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Panera Bread Tampa Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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Tampa, FL

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Pros
  • Flexible Shifts, fast paced environment, discount on food (in 284 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, good job to have as a first job or s job for high school or college students (in 203 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't feel like the amount of work is equivalent to the pay (in 75 reviews)

  • Work life balance is very tough, but is often reflective of the manager's abilities (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "It was a good first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Associate in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discounts, Enjoyable, Friendly, I LIKED IT

    Cons

    Management was a bit self centered at all locations

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaging


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Night Baker"

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    Former Employee - Night Baker in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Night Baker in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    10 dollar meal which you have no time to use unless your going home, work alone

    Cons

    No holiday pay.split duty theyll ask you to do pan up on two cafe with no gas or milage compensation. They won't tell you this becoz no one on their right mind will do two person job. .25 cents raise if your lucky or every 2 yrs. Always short on staff too much job for what they pay for. No break!!!! Unless your fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Invest on manpower don't be greedy for profit provide support 2 bakers per store not a half help that the reason your bakers burn out easily from job!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Job Ever"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Associate in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn how to test your patience.

    Cons

    Too much work for the amount of pay you get, the customers are particularly atrocious, Strict company/brand rules, and the management is run by over zealous brand representatives who accepted their sad fate of never being able to live a comfortable life.

    Advice to Management

    Please understand that the customers are not always right..no matter what the Panera brand claims.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Can't keep staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with scheduling , and advancement to management with in the company can happen quick... it's great if you want a managers position. ..

    Cons

    Opening you have to be there at 4am, lot of demands for lack of pay. It's a high stressful atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your staff to respect you, respect them. Work with them, not against them


  5. "Would never work here again"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Free food as an assistant manager, and pretty much the only good part of working was the free food.

    Cons

    Salaried at 45 hours and expected to work 60, no work life balance, understaffed, overworked, stressful atmosphere, unrealistic daily appearance expectations (food service in acrylic nails and heels?!), untrained aggressive management, low morals in the name of saving food cost, would make you pick things up from others stores before and after shifts on a regular basis and you were not paid for it, could move you to any location no matter how far from your home

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. This is why your turnover is so high.


  6. "Totally screwed"

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    Current Employee - Baker in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Baker in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and certain benefits

    Cons

    Worked there over 10 years. Recently was injured on the job and being totally jerked around. Everything is my fault... higher ups believe my boss. That he has given me support and extra time. NEVER!!!!!has he done this.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to us regular people. Nine times out of 10 we are telling the truth


  7. "General manager"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Make your own hours and run your own store

    Cons

    Work minimum of 50 hrs have to schedule yourself around accommodating employees and management

  8. "If You Want to be Devalued as a Human Being, Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only "pro" about this company is the food discount during/before/after your shift.

    Cons

    The management is highly unprofessional, condescending, vulgar, rude, untrained, and irresponsible.
    The hours are ridiculous, and they schedule you based on your availability, regardless of how many hours you told them you can work. So, if you are available 5 days out of the week but said you can only work 20-25 hours a week, be prepared to work at least 30+ hours per week. No matter how many times you remind them of your time constraints, they never listen to your schedule request(s).
    Employees, particularly those who have been there a while, are, like the managers, terribly unpleasant. They are unhelpful, unwilling to teach, and complain about everything instead of fostering a communal working environment.
    There is little to no hands on training.
    Very disorganized layout.
    Serious lack of communication from the register and down the line.
    Loads of childish bullying from the management and senior employees.
    Moving up in this company is absolutely impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Take some training classes on how to be effective and approachable. Stop complaining like five year olds. Stop making employees pick up your slack. Stop mocking and bullying your employees. Set better examples for the workplace environment. Stop constantly playing on your cellphones and get to work instead. Stop getting aggressive and emotional when a new employee, who has received little to no training, asks you a simple question. If you can pander and kiss-up to your superiors, you can show some mutual self-respect and friendliness to your hard-working staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "GM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Best company I've worked for in my 30 years of the business!!

    Cons

    Not necessarily a down side, sometimes it feels like we change things, then figure it out.

    Advice to Management

    Awesome company


  10. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - FLORIDA in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - FLORIDA in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly and its mostly a family unit. Work with schedule.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for amount of work, they cut many hours, management makes incorrect decisions at times and does not help. They take the "customer is always right" notion too seriously at times and customers know this so they manipulate our system to get free things just by complaining.

    Advice to Management

    Treat associates with a little more respect if you want respect in return. Make correct decisions for situations, if you want cut people. Atleast come help the food line when we are slammed without the proper help.


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