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I feel they should some need health care

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Don't do any type of drug or alcohol at any job.

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It last about4 hours for me, then about 4 days of training

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You have to eat from their menu. You get a discount being an associate but if its hot out then forget bringing food. Maybe if the weather is cool enough or if you bring a cooler and keep it in your car. You can't bring food in or eat it in the dining room. Their reasoning is not wanting customers to see food that isn't Panera's but I don't agree with this. Not everyone can afford to buy food everyday. Managers don't care because they eat for free, not associates.

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My store did not even have a day shift baker. Our baker was on third shift every night and left around the time the opening employees came in at 5am. Our managers throughout the day would bake if it was needed. It would've been nice to have a day shift baker at our store but I think it just depends on what city and state you live in.

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The orientation took 4 hours. We met at a different location than the one I was actually going to work at. The manager spoke about the company a little bit and we watched videos. They served us sandwiches and salad and cookies but we only got a about 15 minutes to eat because she had to get back to the rest of the paper work we had to fill out before our time was up. We did all of the personal information on computer tablets that she handed out to each of us.

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At the location I work at, we offer the delivery service. The first shift runs from 10:30 am to either 1:30-2:30 in the afternoon. That’s when our lunch rush hits. Dinner rush is between 5 and 7:30, sometimes 8. I’ve worked a whole day delivery shift and come out with a decent amount of money. Tuesday and Thursday are our busiest delivery days I have noticed. I flex drive so don’t actually deliver as much as you think, but as i stated before, i have worked full shifts as just a delivery driver.

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Bi-weekly, payday is Tuesday. Workweek runs from Wednesdays thru Tuesdays.

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Dark pants, non-slip shoes (recommended, but not required), Panera hat, apron, orange/black shirt

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Your environment is a product of your leadership. A compassionate leader who is willing to both follow and lead allows for beneficial team cohesion. While it is not always easy, the best leadership finds a way to compromise to achieve this.

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