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Lead Counter (Former Employee), Tacoma, WAJune 17, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: schedule, management, training, team building, trust
always stressful never organized and worried about if there is going to be enough people schedule for the day or if management will actually be there. the hardest part is picking up the managers slack and the most enjoyable is the customers
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Fun!
Counter Help and Cashier (Former Employee), Fresno, CAJune 15, 2014
Pros: free lunch!
- gets really busy and hectic
- not much time to chit chat with team
- really organized and strict
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A demanding, high paced job
Counter Help (Current Employee), Richmond, VAJune 13, 2014
Pros: free meals
Cons: compensation, management, and hours
Work consisted of setting both internal and external dining areas up, counting a register and logging into your computer. Greeting, sampling to and upselling to guests was a must, as well as ringing them up properly. I was often working in the drive-thru, which required a lot of skill in multi-tasking, speed, and accuracy. I would take orders while – more... making plates and counting money, and also manage to keep my area clean and stocked. I also learned a few recipes and cooked for back of house at times as well. I learned how to open our store, and how to close it. I learned how to perform a sales day report and how to log our sales and donations daily. My co-workers were like family to me, and came to me for any advice or tips on the jobs. I was looked to as a leader because I had worked there for the longest period of time, and was one of the most effective workers. The hardest part of the job was its repetitive nature. The most enjoyable part was bonding with my team, meeting sales goals, and receiving bonuses. – less
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Very Strict
Food Prep (Current Employee), Rosemead, CAJune 11, 2014
Pros: free lunches, discounts, bonuses, works with college students
Cons: short breaks, joint pain in hands
The job is very strict and they have cameras to enforce and ensure employees are following rules at all time. Avoid over talking to fellow employees. I have heard higher managers say we do not pay them to talk so ensure your hands are busy at all times. Work can be stressful and very very challenging at times. Employees in the back of the house do not – more... last very long I've worked for the company for 6 months now and have seen 7 employees walk off the job or just stop showing up. If you are in school they do work with your schedule in fact my managers were very helpful with ensuring I had time to study around time for finals. Overall the company pushes their employees on strict guidelines for discipline and pursuing higher positions withing the company. – less
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profitable yet need commitment to the job
Genral Manager (Current Employee), phoenix, AZJune 11, 2014
Pros: free food, bonuses, and free trips
Cons: long work days, manual labor, and disorganized bosses
Panda express is a great job if your looking for good pay and a place to move up fast. However the work is hard if you do not have the right staff. If you have a strong will and command this is a job for you.
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Very, very busy workplace
Service & Kitchen Team/ Food Server (Former Employee), Buena Park, CAJune 10, 2014
Pros: free lunches, free entry & discounts at knotts
Cons: short breaks, gets dirty often because of customers, manger is late on providing knotts id, manager doesn't give paychecks on time and often holds on to it
Working at the Panda Express in Knotts is a very fast-paced and time consuming job. There is always something to do at Knotts. There is a lot of cleaning to do around the dining areas and in the bathrooms because of all the customers. Working for them was alright. The manager tends to play favorites.
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You either Love it of Hate it
IS Temp (Former Employee), Rosemead, CAJune 5, 2014
Pros: great people, free food, 20% discount at panda express
Cons: everyone starts as a temp, very long hiring process, landmark, i would say "benefits" but there are none offered.
If you fit in with the culture and their way of business then it is a great place to work. If you disagree with anything Management says it can get tricky. They hire 70% on culture fit and 30% on "openness/willingness to learn" according to CIO. So not sure where talent, skills, or ability to do the job fits in, but I highly enjoyed my time at the company, – more... it is just not for me.

I would not recommend this company for people seeking full time/permanent employment (AKA not Temp). They keep you as a temp for at least a year (I know some who have been temp for 3+ years). So at 16 an hour with no benefits and no vacation pay, and they make you take "two unpaid weeks off" during the year so they can "Fire" you and rehire you to get around California employment laws, it can really suck at times.

I was lucky and got along well enough with my manager, so my time wasn't too bad. It was something to help me get some work experience so I can move on to a company that doesn't skirt around Labor laws for fun.

