Panera Bread Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
2039 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.1
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
Ronald Shaich
442 Ratings

Pros
  • 50% discount on food if you're working that same day (in 96 reviews)

  • Flexible hours; discounted food; pleasant work environment (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • The amount of work one person has to do is ridiculous (in 30 reviews)

  • It's a fairly typical minimum wage job (in 52 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

2,039 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Part time cashier

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Cashier in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Part Time Cashier in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company. Strives to make customers happy.

    Cons

    Low pay for stressful work. Lots of manual labor.

    Advice to Management

    Raise hour rate of pay.


  2. Shift Supervisor

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

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Able to work as a team and independently to run a smooth and inviting cafe and business.

    Cons

    There is nothing that I would say that would be negative towards this company! I loved working there!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are always telling your employees how much they are appreciated!


  3. Great place to work, value driven culture

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is exactly what they offered no gimmicks. Preparing natural foods for customers with a smile. Flexible hours as well.

    Cons

    Not too much room for advancement once your a senior/lead associate. Also they promised raises after i completed "training modules" but never gave me time to do them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good overall work. More leadership training with your general managers would be good to support a cohesive team atmosphere.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. gm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training General Manager in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Training General Manager in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fresh food, Great teams, Fast paced environment. Grease free. A great place to build your career.

    Cons

    This is a great place to start your food service career or build on the one you already have.


  6. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly owner and business. It's fun all the time

    Cons

    I really can not think of any


  7. Customer Service/Cashier

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. good team spirit

    Cons

    do not get out on time most days

    Advice to Management

    Overlap cashiers so coming and going in the afternoon is an easier transition for all.


  8. Warehouse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Associate in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Produce Associate in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overtime...management team...benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    The raises are not great.

    Advice to Management

    Give us a chance to move up


  9. Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Great benefits and life work balance

    Cons

    So far I have none


  10. Helpful (1)

    Customer Service Associate - Cashier, Barista, Dining Room

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Once you work in food service, you can tackle anything - you're tough but optimistic. I love the food and vibe of Panera, and an employee receives a significant discount while working. Taking home leftovers is also a great perk.

    Cons

    Food service is difficult and you will have good and bad customers. Be ready to be on your feet, which can be tiring/painful if not properly equipped with shoes with proper support.


  11. Panera Bread Day Baker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Baker in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Baker in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of fun if you like baking, $10 food credit daily, decent pay, vacation time, little supervision (you can be your own boss)

    Cons

    Hard work, lots of multitasking, need to be awesome at time management, you pretty much do the same thing everyday

    Advice to Management

    Our management in the Detroit area do a pretty good job of being respectful but I do have to travel to multiple stores without being compensated for gas and I sometimes have to work 9 days in a row. I would try not to do that to other employees.



Showing 2,039 of 2,049 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.