Panera Bread

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Negative Energy outweighs positive energy towards employees

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Catering Coordinator
Current Employee - Catering Coordinator

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

Pros

You learn very quickly whether you have what it takes in the restaurant business

Cons

Biggest challenge is realizing upper management will always focus on what you're doing wrong instead of what you're doing right. It can turn your energy negative.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crappy minimum wage job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Made some good friends with my fellow employees

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, management is lazy and will ask you to do more things if you work hard. If your lucky you will get a 15 cent raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate should actually spend some time in the stores. They always come up with new ideas that aren't feasible for employees to execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Management Training *Corporate Owned Locations*

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - General Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    (I'm speaking of corporate owned locations. Franchises have been known to be quite bad.)
    - Training is phenomenal, for management and associates
    - Incredible resources and support from headquarters for cafe managers, the support center will bend over backwards to help you solve any issue.
    - Some of the best salaries in the industry, including a Joint Venture General Manager program that can push salary into the $100,000 mark. Incredible. Assistant Manager and Shift Manager pay is above average.
    - Decent benefits. Not great, but better than their competitor's.
    - Very professional work environment.
    - Some of the best associate pay in the quick service industry, which means they can hire the best.
    - Not afraid to terminate / discipline restaurant employees. This is extremely important as poor employees can be infectious and can hurt a restaurant terribly. Panera believes in "trimming the fat", as in removing those employees that aren't moving the company forward. Dead weight or liabilities are simply let go. This is probably the most admirable quality of corporate Panera. They are determined to succeed.
    - Very clear work expectations and roles.
    - Company goals are clearly communicated from upper management down to hourly associate.
    - Very good work/life balance. On an average week, there is no reason management should be working more than 45 hrs per week.
    - Company spends a lot of money into updating Cafe's with new furniture, BOH equipment, new computer systems, etc.
    - The CEO is genuine & down to earth. I've seen him speak many times and he doesn't strike me as a typical arrogant CEO. He definitely has a vision.

    Cons

    - I've worked for franchise Panera and all the above PROs do not exist. (That being said, many franchise Panera's outperform corporate in sales and in internal audits).
    - Work can get repetitive and boring at times
    - Lots of daily checklists that can seem like a waste of time sometimes
    - The company's new technology push seems like it's taking the soul out of the company (but may be necessary to keep the company relevant to consumers)
    - Corporate audits cause a lot of stress to managers and district managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Integrate the operational audits into your daily systems, so your cafe's aren't frantically trying to appear like they meet operational standards when the corporate auditor is in town.
    - Cut your lower volume Cafe's more slack in terms of food cost and labor cost expectations.
    - Stop making it harder to become Joint Venture General Manager, and stop cutting the financial benefits for JV General Managers. Your salary structure for GMs is a big draw for industry professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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