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"Just OK"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - General Manager
Former Employee - General Manager
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Panda Express full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Good salary & benefits. Company invests in your personal development as well (have a learning benefit fund, landmark classes, etc.). Free food.

Cons

No Work/Life Balance. Labor structure of company is very minimal, as a GM, you do just as much work as the front of the house/back of the house, as the company expects you to run a store of $20000+ weekly sales with just 4 people including the manager, which means all of your staff has to multi-task from taking orders, cooking the food, washing the dishes, cleaning the lobby/restrooms, etc.

The company is more about keeping its store in brand new conditions, meaning spotless cleaning from top-to-bottom. While having a clean restaurant is a nice idea, and all restaurants should strive to have a clean restaurant, it's a little extreme as far as the level of detail that the company expects its managers to keep the store at whenever a higher up executive visits you.

Very high turnover rate as far as managers as well, which tells you something about the nature of the job for a GM.

Advice to Management

Nothing negative to say about the organization or the people in it. It is a well-run company with great people and leaders. While there are many things to dislike, and there is high turnover, the company is doing great and is growing. All the best as the Panda Express brand grows.

Other Employee Reviews for Panda Express

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of room to grow."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay.
    Free employee meals.
    Great work environment.
    Always looking to develop associates.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Usually understaffed
    High standards.
    Strict Management
    Hard to have a good work/life balance
    Stressful


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs more employees for staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they give you a lot of hours---whether you ask for them or not

    Cons

    they hire too many people, just to let them go. they make a lot of promises to move you up, when in reality they are just fine leaving you at the level you are at

    Advice to Management

    learn to advance individuals who actually know what they are doing. my manager was terrible at creating the schedule. when i moved up and created the schedule myself, i managed to save 25% of the hours that my old manager was giving away during the week. turns out he just worked up from a dishwasher. when i was able to take over and he knew that i was able to take care of the place without cause for concern, then he took two weeks off, and was sporadic at coming in...pathetic.


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