Cashier (Former Employee) – Fremont, CA – March 18, 2013
Communicated effectively and provided excellent customer service. I was responsible for assisting customers with their orders, light food prep. In addition assigned to clean before, during, and after the shift, as well as assisting Shift Leaders and Management with any other tasks
I have worked at Panera Bread for almost 4 years now. The one I work at while home, is 5 minutes from my house. While at school, Philadelphia University, I work at a Panera Bread that is 20 minutes away. Both Panera Breads have similar workplaces, with good coworkers and management. Since I have been there for so long, I am skilled in everything at the store such as register, dining room/dish, sandwiches, salads, and prep. The most enjoyable part of my job is working with good people, while the hardest part is making food during lunch time. Since I have been there for so long, I do enjoy the job.
65% off of meals, after we close food is essentially free
no benefits besides ones listed in pros, uniform is uncomfortable
Cashier (Current Employee) – Lakeland, FL – February 9, 2016
I really enjoy being a cashier at Panera. I know I could have a better job, but I love being at work and laughing with my customers and coworkers. I know I can go to work and enjoy my time there while do what is needed to be done for the day plus making someone's day.
A typical day at work for me is somewhere that is productive, where I can have fun but learn at the same time. I thrive on hands on experience where I can grasp everything required of me to perform my job to the best of my abilities and beyond. I do not expect to become best friends with my co workers, as long as I can professionally get along well with them. The hardest part of my job is keeping a smile on my face at all times, but I do this for the sake of the customer and dealing with them is the most enjoyable part of my job.
Associate (Current Employee) – Northglenn, CO – February 5, 2016
I do enjoy this job but the management doesn't take employee issues seriously. They are consistently sending me home early, so therefore my hours are cut extremely. I am having a hard time keeping a steady paycheck because of that.
Cashier (Current Employee) – Durham, NC – February 4, 2016
My favorite part about working at Panera Bread is the customer connections that are made everyday. Since the first Day I started working until now i have met so many great people and learned their stories.
Busser/Production crew (Former Employee) – Fresno, CA – February 4, 2016
Panera Bread is a great place for college age people to work. You don't get a lot of hours and they will try to flex around your schedule. Working at panera you actually do learn a lot of culinary skills. One thing that I do not understand at Panera is their system of advancing people. Some people would only be working their for a few months and get promoted to manager with no previous experience. Hardest part of the job was the long lines that never seemed to end and the snobbiness of the customers. Also not getting a free meal is lame.
Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) – Amherst, NY – February 4, 2016
Over the couple years with this company, I learned a lot about food and safety along with management skills. Co-workers were great but management struggled over the many years and is still struggling. I enjoyed being able to experience many new things as I advanced up the ladder and appreciate all of the opportunities given.
Office Coordinator (Former Employee) – West Chester, OH – February 4, 2016
In a 3:AM start production planning for fresh dough facility. Enter all orders and format daily scheduling for production of all dough to be made in the plant for that day. Have all schedules out to mixers by 5:45AM. Depending on given day, start inventory, AP, payroll, or debit/credits for the week. Continue to watch the e-mail for the add-on's to the customer's original order and make sure the items get added. Watch the email and do other above duty, depending on the day, until 10:AM. Close production in computer and invoice all orders for that day. Separate invoices by route for the truck drivers and put in drivers mail boxes for delivery with dough transports for next morning. Finish daily duties and filing of all receiving that comes in for the day. Usually not finishing until 1-2PM. I learned that you need to make sure that you get all of the training that you feel you need early in the start of your new job, as it was hard to get anyone to train me in some aspects of the job that I was asking for training in. My co-workers were wonderful, and wish them all the best. The hardest part of the job was as I was trying to get the training I needed to fulfill jobs that were given to me when my co-worker quit. I enjoyed seeing the people everyday that I had learned to call my second family.
Associate Trainer (Former Employee) – Altamonte Springs, FL – February 2, 2016
Working at Panera consist of something different every day. i loved seeing my regular customers on the daily basis and having their order ready to go. When i had issues or concerns I needed to express the manager on duty or general manager listened to my concerns. Also understood that life happens and that there were things that i couldn't control that may at times effect my work. But not in a major way.
Associate Trainer (Current Employee) – Elk Grove Village, IL – February 2, 2016
I have been working at Panera Bread for over 6 years. I love the job, the people, the customers, and the food! Panera is a great place to go, regardless if you're a customer or an employee. Management usually does a good job with everything. I love Panera!
Store Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Fullerton, CA – February 2, 2016
They demand the best, yet pay some of the smallest salaries and offer some of the most limited training in the industry. This leaves both hourly and management staff feeling unappreciated and undervalued.