Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
1,216 Reviews
3.1
1,216 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Rad!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work at

    Cons

    A lot of the associates are still in high school so there's still some immaturity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Loved it

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    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate

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

    Pros

    Fun, easy job. Shift and Assistant managers were nice, cared about what was going on in my life.

    Cons

    It's fast food, but a little healthier. Free meals would have been nice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cool Job

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    Former Employee - Associate Trainer  in  Farmingdale, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Farmingdale, NY

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

    Pros

    - good people
    - good cause

    Cons

    - managers often changing - difficult to develop relationship
    - minimum wage pay with no raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    it was a lot to handle

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    Current Employee - Baker Market Manager  in  Freehold, NJ
    Current Employee - Baker Market Manager in Freehold, NJ

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

    Pros

    the give great pay and awesome bonus

    Cons

    on call 24 hrs a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do what you say you are going to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Panera bread is a fun place to work, but not a place for a career.

    Former Employee - Associate Trainer
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer

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

    Pros

    Leadership development, fun environment, great customer base

    Cons

    Corrupt management, early hours, double standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like you rule the world... You serve bagels and sandwiches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great experience, tons of learning, easy job. Everyone's pretty welcoming.

    Cons

    Your day and overall opinion on the company 100% depends on who your managers are, I've had awesome ones and awful ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work for beginners

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, great managers, made great friends, alright discount

    Cons

    A lot of work. It gets super busy during lunch. Line out the door. Some coworkers just get to caught up in talking and not do their job.They just aren't aware of the thing that need to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to have favorites. Tell people they are doing a good job when they do a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Solid company

    Former Employee - Associate  in  Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Associate in Montgomery, AL

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

    Pros

    Friendly managers and co-workers and pretty good training.

    Cons

    Little autonomy over schedule and development within store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Panera (Night) Baker

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    Current Employee - Night Baker  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Night Baker in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    No customer service, no boss lurking over your shoulder, few people in the building

    Cons

    Be mindful of whether you are applying for a corporate cafe or a franchise. The franchises DO NOT offer all of the benefits listed on Glassdoor.

    I've worked for both corporate & franchises. If you like a more structured environment that holds you accountable for your work ==> corporate. If you like doing whatever you want, even if it goes against company policy, just to get through your night then the franchise will be perfect for you.

    Beware...there are a couple of different franchise holders out there & I only speak of the one I've worked for...BOTW

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your bakers are your "bread and butter", lol. R&D keeps piling more & more on us. We CANNOT keep turning out the Gold Star product your customers deserve for the price they're paying if we don't get help. 1 person CANNOT do a $2200 bake (flatbreads...OMG!), clean, do dishes, prep for tomorrow and have everything out for retail in an 8 hr shift WITHOUT CHEATING & TAKING SHORTCUTS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Night baker

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    Current Employee - Night Baker  in  Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Night Baker in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    You get to work alone.

    Cons

    None. This is the best place to work! All the bakers in my area are just awesome!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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