Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 1,108 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich

Ronald Shaich

(132 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a discount on food and I met a lot of great people working there(in 64 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 24 reviews)

  • can be far more stressful than is necessary out of a minimum wage job(in 41 reviews)

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    Overall good work environment

    Associate (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsNice 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.

    ConsAlittle mis-communication with head office sometimes (scheduling)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They really don't care enough about their employees.

    Hourly Associate (Former Employee)

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

    Consyou 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 Senior ManagementYour turnover rate is high for a reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Cashier/Barista (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a nice company to work for. Organized and fast paced. It is possible to work your way up in the company as seen by fellow co-workers.

    ConsNeed paid time off. No sick days and this is a restaurant. They make you come into work even if you are sick. Need personal days as well. They could also pay better for the amount of work and things needed to get done in a day. There could also be more staffing but they are always talking about hours and sometimes people get sent home when their help is required. Management usually helps in this situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaises should be automatic. Understand that when someone is sick that we cannot always go to the doctors office as no insurance is provided from the company and it is expensive to go to the medical office.

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    Awesome company!

    Day Baker (Current Employee) Buffalo, NY (US)

    ProsHappy vibe! Donation of leftover bread every night!

    ConsCommunication is slow. Snobby customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great environment

    Shift Manager (Former Employee) Naperville, IL (US)

    Prosstrong crews
    good benefits
    great discount on food
    clean stores
    good training

    Conscrew members paid more than shift managers
    many responsibilities for too low pay

    Advice to Senior Managementpay shift managers more for their hard work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with good head on its shoulders.

    Cashier (Former Employee)

    ProsYour coworkers can become some of your best friends, the company donates all the baked goods to nonprofits every night, CEO is very caring and concerned for the community.

    ConsManagers could not seem to agree on the right way of doing things so sometimes you would do things one way and you would please one manager but get another one angry at you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a Part-Time job.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are nice and most of the customers are friendly.

    ConsIf you don't like being on your feet i would not recommend this job.

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    Yumm.

    Associate (Former Employee) Tulsa, OK (US)

    ProsI looooove the food! There are so many different things to try you can keep going and not get bored! As well as they donate to charity every night!

    ConsNot always speedy to get the food out by 3 minutes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery positive company that cares about the community.

    ConsNot always practicing what they preach

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