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Restaurant Manager - Oakland, Walnut Creek, & Pleasanton-East Bay

Panda Express, Inc. Oakland, CA

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14 days ago

Panda Express - Service and Kitchen Team - Interview Date 9/4/2014 - El Camino R

Panda Restaurant Group Inc Belmont, CA

• Performs routine food service activities according to established operational policies and procedures. • Demonstrates basic knowledge of menu… CareerBuilder


14 days ago

Panda Express - Service & Kitchen Team -Interview Date 9/2/2014- Westlake Shoppi

Panda Restaurant Group Inc Daly City, CA

• Performs routine food service activities according to established operational policies and procedures. • Demonstrates basic knowledge of menu… CareerBuilder


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    Current Employee - Counter Help

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are wonderful to be around with, customers are usually agreeable, free food.

    Cons

    When I first started, Panda was opening a new store and the orientation program taught us that it would be a safe and empowering environment. I was so, so wrong. Not only are the managers quite rude, but it's extremely hard work for little benefit. I get it, it's fast food, I have no problem with working very hard to get results, but it wouldn't kill them to have recognition for the hard work given.

    Not only that, but the organization of the store is awful. We are constantly understaffed, and now that we have hired new people the ones that have been working since the beginning have very little hours. Not that it's a bad thing to hire more people, but instead of giving less hours to everyone, how about having three BOH and three FOH to close so Panda can spend much less on salary? For about 3 months I only worked once a week for 4 hours, and I had to continually beg a manager to give me more hours. Since I have proved my worth, I assumed that maybe my hours would stay the same, but nope. I am part time so I ask for 15-25 hours but some weeks it would be barely four and some weeks it will be over forty. Managers ask for continuity in availability but why do I work one day Monday and then the next week I work four days? It's impossible to make plans beforehand even if you give them two weeks notice because they will probably forget even if you sent emails and texts.

    The store is being criticized by customers not because of how hard we work, but how UNDERSTAFFED we are. We need more than two BOH and two FOH! All co-workers dread closing shifts because we end at 12 to 1 am even though the store closes from 9pm to 10pm. There is no continuity with hours, it will always be different and I've come to accept it but this is ridiculous. There is a reason why more than half of the people who have originally started to work for this store have quit. If Panda Express spent more time organizing the restaurant than testing co-workers on the EXACT wording of the mission, values, etc. then this restaurant would succeed a lot more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop yelling at us so much that it makes us stressed every single day we come in. It's not that we don't work hard enough, it's that we are so nervous about working that we end up making mistakes. Customers do not care about a piece of gum on the driveway. If upper management wants to visit, please stop asking us to clean every inch of the restaurant while customers constantly come in. It won't work unless you want all of us to work overnight, but then again that would mean spending more money.

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