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Fun place to work
Prep/Cashier (Former Employee), Lakeland, FLAugust 15, 2014
Just graduating High School this was a great place to start working. It taught me how to be responsible and keep a organization maintained. It was very rewarding having managers recognize your hard work and allowing you to train new employees.
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Stressful
Bakery Operations Manager (Current Employee), Cincinnati, OHAugust 15, 2014
Franchise at it's finest.
Feel like a tool sometimes.
Under appreciated.
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Bad Experience
Associate (Former Employee), Massillon, OHAugust 15, 2014
Pros: coworkers, 50% discount, great food
Cons: favoritism, degrading, low pay
Management was horrible. Always playing favorites, no communication between them unless it was high-school gossip.
Also, in the entire 2 and a half years I worked there I never once received a raise, although people who had been there for a few months were getting them.
Overall, the job was a bit stressful. Fast-paced, always moving, which wouldn't – more... have been too bad if there wasn't always a supervisor degrading your work. You could never clean well enough, never make the food fast enough, etc.
The one good thing I can say is that my coworkers were awesome. I made a lot of friends, but in the end I would say it wasn't worth it.
Too much unfair treatment for not enough money. – less
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Great wor environment but!
Food Runner (Former Employee), Scarsdale, NYAugust 15, 2014
Pros: discounted food, 30 min breaks
Cons: no benefits, rough managers, short hours, no ot
Working at Panera bread gave a very homey feeling to me, I always felt good coming in to work.
management wasn't to great. While associates arrived to work in a great mind set some managers were bringing there personal issues to the work place and some associates had to deal with it unfairly.
Serving the food and cleaning was fun....the environment – more... was very fun and lively.
my most enjoyable part was serving the food, – less
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experience required
Shift Lead Trainer (Former Employee), Chicago, ILAugust 15, 2014
great pay, no real hours or advancement, not kind to anyones schedule needs
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Nice part time job, needed more money
COOK/SERVER (Former Employee), Colonial HeightsAugust 14, 2014
Pros: nice people
Cons: not enough money
Good part time job. Fun place to work, but no benefits. Best food in town and a good price.
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Fun Place to work
General Manager (Former Employee), San Diego, CAAugust 14, 2014
Working at Panera requires a lot of patience and ability to work in an environment that requires fast pace and a great attitude.
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"Work" at Panera
Cashier (Current Employee), Gastonia, NCAugust 13, 2014
Pros: there is a 65% discount.
Cons: forced breaks, double standards, favoritism, bad manager skills, schedule concerns dismissed
My job at Panera Bread is mediocre at best. Yes, I have acclimated well to the demands of customer service. I feel confident in my ability to deal with disgruntled patrons. However, as far as the managerial staff, there is a load of improvement to be done. Having been an employee of this company for longer than the average; most workers are in and out – more... in a matter of months. I have been there for a year and half. That being said, I am not appreciated for my hard work and dedication to this company. The managers are either distracted and lazy or they fiercely micromanage and condescend on a grand scale. On top of that, employee concerns are not heard at all, really. Personally, I have been in the same position with minimal hours by no request of my own. I show enthusiasm in respects of moving up in the company and have consistently been ignored and mocked for my interest. – less
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Its definitely a good to place to work to see different cultures.
Shift Manager (Current Employee), cleveland, ohioAugust 13, 2014
A typical day at work is pretty quick paste. I've learned about different cultures. My management team is very team oriented. Co-workers are team oriented, the hardest part about the job is dealing with difficulties of not being able to understand the language of the different diversities. The most enjoyable part is getting to know the customers and – more... making them smile and want to come back. – less
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Great job, easy to learn job duties
Cashier (Current Employee), Chicago, ILAugust 13, 2014
Pros: great benefits, and 65% discount
Cons: could become stressful
For the most part is a great first job. The management is alright. Great atmosphere and the chance to meet nice people.
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Busy but fun environment
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Orlando, FLAugust 12, 2014
Busy days but it kept me doing something. I learned how to work more efficiently as a team member but also as a trainer, I learned when to take initiative. I learned how to please my customers. Got along well with everyone. It's a great environment.
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Panera Bread
Associate Trainer (Former Employee), Bloomfield Hills, MIAugust 12, 2014
Pros: seeing every day customers
Cons: management was all over the place, only got discount while working.
While working at Panera Bread, my day to day would consist of, coming in 5 minutes early to clock in and start working, I would either be opening the cafe, or prepping for the cafe that morning, then I would vary back and forth from cashiering, and working line crew. While working at Panera, I learned to always do your best weather you're noticed or – more... not, because doing your best is what is going to make work easier for not only myself but the other associates around me. Management, is one of the main reasons i chose to leave Panera, management was not the best and they worried about there-selves rather than the people around them. My co-workers were very understanding and respectful of each other, therefore being my favorite part of the job, if the management didn't have someones back you could always count on a co-worker to help you in a tough citation. – less
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great customers
Certified Trainer (Former Employee), Denver, COAugust 11, 2014
no communication and respect. customers were great some employees were great
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Cashier
Cashier (Former Employee), Doral, FLAugust 11, 2014
 Greeted customers as they approach the register and take their order.
 Accuracy and speed is require to succeed at Panera Bread.
 Made sure that all of the equipment is cleaned to perfection.
 Help co-workers with their duties after I finished my own.
 Great team player and very friendly
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An innoventive food service company
Bakery Market Manager (Former Employee), East Bay, CAAugust 10, 2014
Pros: great benefits and incentive plans
Cons: job work/life balance is challenging
* A typical day can include payroll, scheduling, shift coverage, etc.
* Management was supportive and approachable.
* Co-workers were helpful and also supportive.
* The most challenging part of the job is figuring out last minute baker coverage.
* The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the fruits of the baker's labor each day and knowing some – more... family will enjoy it that day for a meal! – less
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High-pace, high-stress job
Associate (Former Employee), Clearwater, FLAugust 10, 2014
Difficult employment while in high school, high-speed and high-stress, inconvenient hours. Typical day included taking orders, preparing/cleaning/stocking bakery area, distribute bakery items/prepare breakfast foods (bagels/parfait/etc.), clean dining room area (stock, clean bathrooms, tables, sweep, mop, vacuum, etc.), making coffee, and occasionally – more... preparing food on back line and handing out orders. – less
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terrible
Shift Supervisor (Current Employee), Michigan City, INAugust 10, 2014
Manager plays favorites and delegates her work to other managers to avoid doing it them shuffles blame on management staff when something goes wrong instead of taking responsibility for her mistakes.
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It is a great experience
Cashier (Former Employee), Maplewood, MNAugust 10, 2014
Communicated clearly and positively with co-workers and management.
Took necessary steps to meet customer needs and effectively resolve food or service issues.
Up-sold additional menu items, beverages and desserts to increase restaurant profits.
Served fresh, hot food with a smile in a timely manner.
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Great place to work if you can get the hours
Production Associate (Current Employee), Henrico, VAAugust 9, 2014
Our rushes for lunch and dinner tend to vary, but more than likely you will have a relatively low stress day. I learned a lot about produce preparation from my time at Panera. I love my co-workers and everyday is spent laughing with each other while accomplishing the task at hand. The management can be a bit lacking, with both petty bickering among – more... themselves as well as favoritism and pure lack of skill and ability. The hardest part of the job is prep/dish on a busy day. The family feel of the employees is awesome. – less
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Good place to work.
Cashier/Production (Current Employee), Charlotte, NCAugust 8, 2014
The only problem I have is that the customer is always right, even when they're wrong.

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