leave for the night. Once I got a rather gruesome burn on my arm from the walk in oven door, and was told to slap a bandage on it and get back on the line, despite being in a great deal of pain- another girl experienced the same kind of situation, where she was in enough pain due to a health condition that she was in tears, and she was told to get back on the line despite the rest of us saying we could handle things just fine if she went home.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the employees are people, and sometimes people can't be a perfect machine. Having a bit of compassion will not sink the franchise, and you'll end up with a loyal, dedicated group of people who've got your back.


  2. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Meeting new people , good food/ desserts

    Cons

    They take you off the schedule & fire you without telling you. No raises, only managers favorites gets hours & days .. They overwork you & have you do other employees jobs .. Rude , they changes rules without any notice & blame you for everything !!

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees , give them more hours, days & raises..


  3. cashier,barista, bakery, customer service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Promoting a good quality, healthy product is easy to sell and serve. Each employee believes in the quality and freshness of the products.
    It was a pleasure to work for them.

    Cons

    One down side is a non set schedule the changes weekly. We have no more that three days to plan our next week and that can be troublesome when trying to run an outside life as well.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, please post schedules two weeks in advance.
    Please provide adequate training for the "newcomer"


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  5. Has its ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Groton, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are funny enjoyable to work with. Jobs aren't really hard like most other jobs. Management is please to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Not everyone pulls their weight there are a lot of slackers that do their job to the bare minimum if that.

    Advice to Management

    Would be better if everyone pulled their weight more.


  6. Dream Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in South Florida, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing job environment! Possibilities for grow.

    Cons

    No cons. Best place to work ever

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good job!


  7. Day Baker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Day Baker in Dunwoody, GA
    Current Employee - Day Baker in Dunwoody, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I like the way the whole interview process went and the professionalism off the Mangers and the way they worked with me to get in hired with their company. I can not say enough about the Baking manger Muhammad Yasin, he is the best.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report at this time

    Advice to Management

    The only thing I could say is that when you say things stick to it, sometimes when you have things change people tend to get discouraged.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Prep Cook

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting pay. Good benefits. All about Team Work!

    Cons

    Not getting enough hours. However, FT is considered 30 hrs per week with most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Could improve on new employee orientation. Policy and procedures.


  9. Shift Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Easy to get along with and very welcoming. Great food.

    Cons

    Customers get upset when their favorite items are taken off the menu.


  10. managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Austin, TX

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Two assistant mgr were great.. You could count on them for anything. Very hard workers.. Always put work first.

    Cons

    Gm and one assistant sucked. He was to young to run the store he didn't care what happens when he left.. Never was there to help out the two assistants that pretty muched lived there. Was only there m-f 7 to 3, and the other assistant would lie about her name when complaints came in. Always set in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Need


  11. Cashier

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Friendly management, interview was easy, gain valuable sales experience

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low.



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