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Worked as an associate doing different tasks everyday.
Associate (Former Employee), South Holland, ILJune 10, 2014
Pros: lunch discount, free drinks, competitive pay
Cons: unprofessional management
The job was pretty fun besides some unprofessionalism with 1 particular manager.
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Great Company to work for
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Glen Burnie, MDJune 10, 2014
Pros: 1/2 off almost anything on the menu, great guest, amazing co-workers
Cons: benefits aren't the best, hours can be bad at times.
Panera Bread can be a great company to work for, the always changing menu is always bring in guests to try new things and keeps the staff on its toes always learning something new. Most of the managers are great and always helpful. At my franchise the owner and co-owner stop in from time to time and I think that shows they care about their cafes. The – more... guest are my favorite part of the job they make the day so much better, from the regulars that feel more like family than guest at a place you work to the guest that have never come in before. Panera has also taught me so much about food safety, food prep, training, and customer service that will help me with bigger and better things. – less
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Fun Workplace
Crew Member (Former Employee), Wichita, KansasJune 10, 2014
Pros: free promo meals
Cons: nothing negative
I enjoyed my time at Panera Bread. Although it was brief, i enjoyed going to work and interacting with the customers, as well as my coworkers. The job was not a stressful one either.
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Productive and a very busy work place
Bakery Sales Associate (Former Employee), VirginiaJune 10, 2014
A typical day consists of serving customers all day. I have learned to be very patient and how to better serve a customer. The management is good. Co-workers work as a team and rely on each other. The hardest part of job is when it gets really busy. The most enjoyable part of job is when customer leave with a smile.
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stressful but fairly easy.
production (Current Employee), conyersJune 9, 2014
work is fun , I know how to do everything. I'm a certified trainer.
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Productive but fun work place
sales associate (Current Employee), Reading, PAJune 9, 2014
Pros: customers and interacting, co- workers, mamangers
Cons: rude customers
A typical day at Panera Bread is fun but busy. You get to learn a lot of things about people and you know when they are having a bad day and a good day. I always like trying to ask how there days going and trying to make them feel better. Managers are good they help you if you need help, they are always walking around talking to customers, greeting – more... them, and just being friendly. Co-workers do the same they help you whenever you need it if their not busy themselves. The most enjoyable thing is interacting with customers and just being around people. The job is not very hard besides when we're busy and your trying to make drinks and then there are people at your register waiting for you to help them. – less
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Do NOT work for this company!
Manager (Current Employee), Frankfort, ILJune 9, 2014
Pros: nothing
Cons: pay sucks, do not work for this company!!
GM does illegal things like shave time off of employees time so they don't get OT and so his bonus is better. You tell his boss the DM and NOTHING gets done about it and he still has his job! No life work balance, pay sucks, and never enough employees working to support the amount of sales!
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Good people, Good food
Line Cook (Former Employee), McMurray, PAJune 9, 2014
The people i worked with were nice, management was very accomidating for a flexible schedule. overall a possitive experience
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Not very diverse and under appreciated.
Store Associate (Former Employee), Fresno, CAJune 8, 2014
Pros: i had great co-workers
Cons: the upper managment was horrible.
In my entire time at Panera there were only 7 African American employees ( between two locations). I only felt valued as an employee by my immediate managements team- I came in to a shift even though I needed surgery on a broken bone simply because I didn't want to just walk out on my team before they found a replacement, I would come in early and stay – more... late if needed and try to do any and everything to help my store ( even coming in when people walked out) . Ultimately, I felt like it meant nothing. My care and desire to be a team player didn't really make a difference. – less
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Great place to work
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Lake Bluff, ILJune 7, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: stressful, schedule is hard to work around
It is a good place to work, but job security is kind of tight. They take high regard in the work you do, but can be stressful at times.
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Food and Customer Service
Shift Supervisor/Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Addison, TXJune 6, 2014
Pros: made cutbacks on neccesary or unneccesary product
Cons: running out of product until next truck
Managing all day-to-day profit margins. Oversaw throw out to profit margins. Training new and existing employees on future or returning items to our menu. Managing inventory and what cafĂ© needed. Maintaining a clean environment for ourselves as well as our customers. Dealt with spreadsheets pertaining to accounts receivable which consisted of our credits, – more... debts, and total profit to loss margin. – less
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Its a family oriented work enviroment
Customer Service Associate/ Cashier (Former Employee), West Lebanon, NHJune 5, 2014
Pros: 30% discounts on meals, and you got to take some left overs home, the rest would be donated to local organizations.
Cons: short breaks and wierd hours
Panera Bread is a place where you can have an awesome meal and work at the same time without being interrupted. I learned that the work place can be a fun place to work at if you have the right employees and great management. The hardest part of the job i would have to say were the employees that didn't take their job seriously. But overall the place – more... was an enjoyable place to work and the employees made you feel like you were home with family. – less
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Its a productive and fun work environment.
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Greensboro, NCJune 5, 2014
Pros: laid back environment
Cons: doesn't pay well
Come in, I would get assigned to a position in the restaurant, and do the best at it!

