Panda Express Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng
Andrew and Peggy Cherng
87 Ratings

Pros
  • Sometime there is free food at work (in 64 reviews)

  • Good Pay (compared to other fast food joints) (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is possibly in question (in 26 reviews)

  • Long Hours - No life work balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great company that promotes self development.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager/Training Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager/Training Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I make over 120,000 a year. I have the privilege to train company's future leaders. I can impact in many peoples lives by giving then the best training. Also, they become lifetime friends.

    Cons

    Its difficult to train with high standard to new Managers if they don't adopt company's culture right away.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with superiors and team up together. Majority of the time people fail when that doesn't happen.


  2. Helpful (1)

    General Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Encourage personal development Great training

    Cons

    Long hours Challenge on both work and personal aspect

    Advice to Management

    should focus on back to basics


  3. Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, great opportunity to become a better person

    Cons

    So many rules and changes


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  5. Great, but very fast paced and tough

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    Former Employee - Counter Help in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Counter Help in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Bonuses - Great starting pay - free meal when working - free samples - Company is very understanding especially with people pursuing an education

    Cons

    - Very, very fast paced - Will get tired out quickly - High expectations with cleanliness and quickness - Like other retail/fast food jobs, dealing with customers

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding with the schedules of others. Also, make sure that the employees have a good work/personal life balance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Too Demanding

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    Current Employee - Cook
    Current Employee - Cook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The free meals is a huge plus. I save a lot of money because of that. All my co-workers including my manager are friendly.

    Cons

    Panda mum/aco expect too much from their employees. They expect us to live and breath panda . They ask for perfection in every aspect of our job and it simply is not possible when there is so much to do with very little time due to the store being busy. They forgave any consideration for us.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding of all the task you place on us. We are not robots. We cant perform every task flawlessly.


  7. Counter helper

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary when you compare with other fast food restaurants.

    Cons

    Coworkers are friendly and we can have a free meal during work


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hard work

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    Current Employee - Cook in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cook in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food on break, better bounus deppending on sales, and they try to promote you.

    Cons

    Hard work, closing the store can be hard at first, you will get rude customers.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to hire people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture and Growth

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Privately owned company that truly cares about the growth of the company. Its a company that focuses highly on food safety, people development, accountability, upholding highest standard, and execution. It is a very action oriented company that will grow drastically the next few years. It has great growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The whole company is very reactive towards what the owner wants, it is not the right culture for everyone. Its not a company for those who are looking for a 9-5.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of promoting people who can talk in front of the owner, foster an environment where people are driven by the result they can produce.


  10. General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager of Operations in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager of Operations in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit - bonus, health insurance.

    Cons

    long work hours, many meetings and activities.

    Advice to Management

    hire and train cook is a key point to run a restaurant.


  11. 1234

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Good pay rate, Good benefits, Good bonus (if u did good)

    Cons

    Work and life balance is poor



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