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Panda Express Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
328 Reviews
3.1
328 Reviews
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Panda Express Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO Andrew Cherng
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food (it's good unless you tried to eat it 2 meals a day, 5 days a week for 5 years) (in 60 reviews)

  • good pay great benefits good hours 20% discount and free meal on break (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • There was a lot of sacrifice and almost no such thing as work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • long hours, customer pressure, food industry is difficult in general (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was awesome but i had to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get free lunch break food
    You get Bonuses if the sales are very good
    You start at a fairly good salary
    The workers are nice and friendly
    Is a high chance to get promoted
    You get a lot of hours if you're free

    Cons

    The customers are rude at times ( but thats everywhere)
    i worked almost every weekend so i was never free to do anything with family and friends over the weekend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give everyone an equal amount of weekends off. e.g. One week some get the weekend off the next week the next batch of employees get the weekend off. because that can become annoying working every weekend and not having free time at the end of the week and is unfair for the ones working almost every weekend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Highly Intuitive place to work at, fun and easy environment!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panda Express

    Pros

    Free employee meals and the uniforms are very professional.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure, must be prepared to be cooperative with team on board. Must learn to make routines a habit and adapt to flexible schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be easy on those who are under of age 25, not many have taken on some common sense. Acknowledge the top performers not the everyday slackers who continue to do their job the incorrect way.

  3.  

    Caring Environment for Young Workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Server in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Food Server in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Panda Express part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good for a job in the food services industry. Especially important is health care for you and your family. The job is not physically demanding or strenuous either.

    Cons

    Harboring a deep feeling of meaningless and insignificance. Sometimes the servers wonder if we are inconsequential robots in red jumpsuits ladeling out honey walnut Shrimp. Perhaps I should just swallow a bucket of raw orange chicken and end it all already.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a great place to work at. always something to do and the work associates are all so friendly.

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

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    you learn a lot of skills, for example multi tasking.

    Cons

    it can be boring when you already know how everything works. You basically just clean unless you move to manage level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    catering sales manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Catering Sales Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Catering Sales Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits and more good benefits
    more good benefits

    Cons

    alot of out of town travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It has led to me better things in life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Person In Charge in Clarksville, IN
    Current Employee - Person In Charge in Clarksville, IN

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers
    Experience
    The pay is great

    Cons

    "Customers are always right"
    Stressful at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Panda Express should be named Panda ExStress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager of Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - General Manager of Operations in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food and free soda

    Cons

    Long hours, long hours and extremely long hours
    Everyone is scared of upper level management, had to clean till 2AM in the morning for VIP visits !
    Advancement not based on your results but based on how many landmark classes that you take which is useless as sh*t
    Fake a*s upper level management who expect you to practice Panda Mission and Values of developing people but they dont give a crap about you in reality
    High turnover - managers quit or get fired quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach! Landmark is garbage, it has nothing to do with the job and its just a way of taking people's money and brain washing peopl !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, local store, bonus

    Cons

    Too much long standing hours upto 12-14 hours per shift. Upper manager demands 60 hours plus a week. Micromanagement - dictate every decision made. Chinese strict management style. Constantly on calls during day off. Responsible for ALL areas of operations at the store including maintenance, vendors, contractors, etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On call on day off, no long vacation. general manager is top position is area with very little room to advance higher. Mostly Asian in higher management. no work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Steady work room to grow some Perk's

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    The pay starts above minimum wage. You can depend on getting steady hours. After 6 months your eligible for benefits, its a good deal for a single person but for my husband and I it was expensive 489.00 compared to 88 for just me.

    Cons

    Demanding management they definatally want things done a certain way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think things through before you blame something on someone most people try and do a good job and if there not maybe there's a reason.

  11.  

    Great if you like a fast-paced learning environment.

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

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are always there if you want them. It was also a great learning experience. It was also nice to know I was not cooking "warm up" foods.

    Cons

    It can vary with your manager. I went through 4 managers at my time of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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