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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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Blaine E. Hurst
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Pros
  • "You get a discount on food when you are working" (in 378 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, time flies when you are budy" (in 244 reviews)

Cons
  • "Many people feel under-appreciated for the amount of work you do" (in 81 reviews)

  • "No work life balance as promised in the interviews" (in 75 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Company"

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

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    The people are great! When I first started working there I thought everyone was on some sort of happy pill! Depending on department they can be quite flexible.

    Cons

    I watched some associates move around but most associates I spoke with had a hard time being promoted. Benefits could be better!


  2. "Delivery Driver"

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

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule, great discount, easy job

    Cons

    You have to use your own car but that's expected

  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    it's a good company with great values.
    great people to work with.

    Cons

    sometimes there is a lot of physical work in a really short amount of time


  4. "Instructional Design"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and hard working coworkers, fair pay

    Cons

    Aggressive speed of change

    Advice to Management

    Seek honest feedback about employee experience and act on it


  5. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Stores are all short staffed on managers and associates


  6. "Panera"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager/Cashier
    Former Employee - Shift Manager/Cashier

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

    Pros

    Nice company values, people

    Cons

    Pay, scheduling, not enough opportunities to move up


  7. "Good Place for Kids to Start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Easy Hire
    A job to rely on
    Good manager

    Cons

    Can be hectic
    may feel like slavery with low wage and alot to do
    early morning to open
    no tip jar

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to overwork employees.

  8. "If pay isn't your priority,but growth is, might be for you."

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Quality of life and no late nights.

    Cons

    Adding delivery with no real plan has added stress to the cafes.

    Advice to Management

    Pay isn't great but the company is still growing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are really flexible with the scheduling, the environment is really friendly and most of the people who work there are young and going to school

    Cons

    The pay wasn’t that great


  10. "Cafe Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Flexible time off
    Fast-paced

    Cons

    Negative environment
    High turnover rate of employees


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