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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 195 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 152 reviews)

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  1. "Not What it's Cut Out to Be..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Starting pay is great (especially for a high schooler).
    -Friendly Staff/Managers
    -Most Customers seem to be quite friendly; especially the regulars.

    Cons

    -Not enough pay for the amount of work.
    -Horribly understaffed.
    -Have to deal with occasional rude customers.
    -Often have to close by yourself and can feel overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Find a happy medium in terms of watching employees but also helping them when needed.


  2. "Student Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great general manager and a fun college job.

    Cons

    Understaffed at times; not following through on plans


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Panera is tough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Employee stock purchase plan

    Cons

    Long hours, high stress. Always short staffed


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High work and behavior standards that make work enjoyable. Training is thorough and hands on.

    Cons

    Like most fast food companies, entry level cafe positions are pretty low paying.


  6. "Assistant manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clean food and environment with a fast, accurate and super friendly service, is like working in one big family.

    Cons

    There isn't cons, if anything, would be not set schedules for management the only one.


  7. "Eh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time

    Pros

    Free food and good coworkers

    Cons

    Bad hours, bad management and what appears to be no appreciation.


  8. "Panera"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Cashier in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Benefits. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Other employees are lazy. Managers are not efficient.


  9. "Best mindless job I ever had"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement-- most of the managers started on the line-- if you work hard you'll get a promotion. Felt good about the food we were serving-- much of it is ethically sourced. Cleanliness and safety standards are very high. There's also access to the upper management by lower-level employees, so if there's an issue that your immediate supervisor can't or won't handle, you still have a voice. And the shift discounts are really nice!

    Cons

    Long hours, and they were often understaffed, so workload was unreasonably increased. I think they were too nice sometimes and didn't fire people who they probably should have.

    Advice to Management

    Great job! Keep making sure you reward those who deserve it and hold those accountable who deserve that as well!


  10. "Love the bred"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and great team mates

    Cons

    Run their teams to hard for the pay

    Advice to Management

    Work in a cafe a few days to see what it is really like ( executives)


  11. "Great First Job!"

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

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Fun Coworkers
    Good shifts
    Great company
    Yummy foods
    fair discounts

    Cons

    -Rude Manager who always complains when you do something wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who are deserving. Shift Supervisors and Assistant Managers are different when the General Manager is not there.



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