Panera Bread

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I found it easy to work if you just don't think or have opinions.

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Current Employee - Server/Busboy/Cashier/Food Prep  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Server/Busboy/Cashier/Food Prep in Chicago, IL

Pros

Discounted foods, and pay is slightly above minimum wage.

Cons

Hours are not guaranteed, and shifts change constantly. Too many Employers don't last and their changes on the menu and how the work is done happen to frequently. Employers do their jobs so many different ways its hard to work together.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

See what works before trying new things every three or so weeks. Or think critically before making changes that end up not working.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Panera Bread

  1.  

    nice place to work, very busy operation, a lot to do with high turn over personnel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    job security, operations are very busy

    Cons

    high turn over leads to continuous strain on operations to get stability and leads to frustration of operation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better pay for stability of management and lead by example of follow up for front line support

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wants the quality of a dine-in restaurant with the amount of work and profits of a Popsicle stand....

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Blacksburg, VA

    Pros

    Depending on the location there can be friendly associates and customers.
    Healthier alternative to burger fast-food.
    Donates to the community.

    Cons

    The compensation, 10¢;/year raises.
    Promotion is entirely based on nepotism, not ability; which leads to incompetent management.

    Promotion opportunities are intentionally kept hidden from associates,

    Trying to make WAY too much profit from a food establishment.
    Not putting the profit back into the infrastructure. (eg. "'Panera Says It Can't Handle Crush' Inefficiencies Have Driven Away Customers, Hurt Sales" -WSJ)
    Treats Labor Cost like it's evil. (Aim's for 12.5%, regularly hits 10%...)
    Not firing someone and instead assigning them 0 hours (so they don't have to pay unemployment)
    Temporary drinking-money job for college students (who usually know more than the management..)
    Bottom line: too too too greedy for a restaurant.
    "The survey on the bottom of your receipt" is absolutely useless and given too much weight.
    Over-reaching on their sustainability and health claims.
    Using their "no jerks" policy as a cover-all to fire anyone who speaks up.
    So much more frozen/pre-packaged food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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