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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Panera Bread full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
Decent shifts - you either work morning, mid, or close.
Great salary for managers.
Good benefits for corporate stores - 401k for management, vacation time for salary & hourly employees, good health benefits also for salary & hourly employees.
Regular customers are a joy.
Associates are great & it's fun to watch them grow.
Lots of internal growth.
Lots of community involvement - food donations, fundraisers, etc.
Friends in Knead helps employees through financial hardships.Cons
Franchise stores do not offer the same benefits as corporate stores - no vacation time or health benefits for hourly employees, and 401k for salary managers in some franchises.
Fluctuating schedule - it constantly changes.
Early open & semi-late close - open is at 5 am and closing ends around 11-12 pm.
Hourly associates pay is not as good as some competitors (mostly around $8-$9 per hour)
Shift managers make around $11 an hour but are required to perform most if not all management dutiesAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Corporate really needs to keep a close eye on franchise stores. A lot of the cultural values & concept essences are not being followed. Many short cuts are taken - even to the extent of fudging inventory counts and altering associate hours. I've seen some associates not be paid for a week (the hours just weren't entered), and I've seen some hours roll over to the next week so they avoid OT and cut back on labor. The corporate stores are usually great - I wish it was like that in every store regardless of if it's a franchise or corporate store.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Panera Bread.Interview Details
Well I began the process by applying online. After a few days I called the store to follow- up, the manger on duty then set up an interview date. Two weeks after the interview I got a call back, for a second interview with the GM. It was there that I was notified I got the job.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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