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Panda Express Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng
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Pros
  • One of the big pros about working at Panda is that you get to have free food (in 194 reviews)

  • Great company, coworkers were amazing, free meal no matter how long (or short) your shift is (in 115 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to maintain a work life balance (in 98 reviews)

  • There is ABSOLUTELY no work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    You get to set your own pace and work with some really talented individuals

    Cons

    Management could be better.


  2. "Friendly place to learn the food establishment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Such friendly staff and management.

    Cons

    None for myself, you get what you work for.

    Advice to Management

    None, they started from the bottom, so they know exactly what it's like to be an associate.

  3. "Great environment fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time

    Pros

    9$ pay isnt bad, hours are mostly flexible, i work with an amazing, friendly team. 10 minute breaks were paid but 30 minute breaks werent, abundance of hours. Free meals during shifts and 20% off otherwise. The customers seem to treat you better than the other fast food places ive worked and i was never that stressed although it is fast paced, unlike when i worked at other fast food places.

    Cons

    Manager was really strict, made it seems easy to get a raise through training but its taking forever, most of my hours are scheduled on the weekend /: strict on uniform , was usually expected to stay an hour or more to close after my shift was scheduled to end

    Advice to Management

    Schedule shifts honestly instead of acting like we get off earlier, a little less strict would make everything more relaxed while still professional and effective


  4. "I like it"

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    Current Employee - Counter Help in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good pay. Lots of opportunities to move up within the company if you're willing to pay.

    Cons

    Management play favorites. Some don't deserve the position.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair


  5. "Panda Express"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    get to learn how to cook

    Cons

    not enough pay to deal with coworkers


  6. "I like my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Good health insurance. Manager is very accommodating. Good colleagues. We work as a team.

    Cons

    Super busy! Had to work late sometimes.


  7. "Panda Express"

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    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

    Healthcare, pay, free food, discounts

    Cons

    Discrimination, long hours and lack of positive feedback

    Advice to Management

    Uplift and motivate your team

  8. "Great job, terrible store"

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    Former Employee - Foh/Boh
    Former Employee - Foh/Boh
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Panda, I learned valuable skills that I have carried with me in my current jobs. I learned to push myself past my limit and how to truly appreciate the fruits of hard work. The job itself felt rewarding--I learned the ins and outs of a kitchen and feel I am able to thrive in any work environment because of my time with this company. However, the "family" environment you feel when you begin working there quickly fades when you realize your coworkers are using kindness to manipulate you into doing their work and covering their shifts. Hard work often leads to punishment by reward because your coworkers don't have to work as hard if you are fast and efficient, because they know you'll end up doing their work, too. I loved Panda, but my store genuinely needs help and more attention from corporate. Andrew, Peggy, take notice!

    Cons

    At my store, the PIC's were catty and rude to me. Two women in particular bullied me every day, making me feel unwelcome and afraid. We had a cook who would come to work High and yell and throw things in front of customers. Working there was like emotional Russian roulette because you never knew what kind of day you were going to have when you walked in. General manager was so stressed he literally gave up in the weeks before he quit.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to Kalispell! Great people work there and you're letting them go to waste! Hold managers and PICs accountable and don't let them get away with bullying employees! Their job is to uplift people and help them better their lives, not make them feel guilty for making mistakes or estrange them for being different.


  9. "Cook"

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    Current Employee - Cook in Kingman, AZ
    Current Employee - Cook in Kingman, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch along other things

    Cons

    Expect to be always working


  10. "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, flexible hours especially if you’re in school, fun environment, coworkers really make things a lot smoother when it’s tough.

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism from the general manager; as in you can’t really move up unless you’re “friends” with the general manager.


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