Panera Bread Interview Questions & Reviews in Saint Louis, MO
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Corporate IT Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – Process took over three months and was a complete disorganized mess. The HR person forgot to call me for the phone screen. I met with five people at the office, three of whom did not even know what I was being interviewed for.
They speak a lot about culture and their 'No Jerks' policy. A couple of the people that I interviewed with were the very definition of jerks. The seemed very interested in telling me how they were more important than the other people I interviewed with. It was pretty obvious the politics there are awful. These were director and VP level people that are clearly unqualified for their positions. I was very unimpressed and it was clear a couple of them have never worked in a real IT shop. One of the interviews was via video conference in their Boston office. He spent most of the interview talking about himself.
Since they spoke so much about diversity I asked about women in leadership. There were no women in the 25+ director and VP slots at Panera. This company is run by amateurs.
Interview Question – No hard questions Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Associate Trainer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Panera Bread in July 2010.
Interview Details – Interview with manager it was really easy, you fill in an application online which takes forever to do, they call you in and the process takes about 30 minutes. They generally hire you on the spot and then ask what hours you are available
Negotiation Details – None
Help Desk Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – Started with a brief phone interview, and some details of the job. The interview was held by 5 people. All of whom were very nice and asked good questions. They really seemed to just want to find people that fit in with their culture.
Interview Question – If you could have any super power what would it be? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Low pay, crazy work hours.
Coordinator, Data Analysis Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread in October 2009.
Interview Details – The interview process consisted of one phone screen, followed by two on-site interviews. The phone screen lasted aprox. 30 minutes. The first on-site interview was with three individuals, for an hour each, the second I met with two for an hour each. Following the final interview, I was told to expect a decision by a certain date, however, when I did not hear from them I waited a few more days and contacted them. The communication I received was that they were moving forward with other candidates.
The interview process was informal for the most part; the questions were not exactly behavior based. The company representatives talked a lot about the warmth of the culture and the idea that they value respect and honesty. They said they were concerned with finding people who would fit easily into their environment.
The only truly negative experience was the lack of timely communication with the recruiter.