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
Wouldnt recommend working there as a delivery driver at all, trust me or youll learn the hard way. If somebody else messed up youll have to fix it and thats going back and forth for just 5 dollars an hr.
Cashier/Barista (Former Employee) – Corona, CA – July 15, 2018
I've worked with a friend, and have been in touch with employees from other cafes who all had a lot of problems with the management and poor scheduling. It takes the ability to be flexible and be ready to constantly take on new tasks. I enjoyed the work itself, but the management and the system need to be improved.
Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) – Vestal, NY – July 14, 2018
I believe I had a general manager that wanted to hold me back and not succeed. Minus that I had fun with the job and our managers were great and we had quite a bit of fun with bread bashes and after parties. The company is definitely a decent place to work, but after 4 years I had no career advancement and was going to have a child so I had to go else where.
free lunches bread bashes
high stress, high speed, lack of follow up leadership, no respect.
Food Runner (Former Employee) – Dawsonville, GA – July 14, 2018
I like it but I got tired of working in a food place wanted something different I also wanted weekends with my kids. Its a great place to work co workers bosses people are really nice. I really like my boss. If you need time off ask for it in advance they are real good about letting you off.
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – July 14, 2018
It's a fun place to work very busy environment, enjoy working with lots of employees family type environment.I learned a lot about running effiecient shifts. I excel in guest service and food cost and running great labor.
Associate Trainer (Former Employee) – Woodburn, OR – July 13, 2018
It's a very fast paced environment, depending on the location. I learned a lot about being quick and efficient at everything I do. Management had a lot of fun people. The hardest part of the job was the weekend lunch and dinner rushes. The place would be packed, with constant movement.
Before we were bought out, the previous owners CARED about their employees. They would offer raises, free meals, lots of praise and recognition for your work. Now? Don't expect raises, promotions, free food, or any recognition AT ALL! The managers care and they try to make all schedules work.Besides my managers and the pay, I hate this place.
Panera Bread Associate (Former Employee) – Fremont, CA – July 13, 2018
Management at Panera was always on your back, constant drama between employees, and the environment was just a little uncomfortable. If a manager didn't have enough of something there was always someone to blame. The most enjoyable part of the job for me was making a customer walk out happy.
Easy and fast food service with flexible schedules
Food Server (Former Employee) – Winchester, VA – July 13, 2018
While it was nice that they worked with my availability and everyone was kind, the overall cleanliness of the store is a 2/5. There was very little room for growth and the managers barely listened to requests. Easy to do, and you can always rely on the company to be desperate for new hires, but for me, their cleanliness standard wasn't worth it.
Associate Trainer (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – July 13, 2018
I enjoyed working at Panera, the work wasn't bad and the hours were there if you needed them. There was a problem with advancement though. I was training employees 3 weeks after I started and it took over a year of requests to finally receive the official title and pay of an Associate Trainer even though I had been doing the same work the entire time. The people were great, they provided a fantastic work environment.
expected to stay later than scheduled quite often, forced to take 2 hr breaks to prevent overtime.
Direct management is helpful and caring but corporate is terrible. They don't understand the life of the every day associate at all and expect so much from the people at the bottom getting paid barely over minimum wage. Frustrating, but is in accordance with how it is in America these days.
Production Associate/ Associate Trainer (Current Employee) – Pelham Manor, NY/ Montclair, NJ – July 12, 2018
A typical workday is usually a steady flow. A lot of tasks to get done setting up for lunch rush than for the dinner shift. Teamwork always makes that dream work. Every manager has their own way of doing things. You learn to adjust. The hardest part of the job is dealing with many different personalities and ways of doing things from managers and co-workers. The most enjoyable part of the job is making a customer happy and satisfied with the service and product that they are receiving. Their smiles and gratitude are priceless