Panda Express Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Free food when you work a certain amount of hours and you meet new friends (in 64 reviews)

  • good pay great benefits good hours 20% discount and free meal on break (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • There was a lot of sacrifice and almost no such thing as work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • long hours, customer pressure, food industry is difficult in general (in 22 reviews)

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  1. AMIT

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    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

    Opportunity, values, free food, pay

    Cons

    Labor, hours, workload, uniforms, favortism

  2. General Manager

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    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager
    Current Employee - Restaurant General Manager

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

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

    Pros

    Very inspirational and progressive company.

    Cons

    50+ weekly work hours, a lot of stress

  3. Training leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefit bonus flexible schedule

    Cons

    Sometime We r working for upper management and not for our customers

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate hourly associate more than point fingers at them... They r the one bringing sale for us..

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  5. Lots of work, never slows down.

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member - Cashier
    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member - Cashier

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the co-wokers! Pays pretty well and you're on your feet which makes time move faster. Loved meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. The airport was amazing!

    Cons

    Manager definitely had her favorites. She talked about co-workers she didn't care for. I felt like I was walking on eggshells whenever she was there.

    Advice to Management

    Find a manager that wants to teach and work with others not just the ones she likes.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A wonderful company that focuses on people development.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    Encourages self development, healthy lifestyle, and continuous growth.

    Cons

    Timely promotion not always consistent or reliable.

  7. am

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Panda Express

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

    Pros

    easy job ,easy money. team members are great

    Cons

    companies organization is not great.. no training process. general mangers are not being trained correctly. the company doesn't like new ideas. in paper the company looks good but in reallity they are not.

    Advice to Management

    if you apply for general managers stick to that position don't let them persuade you to star as AM because you are going to stay there for a while

  8. General Manager in Training

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast Tracks your career by allowing you to get hands on experience running an entire operation. Hard work pays off and willingness to relocate moves you up the job chain even faster.

    Cons

    In some cases becoming a GM means relocating is required. Long shifts 10-15 hours but these "cons" are almost seen in every restaurant chain.

    Advice to Management

    Hard work pays off, and don't stop studying/practicing recipes this will make or break how fast you move up.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Very professional and welcoming environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and the associates are very opened to lend a hand to help you learn and grow.

    Cons

    Management can be very indecisive at times and the lack of clear directions are often present.

  10. longer hours than wanted

    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    20% for friends and family and free food for workers
    great co workers
    10$ an hour

    Cons

    boss dosen't listen to hours, i say i cant work Fridays but he schedules me for them anyways and then makes it my responsibility to get someone to cover for me every week
    late hours, i don't get done until about midnight when i close

    Advice to Management

    listen to hours people are available and don't schedule them when they cant work

  11. Great first job for high school graduate

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    Former Employee - Counter Help
    Former Employee - Counter Help

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great starting pay
    Decent hours, very flexible if you're a student.

    Cons

    Customers (depending on store location) get away with murder. Can become short staffed if manager is horrible.

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