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It's not a bad place to work.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Panera Bread

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company is really great to its people and community.

Cons

Working night doesn't let yo have much of a life.

Advice to Management

nothing for now

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Not something I'd like to do again

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The "corporate culture" seems very positive. The ideas of being green, and the ideals that they say they expect stores to live by.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't do what the corporate culture dictates. One of the cultural values is "No Jerks," but most upper management treats associates and lower level managers like they are nothing. Every year a "Warmth Survey" is completed by all managers and employees, and even though it's supposed to be anonymous, the managers all guess what is said by employees and treat them terribly based on their feedback if they don't like what's said. I'm sure that's happening at higher levels as well. Disagreement is not tolerated. New ideas are not tolerated. It's a stifling environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    If the corporate culture is "No Jerks," it is past time to reevaluate who is working in upper management positions (such as district manager and above). In the last few years, it has only gotten worse and worse- each person they bring in to do the job is worse than the last. There is no acceptable way to address a concern when your general manager and your district manager are best friends. Also, figure out anew formula for whether or not "labor costs" are acceptable. It got to the point where it was nearly impossible to run acceptable labor without sacrificing customer service. Oh, I could go on and on, but I'm trying not to dwell on the past anymore...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Changes are not always good ones

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Managers get moved around too much. Inconsistent work hours. Hard to have life outside of work

    Advice to Management

    None


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