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"Lots to do and no funding"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunset Hills, MO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunset Hills, MO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

Pros

Working at the Support Center you get a few nice perks - free food in the morning, unlimited soda/coffee, etc., an employee discount, and can get free delivery for your lunch. The people are actually very wonderful - good people who are hard workers. That's pretty much where it ends.

Cons

The benefits for a company this size and this well performing are horrible and insulting. The 401k is not good (1-yr wait), short term disability is horrible (doesn't even cover the actual percent of your pay it says), and vacation is attrocious and non-negotiable.
The company works you extremely hard and has very high expectations. That's great if they are willing to give you the support necessary (people, technology, resources, etc.) but they don't.
The CEO (not Bill, but Ron) presents one image to the street, but interally it is very different. He is definitely a visionary and has done great things to make this company what it is, but he does not see the value in investing in his people.
They also are not very open and encouraging to new people. They hire you because of your experience and what you bring to the table, but then they expect you to actually keep your mouth shut for at least a year (yet hold you accountable for work that needs to be done). Executives are known as saying it takes at least 6 months to figure out where the bathroom is to new hires.

Advice to Management

Invest in your people. Stop being cheap. There's more to the organization than just the cafes. And trust the people you hire, their opinions and experience.

Other Employee Reviews for Panera Bread

  1. "Mediocre"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Valrico, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Valrico, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Panera Bread as a company provides the best for their customers and keeps their employees involved. As an employee I benefited from long hours, promotions, diversity, and gives back to the community.

    Cons

    Although their service to the community is superb, their treatment to their associates and servers can improve. Management was unprofessional to the point that it made the work environment almost unbearable.

    Advice to Management

    When you treat your employees better, they will work better. They will represent you and the company better.


  2. "Easy-to-follow procedures."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - General Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very well laid-out rules and procedures for work. Always a manager in store if there are any issues or concerns that arise. Give back to the community by donating leftover bakery goods at the end of the night. Four celebrations throughout the year.

    Cons

    Long shifts. Mandatory celebration nights to clean the store as a team.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your employees are still happy at work. Offer rewards.

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