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Nice place until you advance
Baker (Former Employee), Lynchburg, VAMay 5, 2014
Pros: good co workers
Cons: 3rd shift and upper mangement
I liked working at panera at first nice people and easy to work with but I was promoted to baker after 2 hard years of work. Upon becoming a baker i found out how bad mangement treated you on the other side of the fince. If you made a human error there was grief given and seemed unforgotten. Co workers are awesome when i worked there and the hardest – more... part of my job was dealing with mangement once I was a baker. – less
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Great envrionment to work at
Cashier (Current Employee), Nashville, TNApril 24, 2014
Pros: 70 percent off lunch, free drinks, flexible hours
Cons: short breaks
A typical day would include greeting guests with a friendly greeting and helping and taking their food or drink orders. There is usally at least three other coworkers doing thesame task. I really enjoy interacting with customers rather their the stores regular customer or new as well as my coworkers and managers
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It's okay.
Associate (Current Employee), Richmond, VAApril 22, 2014
Pros: free food, fun people, flexible schedule
Cons: hard work
Depending on your location, the people are great. Some coworkers can be a little rude, but that's to be expected anywhere. Customers tend to be friendly and most managers are willing to go the extra mile to help. Work can be a little tedious and excessive at times, but more times than not you are given plenty of time to accomplish your tasks. My duties – more... include keeping the dining room neat, tidy and stocked, keeping barista clean and stocked, providing excellent customer service and really just tending to the basic needs of the restaurant and it's patrons. It can be a little stressful when you're busy, but that's most jobs. – less
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you have to work here to get it
Associate Trainer (Former Employee), Orange County, CaApril 21, 2014
Pros: i loved my coworker
Cons: everything else
The people I worked with were great. But the management sucked. I dreaded going to work everyday. The customers for the most part were awesome. I still this that employees should get free meals rather than just a discount, but whatever. This job could get stressful and they raised the prices twice since I have worked there and we (the employees) seemed – more... to get blamed by the customers. There is nothing to hard about this job it can just get extremely annoying – less
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productive work place
Back of House Specialist (Current Employee), Creve Coeur, MOMarch 12, 2014
clean wash dishes & prep foods to please the customers needs.
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Fast paced with friendly co-workers working as a team to accomplish tasks
Part- time cashier, barista and related positions (Current Employee), Ann Arbor, MIMarch 2, 2014
A typical day at work would be fast-paced with many assignments to get done. I learned how to multitask very well, make use of the fact that I can adapt easily, become more independent, and how to take initiative. The managers were competent and were willing to help out when needed. My co-workers and I get along very well, we are able to work as a team – more... and they are friendly. The hardest part of the job was on my first few days. I have never worked in that particular environment so it took some time during those few days to fully learn what was expected of me. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping in various ways to my co-workers and the customers to make their job or dining experience more pleasant. – less
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best fast food job
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Cincinnati, OHFebruary 5, 2014
Pros: fun, laid back work enviroment
Cons: pay
Fun environment, great employees. It was nice to also receive discounts on all food items. Love the quality of their food and what this business stood for. They donate all leftovers at the end of the day to the needy :)
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Just another corporate company
General Manager (Current Employee), Raleigh-Durham, NCJanuary 29, 2014
Pros: job security and not full service (yet)
Cons: no work/life balance, poor pay, little focus on development
Bonuses are worst I've seen in the industry. Often don't give raises to staff. $2/hr/yr allocated to spread among a staff of upwards of 40 associates.
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Pleasant workplace with emphasis on quality of service and employees
Server (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PADecember 16, 2013
Pleasant workplace with emphasis on quality of service and employees
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Productive and self starter
Bread Baker (Former Employee), Florence, KySeptember 19, 2013
Was/Is a wonderful place to work if you love to bake such as I do. A place to work on your own or as a team player.
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line (Former Employee), Warren, OHSeptember 12, 2013
making food and washing dishes was not the best but i worked hard, the managers were nice and it was a nice place to work
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Greta job to have for school
Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee), Fort Collins, COAugust 2, 2013
Pros: great for school, variety of job tasks, fat pace
Fast pace work environment that kept you busy. From washing dishes, prepping for the day, taking orders, to make expresso drinks. Ran by great management.
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it's a awsome job but just opened
Cook/Dishwasher (Current Employee), Santa Fe, NMJuly 29, 2013
Pros: benifits are good and 70% off on shift meals
Cons: not enough hours
it is a great company and has benefits for it's hourly workers. I have learned about how a bakery operates. the management has opportunities as they fail to keep equality. my co workers get along with me as they know I am a hard worker. hardest part of the job is lack of hours. after the grand opening hype slowed down it became a part time job which – more... wasn't what I was hired for. the best part is to make people smile and be told that was an awesome sandwich/salad I made. – less
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Fun place to work
Dishwasher/Barista/Cashier/Prep (Former Employee), Geneva, ILJune 22, 2013
Pros: free food
Cons: bad management (john)
Panera has a strong view on their cultures and values. And they know how to pass it along to each customer that comes in. Go into any Panera in the morning and you can see what makes this place so special.
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FUN AND PRODUCTIVE WORK PLACE
Dishwasher (Current Employee), Dallas, TXJune 3, 2013
Pros: flexible schedule, discounted meals
Cons: part time schedules
I ENJOY WORKING FOR PANERA, FUN PLACE TO WORK, TEAM WORK, CUSTOMERS ARE FRIENDLY
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Fast paced, and never dull.
Cashier Sales Associate/Barista (Former Employee), Nashua, NHMay 15, 2013
Pros: fast paced
Cons: short breaks, "high school" type drama.
Serving between 60-140 customers personally a day, is always fast paced, and fun. Never the same thing, and always bringing a smile to customers.

How to work alongside other co-workers of younger age range and remain effective.
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Overall, a pleasant place to work. Great, loyal customers
Cashier (Former Employee), Voorhees, NJApril 28, 2013
Pros: discounts, delicious food
Cons: employee grudges
The hardest part of the job was during lunch hours when we would go non-stop for 2hours, but it also made time fly by. The company is very Community-oriented so plenty of guests greeted us with pleasure and ddi not complain much.
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Busy friendily
Trainer catering (Current Employee), Fairview Heights IllinoisApril 27, 2013
Pros: family lots of team work
Cons: without a good manager team work fails
Best Custumers in the work force. Fast pace clean work inviroment. You do not go home smelling like fast food. Heathy food choices.
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Nice atmosphere , Fun team work , Great customers,
Cashier /Floor/Back (Former Employee), Succasunna, NJApril 26, 2013
Pros: good discounts, great food, funny people
Cons: short break, not enough pay, or hours
On a typical day at Panera it would very busy especially on the weekeneds we learn how to cope with customers. Working at Paneras i learned how to make sandwitches,smoothes and lattes. I enjoy helping all different kinds of people Panera co workers are very helpful managment is very good.
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enjoyable, and clean environment
Cashier (Former Employee), Burlington, NCApril 23, 2013
Assisted in taking orders, provided help to customers, Cleaning the kitchen and dining areas.