Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews in Saint Louis, MO

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 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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    Field Systems Support

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    • Senior Management
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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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long and storied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Growing restaurant company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company values but neglects employees

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Strong presence in the community across the country. Good benefits and in-office perks. Clean environment. Generally nice co-workers in the building.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments, emphasis on work quantity over quality, does not reward exceptional employees or work to retain them at all. Company growing too fast without building strong foundation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard work doesn't pay off

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Got experience in a fast-paced quick-serve restaurant. Worked my butt off and consistently rang $1000 days with almost-perfect accuracy.

    Cons

    Hours can be brutal. My store was chronically understaffed due to high turnover. Repetitive work performed while standing on concrete floors.
    I wanted to love working there because I like the food, but there was no incentive to stay- after 9 months I got a measly 13-cent per hour raise. Employer offered healthcare is expensive and doesn't cover much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your good employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good Experience

    Former Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great training and nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Management disregarded employees ask off requests and continued to schedule shifts during school hours

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees needs are LAST

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Catering Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Catering Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers and flexibility. There is room for advancement for very hard workers, who are willing to sacrifice their weekends, nights and holidays. The company profits are up and have been for a while and they are growing quickly.

    Cons

    ALWAYS looking to cut cost at employee expense. Everything is done to minimize cost without consideration for employees. Labor cost are monitored every hour and if business is down, you will get your hours cut. Most employees are worked under the amount of hours a week so you wont qualify for any vacation. There is no sick pay and very little benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When profits are so high, share it with the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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