Panera Bread Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Pros
  • You get a discount on food and I met a lot of great people working there (in 96 reviews)

  • My department is really good about work-life balance and allowing flexible hours (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Careless and lazy managers well as very low pay for amount of work that is needed (in 30 reviews)

  • A LOT of hardwork only to get paid a dollar more than minimum wage (in 52 reviews)

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  1. I loved working at Panera Bread because of the fast paced environment and constant changes throughout the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    I loved working with everyone in my store and being able to be trained in every aspect of the store, interacting with customers on a personal level and making their stay enjoyable.

    Cons

    Management was off at some points, some employees were favorited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an open mind and look at options, understand employees schedules and availability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Bakery cashier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Easy going, flexible, fast paced

    Cons

    Early morning hours when opening

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. cafe manager

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    Current Employee - Cafe Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Cafe Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Food
    Great Training
    Good atmosphere
    Good DM
    Adapt to your school schedule

    Cons

    Late nights working
    working on weekends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great and Fun place to work!

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    Current Employee - Prep/Associate in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Prep/Associate in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Fast-paced
    Get to work around food

    Cons

    Stressful
    Management always is calling for me to come in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raises more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Excellent service, loving team, great customers satsified in the company.

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    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Great benefits, team members are great to work with very busy service and fun customers.

    Cons

    Some what of a low pay depending on location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great place to work but does have its down side

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Colonial Heights, VA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Colonial Heights, VA

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Great working environment, long shifts

    Cons

    Generic shifts, no changing up of shifts. long shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees better. Get more organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Trainer, ambassador

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    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Carrollwood, FL
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Carrollwood, FL

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    You get a decent discount with your meals.

    Cons

    very fast pace when you're a rookie, depends on what type of boss you have but mistakes (especially by slow rookies) are side eyed heavily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Panera Bread Cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    The awesome food and people made the experience amazing. Working for this company is like working for one big family and everybody is offered benefits!

    Cons

    Panera Bread is a very demanding company. If you are unable to perform certain tasks certain ways Panera might not be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was awesome from my point of view. Remember, every bakery-cafe is different. My Panera management was awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. good

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    good hours, able to work with your schedule

    Cons

    discount only available at store you work at

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Pretty Good Company

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    All of he beliefs of the company are fantastic, how they give back to the community, make quality products and want to treat the employees, etc.

    Cons

    The pay is somewhat low for the work expected of you. It would also be better if they promoted more from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to promote more from within the company to assistant manager, general manager, jvp, etc. there is a lot of hiring from outside the company and that frustrates the current employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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