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Updated January 10, 2018
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  1. "director of sales and marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A small, privately owned company. Financially sound owner and brilliant Engineer made it a pleasurable experience

    Cons

    Small privately owned company also made it tough to compete with the name recognition of the big boys


  2. "Panera Bread (Canada) - Associate"

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    Former Employee - Panera Bread (Canada) - Associate in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Panera Bread (Canada) - Associate in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FMI part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling for part-time availability. Coworkers generally nice. They make the military management poison easier to take. Note that Panera USA has many many more pros, but it does not currently extend into Canada. Since September 2016 all the Canadian cafe franchises were purchased and run by a private investment group called “FMI” Franchise Management Inc. They don’t follow any Panera USA policies that favor employees.

    Cons

    Previous to Franchise Management Inc takeover of all the Canadian Panera Bread locations, Panera was generally a wonderful place to work regardless if you were a minimum wage associate or a store manager. Panera under the USA corporate direction had fun atmosphere. Since FMI’s takeover in September of 2016, they degraded the Panera Bread name in an unbeleivably short time -with employees and customers. The US head office seems to have no clue to the extent of the damage done. Massive turnover, has been the result. Bakers last all but a few months. Shift supervisors leave as soon as they see how rotten to the the core the leaders (investors) of FMI are. The smarter General Managers of stores start looking for work as soon as they realize their pay is unfair compared to the industry standard. FMI successfully cut all the employee perks and benefits. Cancelling the co-pay health plan was the worse blow to employee morale. (FMI promised not to change any of the insurance plan after the “takeover” but like everything else lied about their true intentions). Toxic employee / FMI management relations. FMI Head office only interested in cost saving and not concerned for employee welfare whatsoever. No benefit plan. Zero perks. Expect low grades on annual reviews. - all designed to avoid paying more than minimum wage. Depressing atmosphere and continuous stress. What head FMI head office says and what they do are two opposites. New potential hires should stay away! Panera Bread in Canada will die a slow death under the miserable regime of FMI.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the fear-based management style. Unprofessionalism is rampant at levels of FMI. Lying and double-faced personalities in upper layers will be the downfall of Panera Bread in Canada. Look to other progressive franchise establishments as examples of corporate excellence where employee treatment is concerned. Only making internal comparisons (with other low-standards under the FMI umbrella of companies) is not a valid excuse to treat your employees like slaves. Panera Bread USA needs to do an independent audit /investiagation of the destructive tactics FMI is using that is harming the Panera Bread brand. Interviewing long time employees who experienced the pre-Panera glory days and post-FMI depressive vibes would shed much insight to their error in selling the Panera Canadian franchise rights to FMI.

  3. "Going Bankrupt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Villages, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Villages, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FMI full-time

    Pros

    Staff are good, until they get burned out.

    Cons

    Cannot manage money. Hire too many family members.


  4. "FMi review"

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    Current Employee - NPI Operations in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - NPI Operations in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn the industry

    Cons

    Lot of work, and impatience

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  5. "Annual"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible company to work for

    Cons

    no where for advance for females

    Advice to Management

    nonexistent


  6. "Customer Services Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FMI part-time

    Pros

    nothing on the pro side

    Cons

    low pay, too much work to do.


  7. "Brand Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FMI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Every day is different and interesting.

    Cons

    Poor wage and limited time to have a social life.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for all there time including time spent traveling.

  8. "Product Demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Product Demonstrator in Galway (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Product Demonstrator in Galway (Ireland)

    Pros

    There are no pros to this.

    Cons

    Didn't pay on time.

    No extra commission if you achieve sales targets.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff.