Panera Bread Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
1,189 Reviews

3.1
1,189 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
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156 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay for young people

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Charlottesville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Charlottesville, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Often got to take home left over goodies at the end of the night
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not really a fulfilling job
    Pay was awful (7.50 an hour)
    Management wasn't exactly the best and often said demeaning things about employees (some, not all, managers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating those under you better if you don't already.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Mankato, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Mankato, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    You get a great employee discount on food purchased during your shift, every so often they have a Panera party for the staff where you get to win prizes and sample new menu items

    Cons

    You'll spend a lot of time on your feet, near hot ovens and soup stations, but that's pretty typical of any food service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast pace, very diverse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great environment for a first time job, there company is willing to train new people who don't have prior experience oppose to other companies .

    Cons

    Language barrier sometimes you get customers who don't speak English and it's difficult to ring them up on the cash register .

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A pretty good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, good culture, low stress environment, regular customers are usually great people, lots of talented people to work with

    Cons

    occasional bad customer, pay isn't great but compared to other food service jobs it's on the higher end, hard for supervisory to get into assistant manager positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote supers to assistant managers, they have experience within the company and know the ins and out already

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great people and good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Madison, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    organized clean and well known for quality

    Cons

    i have no complaintsw about this establishment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none that i can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great first job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Knoxville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Knoxville, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees and management awesome. Acceptable pay.

    Cons

    annoying online training system, that's about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Coworkers get you through the day

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    Current Employee - Associate Trainer
    Current Employee - Associate Trainer

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

    Pros

    Great first job, flexible hours, great for students. Fun people to work with. I genuinely loved my coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a great place for moving up, most managers hate think its not worth the pay, work becomes robotic. Easy work, but monotonous. General manager comes across as very rude or entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your associates when you see a long line, not just look at them and walk away. Give your associates more motivation in the workplace opposed to just once a season around bread bash (where employee of the season sort of thing takes place, along with discussing the new products)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    6 years at Panera Bread

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Catering Coordinator in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The store I specifically worked for was great with scheduling as I was a high school and college student. Extremely flexible with ask-off dates; no questions asked.

    Cons

    There was a lot of unnecessary drama and petty fighting between stores in my area that took away from everyone trying to work as a team. Definitely need a little bit of unification.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent First Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Pros

    Flexible hours, dedicated employees, decent food

    Cons

    Too serious, Not fun enviroment

  11.  

    Great Company To Work For.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - 60% discount 4 hours before and after shift.
    - Ability to grow within the company
    -Offer Raises for completing cerifications
    - Great Coworkers
    - Awesome Management
    - Good breaks

    Cons

    Honestly I cant think of any at this time.. Only real con, is that your working around all this awesome food and it makes you super hungry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe have more team building activities. One Panera I worked for did things like that and we all got along SO much better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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