Panera Bread

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Pretty good place to work if in school or elderly. Great coworkers in a good work environment.

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Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Waltham, MA
Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Waltham, MA

I worked at Panera Bread

Pros

Great food with ok discount
Great co-workers
Young work atmosphere
Young bottom level management
Great for high school / college students
Free Bread & Pastries
Low stress work environment
Awesome customers
OK pay for work expect

Cons

Closing shifts can be daunting.
Inexperienced managers at times add a lot of stress to what should be a simple job.
Respect between employees could be better.
They are pretty stingy with wages.
Experience can differ from corporate stores and between different franchises.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Since each franchise has some leeway as to how they manage the store, experience can differ. Try to encourage your better employees to seek management positions. Try to weed out the kids who lack any work ethic whatsoever. They make the job much harder on the other associates.

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    Panera Bread = A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Clairsville, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Clairsville, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Good, clean working environment, mostly polite and clean customers, largely efficient management. All in all Panera Bread feels much more comfortable in atmosphere and environment than any other fast restaurant I've been in. Also, their policy holds true - "No jerks." At least not for long.

    Cons

    As with any good restaurant, Panera Bread gets almost unbearably busy. It's nothing that someone with a good work ethic and some motivation could handle, though. As someone who works in the bakery, I occasionally have to be at work at 5:30 AM, which can be highly unpleasant on days when it's -4 degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in particular, as I've not had much contact with senior management. (or anyone other then the managers at my store and regional and district managers)

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    Like any job, it has its positives and negatives. Stick up for yourself.

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    Current Employee - Baker
    Current Employee - Baker

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Pay is not bad, you can work at your own pace as long as you're done on time. Great job if you're a night owl.

    Cons

    This applies only to the Iowa franchise: The benefits are very minimal. However, if you apply to a company store, your options as far as benefits are much better.

    As far as the whole company, communication from the top to all the stores could be a lot better, especially with new product roll-outs.

    Bakers and the rest of crew need to cooperate better with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication to the front lines, especially with procedures. Don't just criticize your workers during calibrations, offer positive feedback as well. Also, find a way to simplify things a little more. Cut out all the fancy abbreviations and just call a spade a spade.

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