There are many people who live and breathe "Panda" and they do well at the company. If you like Landmark, you will LOVE Panda and do well. If you don't like it or don't want to spend your money and time on the classes then you will not do well. My co-workers are the best you can ask for, but it is just not enough to make me stay. I'm sure I'll be seeing Panda on the news soon anyway for all the laws they break there. Perhaps they need to add a little percentage of skills in to their hiring matrix... just a crazy thought. But what do I know, I haven't attended Landmark. – less
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Enjoyable challenge
Front counter worker (Current Employee), Burien, WAJune 5, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: very busy
I worked for Panda Express for about two years. It gets very busy usually everyday. Customers like to come at night because we are open later then most restaurants in Burien. management is very good, the store is always clean. My co-workers are fun to talk to. The hardest part about the job is running the drive thru. things can get a little confusing – more... on a busy day. the most enjoyable part is my co-workers. – less
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Meet new people in and out
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Trumbull, CTJune 4, 2014
Pros: nice friendly co-workers and management
Cons: pay.
I was a server and also work the registers. Then I became the manager sub. I would place orders and recieve shipment. I would make sure food came out hot and place them on the buffet burners. Also cleaning and making sure things were on the right track was a must. I follow all rules and policy of the place. I learned to interact with customers the best – more... way I could and making sure the left place happy so they can return again. The hard part was getting the food hot into burners all at the same time. But always got it done, with no problems. – less
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Panda Express Culture
Administrative Clerk/ Receptionist (Current Employee), Rosemead CAJune 4, 2014
Great place to start your career. The people are so kind and focus on people first and tasks second.
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PRODUCTIVE AND FAST PACE ENVIORMENT
Line Cook/Prep Cook (Former Employee), Fontana, CAJune 3, 2014
Pros: free food for lunch
Cons: 15 lunch break
Working for Panda Express I have learned how to sustain heat in a small area, work in a fast pace environment, and how to cook meals to a perfection. Management and co-workers were just as busy as I was but they were peers that helped me master my position. The most enjoyable part was seeing the happy faces of our customers enjoying their delicious – more... meal I prepared. – less
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Nice Job that works with your schedule first!
Front Counter Assistant (Current Employee), Conyers, GAJune 3, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: cleaning for closing shifts
Good opportunities for advancement,works with your schedule especially if you are in school,they encourage students.
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Productive workplace
Associate (Former Employee), Long Beach, CAMay 29, 2014
Pros: free meal, drink
Cons: don't expect benefit untill you reach 30 hrs/week, but don't expect they give you that much hours also
a heavy work load through out the day, especially rush hour.
the co-workers are friendly but depend on the store you have different managers. Some are friendly and stand by your side, some are really rude.
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I have a great team and we work together to build sales
General Manager / Catering Area Manager (Current Employee), Sacramento, CAMay 29, 2014
A day at Panda is all about the guest, the staff, and food safety.
People are always first! I have learned so many great things working for this company. There is an amazing flow to work when you hire the right people and they are a team. I consider it my job to hire, train, and inspire others to grow. The best part of my job is being able to work with – more... so many different people. We become like family. – less
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Effective work place and hard working people.
Counter Help (Former Employee), Goodyear, AZMay 28, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: short break
I enjoyed working for Panda Express because of all the work experience i gained working there. My co-workers were all enjoyable to work with and gave me great job advice. The hardest part was working full 12 hour days but i managed. I enjoyed eating there.
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Cult like
General Manager (Former Employee), Gahanna, OHMay 28, 2014
Poor management. Cult like, Will ask you to pay hundreds of dollars for classes that will try to brainwash you into paying thousands of dollars. Beware
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Productive, Great operation with team work
Chef (Current Employee), Kaneohe HIMay 26, 2014
Pros: free lunch, dinner and bottomless drinks
Cons: rush hour rush
Work starts 10am to 11pm. Store opens 10:30am and closes at 10:30pm. I learned about food and workplace safety, teamwork, how to deal with guest and guest complains. Good management opportunity. Good teamwork with co-workers makes job easily. The hardest part of the job is when somebody called and sick and we cannot find anyone to cover up. Especially – more... when it so happens 2 associates called out at the same shift of the day. Those people working are forced to do two jobs equivalent for the same rate per hour. The most enjoyable part of the job is when city inspector inspect or store and be rated as 100% full compliance on food safety and no complains from costumer from the service offered. – less
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Hard to communicate with coworkers
Counter help (Former Employee), Queen Creek, AZMay 24, 2014
Pros: free food
Cons: too many to list
I worked at Panda for 2 months. I was the only girl that didn't speak Spanish. I think that this company hires based on race. I would be completing my daily tasks & my coworkers would say something about me in Spanish & say my name, i would look back & the would look away. If you don't speak Spanish don't bother getting involved in Panda. One day the – more... GM told me to clean all the windows inside & that someone else would clean them outside. One of my coworkers came & yelled at me saying i was cleaning them wrong, i did them EXACTLY how my GM said for me to. I had to restart, & do all of the windows outside as well. Trust me, don't work for this unfair workplace!! Oh & i didn't get most of my breaks because the other counterhelp that were "higher up" than me took frequent breaks! – less
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Fun workplace with an arcade.
Lead Counter (Former Employee), Kansas City, MOMay 21, 2014
The most enjoyable part of the job is interact with different customers. At the same time making sure they are 100% satisfied with service and food.
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great starting job
Lead Counter (Former Employee), riverside,caMay 21, 2014
Pros: free lunch, employee discounts
Cons: not enough hours or pay.
a typical day would be serving guests, charging, and keeping the dining room clean. i learned to work as a team, help others, and to give great customer service. management wasn't very strong but i made do with what little there was. i met some great people but also some people who weren't very cooperative, but i always pulled through my shifts. the – more... hardest part of the job was keeping all customers happy. some people can be really difficult to work with. the most enjoyable part of the job was getting praised by the people who enjoyed my service and company. – less