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Panera Bread Cincinnati Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Cincinnati, OH

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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 198 reviews)

  • Free drinks, tips of you're a Cashier or a Food runner, flexible hours, great environment (in 172 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough pay for the amount of work (in 69 reviews)

  • Current benefits, long hours can be strenuous (in 153 reviews)

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  1. "Not bad for a fast food place."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good food, good employee discounts.

    Cons

    Busy as heck sometimes, managers get angsty

    Advice to Management

    Hire better mangers


  2. "complete bullsht"

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    Current Employee - Dish Washer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Dish Washer in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free drinks.manager meals awesome discounts

    Cons

    rude managers think they can speak to you anyway they please, old a$ manager with nasty attitude, work endless shifts with no break, lied about premium wages, co workers taking 10 minute smoke breaks, inconsiderate a$ co workers and managers, DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 17 you will be stressed tf out I REPEAT DO NOT.

    Advice to Management

    please stop being inconsiderate.


  3. "Extremely racist and sexist"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - General Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Not too much to say here. Pay and bonus was decent.

    Cons

    Long hours, no home life. Basically working constantly even when home. Blatent sexism and racism among upper management. Was ordered to fire employees based on their looks. Was terminated when I refused. Turnover is high due to constant sexual harassment and games by upper management. Currently filing with the EEOC. They have been sued before for this stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at your district managers and figure out why the turnover is so high. End sexism and racism in your management staff.


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  5. "For the food industry, not bad at all"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Very nice discount, it is encouraged to try everything on the menu
    Good company values

    Cons

    Hard, tiring work
    Early and late hours

    Advice to Management

    I pretty much always had positive experiences with my managers. They were always willing to listen if I had a problem, and were quick to resolve it. They promoted from within first, which is something I value.


  6. "Part-time Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread (More than a year)

    Pros

    Discount, Co-workers were all very nice, closing environment was fun, and you got to see how food was made and try the menu.

    Cons

    Rush hours were awful because we were understaffed most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Staff your shifts so each associate has only one area of work. More training in the beginning would have been nicer as well.


  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxing, Calm, Work Enviroment - Most of the time. Everyone worked together and they did try to have some motivation for teamwork.

    Cons

    No reason to try to stay and workup. They seem to chew people up and spit them out after a few years.

    I knew people who had worked there for years and had worked there Butts off! Yet they had only got a dollar or so raise from the fresh workers.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to pay your workers as much as Mcdonalds. The service you are expecting to give to your customers goes way beyond a simple Mcd's mentality. If you want to clean up after everyone and make their stay as nice as possible - make sure you appropriately compensate your workers.

    Give a clear vision of how to move up in the company.

    Don't over work your managers & burn them out.

    Give awards or recognition for outstanding performance - not just a slap on the back.


  8. "Lied about Starting Wage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Panera has awesome food but is a bit pricey & should offer employees free meals like Chipotle does

    Cons

    Disrespectful, arrogant management. Unorganized.staff. Senior management avoids employees until they need something.

    Advice to Management

    You have to give respect to receive it. Be leaders not managers or "dictators"


  9. "Its okay?..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its an okay job i would say. It was my first job actually. so if your looking for a first job starter i would recommend this. All i can say though is that they worked me like a DOG! to where my feet had blisters on them. Honestly there is alot of drama behind close doors. But i just kept to myself, and just took care of the customers. I like the job. But just had me do SOOOO much because they are always short of help. And it wasn't worth it, they wasn't paying me that much for everything they wanted me to do.

    Cons

    Had me do too much


  10. "Not the worst job, much room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with clean food
    Good discount
    Employees have a lot of freedom to make guests happy
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Sometimes rude customers because of the high prices
    Poor management is really hard to ignore
    Care more about profits than the human beings that work for them

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and pay people more. Make an effort to listen to the employees that are in the thick of it everyday and make improvements where needed.


  11. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Salary is not what it should be, on lower range for hours worked.

    Cons

    Upper management is not always aware of what's happening, promoting is not always what it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Focus always. Pay attention to what the district manager wants at all times.



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