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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 256 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, good job to have as a first job or s job for high school or college students (in 185 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Pace"

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Always got something to do/ Nice people

    Cons

    Get really crazy busy sometimes


  2. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to make some great friends, team work is encouraged. Meal discounts, & pay is about 50 cents higher than minimum wage.

    Cons

    Bread bashes are mandatory, and if you don't attend you will get a write up.

  3. "Great Company, Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great CEO, great values, good food, take food safety seriously

    Cons

    Management puts too much pressure on associates, underpaid, associates are undervalued

    Advice to Management

    Choose better people for management positions


  4. "Shift Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Strengthens customer service skills, and allows you to work with and learn more about more diverse people.

    Cons

    Low wages, small room for growth within the company

    Advice to Management

    Currently in management


  5. "Barista/Cashier"

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

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Discounted meals, Fun work environment

    Cons

    Very Busy, Long Periods Of Standing

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional and stop blaming employees for customers mistakes


  6. "Not what it seems."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Discount -managers eat for free up to $10 a day

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Manipulative management
    Ulterior motives by area managers
    Lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Treat your team more kindly, and less like corporate drones. Even your general managers do not want to come to work.


  7. "love panera"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    atmosphere is great, and I learned a lot to become a trainer

    Cons

    I don't believe there were any cons at my Panera

  8. "Delivery Driver"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Delivery Driver in Fairview Heights, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Delivery Driver in Fairview Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount and coworkers are really nice. Really feels like a family environment, even as someone who doesn't interact much with the others.

    Cons

    Very challenging to get any hours and they vary too great. I can go from 23 hrs one week to 8 hrs the next, depending on the schedule. Schedule is done weekly and that can be stressful too. Also the hours in the summer are horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Let more folks work ful time?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Going the right direction . Wants the staff to be happy and enjoy their job. Constant change to products to be the leading food provider.

    Cons

    Working for a franchise. Don't follow policies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They Choose A Lot Of Favorites"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are like family, decent payout (at my cafe), amazing hours, different deployment areas

    Cons

    Managers don't care much, a lot of responsibility, not allowed to call off sick yet they make a huge deal if you come in sick

    Advice to Management

    Take note of ALL employees who do a good job


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