Pros: great discount on meals, fun employees
Cons: occasionally no breaks, stressful work duties, long shifts, under staff, bad management
While staying at Panera my experience with the team/employees there was the best part of the job. Unfortunately for this employer I found the cons outweighed the pros. To start off I found the managers inconsistent and unorganized. There was no overall respect for guidelines of Panera, simply because there are so many guidelines without provided answers of why they are set. One manager would be okay with something while another manager would not be okay with it. There was such an inconsistency, you rarely ever knew if you were doing anything right. This job also has one employee taking on the stress of about 3. They are constantly understaffed and when they are properly staffed they complain about how bad their Labor is. For a Job paying minimum wage there was way too much stress included in a simple workday.
I was told from my starting interview that breaks may not be provided if it was a very busy day, however, I was not under the impression that I would see fellow employees go 10 hour shifts without a break.
With that said I would also like to bring up the fact that 10-12hr shifts would be scheduled to a person and only a 30 minute break would be provided, where-as most other workplaces provide a 30 minute break and a 15 minute break simply for an 8hr shift.
My opinion of the worst thing that employees had to deal with was having to find coverage for our own shifts when we were sick. The managers apparently have no trust in their employees so when we would attempt to call in sick, whether it was a fever, the flu, etc, we were told we would have to find coverage. Personally – more... I don't see it as My responsibility to find coverage if i have a high fever and can barely get out of bed. It is the managers responsibility, not matter if someone calls off or not, to make sure that their company runs smoothly and efficiently.
I feel as if This company held me back along with a lot of the other employees there. If necessary, this job is tolerable. But I would recommend against it. – less