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Panda Express – Why Work For Us?

About Our Company

Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express and Hibachi-San, is dedicated to creating happiness. Whether through sharing good food with guests or providing opportunities for professional and personal growth with associates, all are embraced in a genuine family environment that is uniquely Panda. 

About Panda Express

Founded in 1983, Panda Express remains American’s trusted leader and ambassador of Chinese food and culture. With more than 1,700 stores in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Dubai and Korea, Panda Express is America’s largest family-owned Chinese restaurant with over 25,000 associates and over $2 billion in sales.

Andrew and Peggy CherngAbout Our Culture

Founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng embody the American Dream and are deeply committed to developing associates personally and professionally to make their own American Dream a reality.

In addition to providing opportunities for self-development and professional growth, Panda Restaurant Group fosters a genuine family environment with community-building activities including Dragon Boat Races, Panda Cares charitable events, athletic competitions and fun runs.

General Manager In Training (GMIT) Program

The General Manager In Training (GMIT) Program enables Panda Restaurant Group to recruit outside talent, as well as to promote from within. Over time, GMITs will attain all the skills necessary to become a successful General Manager. The program includes seven to eight weeks of intensive in-store and classroom training, as well as necessary competencies to succeed. GMITs will work approximately 45 to 50 hours per week and can expect a pay range starting at $14 per hour with the possibility of bonuses and other benefits.


Field Operations Internship ProgramField Operations Internship Program

The Field Operations Internship Program aims to immerse participants in business fundamentals and restaurant operations including recruiting and hiring, scheduling, cash handling, food cost and labor. Interns will complete a capstone project as determined by the Area Coach of Operations and Training Leader. The internship program makes it possible to explore a plethora of career opportunities at Panda.



Panda Restaurant Group is committed to hiring former members of the military and fostering an environment where these individuals can succeed professionally and personally.

Royce Chow - A day in the life of a Regional Director of Operations

Vipul Shah - A day in the life an Area Coach of Operations

Maya Kwong - A day in the life of a Training Leader

Erika Koslen - A day in the life of an Assistant Manager

Panda Express Reviews

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388 Reviews
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Panda Express Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO Andrew Cherng
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    Great company

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    Current Employee - Front of House in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Front of House in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Panda Express


    The company is great & they're always trying to improve you. The pay is good too.


    There's no set schedule & everyone has to work weekends except for only one specific employee, not fair at all. There should be rotation of schedule with ALL employees

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    Hear your employees out when they have a problem & try to understand them & see where they're coming from.

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Panda Express Interviews

Updated Feb 18, 2015
Updated Feb 18, 2015

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Panda Express.

    Interview Details

    Took about three weeks. I applied online and within an hour a recruiter called me. Really nice guy, asked pretty basic questions, no real curve balls. Than I talked to the regional coach, via HireVue. Again, nice guy, questions weren't too hard. Had some technical difficulties, but that's still the norm these days. Next was the Panda preview where I worked in one of their stores. Good way to get a feel of the place. Then had a final interview with the Area manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic stuff. Name a time you overcame this, why are you a good fit for Panda, etc. A little tip, your interviewers could be Asian. It's a different culture. Sell yourself, but softly. Be a team player, help others, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

Panda Express Awards & Accolades

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Restaurant Neighbor Award, The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), 2014
Top 10 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007
Best New Menu Item, MenuMasters Award, 2011
Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, Public Relations Society of America, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Rosemead, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1983
Type Company - Private
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

This Panda certainly has food on its mind. Panda Restaurant Group is a leading quick-service restaurant operator with more than 1,600 Panda Express locations in more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. The chain offers Asian-themed food primarily in high-traffic locations, including malls, airports, and sporting arenas. The company also runs almost 30 mall-based... More

Mission: Over 25,000 Panda Associates living one common mission: “Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better... More

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