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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. "Well-led, well-organized, earnest company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Needham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Strong and visionary leadership by the founder and his leadership team. Hires great talent at every level. Keeps workload manageable. Work organized into projects and carefully tracked. Funding is really tight.

    Cons

    The founder is so passionate and involved that he makes it hard for other leaders to feel a proper sense of ownership. The company is full of bright and talented people of every kind. However, there is not one woman or person of color in the 16-member management team.


  2. "unprofessional and childish"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great chance to work as a team, especially during a rush. like all food service jobs, this allows a person to grow socially and gain understanding of time management.

    Cons

    management team immature, no training, not consistent with operations

    Advice to Management

    train the staff and don't try to befriend your employees. it never ends well this way.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cashier"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly team.

    Cons

    More flexible scheduling hours, shorter shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Panera Bread Associate Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food discounts, good work environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    aggressive customers, early hours, few breaks


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Cashier in Aspen Hill, MD
    Former Employee - Cashier in Aspen Hill, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Great people and friendships
    Fun environment

    Cons

    Management changed all the time. Some were absolutely horrendous and bullies


  6. "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work setting and nice co workers

    Cons

    Store was not run well and in my opinion not up to health code


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Management was odd"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook/Cashier in Westland, MI
    Former Employee - Line Cook/Cashier in Westland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a great discount
    The pay isnt horrible

    Cons

    Gets boring quite easily
    Rushes are sometimes unorganized
    Upper management rarely came in
    When they did, it was for show

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your employees

  8. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Upland, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Upland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience that can be used in further careers. Provides basic skills that you can develop and use later in your career. Good support system.

    Cons

    Long hours and little recognition. Lots of hands on work to assist associates while still getting your responsibilities done.


  9. "none"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    big company so it is stable

    Cons

    bad hours, kept extending them

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  10. "Line Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Associate in Butler, PA
    Former Employee - Line Associate in Butler, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount gets you 50% off of food while working.

    Cons

    Management is awful and doesn't respect their employees.


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