Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews in Saint Louis, MO

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
1,462 Reviews
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1,462 Reviews
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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.  

    Amazing company culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Company culture , people, benefits, perks, atmosphere

    Cons

    Some employees would take advantage of the company - long smoke breaks, texting/chatting while at work for most of the day, being on dating sites, etc. They wouldn't get their work done, which meant other employees couldn't finish theirs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good job for extra income, but not much of a future.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pays the bills, good 2nd job

    Cons

    Low pay, little to no future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually promote from within. you have great associates that want to move up but ther is no room to when you keep hiring in from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay for a short period of time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and meal discounts

    Cons

    Late nights, low raises, lazy coworkers, inconsistent disciplinary action, will schedule the same closers for holidays and weekends every time if you dont speak up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Better quick serve company than most

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Culture of wanting to take care of guests

    Cons

    Cut labor and lots of emails

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be in the trenches . But it is easy to delegate . A lot more difficult to motivate .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Field Systems Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Systems Support in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Field Systems Support in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are awesome, the pay is fair, it is genuinely a fun place to work most of the time. I have benefits but I'm not sure how they stack up against other companies because I don't really have anything to compare them to

    Cons

    Fast paced and stressful. This is great some if the time but when it is 90% of the time it can wear you down. The hours can be really hard with a family. 4a- 10p/ only closed X mas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direct feedback. You guy's generally do a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long and storied

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    Current Employee - Senior Devops in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Devops in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Been able to work on many new and exciting products including iOS and other development languages. Co-Workers have been wonderful as well.

    Cons

    401K Match is not as good as it could. Upward movement is limited as well. Compensation is getting better but lower than some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual Dress Code, amazing! My department is really good about work-life balance and allowing flexible hours

    Cons

    The salary isn't very competitive. The benefits aren't much to speak of, the associate pays a large ($$$) portion of the premium. Growth/promotional opportunities are really lacking. They tend to hire outside when given the chance. They were trying "summer hours" which was great especially if you have children but just recently took that away. There is a large push toward technology in the cafes, unfortunately most of what we do is all still in excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The NO Jerks policy that is considered one of the companies core cultural values is absolutely a joke. Some of the associates speak so terribly that I'm in shock. They send threats and demands and it's just awful. I often wonder if I would speak to anyone in the world the way they speak to co-workers or their employer. It's truly disheartening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours,discounted food,

    Cons

    Can be very rude customers at times,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More promotions from within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst job in 15yrs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Line in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Production Line in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The workers are cool,discounts and fast paced

    Cons

    Getting along with managers,drama,gossip,unfairness and no good benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need better least in St Louis,Mo a lot of managers power trip there need to be descpline.Also need to quite firing people cause they speakout and then fight there money wit lies to keep them from gettin their money.Thats not rgt.Panera is not what they claim to be.Treat ur workers btr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Growing restaurant company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Frequent change over several years. Change is necessary, but rate of change is a bit over the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify and validate that goals and expectations are actually aligned from top to bottom. There is a gap between what the COO and mum's are saying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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