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If you need a first job or perhaps just a good part-time job, Panera Bread is always a good choice.

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Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Princeton, NJ
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Princeton, NJ

I worked at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

Pros

Worked very well with school schedules and days off, made sure you were commended appropriately for your efforts, great employee discount, gave you as many hours as your asked for, everything was clear, cut, and dry - nothing to overthink or worry that you're doing wrong, Bread Bashes were a lot of fun, managers try to make it a fun environment for everyone.

Cons

Managers were sometimes too lax, customers can be unruly, irritable, and extremely arrogant and attitudinal (I've only noticed this at Panera, no other places), the management system tend to use veteran employees as free trainers, which wasn't very fair to me, only a 10 cent increase after a year, was also promised a small pay increase for each new "module" I was trained in. I was trained in almost every module, and still saw no pay increases.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees shouldn't have to hunt down their pay increases. Other than that, you guys hire some awesome managers.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Panera Bread

  1.  

    Better place to work than most others.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, higher status than most food industry jobs, respectable company.

    Cons

    Very young management, no benefits, many things can vary depending on franchise owner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't skirt simple OSHA rules and regulations, stay humble, remember that every employee counts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decade of growing within the company.

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great concept. Chance to grown within the company.

    Cons

    Hours. Bonuses. Pay rate for Associates/Shift Supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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