Panera Bread
3.0 of 5 1,076 reviews Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

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Worst management staff ever

Associate Trainer (Former Employee)
Braintree, MA

ProsFree Beverages during a shift.
Pretty good discount.
Some good co-workers to build lasting friendships with.

ConsIncompetent, rude, lazy managers
Schedule was never posted on time.
Extremely poor scheduling.
Never enough associates scheduled to work a shift, yet tons of associates hired.
Very poor pay.
Poor growth oprotunity.
Horribly inconsitant hours.
Called into work every scheduled day off.
Too many young and lazy associates hired.
Too many managers.
You never get any requested days off even if it's for an emergency.
Work people when they are injured, or ill.
Management takes the job WAAAAAAY too seriously. ( It's a sandwich joint for crying out loud.)
Bread bashes/ meetings every two weeks. ( Hard to attend a mandatory meeting if you have a second job, or family who needs your help.)

Advice to Senior ManagementPut a schedule out on time!!! Schedule enough people per shift so one person doesn't have to take on a million back breaking tasks, or call associates in on their days off. Treat your employees with respect. Give your employees a requested day off once in a while. Pay associates better. DON'T HIRE SO MANY MANAGERS FOR ONE LOCATION!!!! Don't curse or yell at your employees. Give employees a compliment every once in a while. Stop it with the rediculous bread bash meetings. People do have lives outside of paner bread.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great safe place to work

    General Manager (Current Employee)
    West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros: Panera Bread is a stable environment for entry-level managers to work and learn management… Cons: This is very much an operational position, so it is often… Advice to Senior Management: Some of the systems and processes are beginning to get complicated and… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Interesting/Fun at first, okay pay, but now I just want out

    Line Production (Current Employee)
    Swampscott, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros: Free drinks and coffee Discount on food Free bakery items after closing Great people… Cons: Sick of food after a few weeks A new employee hired every day Different managers every day Pay is too… Advice to Senior Management: Schedule should be available online, always calling or coming in on days off is extremely annoying for some just to get… More
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