Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
1,168 Reviews

3.1
1,168 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
Ronald Shaich
149 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a discount on food and I met a lot of great people working there (in 65 reviews)

  • They have a good food discount-65% on shift, 40% off shift (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • many employees don't work hard so those that do just end up doing double the amount of work (in 25 reviews)

  • IT is a minimum wage paying job best fit for a high school or college student (in 43 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent First Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, dedicated employees, decent food

    Cons

    Too serious, Not fun enviroment

  2.  

    Great Company To Work For.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    Pros

    - 60% discount 4 hours before and after shift.
    - Ability to grow within the company
    -Offer Raises for completing cerifications
    - Great Coworkers
    - Awesome Management
    - Good breaks

    Cons

    Honestly I cant think of any at this time.. Only real con, is that your working around all this awesome food and it makes you super hungry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have more team building activities. One Panera I worked for did things like that and we all got along SO much better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Started off unhappy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Laurel, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Laurel, MD (US)

    Pros

    Fun environment, everyone is very happy, everyone acts like a family, decent pay, easy job.

    Cons

    Closing is not the best, but definitely not the worst, management does not communicate very well. I was told in my interview I would be paid higher than other employees because I had 3+ years of experience, but this was not the case. I was given the same pay and when I asked about it, they acted like they had no clue what I was talking about. I would've accepted a different job offer if I knew I wouldn't be getting a higher pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please communicate thoroughly with each other and don't promise a certain pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay for young people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlottesville, VA (US)

    Pros

    Often got to take home left over goodies at the end of the night
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not really a fulfilling job
    Pay was awful (7.50 an hour)
    Management wasn't exactly the best and often said demeaning things about employees (some, not all, managers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating those under you better if you don't already.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    6 years at Panera Bread

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Buffalo, NY (US)

    Pros

    The store I specifically worked for was great with scheduling as I was a high school and college student. Extremely flexible with ask-off dates; no questions asked.

    Cons

    There was a lot of unnecessary drama and petty fighting between stores in my area that took away from everyone trying to work as a team. Definitely need a little bit of unification.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I loved Panera Bread

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Gulf Breeze, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Gulf Breeze, FL (US)

    Pros

    Great pay, Good hours, Good discount I would highly recommend working at Panera Bread as a part time job.

    Cons

    The only problem I had with Panera Bread, was being able to get cross-trained.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistance Bakery  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Assistance Bakery in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    good discussion with co worker

    Cons

    I have been working at Panera bread for short time b/c of moving to Garland Tx

  9.  

    great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it was great to work there

    Cons

    there were no cons at all

  10.  

    Lots of Hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Dayton, OH (US)

    Pros

    Always a different job every single day. Great food. Great opportunities. Many ways to move ahead. Changing company always growing.

    Cons

    Low pay scale. Huge turnover. Anyone who wants to make the food service industry their career is disappointed with the low pay rate. Unfortunately you get what you pay for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with and the management team was solid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Guaranteed hours and pay.
    the team is really cool.
    management is easy to work with and has a positive attitude.

    Cons

    keeping up with orders and keeping ticket times low.
    keeping cafe clean with volume of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider a higher wage to keep associates happy and keep them interested.
    allow more labor hours to keep up with lunch rushes and in turn, ticket times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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