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"Pretty good place to work if in school or elderly. Great coworkers in a good work environment."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Waltham, MA
Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Waltham, MA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great food with ok discount
Great co-workers
Young work atmosphere
Young bottom level management
Great for high school / college students
Free Bread & Pastries
Low stress work environment
Awesome customers
OK pay for work expect

Cons

Closing shifts can be daunting.
Inexperienced managers at times add a lot of stress to what should be a simple job.
Respect between employees could be better.
They are pretty stingy with wages.
Experience can differ from corporate stores and between different franchises.

Advice to Management

Since each franchise has some leeway as to how they manage the store, experience can differ. Try to encourage your better employees to seek management positions. Try to weed out the kids who lack any work ethic whatsoever. They make the job much harder on the other associates.

Other Employee Reviews for Panera Bread

  1. "Panera Bread = A great place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Clairsville, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Clairsville, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, clean working environment, mostly polite and clean customers, largely efficient management. All in all Panera Bread feels much more comfortable in atmosphere and environment than any other fast restaurant I've been in. Also, their policy holds true - "No jerks." At least not for long.

    Cons

    As with any good restaurant, Panera Bread gets almost unbearably busy. It's nothing that someone with a good work ethic and some motivation could handle, though. As someone who works in the bakery, I occasionally have to be at work at 5:30 AM, which can be highly unpleasant on days when it's -4 degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular, as I've not had much contact with senior management. (or anyone other then the managers at my store and regional and district managers)


  2. "Ron Shaich - Hits home run with Bakery Cafes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hagerstown, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Part time positions available for college students.

    Cons

    Schedules promised were not respected by management.

    Advice to Management

    Store managers need to listen to the employees requests, students need part-time jobs and are willing to work, students can be contributors to overall management operations, not just by being cashiers, many of these college students are business majors who can bring fresh ideas to the table, don't let them get away, they may be the future managers of the company. All in all the bakery cafe is a fantastic concept, management at the store level in some cases needs to be reviewed, not all outlets have competent management, which will tarnish Panera Bread's image.

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