Panera Bread Reviews in Cincinnati, OH

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
1,187 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a discount on food and I met a lot of great people working there (in 65 reviews)

  • They have a good food discount-65% on shift, 40% off shift (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • many employees don't work hard so those that do just end up doing double the amount of work (in 25 reviews)

  • IT is a minimum wage paying job best fit for a high school or college student (in 43 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Work life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate office micromanages stores. Assistant Managers are treated well. Managers were stressed and often replaced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent job for just out of high school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Always something to do, can move up pretty quickly, allowed to do anything within reason to satisfy a customer

    Cons

    work-life balance (most management doesn't care if you have other responsibilities/are sick), even if you do move up to higher positions don't expect your pay to reflect the amount of work you put in, must pay for meals, you never know what you're getting into: some stores are ok but others are terrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's a decent job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, the job isn't hard, non fast food type environment, pretty good food.

    Cons

    Extremely corporate, management is very hit and miss, pay increases are biased and stingy, for the most part all corporate cares about is the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and you will see better quality in your stores.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Unfortunately I work for a franchisee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are usually friendly, easy to get along with individuals. Pay is decent, though still not enough to live on. Discount on product is generous, but you become disenchanted with the food after working there.

    Cons

    Management is very reactive and not proactive and completely disorganized. It can be difficult to get managers to listen to you at times. Employee turnover is very high and you can expect to be short staffed frequently, often because individuals just stop showing up for work. It is also expected that you will work hours past your scheduled time off, so never make plans for directly after work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate and listen with and to each other, your employees, and other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Its has its stresses, and good sides.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Decent Vacation/ Benefits
    - Starting pay is decent. Im talking about fdf not the store itself I dont work in the stores.
    - Break times are adequate
    - They address issues with equipment very well if you are a operator.

    Cons

    Pace is VERY hectic and takes some adjustment to adapt to.
    Hours can be limited from week to week.
    You will work most holidays.
    There can be a lot of stress and negativity from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say this for everyone not just management, but taking classes on stress management would be helpful for everyone and should probably be brought up more in meetings. Focus more on the personal aspects to help your employees feel more valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Unfair

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Team Member in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The other team members I worked with at this location for the most part were good. The job itself was easy.

    Cons

    The management staff at this location is awful. No one knows how to do their job, and new employees aren't trained properly nor are expected to hold up their end of work. More experienced works are forced to do it for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to do your job, and schedule people properly to do the work that needs to be done. Like putting away the truck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun Co-Workers But Overworked & Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Panera BreadAssociate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Panera BreadAssociate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Co-Workers
    - Non Greasy Foods
    - Variety Of Foods To Enjoy
    - Nice "1st" Job

    Cons

    - Underpaid Because Manager Rake In All The Money
    - Your Clothes Get Filled With The Smell Of All The Food There
    - Lazy Managers Who Only Help When You're Overburdened
    - Expect You To Be A Machine Rather Than A Rational Human

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do Your Best To Make Your Team Really Feel Like You Care. Incentives. Prizes. Acknowledgement.
    STOP CHANGING SO FREQUENTLY!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a bad company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Food and people are better than the competition, pretty flexible schedule. It is a job.

    Cons

    No incentives, repetitive work. After a couple months you realize there is little reason to do more than the bare minimum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives would be great. Company culture is very good, and the employee turnover is actually not very high at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    great atmosphere wonderful place to work and get to know people. great discounts and most of wonderful pay too good.

    Cons

    not very many cons the only thing that i would improve on is the cleaning of panera when it is needed ev eryday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    worry more about the empyloyes then the people they are what makes panera bread what it is do what is right

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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