Panera Bread

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Panera Bread Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
1,229 Reviews
3.1
1,229 Reviews
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Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich
Ronald Shaich
173 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a discount on food and I met a lot of great people working there (in 65 reviews)

  • They have a good food discount-65% on shift, 40% off shift (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • many employees don't work hard so those that do just end up doing double the amount of work (in 25 reviews)

  • IT is a minimum wage paying job best fit for a high school or college student (in 43 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great quality of life

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Skokie, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Skokie, IL (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    quality of life, work/life balance

    Cons

    bonuses are not that great, but advancement is there if you want it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Concord, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Team Member in Concord, NC (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Pros would have to be my fellow employees and the family oriented business relationship. My supervisors were great and Panera Bread as a whole is just a really good place to work. The company is really concerned about their employees and they have a really good work ethic.

    Cons

    no real Cons other than sometimes being short staffed and no real breaks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long and storied

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    Current Employee - Senior Devops  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Devops in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Been able to work on many new and exciting products including iOS and other development languages. Co-Workers have been wonderful as well.

    Cons

    401K Match is not as good as it could. Upward movement is limited as well. Compensation is getting better but lower than some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very, loving environment high up pace requires a special personality,

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Hampton, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hampton, VA (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The teamwork and the customers have kept me with Panera Bread.

    Cons

    The Other Managers sometime forget to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should remember how they got to upper management also need to reach down and promote within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company believes in the quality of food they serve to the customers.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work if you love pastries :) They are very serious about their pastries/food menu and value customers with good quality food.

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, high turnaround

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to hire less teenagers and more grown-ups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Rad!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work at

    Cons

    A lot of the associates are still in high school so there's still some immaturity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Loved it

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    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun, easy job. Shift and Assistant managers were nice, cared about what was going on in my life.

    Cons

    It's fast food, but a little healthier. Free meals would have been nice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Cool Job

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    Former Employee - Associate Trainer  in  Farmingdale, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Farmingdale, NY (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good people
    - good cause

    Cons

    - managers often changing - difficult to develop relationship
    - minimum wage pay with no raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    it was a lot to handle

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    Current Employee - Baker Market Manager  in  Freehold, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Baker Market Manager in Freehold, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the give great pay and awesome bonus

    Cons

    on call 24 hrs a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do what you say you are going to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Agm

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I worked at Panera Bread full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great training and experience. Lead to more successful jobs. Great start to management.

    Cons

    Under paid. Not valued as much as you should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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