Compare McDonald's vs Panera Bread BETA

See how working at McDonald's vs. Panera Bread compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at McDonald's vs. Panera Bread. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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McDonald's

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Panera Bread

Employee Ratings

  • McDonald's scored higher in 8 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
  • Both tied in 1 area: Culture & Values.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.5
(based on 54029 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.3
(based on 9886 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.3
Career Opportunities
3.1
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
3.0
Compensation & Benefits
2.8
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.3
Work-life balance
3.1
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.1
Senior Management
2.9
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
3.3
Culture & Values
3.3
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
McDonald's Ceo Chris Kempczinski
78%
78%Chris Kempczinski
McDonald's employees rated their CEO Approval 19% higher than Panera Bread employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
Panera Bread Ceo Niren Chaudhary
59%
59%Niren Chaudhary
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
60%
McDonald's employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 10% higher than Panera Bread employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
50%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
45%
McDonald's employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 9% higher than Panera Bread employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
36%

Salaries

McDonald's has 18,277 more total submitted salaries than Panera Bread.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Crew Member3915 Salaries
$10/hr
Shift Manager820 Salaries
$13/hr
Employee315 Salaries
$11/hr
Salaries for similar jobs
Restaurant Staff842 Salaries
$23,454/yr
Assistant Manager671 Salaries
$41,653/yr
Associate784 Salaries
$10/hr

What Employees Say

  • McDonald's had 1,998 more reviews than Panera Bread that mentioned "Flexible hours" as a Pro.
  • McDonald's had 637 more reviews than Panera Bread that mentioned "Minimum wage" as a Con.
Pros
Pros
"Free food"(in 2526 reviews)
"Flexible hours"(in 2396 reviews)
Pros
"Discount on food"(in 529 reviews)
"Flexible hours"(in 398 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Rude customers"(in 1395 reviews)
"Minimum wage"(in 842 reviews)
Cons
"Minimum wage"(in 205 reviews)
"Upper management"(in 198 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Cashier

I worked at McDonald's part-time for less than a year

Pros

Fun people, very relaxing environment, free food

Cons

Annoying customers frequently. Noncompliant customers

Advice to Management

Keep up the good job, never had any issues with the managers in any shape or form

"Great"May 13, 2021

Current Employee - Assistant General Manager

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

Pros

They’re a great company to work for

Cons

Extremely hands on not like a usual restaurant manager

Job Postings

McDonald's has 57,695 more recently posted open jobs than Panera Bread.