Time management and quality customer service.

Great management.

Great co-workers.

Trying to make angry customers happy.

Laid back environment.
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Distribution Manager- Panera
Distribution Manager (Former Employee), livonia MIJune 5, 2014
Pros: good drive team
Cons: lots of hours, lacks a lot of home time
This position was assigned to one manager with a part time lead, to run the entire department needed two managers to be as effective as possible. I worked well with the lead and was able to stabilize the department, running more efficient and cost effective with low turn over and no accidents. Progress in this position allowed for my Promotion to Plant – more... Manager. – less
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associate training chef
Associate Training Chef (Former Employee), Homewood, ILJune 5, 2014
Duties are as followed Clean and detail kitchen, equipment, organize produce delivery , assist in consolidation of food handling , train new cooks and complete a nightly inventory.
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Good for summer work
Certified Trainer (Current Employee), Lancaster, OHJune 4, 2014
Pros: co-workers. encouragement from a few of the managers.
Cons: distraction, managers discern with pleasing customers and having appropriate items, lack of motivation with co-workers, job security.
I love this place but hate it at the same time. A typical day consist of cleaning up messes made by previous employees, to clean up the same mess by current employees. The hardest part of my job is dealing with the lack of motivation from everyone else.
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Average team work performance
Production Line Associate (Current Employee), Darien, CTJune 4, 2014
Pros: 60 percent food discount
Cons: limited work hours
Hectic lunch rush throughout the week, co workers converse about their week or weekend plans. Certain co workers will complain about limited labor hours. Majority of the co workers are tolerant of everyone. Managers are consistently changing. Within 2 years, Panera Bread of Darien has had more than 6 different managers. The hardest part of the job would – more... just be getting raises or a steady amount of hours per week. Most enjoyable is having certain co workers who are actually your friend. – less
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Fun Place to Work
Bakery Associate (Former Employee), Midland, MIJune 3, 2014
Pros: 65% employee discount
Cons: $10 maximum on employee discount
It was a fun place to work and I met a lot of different people. However, the management was intense, overbearing and paid little attention to the scheduling needs of the employees.
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Fun, active and always on the move
Cook (Former Employee), Johnstown, PAJune 3, 2014
Set the line up for the day. Prepare sandwiches or salads for all the customers in the quickest time possible. Maintain the line clean and organized. Everyone was nice and would help you out when needed. Everyone understood each other. The hardest part of that job was at lunch rush because many times things got mixed up.
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Great place to work
Associate Trainer (Current Employee), Tuscaloosa, ALJune 2, 2014
Pros: flexible hours, 65% discount
Cons: short breaks and bad/confusinghealthcare
The job is basically as hard as you make it. If you are consistent and hardworking, you'll be fine. However, if you are more interested in an easy job where you do nothing, this isn't the job for you.

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