Potbelly Sandwich Works Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Potbelly Sandwich Works President and CEO Aylwin B. Lewis
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Pros
  • Company is full of great people with great attitudes (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and great food ,nice for teams (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management training is failing greatly (in 12 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay with no incentive to work hard because you only see a percentage based pay increase ONCE a year (in 9 reviews)

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  1. LOVE IT !!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Team in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in High School or just getting out of High School this is a great 1st JOB !!! You meet alot of great people and the customs are awesome!

    Cons

    N/A Potbelly's works with your schedule, this was a wonderful job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. Fair amount of work and dealing with a lot of nonsense.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Reston, VA

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours Opportunity for advancement and raises Fun atmosphere

    Cons

    District Management can sometimes be unreasonable GM's don't seem to last very long

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive with your team there is nothing worse than having a negative management team bringing the whole restaurant down.


  3. CT at Potbelly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    First job, it was a great experience, that taught me how to prioritize tasks, as well as customer service

    Cons

    smelled like grease after work!


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  5. When the job is right, the job is right...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Potbelly Sandwich Works part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Quick-learning environment, easy-going, lot of leg-room in decision making, fast and fun coworkers, learning the more polished end of the fast food business. Just a great experience for anyone looking to add some serious businesses to their resume.

    Cons

    Pay is too low. Pay is too low. Pay is too low. Pay is too low. Pay is too low.

    Advice to Management

    Do more hands-on teaching with trainees so lessons can be picked up faster instead of just watching a video and learning as we go.


  6. Great place, great boss, and great co-workers at the Andersonville shop.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly customers. Friendly co-workers. Company organized events outside of the shop. Low stress. Seriously if you think this job is stressful then the real world is going to rip you to shreds.

    Cons

    Not having any mats to stand on. As a prep-associate my knees really started to take a beating after having to stand for hours on the hard tile five days a week. Also, a second slicer would have been nice.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promise people a management position during an interview based on the fact they were a manager somewhere else. Those people usual suck the most and refuse to learn the job properly.


  7. A great down to earth company that is very smart about their business

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Glen Ellyn, IL
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Glen Ellyn, IL

    I have been working at Potbelly Sandwich Works full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work ethics and work environment!

    Cons

    Pay as a manager isn't too great

    Advice to Management

    Benching employees give them false hope when they are not even ready for the next position


  8. Pretty good part time pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Potbelly Sandwich Works part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and Management were pretty great

    Cons

    Pay could be better but overall great place to work and meet people


  9. Potbelly is growing - lots of opportunites

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Potbelly Sandwich Works full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and development programs in place...I've seen many people excel and move up in positions over the years. If you are performing well, and express interest in moving up, there is plenty of opportunity, since we are in growth mode. The people who work at Potbelly are great.

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything..maybe more office space since we are growing? Hard to find conference space at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. I have been working at Potbelly for almost a year

    Former Employee - Certified Trainer
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I have worked at different shops, and I have only met really amazing people. Work was a lot of fun, and pretty easy to do. This was my first job and I am satisfied with it.

    Cons

    Was often sent home early due to it being overstaffed for a shift. The hours given were not very consistent either, which was quite frustrating.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company, great values, perfect environment!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Lead in West Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Shift Lead in West Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of the company is very open to consumer and staff input. The work atmosphere is fun and not stressful. It is a very flexible company.

    Cons

    It is a restaurant, so there are times where you have to work on the weekends and week nights. The hourly rate could be more competitive and employee benefits could be improved with offering stock options.



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