Panda Express Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng
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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

    Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front of House in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Front of House in Vancouver, WA

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

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

    Pros

    -I love that this business is huge on people development. They really care about their employees and want to see them get promoted and work with everyone to help them grow and reach their full potential.
    -I learned a great amount of social skills with this job and customer service, before this job I was so shy! This job really helped me to gain self confidence and I am really grateful for that
    -You will feel a part of a family working at a Panda and everyone is generally genuine nice good people which is really good. It's nice to be supported by a work group and feel valued and have people care about you
    -If you are a hard worker and like variety, there is a lot to do at Panda Express. It isn't like other fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds, you actually have to do a lot of hard work but I enjoy that because I like to stay busy when I'm on the job.

    Cons

    -You will never be perfect at anything, there is always room for improvement for everything you do so if you are looking for praise in a work environment, you probably won't be finding it here. Your superiors will always find something you can do differently and they will hold you accountable and responsible for any problems that may arise when you are on the clock.


  2. great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

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

    Pros

    20% discount and free meal on shift

    Cons

    None at the moment. So far so good


  3. Makes lots of great coworkers but it's a lot of work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -Free food
    -Good paid
    -Panda loves to see their employees grow with the company.
    -They do care about their employees sometimes
    -You get to know the other people that work for the corporate
    -BONUS check

    Cons

    Sometimes the management suck
    Understaff sometimes
    Bad management
    Rumors get spread around fast
    Bad workers
    Need new management

    Advice to Management

    Need a better manager


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  5. General Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Nice locations a lot of room for advancement in the company.

    Cons

    Very hard interview process. Very drawn out. Could give a little more consideration for those tracking from long distances.

    Advice to Management

    Have the TL be a little more personable when training. Also explain without rushing through preview process.


  6. Good first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was my first official job at the age of 16. The interview was successful and I was hired right on the spot. I've only worked here for 2 months but I feel like I've learned so much. Working here can tire you out the first few days but you end up getting used to it. I love everyone who I work with so that's really good. One thing I love is how it's always busy. If it's busy the day goes by super quick trust me! My location is very flexible with my hours which is also good. I would have to say the biggest pro would have to be FREE FOOD!!!

    Cons

    Like any other jobs, you're going to have trouble with customers. Don't make a big deal about it because it's not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to be more respectful of their employees and their personal life. That probably sounds bad but it's not. I just feel like if you request a day off for a legitimate reason they should respect that.


  7. Good management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My manager is very nice and she offers to buy me drinks from sonic or mcdonalds. She is very understanding and has let me keep the same hours for the past two years. The pay is also very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the coworkers slack off whenever its closing but that's just something you cannot control. It gets very hot in the kitchen and once the AC broke.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give people the hours that they want. It may not be possible but unhappy workers make and unhappy work place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Bonus. Environment. Hours. People you work with.

    Cons

    Difficult to get the culture. Difficult to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    People first.


  9. Great for experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

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

    Pros

    Great team, frequent raises, room for growth

    Cons

    12-13hr shifts, asked to work most days off, hard to establish a schedule


  10. Helpful (1)

    Panda

    Current Employee - Counter Help
    Current Employee - Counter Help

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

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

    Pros

    Free food.
    Pays more than minimum wage.
    Great coworkers.
    The store manager I'm working at is really nice.
    Pretty OK benefits.

    Cons

    Rush hours (lunch and dinner).
    Not so flexible hours.
    I can't really complain much since our location is at the mall and most of our job duties is to just serve people and clean our workstations.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more workers because rush hours are crazy busy. It is worth it. Lines get so long after a while.


  11. love panda

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Counter Team Lead in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Front Counter Team Lead in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great pay
    great company
    great employees

    Cons

    too worried about labor and food cost



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