Panera Bread Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • 50% discount on food if you're working that same day (in 96 reviews)

  • Flexible hours; discounted food; pleasant work environment (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • The amount of work one person has to do is ridiculous (in 30 reviews)

  • It's a fairly typical minimum wage job (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Technology Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Casual, accommodating work environment, culture

    Cons

    Salary on the low end


  2. Good Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    opportunity to make an impact, small enough to get noticed, exciting changes

    Cons

    pay under market value for similar positions

    Advice to Management

    continue affirming great performers


  3. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great friends and work. Customers are awesome. Love the food. Able to move up quickly. Decent hours. Fairly easy to do.

    Cons

    Sometimes the schedules don't come out on time and that is aggravating. Need more staff on some occasions. Some managers are not up to the task.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the schedules comes out on time and keep an eye out for those that do well. Get rid of those that dont.


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  5. Angelica's Review

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment , Peaceful environment,(Clean, and Steady) nice customers, Good food,

    Cons

    Nothing, love everything about it .

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, Your running a very good business.


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    Network Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some great people work there.

    Cons

    Leadership knows about food and Wall Street, but nothing about technology. When they see a piece of technology making money for a single cafe, it's like they just snorted coke and want MORE MORE MORE. They pressure the entire IT organization to expend 100% of resources deploying that one little thing across the board, meanwhile other crucial pieces of technology which need attention waste away. If they would just step back from the coke tray they would notice the stock has been lagging for a while, they are losing customers, and they should let IT professionals handle IT.

    Advice to Management

    Drugs will temporarily get you high but always diminish your overall well being.


  7. Horrible company @ 6th & pine St. Louis mo

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Panera Bread (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All the employees works together to get everything done the employees goes out of thier way to work as a team. The employees makes sure the customers are happy with the service they have received even when most of them complain about the same thing MANAGEMENT!!!

    Cons

    Management goes out of thier way to break down the morals of thier employees Management has absolutely no training in diversity even the management in Sunset Hills (CEO's) do not care about how or why store managers treat thier employees

    Advice to Management

    When you have employees complaining about write ups when their following company procedures. You have experienced cashiers that has to beg management to use your talents. When employees are leaving the company and managers transferring to other stores because of the unfairness of the employees.


  8. Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Assistant Manager/Shift Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager/Shift Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread (More than a year)

    Pros

    company is well known and branded

    Cons

    the companies pay is not comparable to other similar to others


  9. OK Job

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

    I worked at Panera Bread (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, Fast paced. Manageable, and can usually be a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Unrealistic Expectations

    Advice to Management

    Recruit better managers for the stores


  10. Manager, Consumer and Business Support Services

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Work hours. Wages on the low side of the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Great company to gain experience.


  11. Glad it's over.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Free food. Most people are ok.

    Cons

    The pay given to employees for the amount of work expected is rediculous. And if your a good employee when the once a year raise comes around, you 15 cents. Benifits kept getting worse each year. They started buying lower grade products to save money, but prices kept increasing. Never made sense to me.

    Advice to Management

    If you want happy employees, take care of them, not just yourselves.



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