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Fun environment to work with great career opportunities
LEAD EXPO (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 14, 2017
Great team environment, where employees enjoyed working together and many friends were made. Depending on the managers at the time you either felt like they were working with you or you were being unnecessarily micromanaged. If you dedicate the time and effort, advancement into managerial positions is very possible.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Short breaks, limited benefits
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Fun and fast paced
Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) –  Gig Harbor, WANovember 14, 2017
This is a great place for a first job. They are flexible with hours and allow you to work weekends only. The majority of customers are regulars and make coming to work more enjoyable
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Quick paced Food Service
Associate Trainer (Former Employee) –  Redondo Beach, CANovember 14, 2017
A cafe and shifts are normally setup to serve high volumes of customers in the morning and afternoon time frames. Having the meal preparation area clean, stocked, and ready for a rush is a key importance.
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Employee disagreements spoil effectiveness
Associate (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 14, 2017
The almost too relaxed work environment allowed for lots of extra time for employees to bicker and squabble with one another, breeding an ineffective workforce.
Pros
Free lunch, lots of leisure time during slow hours, informal setting.
Cons
Low pay, employees are treated as disposable, difficult customers
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very busy
Catering Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Clifton, NJNovember 14, 2017
nice place to grow if you want the restaurant business, not for everyone, good pay. but very stressful, hectic days, early mornings. leave early though
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Great team to work with. Food discounts
Catering Manager (Former Employee) –  Stillwater, OKNovember 14, 2017
Early start to the day.
Prep for any catering orders (bake, prepare order)
Sales
Scheduling
Inventory
Delivering
Company is a great company to work for. Typically promotes for within.
Pros
Make own schedule, food discounts
Cons
Super early mornings. Building sales
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Okay work environment fast pace
Cook/Prep (Former Employee) –  Altoona, PANovember 14, 2017
It was okay work environment fast pace food was good people were all right management was poor advancement were poor money was okay ours was okay just wish the management was different
Pros
People
Cons
Food
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good company
AREA TRAINING MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Lois, MONovember 14, 2017
very well versed company that gives opportunities to employees to further their career within the structures of the company. very fast paced environment.
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Fast paced and good retail experience
Cashier (Current Employee) –  Meadows, ILNovember 13, 2017
Panera is a place I would suggest for individuals that are in high school. It would be a good experience for a first job since they train you in various positions.
Pros
great co-workers
Cons
poor management
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Company is great
DELIVERY DRIVER/ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Ames, IANovember 13, 2017
Panera Bread is a great company. They have a great philosophy and actually do what they say they want to do. Panera is headed in the right direction, being an innovator in the food industry while having a classic cafe feel.
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Great enviorment
Training Store General Manager (Current Employee) –  Edison, NJNovember 13, 2017
Fast paced, great culture, the best part is meeting new customers on a daily basis, working with great people from associates to managers, making a difference in your community , serving fresh, clean food.
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Verry nice place but.
Trainer (Current Employee) –  Concord, CANovember 13, 2017
Panera Bread is a nice place to work if you are going to school or just like working, they do have a lot of operatunities to move up but they are more likely to hire someone from outside then promote from within.
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Fast paced and well rounded
Cashier (Former Employee) –  60p e OgdenNovember 13, 2017
A typical day at Panera Bread consisted of a variety of dutes such as being a busser, cook, cashier and and other duties such as dish washer and handle cash drawer.
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Good Crew, Bad Management
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Castle Rock, CONovember 13, 2017
When I first started working here, all the managers were so thrilled. They kept saying, "We're so happy you're here." I think that's just something they say to new people. I met a few people, and everyone was so friendly. But I didn't know that the people who had been there the longest had done what the managers were supposed to do, like cover other people's shifts, and pick up the slack that others were leaving behind. The managers were saying, "Make sure you talk to a manager," about things, but nothing was getting done. On top of this, the managers were yelling at different coworkers, causing them stress. If an order went out wrong, and a customer called in to tell the manager about it, we got yelled at. If someone baked too much, we got yelled at. It's just a negative place to work at.
Pros
coworkers who make you smile, insurance if you work full time (40+ hours a week)
Cons
stressful environment, managers who don't believe you about anything
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my experience
Line Cook (Former Employee) –  West Palm Beach, FLNovember 13, 2017
Working for panera was ok. At times it was fast paced and other times it could be completely dead. My managers were all pretty cool and relaxed but the whole job as a whole was kinda whack
Pros
discounted meals
Cons
no breaks
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good work place except coworkers poor management junk equipment
CDL Class A Driver (Former Employee) –  Fairfield, NJNovember 13, 2017
co worker is selfish they have no respect they dont care about next driver always left the truck emty fuel brake down equipment if you complaint abouth this manager dont care lead driver dont care couple driver make company each others if they dont like you if you brake they owne rules they will try to quit to jobs they do some punishment giving hard time
Pros
pays benefits
Cons
coworkers do not trust them they have no respect to other drivers poor managment dont care nothing
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I work cafe and resturants
Food Prep (Former Employee) –  Greensboro, NCNovember 13, 2017
I experince work in cafe.and enjoy and.balance my job
I work panera bread for food prep. As parttime while thur college and graudate while leave job and pregrancy due date too
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Exciting work environment
Customer Care Specialist (Current Employee) –  Sunset Hills, MONovember 12, 2017
Fun and exciting place to work. The upper management includes all employees in on what is going on in the company from top to bottom. Panera makes sure that they make time for fun and engaging activities.
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productive and quick paced enviroment
Zone Leader, Associate Trainer (Current Employee) –  Nashua, NHNovember 12, 2017
quick paced and management does not communicate very well leaving staff scrambled and not ready for rush. coworkers are very nice and fun. working the line is fairly simple if everyone works together.
Cons
no room for advancement
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not worth the trouble it causes
Crew member (Former Employee) –  New Springfield, OHNovember 12, 2017
There are an ever changing number of sandwich combinations, salads, drinks, soups and deserts that honestly are priced way too high.
The pay did not match the amount of changing/demanding information that was needed.
Pros
really aren't any pros
Cons
even the discount was slight in comparison to other fast food chains
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