Interesting, and a good side job for students or people with another job
Associate (Current Employee) – Vestal, NY – July 2, 2019
I think that overall, this is a good company. It gives it's customers an actual healthy option in the fast-food world. The way workers are treated depends on which store you're at. At my store, it was great if you were a student or had another job as you could just come in, take or make orders, then clock out. But working full time is different, as closers and openers are the ones who hold the store together. The culture is based around making time go by as fast as you can. With your co-workers you can joke, work harder, prep more, or really anything that eats up time while you're performing whatever task you need to do. The best part is making a customer's day, maybe with a free cookie for a minor mistake, or an engaging conversation. Many people have dogs in their car when coming through the drive through, and I love learning the dog's names. The hardest part is getting too many tasks with only a little bit of time to finish them, and picking up the slack that co-workers from earlier left behind. Also dealing with entitled or demanding customers is never fun. Overall, I think I've reached a good work-life balance with Panera Bread. I'm friends with at least 60% of the staff, and we all do hang out outside of work. We really are, a team.