Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
1,398 Reviews
3.1
1,398 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The bonds you form with coworkers are unbreakable. Free baked goods a plus

    Cons

    A good job never comes with praise and you will work really hard for not much more than minimums wage. Not much support available.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Baker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Very fun job. I enjoyed creating awesome breads and pastries

    Cons

    Very physically demanding and over the graveyard shift

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very friendly co-workers in a fast paced environment.

    Current Employee - Server/Busboy/Cashier/Food Prep in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Server/Busboy/Cashier/Food Prep in Munster, IN

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The experience will be great on a resumè. The pay is definitely much higher than expected. Many of the customers are friendly senior citizens or professional people.

    Cons

    The fast-paced environment at times can feel like McDonald's. Manager will constantly be on your case and speed is key at Panera along with presentation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    very tiring

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    Current Employee - Associate in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Cerritos, CA

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - discount on food
    - learn different things

    Cons

    - work alot overtime
    - managers work you to death

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - treat your employees better

  6.  

    Mediocre like the food

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    My managers were cool until a new one was brought in

    Cons

    Realize how the food is made

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours.
    Good for younger people.

    Cons

    Not the most clean environment.
    Inconsistant training.
    Management does not care about your opinion in how to better the environment/workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask employees on their opinions on how to better the environment/workforce. Input from more experienced employees can be very helpful and often management can not see what is going on in the whole store along with changes that need to be made to better the store, because of this I believe it is essential for management to take in consideration the opinions of experienced and serious employees. Training employees in all job areas is essential; having a steady circulation of employees on a select job should be every other week, allowing the growth in experience for all. While doing one job for a few months may make more experienced employees in that area, it is an often occurrence that someone will be scheduled to be on working a shift such as working on line than, the rest of the week they are on dish or dining room. This is maddening because you are then expected to be able to to the job when you are barely working that area and have minimal experience. Especially when working on the line this occurs.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good for a temporary job.

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    Former Employee - Panera Associate in North Wales, PA
    Former Employee - Panera Associate in North Wales, PA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The store I worked at was extremely busy so you were never bored. Easy to obtain more hours if you've shown the managers you are a competent person.

    Cons

    Often understaffed, the pay was low for the amount of work performed. It was very hard to get a raise once you started. However they were often happy to start new employees at a rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    i hate morning shifts

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The discounts are awesome and raise opportunities are presents.

    Cons

    The morning shifts are from 5am to 2:30-3 sometimes with a 30 minute break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job, but nothing else

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    Former Employee - Associate in Langhorne, PA
    Former Employee - Associate in Langhorne, PA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Will hire with no experience at all, decent discount, a lot of the people I've met working at panera were really cool people

    Cons

    unfair hours, unfair scheduling, you can go from 28 hours one week to 10 the next, management is sub par at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule fairly, actually care about the employees and don't treat them as replaceable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, but very high speed.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Stroudsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Stroudsburg, PA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for a high schooler.

    Cons

    Working here is sometimes hard because of the fast pace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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