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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated 20 February 2017
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
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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. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast moving atmosphere that promotes free thought and creative thinking

    Cons

    Lots of change and odd hours


  2. "Cashier/bakery opener/Associate trainer"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bakery Opener in Phillipsburg, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bakery Opener in Phillipsburg, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to be an opener for the bakery and I found I really enjoyed it and did very well. I also found that I excelled at the "meal upgrade" part of my job as cashier.

    Cons

    Sometimes I wasn't given enough hours. It was disappointed because I am reliable, can work independently and was always willing to help.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the workers that show up, don't call out and are available. Give hours to those employees.


  3. "-"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is pretty cool for the most part and you get the hang of everything quickly

    Cons

    It's a lot of work and you're not being paid that much


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "As a Panera bread Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate
    Current Employee - Panera Bread Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free drinks, tips of you're a Cashier or a Food runner, flexible hours, great environment.

    Cons

    I often feel overworked and underpaid, lots of requirements and rules and high expectations.


  6. "Great place to start out"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainer in Winchester, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Trainer in Winchester, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, starting pay, great guests and food. Great for making new friends and work well together.

    Cons

    can be too fast paced for some people

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees on how to make things easier


  7. "Good first job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Meridian, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Meridian, ID (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You really get to know your customers
    Chances for advancement
    Hard work gets noticed
    Get good opportunities like traveling to other Panera's

    Cons

    Stressful and fast paced environment
    Terrible scheduling
    High school and sometimes unprofessional environment
    Don't feel like the amount of work is equivalent to the pay


  8. "Manager"

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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


  9. "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


  10. "Unscheduled"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    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.


  11. "Favorite Job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Springfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Springfield, MO (US)
    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!



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