Pros: 50% off lunch, great co-workers
Cons: No paid Time Off, no healthcare, difficult work
I am a "Floater" at Panera Bread, and I often work in multiple areas every day. I know how to prep the food and assemble it quickly. I clean the dining area of dirt off tables, and take out garbage, and remove dishes from our busing areas. I can ring people out and take orders on the phone. The management are nice but super harsh, particularly our district and regional managers, who often ask the impossible of the employees. The worst part of this job is the customers, but it is also the best. Sometimes I'll have a day where all of the people I help are in a bad mood. When I work I try to have a big smile and good disposition even if I'm not doing well; when I have a day with a bunch of mean customers sometimes it seems like I just make them more irritated because I'm happy. On the other side of the coin, I sometimes get just one customer that I help in a small insignificant way, like blocking the men's bathroom door so he can take his four kids to the bathroom without people coming in, and they are so appreciative that I go in the back of house and cry for a minute.
My co-workers are nice, even if they have a lot of home drama that they bring to work. I communicate with them constantly while at work to avoid any misunderstandings in the store.