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Assistant/General Manager (Former Employee), Hilliard, OHApril 4, 2014
Pros: great benefits
Cons: poor work/life balance
This is a larger company that has given a lot of great tools to be able to complete the job. Ordering/Scheduling/Manage other Management Team/Human Resources/Health Dept Standards. I enjoyed being able to work with Customers all day.
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Preparing food and providing customer service.
Cashier (Former Employee), Washington, D.CApril 3, 2014
Serving food to customer.
Making and prepping food for customers.
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Panera Bread is an awesome place to work. This was my first real job.
Customer Service/Food/Maintenance (Former Employee), Maple Grove, MNApril 3, 2014
I was a cashier, cook, janitor, stocker...etc. I mean you name it, I did it! It is very versatile and all employees and managers pitched in on everything so it was very team oriented. The area where i worked was very bust so it was never any downtime. I was always on go when I was at work. I learned how to deal with all kinds of customers of all ages – more... and their needs. – less
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Prep/Cashier (Former Employee), willow lake Indianapolis,indianaApril 2, 2014
Pros: across the street from my house
Cons: short breaks, rude bosses
I was working at panera for awhile I had got sick still attended work regualry and on time got sent home for being too sick. I over medicated one day took to much medicine and over slept past work and was IMMEDIATELY fired. But they knew i was sick Someone who else worked there No called No showed and was able to keep their job and wasn't even sick
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swell job, very busy
Crew Member (Former Employee), louisville kyApril 2, 2014
always busy and very productive. typically cashier and making food is my daily duties.

great people to be around
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Amazing work
Certified Trainer (Former Employee), gahanna ohioApril 2, 2014
Had an incredible time at panera. very friendly people. management was very caring and understanding, just made some poor chioces every once in a while.
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Great company to work for
Associate Trainer (Former Employee), East Lansing, MIApril 1, 2014
Pros: great food, great management
Training is comprehensive; they take care of you at Panera. The management team is creative and strong.
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Bad work environment
Hourly associate (Former Employee), Delavan, WIApril 1, 2014
Cons: poor management, poor pay, inconsistent hours
Poor management, manager has favoritism issues. After working for nearly two years I received a 5 cent raise after the first two months, then nothing since. I taught myself half the positions in the store because of the managements neglect to teach me anything else but the three positions I started in. I worked full time in the summer with little to – more... no acknowledgement for my work efforts. Management moves only their favored employees up in the store regardless of their poor work experience and short time spent in the cafe. Workers, such as myself who have spent countless hours working hard and productively get no acknowledgement if they are not a favorite of the management team. Frequently ran out of essential products for the food sold in the cafe such as: salad lettuce, eggs, onions, tomatoes, Ect.. And even the soup because of poor productivity and decision making of the management team. Not a good choice for a job. – less
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Productive place to work
Certified Corporate Trainer (Current Employee), Brookfield, CTMarch 31, 2014
As an associate at Panera Bread, I gained a lot of skills that will help me in the future.
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Daily schedule at Panera
Associate Trainer (Former Employee), Alton, ILMarch 31, 2014
Pros: the food, employees, and wonderful customers.
Cons: sometimes it got very busy and chaotic.
Depending on the shift I was working, my day started out getting ready to greet and serve customers. Mornings consisted of getting everything started for the day from breads and pastries to soups and sandwiches. Lunch, which was the busiest part of the day so it was the time I most enjoyed, was more of a hectic time where everyone really had to work – more... as a team in order to achieve accurate, prompt, and friendly service. Lastly was the evening shift were part of the time was focused on closing duties and the other was dinner rush. The closing duties were pretty much common sense, cleaning everything, stocking what needed stocked, and getting rid of what was left at the end of the day. Everything is made fresh daily so we had to get rid of everything that we couldn't give to a donation. – less
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productive fun place to work
Route driver (Former Employee), Des Plaines, ILMarch 31, 2014
Pros: good job
Cons: hours suck
good place to work and great pay. Do one thing wrong and your fired .
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Family ordinate awsome coworkers and managers
Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee), Trumbull, CTMarch 30, 2014
Pros: good discounts on lunch
Cons: busy work place
Working at panera bread was a pleasant place to work its a very clam environment the people i worked with became like family to me the costumers are always kind and easy to work with. hardest part of the job was keeping up with orders when it got busy.
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Fun place to work, and good food to eat.
Production Associate (Former Employee), Everett, WAMarch 29, 2014
Came in the morning to prep meat, and vegetables for the line. Help prepare customer sandwich, salad orders. Deliver customer orders to their tables. Make coffee and iced tea.
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Lots of work for little pay
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Roswell GAMarch 29, 2014
Pros: half off lunches, other associates are nice
Cons: very little chance of a pay raise or promotion, scheduling is never consistent
Typical day at work- I clock in and make the food that people order. If there are no orders to make, I will ring someone up, or clean something. If there is someone new to the job, depending on how new they are, I will train them on what to do. I do this until we close or my shift is over. The management is very unorganized and is constantly changing. – more... My co workers are enjoyable and easy to get along with. The hardest part of my job is working during peak lunch hours when there are many order that need to be done, and other people are not able to help me. The easiest part of my job is when i am out in the dining room talking to customers making sure they have everything they need. – less
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A awesome mamory
opener/cashier (Former Employee), Chicopee, MAMarch 28, 2014
Pros: amazing food
Cons: management was unstable
I take and fill guests' orders; in addition, I am the head opener.
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fun place
Cashier / Customer Service (Former Employee), Centerville, OHMarch 27, 2014
it was a good job to have while pregnant. very understanding and helpful.
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It was alright.
Busser/Dishwasher and Cashier (Former Employee), Apex, NCMarch 27, 2014
Pros: nice environment
Cons: poor hours, poor management, poor pay for the work.
This was my first job and when I first was hired I loved my manager, Holly. She made me want to come to work, but after she left it wasn't as enjoyable as before. I only got one shift a week (4 hour shift) and my pay checks were kind of a joke. I asked for more hours the whole time I worked there and the night I was planning to put my three weeks notice – more... in I was asked if I wanted more hours. After a year of working there. Our store was in charge of training managers and they would work there for a period of time and then sent off to manage another store, the only downside is consistent poor management. – less
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Productive and fast pace work
cashier + customer service (Former Employee), Leominster MAMarch 26, 2014
Fast pace work and flexible schedules. Different positions you can fill and new tasks you can learn.
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My short experience
Cashier/ Barista (Former Employee), Valparaiso, INMarch 26, 2014
Although I only worked there for a short time, I loved the people and the job. I'm not a fan of working with food, but I enjoyed being able to make the drinks and serve the customers.
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Loved working!
Hourly Associate (Former Employee), Germantown, MDMarch 25, 2014
The work environment was so friendly and it gave me a creative outlook.

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