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Excellent food, excellent service

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Former Employee - CSX in Barceloneta, PR
Former Employee - CSX in Barceloneta, PR

I worked at Panda Express part-time (more than a year)

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

Pros

Excellent working conditions, excellent benefits

Cons

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Decent pay and benefits but it's like a cult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, stock options, bonuses and benefits are good. Gym on site. Free classes in subjects like leadership, excel and coaching others. Nice building and great people to work with (middle and lower levels). The work is interesting and challenging. It is a great opportunity for those without degrees or are English as a second language. They do give opportunities where other companies may not.

    Cons

    No real room for growth even with hard work. Advancement is based on how many self help classes like Landmark that you go to and if you buy into the company culture. They say these things are voluntary but they are very mandatory if you want to advance or even survive. You have to pay for them yourself and take time out of your days off to go to them.

    The culture is very much a CULT-ure. The company is way too involved into people's personal lives and it is a part of annual reviews; how often do you work out, what books are you reading (in addition to books we are MADE to read), what classes are you taking (in addition to the Landmark classes we HAVE to take). It's too much. Many company meetings are often full of self help sessions where people are pouring out their hearts about their personal lives and crying. It is very uncomfortable to watch and listen to.

    Managers and above as a part of their "leadership" and aligning with the company culture are expected to go to and donate to Tzu Chi in Taiwan as a part of a Buddhist retreat. You have to pay for the trip yourself, donate to the organization and take your own vacation time to go. Cost is several thousands of dollars. Those that don't go are questioned on their values and company leadership. This all seems kind of illegal.

    If you are ok with following exactly what the company says and not being a leader or speak your mind, this company could be ok with you. If you have your own mind and thoughts, this is definitely not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of people's personal lives and judge promotions on actual work performed, not how many self help classes they take.

  2. It was a good learning experience that taught life-applicable skills.

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    Former Employee - Counter Help in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Counter Help in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Panda Express part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They have a great system of management, a good vision for success, and excellent core values.

    Cons

    They have inconsistent scheduling from week to week.

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