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Great coworker
Cashier (Current Employee), Knoxville, TNAugust 23, 2014
Pros: very relaxed on certain days
Cons: not enough structure. managers do not agree on how to handle issues.
I get there after lunch rush, So I have to restock everything in time for dinner rush. I have learned that the food industry is very difficult. Its hard to please every guests needs and wants. Management was pretty relaxed until they hired new managers who have no idea what they are doing or how to handle such a busy environment. As long as everybody – more... knows what they are doing and are doing it your time can go by quickly and smoothly. I work with a great crew at night. I love almost everybody I work with we understand each other and help each other out. I enjoy my regular customers the make my job ten times esier. – less
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Good overall company message, but not all stores hold true
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Chester, VAAugust 23, 2014
Pros: 65% discount on $10 of product per shift, free soda/coffee
Cons: new terrible smoking policy, lazy managers
Managers are disorganized and often times blatantly ignore associates in need. More worried about having their morning latte or three (which they don't ring up or account for) than if their associates are under control and not overworked. They would rather delegate work and create unfair policies than get their hands dirty. I see many newer managers – more... show a lot of spunk and enthusiasm for their jobs. If their stores are hiring I'd say go ahead. – less
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It's a well run machine
Assitant Manager (Current Employee), Mount Pleasant, MIAugust 19, 2014
My personal experiences working with Panera Bread have been nothing but positive. Every person I have met within the brand has a wonderful attitude and is service focused. They demand a lot of their staff but take care of them well. A good training program and a focus on development from within creates a lot of upward mobility. These constant opportunities – more... allow you to take from the job what you want not what your stuck with. Overall, a wonderful company to work for. – less
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Fast paced and very friendly
Associate (Current Employee), Brooklyn, OhioAugust 18, 2014
I learned how to manage my time at this job. A typical morning starts out fast here. When you work on the line you have to have things set up for lunch while making breakfast for customers. Everyone is so friendly.
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My co-workers were my best part of my day!!
Cashier (Former Employee), Shelton, CTAugust 18, 2014
Working at Panera wasn't bad, but it wan't all fun either. I enjoyed working with front end crew memebers. There was something new to look forward to, when going into work, my only issue with this job, was the lack of communitcation. Part of the time the managers would play favorites and they wouldn't always be on the same page about some store issues. – more... For the most part I enjoyed my time on the Clock, as well as off the Clock. – less
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They don't care about employees
Assistant Manager (Current Employee), PAAugust 17, 2014
Pros: great people
Cons: you have no life
They don't care about their employees and there is NO work life balance unless you are the store manager
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Cashier/Shift Supervisor (Former Employee), Sacramento, CAAugust 16, 2014
Pros: free food
Cons: management
They honestly are a great company, but some locations are trained better then others they promise there employees things and never follow up
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its a job
Trainer, Austin and San Marcos (Former Employee), San Marcos, TXAugust 16, 2014
its a job. ok for students but would not want to work here forever
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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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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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