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This is overall a nice place to work.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Lancaster, PA (US)
Current Employee - Associate Trainer in Lancaster, PA (US)

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (more than an year)

Pros

I felt that my training was very thorough.
The managers do their best to accommodate your availability and stuff that comes up short notice.
 If you want, there is definitely a possibility to move up in the company if you're good at what you do.

Cons

Can be very stressful during busy times.
Some of the managers are young and inexperienced.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good Company, Good Environment, Good Pay

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    not too much,except the free bread

    Cons

    minimum wage,horrible management,no one is in the same page,no benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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