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"Good Company, Good Environment, Good Pay"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Core values taught and repeated enough to make a positive impact throughout cafes
Competitive salary (for established locations*)
Five day work weeks (6 day "unofficial" requirement for first 2 weeks of new cafe openings)
45 scheduled hours per week
Great training resources for the entire operation - any and all questions can be answered within minutes after looking through the online database of training docs or after a phone call to the "help desk" IT support which is on call 24/7.

Cons

Promotions and new job openings given to "friends of friends" like many other companies...it's still very annoying
45 scheduled hours can see a 30% spike during new cafe openings and this is very high. I have seen higher jumps in weekly work hours during new cafe openings and the workload is often unfairly put on the shoulders of the few people who seem to make the best of things with the least amount of help.
There are shift supervisors working for the company that make more money than some assistant managers.
New positions that emerge within the company are often filled before an opportunity arises for anyone to apply. The "opportunity for growth" is always mentioned in cafes to anyone interested in "climbing the corporate ladder", but it is something that eludes many talented individuals in the company.

Advice to Management

Corporate phrases that are repeated over and over again mean nothing to managers that want to know how to work through everything you need them to. More talk of strategy, goal setting and accountability need to take place in every cafe. Special treatment with a blatant disregard for management structure should be fixed immediately and giving praise more often than "never" will help more than you know!

Other Employee Reviews for Panera Bread

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, mediocre job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Dunwoody, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Dunwoody, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good company. They donate bread to the needy, and they have great values.

    Cons

    As with most food service, the general managers, if not properly looked at by the regional manager, can be not so great to work for.

    At this particular location, that is no longer an issue.


  2. "okay experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wexford, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wexford, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free bagels
    breaks
    discounts on food during the shift and free drinks all the time

    Cons

    less hours then promised-promised full time only given 15 hours a week
    unfriendly coworkers
    long test modules that didnt really help with training

    Advice to Management

    when promising hours it would be good to make that committment. i spent more time doing the test modules then actually working

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