Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,219 Reviews
3.1
1,219 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
Ronald Shaich
168 Ratings

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.  

    great quality of life

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    quality of life, work/life balance

    Cons

    bonuses are not that great, but advancement is there if you want it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Concord, NC
    Current Employee - Team Member in Concord, NC

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

    Pros

    The Pros would have to be my fellow employees and the family oriented business relationship. My supervisors were great and Panera Bread as a whole is just a really good place to work. The company is really concerned about their employees and they have a really good work ethic.

    Cons

    no real Cons other than sometimes being short staffed and no real breaks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Agm

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Great training and experience. Lead to more successful jobs. Great start to management.

    Cons

    Under paid. Not valued as much as you should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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

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