Back Of House Dishwasher (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – February 11, 2017
The hardest part about working at Panera was learning stricter work ethics then I was used to at previous restaurants I have worked at. The management there cares about their customers and the employees that work there. They're advocates of clean food and employee benefits. I love working at Panera because the management lets you have opportunities learning different positions throughout the cafe. The funnest part of working there is getting used to what's expected and being able to provide more.
Certified Baker (Current Employee) – West Springfield, MA – February 11, 2017
This is a great job, but very difficult. Not that the tasks themselves are difficult, but working overnight can be very exhausting. lifting all of the screens, pans, and boxes from the freezer can put a lot of strain on you, but overall it is very enjoyable and pleasant to work there. The people are kind and very generous and forgiving of mistakes. I would recommend it anyone, with a side of caution of how difficult the job as a whole is.
"free" manager meals, and can take home left over bread/sweets
My manager is very biased and she has favorites. She would degrade many people and talk down to almost anybody. She would not let you speak unless she was completely right and it felt like it was petty high school drama.
A typical day at work would be to clock in and stand at your position and make yourself look busy. I learned how to make food from Panera and take orders really fast. The management need to be improved. Hardest part of the job was getting used to the routines. The most enjoyable part was taking orders.
Panera Bread Associate (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – February 10, 2017
Panera Bread was my first job. It was fun an came interesting to see all the work going into a bakery/cafe. I know the company has grown so much bigger after I left over the years. It was a great and demanding environment. The hardest part is customer service.
Associate (Former Employee) – Rock Hill, SC – February 10, 2017
Working at Panera bread was fun and also educational. I would come in and I knew what I was assigned to do. Great managers and co-workers.Hardest part was cooking enough breakfast. And the most enjoyable part was just working there.
General Manager (Current Employee) – Tyler, TX – February 9, 2017
I enjoy all of my guest and associates. Everyday is a new day in the restaurant business and I enjoy that. I love organizing my kitchen. Ordering the product and the whole challenge of running a business.
Line Cook (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – February 9, 2017
I usually served food and closed the line everyday. The restaurant was poorly managed and I did not enjoy working with some of the people. Many of my coworkers were lazy or would not show up, leaving the rest of us to do everything for them. We had four managers for only about 15 employees, and most of them were very harsh and overcritical. I was always scheduled too many hours, sometimes twice the hours i asked for. The hardest part of the job was not knowing when I would get off at nights, because depending on who else I worked with, it could be anywhere from 9:30-11:30. The most enjoyable part of the job was probably the bread and the pastries.
Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee) – Lakeland, FL – February 9, 2017
Fast pass environment at times, great people to work with, customers are friendly and most feel like family. I've learned great customer service skills. Management is great. Several managers so you can always find one when you need to. The hardest part of the job is maintaining a positive attitude when you get an occasional difficult customer. The most enjoyable part of my job is in the morning when the regular customer's come in and ask how I'm doing. They truly care and I care about them.
Associate (Former Employee) – Brooksville, FL – February 9, 2017
Panera was a great starter job. There is not much room to advance in the company. Its really depends on who likes you. But with this company if you do things right and by the book it will not go unnoticed
Customer service Associate (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – February 9, 2017
They expect a lot from employees without much in return. I worked there for over 2 years and could not get a raise and advancement in my position even though expressed this need. Had me training new employees even though I was not considered a trainer