If all you want is a job, you'll be fine.
Pros: $10 of free food per work day, benefits
Cons: lack of promotion incentive, horrible hours, inability to request days off even far in advance.
First off, I don't have anything much to say about the job duties themselves. They're straight forward and as to be expected in a modern day bakery-chain environment.
On the other hand, the corporation's understand of what a baker should be capable of and what is able to actually be done in a 7.5-8 hours shift is ridiculous. In the bakery manual they – more... list the amount of time it should take you to perform certain tasks...icing cookies, shaping and preparing dough, decorating product. The amount of time listed is about 2-3x the amount of time they actually expect you to take doing it, and yet they want to enforce company specifications and quality without giving you extra help. Unfortunately, the management understands this, but their hands are (somewhat) tied, and Panera makes it difficult for them to get you the help you need as well.
Working the 3rd/graveyard shift makes having a life impossible. I'm sure this is the case in any job. Somehow I managed to go to school full time and work full time because luckily my BMM was understanding, but the other manager singled me out because I was going to school and he felt I couldn't hold my job and attend classes. I never had a problem doing both until I started a serious relationship with my, now, fiancee. After my bosses caught on to the fact I was requesting weekends off and was trying to have a life, most of my requests for days off (which weren't often and were spaced out) were denied.
Also, don't expected to be promoted. Ever. Promotions, raises--all few and far between. Apparently they have to be approved by corporate and generally are only approved once a year. Promotions don't go to the person with the highest calibration scores (bakes and environment cleanliness are scored monthly) but rather to those that have little education, don't clean up after themselves, produce a sloppy product at the cost of following spec, and that cozy up to the BTS (manager below the BMM). – less