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Panda Express Reviews

Updated 16 February, 2019
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  • "Free food but only while you are working" (in 246 reviews)

  • "good pay with them in the company" (in 175 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "High pace, rewarding job, excellent benefits, and caring leaders!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Prairie Village, Johnson, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Pay is outstanding
    -Personal development
    -caring leaders
    -motivated peers
    -personally fulfilling

    Cons

    -Hours can be long but that is to be expected with any management job.

    Advice to Management

    I joined panda in May as a general manager in training and thought it was like every other job. I was wrong. Panda has been an amazing opportunity in advancing myself has been an outstanding experience where the caring of the leaders from top down show the strength in this company. The job is high paced and rewarding with ups and downs but it is a career in which I look foreword to going to work everyday. lf in my career and my personal development/outlook on life. Panda doesn’t look at its associates as a tool but an investment and look to see each associa grow and thrive. Panda treats each associate with respect alongside my leaders knowing each and every person in each store by name! I am blessed to work for such an amazing company and am excited to see what my future with Panda holds!

    Panda Express Response

    15 Oct, 2018 – HR Coordinator

    We are thrilled you love working at Panda, and are so grateful to have been an integral part of your personal and professional development. Panda is family-owned and family grown, which is why our... More


  2. "counter help"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express part-time

    Pros

    great company to work with.

    Cons

    do not have cons for me

  3. "Okay job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panda Express full-time

    Pros

    Cooking
    Interacting with customers
    Good hours
    Fun with co-workers
    Great atmosphere

    Cons

    Management treats employees like crap

    Panda Express Response

    12 Mar, 2018 – HR Coordinator

    Thank you for providing feedback on your experience. We’re happy to hear you love the team environment and interacting with our guests!

    At Panda, we are committed to putting people first. We... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fun but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Best team ever
    - Free food
    - Employee Discount

    Cons

    - Been there three years and refuses to pay me past min wage.
    - incompetent manager
    - not allowed to book time off, has to find people to cover shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe learn how to do your job so that you're not relying on your employees and assistant manager to do everything for you.


  5. "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive wage, nice coworker, discount for coworker and one free lunch or dinner

    Cons

    too tired, too tired, high work load


  6. "Dont work here."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Counter Help in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time

    Pros

    Free food when working, 20% discount. Coworkers are really friendly, decent pay

    Cons

    Managers are rude, dont care much about you. They stress you out and make you feel horrible when you make a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer, stop making us feel horrible.


  7. "It was good, nice and clean atmosphere and not too demanding work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front of House in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Front of House in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panda Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good food and meet a lot of cool
    People. Lunch breaks came with free food and was a very interesting job

    Cons

    can be hard work, can be very loud, had to clean a lot of dishes if your new, sometimes can get overwhelmed

  8. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Try to hold high standards. Fast faced and challenging environment. Doesn't get boring. Free meals. Ok pay.

    Cons

    Unethical and bias middle management. They discriminate and use their power to take advantage of associates Most managers are concerned about looking good as to doing the right thing. Not impressed!

    Advice to Management

    Need to get rid of middle management and start a new and really start caring about their people. Be true to the company's policies, culture, and values.


  9. "Hard Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant General Manager
    Former Employee - Restaurant General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Panda Express full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    opportunity for growth, great medical benefits, training provided

    Cons

    no work/life balance, long hours, hard job and very demanding


  10. "Good first job opportunity.. not so great for long-term"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counter Help
    Current Employee - Counter Help
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panda Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food on breaks, easy training,

    Cons

    This company focuses so much on "values" and the "panda way" which all doesn't make very much sense to me. Simply put into words: it's Americanized Chinese fast food. Very meticulous job. Closing was horrendous. You're required to stay 2-3 hours after your shift technically ends to clean up. Even with day shifts, you're expected/required to stay usually 1 hour past your schedule which isn't very fair. Pay is good but not for the amount of labour and hard work you go through per day. Although we surpassed our daily goal many times, I was never given a "bonus" like they said. Overall, it's a good first job experience but I can't imagine myself working here long term. It's hard work, it's tedious, many of the customers are rude (especially to fast food workers) and there is A LOT of cleaning.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee input rather than "The Panda Way" or "The 2020 Vision".. all bs if you ask me.