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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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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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Fun place to work
Line Cook (Former Employee), Charlotte, NCAugust 8, 2014
good food, fast paced, excellent customer service. Good place for a person to gain restaurant experience.
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good fresh products
Assistant Manager (Current Employee), fort gratiot, miAugust 8, 2014
I have enjoyed my experience working for this company. Company uses fresh products like baking breads every night and donating the leftovers. It is fun working with both management staff as well as associates.
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A good company to work for
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Nashua, NHAugust 8, 2014
Pros: young franchise with advancement opportunities
Cons: nights and weekends
I was young and the franchise was young. As an assistant there were a lot of night and weekend hours. The benefits were decent. My personal status changed in my 3rd year with the company and I decided to choose to stay home with my daughter who was 13 and being home schooled due to health reasons. When I look back at this job in particular I see that – more... there were a lot of lessons to be learned. However, given my home situation I stand by my decision to stay at home. – less
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Good pay, fast pace, EARLY mornings
Customer Service (Former Employee), Louisville, KYAugust 7, 2014
I worked the opening shift at panera, usually 5:00 AM til 2:00 PM. Getting up that early is difficult, and providing friendly, patient service that early is even more difficult, but rewarding if you stick with it long enough. I was well compensated for my time, which helped a great deal. The management at my store was very well trained and patient.
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Worked with fun people
Cashier (Former Employee), Knoxville, TNAugust 6, 2014
Helping guests, trying new foods, meeting all kinds of people.
Learned about customer services, making foods.
Enjoyed the free drinks.
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A stepping stone job with lots of great learning experiences
Hourly Associate (Current Employee), Hunt Valley, MDAugust 6, 2014
A typical day at Panera Bread would be busy rush throughout most of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours. I learned many safety regulations and became a cleaning expertise. Management plays a large role in your typical day whether it is counting down a drawer or helping you fill and complete orders at the food line. Co-workers are some of the greatest – more... aspects of Panera Bread, as they are your friends, and also your greatest aid when it becomes busy. The hardest part of the job is having the deal with an irate customer when the line is out the door, it becomes everyones problem when the line is being held up, as we have speed of service goals. The most enjoyable part of my job is the satisfaction of ending your day serving happy customers and meeting expectations of your Co-workers and the management team. – less
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it was an okay environment
Crew member (Former Employee), boson ,ma 02127August 6, 2014
wasn't too excited about this job, the employees were great, the mangers weren't the best managers.
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Alot of Learning
Cashier (Current Employee), Carle Place, NYAugust 6, 2014
Pros: half priced food, fun co-workers
Cons: minimum wage
Good place to work in. Friendly co-workers, a lot of support if you're just starting. Overall good place and GREAT food.

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