Panda Express Reviews

Updated March 25, 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. 1 person found this helpful

    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.

  2. 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)

    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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  3. Motivating yet overwhelming experience.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Managers and coworkers were extremely friendly. They actually care. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Training is strenuous you don't even start working right away you take "quizzes".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make training a little less difficult but keep up great motivational work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Panda Express is a great company to work for. There are many opportunities for you to grow within the company. I started as a counter help and moved up to a manager in 3 years. They take their time to develop me professional and personally.

    Cons

    It is a very demanding job, I have long shifts and usually work the weekends.

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    Positive Outlook
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  6. Panda express is a great company to work for very committed to its employees

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    Current Employee - Counter Help in Oswego, IL
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Oswego, IL

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

    Pros

    I enjoy my time with panda because the atmosphere that they encourage us to create is happy and uplifting. Work is fun and staff is kind and bubbly.

    Cons

    The customer is always right but thats everywhere in this industry, but with panda i feel they go above and beyond to please the customer even if the customer was rude and or lying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have health insurance for part time

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good company, very little work life balance

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

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

    Pros

    There is room for growth

    Cons

    The is no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for work life balance

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    Positive Outlook
  8. front of the house

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Food Server in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    people are usually fun to work with. its very clean and well structured. free meals for employees during breaks is nice.

    Cons

    closing is the worst and takes so long to do. during busy hours i felt like i didn't get paid enough for doing everything i was doing. its a really tiring job for a fast food place.

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    the amount of dishes are ridiculous, there needs to be a dishwasher so people are not stuck there for hours after closing. so many people work long hours and are exhausted from this job and their efforts go unnoticed.

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  9. A challenging work environment that has lead to an immense amount of growth and development in my career.

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    This company truly wants me to grow, be successful, and learn as much as possible as an individual. Starting salary is great and bonuses are attainable.

    Cons

    Typical cons are what I find in most restaurant/retail management positions. Long hours, work nights/weekends, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take risks or think outside the box.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Collegial environment, commitment to personal development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express

    Pros

    Commitment to personal development, collegial colleagues, nice people all around

    Cons

    Pay is generally below market, OK benefits, culture is somewhat imposing

  11. Continuous learning and growth

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a learning and opportunity company. The hard working culture and ownership mentality have built me up a better business person. Not only that; the recent way of continuous learning has built me up to be even better person in life. The practice tough love from upper management with the intention of achieving goals has set a role for me to set my goal and strive for it no matter what. Benefits pays off hardworking.

    Cons

    High standards that requires a flexibility for adapting to constant changes quickly. It would be challenge for some! The changes are so quick to give time for digestion, practice, follow and feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow one guideline from company to ensure the level of understanding, procedures to be proper to engage integrity and gain trust then cooperation.

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    Positive Outlook
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