I was a manager in CT where it was great, I transferred to the Atlanta market it was the worst mistake, they are so disorganized, not customer, employee, or management driven. Needless to say I am no longer there. However, if it was CT I would still be. I love Panera but just not in the Atlanta market. I found a lot of racism, and harassment , when reported was told I was making trouble and misunderstood the GM remarks. However I know racism and have been in Management for 24 years experience. A typical day at work could be from over staffed on day shift to not having any staff at nights. the hardest part of the job was to change the culture of the store. the most enjoyable part was getting to know my customers.
I believe that the entire market needs and overhaul. They say the south is full of hospitality , but on this account they can take pointers from up North.
I would not say that I would not ever work for Panera again just not in Atlanta. My experience here however, have prompted me to change career path to become a Human Resource Manager.
45 hour work week, 1 weekend off a month
poor management, lots of turnover, understaffed