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I enjoyed working here, and I made a lot of new friends. It also helped me maintain good customer service habits, and has made it easier for me to conversate with people in other jobs.


Nice people


short breaks
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Worked with 2 good managers when I was there. When they left: the favorites received their hours and the rest had to get work elsewhere.

The cool bosses I had when I worked there and the coworkers who actually were team players were helpful. Sitting down for breaks was the best part of your day.


Free coffee and snacks (depending on the mgr).


Lack of hrs and respect from the new managers
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
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Fun Place to Work

Fast paced, fun most of the time. most of co workers are friendly and fun to talk to and get along with. A good First Job for Anyone still in Highschool.
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understaffed, poor management

management doesn’t care about you. will make you do more work than your paid for. unprofessional and NOT CLEAN but our regular customers made it worthwhile. be prepared to give away a lot of free pastries to makeup for mistakes
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pretty good. just track your checks

everything about this job is great and helps a shift run smoothly. the only this is that they may start cutting your paychecks without you being aware. this is the only reason i quit, even after i brought the issue to their attention the first time it happened


free meal, great coworkers, good benefits/opportunities, free pastries, drinks, etc


short breaks, random pay/hours cut
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Horrible management

Horrible management. No one does any work, they expect new hires to pull the team together. Don't buy the Mac and cheese it's made by nestle and is frozen and then thawed out.
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Fun, Flexible job

Fun and flexible however there isn't much growth in the company. Co-workers are always nice and welcoming, managers are helpful if you need assistance, and schedule is always accommodating.
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I worked there for about two years. The job was not too bad, but it was more good when I was there. I believe the manager that was there originally. Overall, I did enjoy my time. Thanks.
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Best company I’ve worked for

Fun atmosphere where there is training in many different areas. Clean workplace! Expect to work hard during peak hours and stay busy when it is calm.
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worked for almost 10 years. toxic environment, managerial favoritism, rude customers, constant staffing issues, low pay, easy to get burnt out, do not recommend
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flexible scheduling and good work environment

managers were really understanding with my scheduling needs and the work wasnt that hard, just had to clean the dining room , take out trash, and do cashiering
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Unorganized Management

Overall, my job at Panera was a lot more stressful than it needed to be. At 16 and 17 years old, I should not have been left alone without any management in the store running the entire food line by myself. Corporate does nothing about it, and HR tries and then finds a way around it.
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Overall a good place to work

My year at Panera Bread has been incredibly rewarding. The teamwork culture fosters a positive atmosphere, with an open-door policy encouraging collaboration and communication. The emphasis on quality, both in ingredients and employee training, aligns with my values and contributes to a fulfilling work experience.
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Easy going and laid back. Perfect for a teenager looking for their first job. A retiree, elderly person, or stay at home parents looking for a ways to fill their time. Oh did


Free meals during shift, friendly environment


Pay was meh and management was young young
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It was good for a first job.

It was deff stressful but it was great experience for a first job and taught me a lot. It gave me a strong work ethic. There are also a lot of other teens to make friends with
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Simple job

I worked here in high school. As long as you know how to read you will do well. Good managers, flexible hours, and easy to get a raise as long as you are capable. Obviously there were some weird and or gross coworkers. But it’s a fast food job, what do you expect?
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Do not recommend

Once they were purchased by the franchise things went downhill fast. Upper management doesn't care about lower management and lower management doesn't care about the staff. This could be caused by the revolving door of management. No location seems to be run by the same people for very long.
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It was okay. Not the best. Management was gossipy and felt like high school. Coworkers were cool. Customers were okay and had solid hours. Was a good starter job
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Good place to work

Good place got along with a lot of people there. Fun place to work for made many friends management is ok but good. Working and meeting new customers
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If more accommodations could be made for my disabilities I would do it again

What is the best part of working at the company?The staff were amazing, my managers were a delight, I got to learn how things were made.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Being disabled and back of house do not mix as I was not able to sit at all and was in excruciating pain by the end of my shift What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Warm and sweet and a joy to work with such a company
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Fun workplace, but management kinda sucks

The employees are great for the most part, and there is rarely any drama or issues. Some of the managers are lazy and extremely moody, which can make work such a drag. Not very good or fair pay, and don't expect to move up in the company just because you are good at your job. Overall, meh experience.
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Based on 21,476 reviews

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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.0 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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