Panera Bread Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,194 Reviews

3.1
1,194 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved Panera Bread

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Gulf Breeze, FL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Gulf Breeze, FL

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Good hours, Good discount I would highly recommend working at Panera Bread as a part time job.

    Cons

    The only problem I had with Panera Bread, was being able to get cross-trained.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company To Work For.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    - 60% discount 4 hours before and after shift.
    - Ability to grow within the company
    -Offer Raises for completing cerifications
    - Great Coworkers
    - Awesome Management
    - Good breaks

    Cons

    Honestly I cant think of any at this time.. Only real con, is that your working around all this awesome food and it makes you super hungry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have more team building activities. One Panera I worked for did things like that and we all got along SO much better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Started off unhappy

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Laurel, MD

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, everyone is very happy, everyone acts like a family, decent pay, easy job.

    Cons

    Closing is not the best, but definitely not the worst, management does not communicate very well. I was told in my interview I would be paid higher than other employees because I had 3+ years of experience, but this was not the case. I was given the same pay and when I asked about it, they acted like they had no clue what I was talking about. I would've accepted a different job offer if I knew I wouldn't be getting a higher pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please communicate thoroughly with each other and don't promise a certain pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Assistance Bakery  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistance Bakery in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good discussion with co worker

    Cons

    I have been working at Panera bread for short time b/c of moving to Garland Tx

  6.  

    great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    it was great to work there

    Cons

    there were no cons at all

  7.  

    Lots of Hours

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Always a different job every single day. Great food. Great opportunities. Many ways to move ahead. Changing company always growing.

    Cons

    Low pay scale. Huge turnover. Anyone who wants to make the food service industry their career is disappointed with the low pay rate. Unfortunately you get what you pay for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth.

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

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with and the management team was solid.

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed hours and pay.
    the team is really cool.
    management is easy to work with and has a positive attitude.

    Cons

    keeping up with orders and keeping ticket times low.
    keeping cafe clean with volume of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider a higher wage to keep associates happy and keep them interested.
    allow more labor hours to keep up with lunch rushes and in turn, ticket times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Transfer Experience

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Sherman Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Sherman Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Bakersfield store - Great discounts, free pastries and specialty drinks.

    Sherman Oaks - Great staff, good food, more than fair management, greater discounts, easy going environment.

    Cons

    Bakersfield - Everything else. VERY bad management, biased, unfair, and disrespectful. NO hours. Scheduled maximum of 10 hours a week. New hires every two weeks, leading to a 3 page long schedule. SUPER busy and more often than not rude customers.

    Sherman Oaks - May find it difficult to keep busy with how slow it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bakersfield - Get it together. You're not children, you're adults in MANAGEMENT, it would be in your favor to act as such.

    Sherman Oaks - Just keep doing what you're doing. You're representing what Panera strives to be well. :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Associate Trainer

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    Current Employee - Associate Trainer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is great to work for, it real cares about their employees.

    Cons

    Nothing, the company is great except for salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep good employees, salaries need to reflect that. Starting and yearly raises need to be more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I would work there again.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

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

    Pros

    1.) Very friendly and professional environment.

    Cons

    1.) Felt a little corporate (lots of indoctrination with corporate informational videos about how great Panera is)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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