Ok job if you're an Assistant Manager, but pressure of audits and customer review scores not worth it.
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Lynchburg, VA – January 25, 2016
First I should say, I work for a Panera franchise, not corporate. So I'm really reviewing Blue Ridge Bread, located in Virginia. I was hired as an Assistant Manager and after 5 1/2 years, was never able to move up. This is not a competency issue on my part, as I know I'm capable beyond many of the others who were promoted before me. This leads me to believe that there were a lot of company politics involved, which can be the case in any company. However, it has become acceptable for the General Manager to adjust employees hours (taking away hours from them), so that he won't catch as much grief for overtime. Also, as managers, we are scheduled to work 50 hours/week and my boss says that this is a minimum. He expects us to stay and work extra hours each day and come in on our days off just like he does. His bosses lack anything related to people skills and push for unrealistic results, month after month. We are expected to push the hourly employees to their breaking point until they leave and we just replace them. They are barely paid over minimum wage, and are expected to perform at a much higher level, with little to no appreciation. The benefits are good enough to keep me there until I can find something comparable, but I have become well beyond burned out working for this company, under this management, and the turnover (associate and management) reflects that I'm not the only one who feels that way.