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Panda Express Counter Help

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Former Employee - Counter Help  in  Orlando, FL
Former Employee - Counter Help in Orlando, FL

Pros

The only way this job can be enjoyable is if you are lucky enough to have semi-decent coworkers and customers.

Cons

The entire company may not be like this, but in my experience, the store was run in extremely unorganized manner, the manager should not have been in the position, the rules and expectations of the company changed so often that it was hard to keep up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Come up with a way to run the company, and stick with it. Take the time to actually train the managers so that the store is efficient. There's a reason this company has such a high turnover rate.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    There's a new fad circulating in the company that started a few years ago of attempting to make Panda Express a great place to work. Unfortunately only about half the company bought into it, causing a lot fakers (middle management and older generation employees) versus the fresh crew. This goes all the way from the bottom warehouse workers to the top VPs.

    People are professional and nice. A good amount of fun people work there.

    Very good benefits

    Average pay

    Indoor gym

    A lot of programs for reading, improving oneself, classes and volunteer work

    Cons

    Like I mentioned previously, the company believes and tries not to let anybody go/fire anyone. Problem is the older generation is not buying into the new ideas of a collaborative work environment. This causes the company to feel "fake".

    They believe in work/life balance, but with all the required volunteer work, reading and classes where does your personal life balance begin? Well your personal life as it really turns out is determined by Panda.

    A lot of crazy ideas being fed by the owners. Some people may feel this to be cult-ish and well if you don't buy into it, then there's the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring Tom back and empower him to run the company. The owners need to step off. Seriously.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not as good the Orange Chicken

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    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    Fast growing
    Largest Asian fast food chain
    Challenged to learn about yourself and leadership

    Cons

    - Authoritative leadership practiced by tenured leaders (similar to founder)
    - Difference in opinions, cultures and experiences not valued
    - "My way or the highway" is seen alot in day to day interactions
    - If you disagree you are labeled as having bad mindset
    - Company has a great set of values - but unfortunately not many practice them
    - You are pressured to pay for leadership training that if not taken you are publicly criticized
    - If you do not follow your leader blindly you are seen as not being a team player
    - Many associates work out of fear (especially now with recession) of losing their jobs and lack of opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take a lesson from Leadership and Self-Deception - you are in denial.
    - Stand up for the average associate who is losing their identity so they can keep their job
    - Why are good people leaving Panda? During a recession why would they leave?
    - Company had a good thing going but lack of trust and micromanagement by chairman has turned the clock back

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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