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Panda Express Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • free food while on-the-clock, 20% employee discount when off-the-clock, you can give 20% off to friends, raises every 6 months ( (in 161 reviews)

  • Plus you get free meals during your shift (in 95 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (30)

    "Exceptional job for the right person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Bradley, IL
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Bradley, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is my first job and I plan on staying here all throughout my school years. My coworkers create a fun work environment while also being very productive. The pay is quite exceptional, I've been working here 6 months and have already received a raise for good performance. The manager is very fair and reasonable with the schedule, she has worked around my schedule. The job itself is enjoyable, my store is very busy so you never run out of things to do. At first it seems very intense, but you get used to it quickly as long as you're an energetic person.

    Cons

    We have a smaller amount of employees due to the fact that we aren't a larger store, which means we have between 4-6 people working every day. This is only bad if someone calls off, if someone calls off we will usually be short handed which means someone will be asked to stay over their shift. Don't work here if you don't have a relatively flexible schedule for things like that.

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating your employees well, one of the main reasons I work here is because I get paid very well considering I'm only a student. I also feel safe in the hands of my manager and coworkers, I feel we are very much a cohesive team.


  2. "One of the best years I've had"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Nice managers, raises, and good benefits

    Cons

    I don't have any to post


  3. "good"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Panda Express (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible, decent pay, work life balance,

    Cons

    Nothing as of I have worked


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  5. "Kitchen Help"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express part-time

    Pros

    Solid pay and friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Store was too busy, was not able to follow many protocols due to unstop waves of customer.

    Advice to Management

    Open another Panda Express in Vacaville.


  6. "Great company.. Great people.. Great operations!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GMIT
    Current Employee - GMIT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    -Pay, bonus structure and benefits are considered better than most of the companies in the food industry.
    -Upper management, from ACO, RDO, VPO, HR and other department heads are very accommodating and are eager to inspire and motivate people.
    -The company invests in people development
    - Career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Like in any other company in the same industry, the operations may require you to work longer hours, weekends and holidays. But who cares when you are enjoying your job?

    Advice to Management

    Please continue focusing on taking good care of your employees and your employees will love you back; You will win their loyalty and will reflect it by the way they treat the guests.


  7. "Not bad, good benefits if working full-time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express part-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits if working full time
    Better pay than other jobs in same field
    Opportunities to move up
    Free meals, so you work better

    Cons

    Cleaning a lot, bathrooms, floors, etc.
    Have to deal with bad customers occasionally
    On your feet all day - up to 13 hour days

    Advice to Management

    Have better work schedules (so people don't have to work all day all the time). Switch schedules around a lot so everyone gets a chance to have some weekends off.

    Not have such strict/mean supervisors that come in and write people up or fire people - it scares people off.

    Not pick favorites for raises or people.


  8. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work with.

    Cons

    Strict when it comes to maintaining a clean restaurant

    Advice to Management

    Don't be too tough or the associates, they try their best.


  9. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Cullman, AL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Cullman, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the co-workers are great to work with. You get discounts your family and friends get discounts on food.

    Cons

    A few of the managers follows their employees around criticizing them on their work. They don't believe their employees when they tell them the truth after getting accused of doing something. Knowing that they can go back and watch video footage and learn the truth. But fires the employee anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Always treat your employees with respect and treat them like a person. If you do this they will treat you the same way.


  10. "I wouldn't work here"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Help in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Help in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You start .50 above minimum wage, but now I heard they are not giving that extra .50 anymore so you'd just start at minimum wage. You get a raise every 6 months and a bonus check around every 2 months. There's health, eye, & dentist insurance that you can get. You can get 401k and vacation hours for those who do 30+ hrs a week.

    Cons

    There are so many double standard managers that work there. You well always get yelled at. If you work for the back of the house they well treat you like crap. You well get you butt worked hard. You get burns from oils, your hands get dried, cracks, and it be itchy from touching degreeser and sanitizer. People have cut themselves with knives.

    Advice to Management

    Need to stop the double standers. acknowledge the employees instead of always trying to find something bad. Stop trying to intemidate us by saying you're going to fire us if we don't do something in the way you'd like it to be done. Stop it with your high sanders when you guys can't even hold it yourself.


  11. "Counter Help"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Great restaurant with the ability to move up.

    Cons

    New managers constantly. Management will use you to do things above pay grade without title.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within before hiring elsewhere



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