Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
1,225 Reviews
3.1
1,225 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
Ronald Shaich
171 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.  

    Overall good work environment

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Associate in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and managers. The environment is always nice and if you work on cash you get to hear how much the customers love the food and it kinda brightens up your day.

    Cons

    Alittle mis-communication with head office sometimes (scheduling)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They really don't care enough about their employees.

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    Former Employee - Hourly Associate
    Former Employee - Hourly Associate

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Better than minimum wage, 50% off of food, usually friendly coworkers, decent clientele

    Cons

    you get sick of their overpriced/unhealthy food pretty quick, you can't call in sick you have to find someone to take your shift or else you're screwed, if it's busy and you're on cash or making the food good luck going to the washroom some managers will tell you to hold it you might as well pee yourself, they tell you they're going to promote you but they tend to drag it out as long as possible, management can sometimes play favourites, terrible training process, you don't get any benefits until you've been working there for a year straight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your turnover rate is high for a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's been great, its not just staff there, it's a family. :)

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Barista  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Cashier/Barista in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Welcoming environment
    Growing oppurtunities since we're expanding in Canada
    Food is great
    Most managers have a great attitude

    Cons

    A bit disorganized when it comes to the opening of new stores

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great quality of life

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Skokie, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Skokie, IL (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    quality of life, work/life balance

    Cons

    bonuses are not that great, but advancement is there if you want it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Concord, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Team Member in Concord, NC (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Pros would have to be my fellow employees and the family oriented business relationship. My supervisors were great and Panera Bread as a whole is just a really good place to work. The company is really concerned about their employees and they have a really good work ethic.

    Cons

    no real Cons other than sometimes being short staffed and no real breaks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Long and storied

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    Current Employee - Senior Devops  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Devops in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Been able to work on many new and exciting products including iOS and other development languages. Co-Workers have been wonderful as well.

    Cons

    401K Match is not as good as it could. Upward movement is limited as well. Compensation is getting better but lower than some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very, loving environment high up pace requires a special personality,

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Hampton, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hampton, VA (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The teamwork and the customers have kept me with Panera Bread.

    Cons

    The Other Managers sometime forget to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should remember how they got to upper management also need to reach down and promote within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company believes in the quality of food they serve to the customers.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work if you love pastries :) They are very serious about their pastries/food menu and value customers with good quality food.

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, high turnaround

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to hire less teenagers and more grown-ups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rad!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work at

    Cons

    A lot of the associates are still in high school so there's still some immaturity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Agm

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great training and experience. Lead to more successful jobs. Great start to management.

    Cons

    Under paid. Not valued as much as you should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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