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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 274 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, good job to have as a first job or s job for high school or college students (in 193 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't feel like the amount of work is equivalent to the pay (in 73 reviews)

  • Working weekends and no work-life balance (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Tough but rewarding in the long run"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of growth for myself (started as a dishwasher in 2012). Excellent opportunity to give every associate and customer an opportunity to feel warm and welcome.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very tough, but is often reflective of the manager's abilities. Compensation is relatively fair, including qualifying for JV, albeit tough to accomplish. All challenges and cons are relevant to any middle management position.

    Advice to Management

    More investment into associate engagement and leadership development.


  2. "Thank you for the opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Owner Operators were very personable and approachable. Gained vast knowledge and experience. When you hear "We are a Family ", that was very true. Pay was very good as well as the benefits.

    Cons

    Stressful at times. Not enough stability in the cafe management teams. Assistant Managers needed more training. The only problem was that they weren't in one cafe long enough to be developed due to needs in other cafe management teams.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and resources training and developing your Management teams so that associates will feel supported.

  3. "Managment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    The company really invests in their employees and are dedicated on training/motivating them to provide the best customer service possible. Great company to work for and develop one's ability's if they are just starting.

    Cons

    There is not real management training. Much of the employees are trained to run operations while employee development training is lacking.


  4. "Food Server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Bayside, NY
    Current Employee - Food Server in Bayside, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast paced work place and environment

    Cons

    None really to mention at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. "wonderful place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun, exciting, great coworkers, fun management, good pay

    Cons

    long hrs, rude customers, nobody purchases food, free wifi, not enough sitting space


  6. "Panera bread is a great place to work. Great concept and great values."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, a place one can grow personally as well as professionally, benifits inc medical, dental, vision and PTO Days.

    Cons

    I have no negative comments on my experience at panera bread. Panera bread is a good place for both parties, the employees as well as the guests and their families.


  7. "Area Operating Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work with many types of people, development is high priority

    Cons

    No cons at Panera Bread

  8. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great managers and fun staff

    Cons

    Wage could be a bit higher

    Advice to Management

    I love y'all


  9. "Associate trainer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Provide a number of different shifts to work.

    Cons

    Schedule will change from week to week.


  10. "Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best company to work in

    Cons

    Always remember that customers are always right


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