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Dead End

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Current Employee - Associate  in  Oak Ridge, TN
Current Employee - Associate in Oak Ridge, TN

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

There are lots of great people who work here, and are easy to get along with.

Cons

Unfortunately, they cap hourly workers at 10/hr, hate giving raises to get you near that, won't give you a stable schedule, always cut labor to the bone, and have no part time benefits plus they require you reach 35/hr a week for a whole year average to get full time benefits. If you don't reach full time benefits you do NOT earn your vacation hours, they're gone, you do not have access to their poor quality health insurance, and that's all there is on the benefits table. Out of around 40 employees, only 8 were scheduled for enough hours to meet their benefits requirements. Terrible.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your employees more, and treat them better. Stop cutting labor so much that the job isn't enjoyable to go to. Maybe think about getting a benefits system that makes sense, and allowing more people to reach them.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Started well, ended poorly

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Initially seemed like a positive work environment with supportive bosses.
    Relatively quick hiring process from initial application to interview to training to actually working.
    Good food.

    Cons

    Expect too much of employees (coming in early, working long hours with no breaks, not respecting agreed upon time/day availability).
    Low salary/compensation compared to effort put forth.
    Did not take into account the outside lives of employees.
    Lots of gossip and cliques!
    Mice were spotted on several occasions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and care more about them than the bottom line, because they directly affect your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shake and Bake

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    Former Employee - Baker  in  Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Baker in Dublin, CA

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

    Pros

    Great, healthy food. For the most part, staff is very friendly, hard working and a pleasure to work with. The actual work was challenging and therefore enjoyable. Never boring.

    Cons

    Company currently settling a class action suit for break violations. Nearly worked myself to death as a graveyard baker. The job is extremely demanding. I felt that I was working for half of what I was worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more $$$ for you and your employees.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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