Pros: great co-workers, management mostly good, food is amazing, 35-50% discount
Cons: short breaks, no healthcare unless in management or full time, hours are crazy, no raises
Overall, I lovee working at Panera. I have worked at three different cafes and I will be moving to a 4th one soon. I love that it is a good job, and if you work hard and do a good job, you will be first pick for hours. The food is amazing and the values held in the company are awesome. My co-workers are great and most of us get along really well at – more... work and outside work.
The cons are that you have short breaks, and if we get busy in the store, your break gets cut shorter. If you ask for the day off, you are unlikely to get it unless you hound the GM about it. Your request is supposed to go in the book, but you can't put it in there if the managers can't find the book. Also, be prepared to work double shifts or work crazy hours since most of the employees are college kids. If your not one of the college kids, you basically get the crazy left over hours. And don't bother to ask for time off during midterms, exams or graduation times. If your not in school, you won't get it off.
And unless your are management or full time, you don't have the option to pay for health insurance.
Lastly, if you work for a franchise,don't expect a raise. Corporate will give you a raise every time you learn a new position.
But overall it's a company that you can feel good about and be happy to work there. – less