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Okay but very similar to working at a fast food place

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Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Orange, CA
Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Orange, CA

I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Free food every once while, able to request time off, 65% discount, sometimes get tipped

Cons

Fast paced, closing took awhile

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  1. Helpful (2)

    It was awful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Line Worker/Barista and Everything Else You Can Think of in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Cashier/Line Worker/Barista and Everything Else You Can Think of in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at panera is that you don't have to work late into the night and you get to take fresh bread home pretty often.

    Cons

    The challenges were that there were so many people working there that you have to fight tonbenon the schedule. Its good for a small high school gig but when your trying to pay real bills its extremely unrealistic.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good for the young, but not for adults looking to make a career...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling exists, even for full-timers.

    Cons

    I feel that Panera is leaning towards "Hardee's syndrome"--they're trying too hard to cover many different types of food without taking the time to make a quality product overall. Focus on the key products that led to Panera's success.

    The benefits package seems very poor for a company with the financial success that Panera does . Ron Shaich constantly preaches about the need to "share the bread" with those less fortunate--some kind of initiative that helps those at the bottom of the ladder would be nice to see. Associates who are with our particular franchise 10+ years receive the same amount of vacation as someone who has been with the company three years; longevity is not rewarded.

    In-store success is not rewarded. Our store received a "platinum" score on a recent audit and nothing notable was done to mark the achievement. Its very dehumanizing to perform at a high level and see nothing in return (even a plate full of baked goods would at least be a small token of appreciation).

    In our particular franchise, there is no internal posting of career opportunities or the steps an associate needs to take to move up. Clear direction should be given if you truly want your associates to succeed.

    Panera claims to enable their associates to "break any rule for the customer", but when it comes to $, this rule gets tossed out the window. If you truly want to enable your employees, trust your team members to take care of guests. A customer recently asked for a $1 price break on a cookie after spending $30 on other food (she declined to buy a drink) and was told "no" by the manager.

    Advice to Management

    Give all team members (store-level management and associates) the opportunity to complete an anonymous survey sharing feedback with those in the corporate office.


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