Cashier (Former Employee), Elizabethtown, KY – September 21, 2014
I worked at Panera Bread part-time for 9 months. Good place to work if you love pastries, They are very serious about thier pastries/ food menu and value customers with good quality food., long hours, low pay, high turnaround.
Well respected company. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there
Prep Chef (Former Employee), Charlotte NC – September 20, 2014
Pros: i was able to work independently.
Cons: lack of a break due to the position i held.
A typical day at work went by in a set order of tasks. Take inventory, determine what is needed, prepare what is needed, restock carts and clean up, I would come into work with determination to meet all of my daily goals and clock out with a feeling of accomplishment and relief.
I would have to say that out of everything I learned on the job the most – more... important was developing time management skills.
As for my co-workers there were good ones and bad ones but overall I mainly kept to myself and focused on completing my work due to the strict timeframes in which I was required to complete all of my duties.
The hardest part of the job was having to adjust my workload based on how busy or slow the store was during my shift.
The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to listen to music while I worked, which made time seem to go by a little faster. – less
Assistant Training Supervisor (Former Employee), columbia maryland – September 20, 2014
Pros: we got half off our lunches which was nice
Cons: break was a little to short sometimes you wouldnt even get 30mins
I was opening the store every morning I would have to be there at 5am everyday. I also would sometimes have to bake cookies and bread as well as pastries. it was never a dull moment there. I really liked working with my team and training new associates. I also was doing deliveries and taking a lot of phone orders, it got overwhelming sometimes but I – more... take the good with the bad and turn everything into a positive situation. I like to back I learned something new there every day. – less
Interesting place to work with a warm and inviting staff.
Associate Trainer (Former Employee), Blacksburg, VA – September 20, 2014
Pros: 60% off meals when you work and 20% when you're off duty.
Cons: low pay
You clock in and check the deployment chart to see where you will be for the day. Everyone has a specific job to do, but everyone always helps one another. Panera is all about the customers it has helped me with me people and public speaking skills. The management is very helpful but sometimes looses focus on the customers because of money. All the – more... employees work together very well. Everyone gets along and helps out when needed. Panera is generally an easy place to work at. If you decide to become a trainer like me it entitles more work, time, and effort from you. The hardest part is keeping up with your POF's and training plans. Panera is an excellent place to work with a warm and inviting staff. I made many friends and have never had a problem with anyone. – less
Our team at Panera Bread in Maryland was like a second family. We always had each others backs. Panera was very customer focused and made our bakery café an everyday oasis for our customers. We took pride in the service and quality of food we were providing. The hardest part of the job was late night shifts and very few weekends off to spend with family. – more... The best part of working there were the people. Both staff and guests. We really got to know them on a personal level and looked forward to seeing them everyday. – less
Crew Member (Former Employee), Brea, CA – September 19, 2014
Pros: pay check
Cons: everything else
No one got along in this place of work. The management was abusive to their workers and did not communicate with each other. My co-workers were not professional and talked about inappropriate things while in the work place. THe hardest part of this job was having management take advantage of you. The most enjoyable part was the small pay check because – more... I really needed the money to help pay for school. – less
Line Cook (Former Employee), Fort Collins, CO – September 19, 2014
Pros: you get free bread
Cons: bad management
Working for Panera was not for me. Depending on which manager I would speak to , everything was done a certain way. There no clarity on the correct way to close the store. Everyone there seemed to hate their job, making it an unpleasant work environment. Also one of the main managers seemed under qualified and knew nothing about the products or how – more... to run the store. – less
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Lynchburg, Virginia – September 19, 2014
Pros: free meals, good pay, good staff
Cons: short breaks, long hours
Casual style dining with a fun work environment. It taught me everything I know about customer experience and management. I had a great staff and a great boss. The hardest part of the job was the long days filled with very busy work flow. The most enjoyable part was the ability to make a customer happy.
Sandwich Artist (Former Employee), Charlotte – September 18, 2014
Pros: just about everything
Cons: employee confrontaition occasionally
I worked Morning Shift I honestly loved this job. I went to work happy everyday to see my friends and to just be at work it was a great working environment and it was in the middle of downtown. Best set of managers I’ve ever had out of all my jobs. Only complaint I can think of was that sometimes there would be some confrontation between employees.
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Aurora, IL – September 17, 2014
Pros: great returning customers, good management team, energetic and positive co-workers
Cons: really busy cafe, lots of menu items, sometimes understaffed
Work is divided up so everyone has a role. Teamwork and communication naturally develop as the day goes on in order to keep up with the flow of business. I learned that you have to communicate well and stay positive each day in order to make it through those rough rushes. Co-workers make it easy to stay positive and unite to make a strong team. Management – more... is always willing to help at the drop of a dime. Hardest part of the job is keeping up with the busy rushes, but the most enjoyable part is getting to talk to regular customers who share friendly conversations. – less
Dining and Dishwashing, Prep Cook (Former Employee), Staten Island, NY – September 15, 2014
At this job there was always something to do if you didn't have anything to do the management team would find you something to do. The costumers were also great making the job an even better place to be. Seeing my co workers had to be the most exciting part of my day since we were all a family.
Overnight bakery management for high-volume Panera store.
Bakery Manager (Former Employee), Manassas, VA – September 15, 2014
Pros: panera has a very strong training program for its employees, and the benefits are excellent.
Cons: the hours can be very unpredictable, support from upper management could be improved, i had an overall positive experience with this company.
A typical day at work involved making all the bakery products for a high-volume Panera store from 10PM-6AM. I learned the management of a large bakery and training skills. I typically worked with one other person, dividing up the tasks and working with the ovens in conjunction. The hardest part of the job was the heat of the bakery ovens and learning – more... the intricacies of preparing and baking each product and managing time appropriately. The most enjoyable part of the job was creating something for the customer that they loved and enjoyed. – less
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Raleigh, NC – September 14, 2014
Pros: good food
Cons: issues between staff and managment
Aside from the pay and some kind coworkers, I will never find myself working there again in the future. The management as a whole has a poor attitude and on numerous occasions is disrespectful to the associates.