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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 194 reviews)

  • Free drinks, tips of you're a Cashier or a Food runner, flexible hours, great environment (in 168 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough pay for the amount of work (in 68 reviews)

  • Current benefits, long hours can be strenuous (in 151 reviews)

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  1. "District manager of 7 cafes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Car, credit card, great ops partner and opportunity for advice.

    Cons

    Long hours, 24/7 business, and travel.

    Advice to Management

    Great opportunity for advicement with this company


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of upward mobility

    Cons

    Bad work life balance


  3. "any"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Owner in South Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - Owner in South Charleston, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job.growth room.to grow with company

    Cons

    There are none you have to work hard to get the things in life you want

    Advice to Management

    Had my own restaurant can do.any position


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  5. "Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great at training, wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    none, i enjoyed my time here.


  6. "Panera"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work

    Cons

    Very demanding job for the pay


  7. "Unscheduled"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The other employees were always upbeat and made an extreme effort to get to know the newly hired employees. The managers were a lot of fun and really down to earth.

    Cons

    There aren't many downsides other than the managers neglecting to warn employees of the hour cuts that were taking place. I was taken off the schedule for two consecutive weeks and the only thing my mangers told me was that I must have been forgotten and it was just a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    It's better to let your employees know that hour cuts are taking place so they can prepare for their income to shift.


  8. "Favorite Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Associate in Springfield, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My particular location had an amazing team of managers and crew. I was treated well and paid well. Most of us were college students, and the managers were very flexible with scheduling, which was great. Formed relationships with regular customers, and the food discount was awesome!

    Cons

    Panera's transition to an all-clean menu left employees and customers confused/disgruntled by the constantly changing products. Several "favorite" products were removed, which was a challenge to explain to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! The company culture at Panera is awesome and I'd go back to working there if I could!


  9. "Working at Panera Bread"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Panera Bread was such great experience, first there's the nice customers, and friendly co-worker. Next we have to the 60-65 percent discount, and free pastries. Being a part of a welcoming and kind community such as Panera was wonderful. I would recommend such an environment to anyone considering applying to this wonderful establishment.

    Cons

    I can find no disadvantages concerning Panera, all was well. I truly enjoy working with Panera.

    Advice to Management

    Management of amazing, uncorrupt, and kind.


  10. "Very good"

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

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Good management. Good people. Nice.

    Cons

    I have no cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being good.


  11. "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Line in Elmwood Park, IL
    Current Employee - Production Line in Elmwood Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to take home pastries & other food items depending on the manager closing. They're extremely flexible with availability. Depending on your coworkers, it'll be easy to take/switch shifts.

    Cons

    You go home smelling like a terrible smell which is odd because nothing is cooked except when you grill sandwiches.

    Advice to Management

    They're so uptight about labor hours. However, when they send home workers, we usually get packed then the workers suffer. This varies at location.



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