good job but hours fluctuate and pay does not reflect work experience
Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – June 25, 2017
The management at Panera Bread is great. They are very kind and very understanding towards the employees. Unfortunately, the hours always fluctuate even though I had to asked to not go over 35 hours and go under 30 hours and they cut hours for no reason or because summer workers come back and they don't prioritize the employees that work there year round.
Fun, productive work environment
Hours that fluctuate under what I asked to not go under, pay that doesn't reflect work ethic or work experience
Customer Service (Former Employee) – Destin, FL 32541 – December 7, 2017
Managers are very rude and the GM is very lazy in terms of helping. Rarely would see her while working as she would always be in the office, even if there was a line to the door and only one cashier and one line associate. She did seem to care for the employees personally but would not help when needed. The job was difficult and stressful, especially in the dining room. Too much for one person to effectively handle during peak hours as dishes would pile up, tables would forever be dirty and teas would run out very quickly and customers were very rude and demanding. Management would not help but rather would scold you for not being quick enough.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Beaverton, OR – December 7, 2017
Due to the fact that the majority of the employees are either high school students or young college students, the work environment was not professional at all. Management did not like to listen to employees. Management did not take the employees seriously, probably because of the average young age of them. In addition, scheduling was very inconsistent, making it nearly impossible to try to budget.
Management also is not on top of promotions/pay increases. There are many empty promises. There is the option to promote hourly associates to trainers. However, I waited nearly 1 year to be promoted to trainer after the initial offer. Throughout that year, no scheduling to assist me in obtaining the trainer title were presented.
Nice food discount, occasional free pastries
Deplorable management, inconsistent hours, many empty promises.
Busser/Dishwasher (Former Employee) – Parker, CO – December 7, 2017
I enjoyed my time at Panera and even made some friends there. I would absolutely recommend people to come work there. The management is great and everyone gets along. The hardest part of the job is closing. And the most enjoyable is smelling the fresh bread and cookies.
Fun environment, Nice atmosphere. But not a place to stay
Panera Bread Associate (Former Employee) – Greenbush, NY – December 6, 2017
It's a good place to get started, but not a place to settle down in, there's 6 managers always down your throat whether you're doing good or not, there were a few managers that are actually humble and good hearted human beings, never gave me health benefits when i started like they were suppose to, no 401k, no PTO
Free lunch every shift, that requires a break. Friendly environment
No 401k, no health insurance no benefits, no raise careless at times vary mean managers
Associate (Former Employee) – Harrisonburg, VA – December 6, 2017
Working in a fast paced college town restaurant was stressful at times but you learned to be quick on your feet and manage time wisely. Most managers were helpful in situations, wit food safety concerns, etc
Associate (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 6, 2017
Always moving, good manegement. There was always something to do. Never stand around. I would go back and forth from the dinning room to the back and load dishes as well as maintain the flow of the restaurant by keeping up with stock, making coffee, and making tea.
Associate Trainer (Current Employee) – Warrington, PA – December 6, 2017
I would arrive at Panera and make an effort to create a stable and progressive environment for both the store itself, the people I worked with, and the customers who came in. I enjoyed working with the people I would see on a day to day basis. The work load was never too much to interfere with my home life and would give me paid time off after one year of service.
You go in speak to all the other associates put you apron on clock in and get to work or look at deployment which is where you would be at for the day or night. The management is good all the way up to on person. the workplace is very clean and efficient. the hardest part is honestly nothing and the most enjoyable part are the associates they always have positive attitudes and have very good work ethics
Cook (Current Employee) – Louisville, KY – December 6, 2017
It’s okay, only for people who are outgoing and willing to get along with everybody. There’s always something to do. There’s no fryer. The management is all over the place. But the managers are cool though. We fixed hundreds of salads, soups and sandwiches a day. The work culture isn’t bad unless you get frustrated by a rush. I love that it’s a easy job to do.
Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee) – Bloomfield Hills, MI – December 5, 2017
It is the only place I have worked but I really enjoyed working there. When I had to leave the job due to scheduling conflicts, I felt quite sad because it was an enjoyable place to work full of new experiences, kind people, and the management was both understanding and great.
food discount when working, great coworkers, supportive management