Panera Bread
3.0 of 5 935 reviews
www.panerabread.com Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

Panera Bread Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.0 935 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Panera Bread CEO Ronald Shaich

Ronald Shaich

(57 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "50% off discount on food during work, as well as 1/2 hour before and after work"
    in 32 reviews
  • "They have a good food discount-65% on shift, 40% off shift"
    in 45 reviews
Cons:
  • "many employees don't work hard so those that do just end up doing double the amount of work"
    in 20 reviews
  • "can be far more stressful than is necessary out of a minimum wage job"
    in 37 reviews
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Satisfying position while attending school

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsI enjoyed working with my coworkers and my management team. They worked with my scheduling issues while I was in school.

ConsAll my mangers were great on an individual basis, but I could tell as whole they didn't get along and that made it hard to work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Warmth?

Associate (Former Employee)
Wethersfield, CT (US)

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

ProsCoworkers are generally kind and help when you're in need of learning. Lots of free reign when helping customers allows you to put your own personal spin on customer service. Despite the cons below, customers are predominately awesome and making their day can easily make your day!

ConsSome coworkers can contribute to a very negative workplace. Similarly, management allows some associates to relax and procrastinate while making others do more than twice their typical duties. This introduces negativity as well.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward employees who work outside of their job duties in every way possible. Simply talking to those who do not would help, but using the power of firing negative employees would vastly improve the workplace.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work day

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Panera Bread

ProsA great way to meet new people

ConsLittle to no pay with very low raises.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore employee incentives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Being grateful .

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Panera Bread

ProsSalary, clean environment, training, meeting new people.

ConsManagers who don't give you credit for working hard.

Advice to Senior ManagementTeam work is very important with every position, treat others how you would like to be treated, stop allowing your long time trainers to walk around with their nose in the air, they can pick up after their selfs + can do dishes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Some great managers but low pay

Associate Trainer (Current Employee)
Madison, WI (US)

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

ProsMoved up to trainer very quickly,
Good discounts on food which was nice in college.
Managers look to cross train and add more responsibility which I liked

ConsPay begins around $8/hr
Closing can take much longer than planned depending on your store
Can be crazy busy over lunch
High turnover leads to extra hours

Advice to Senior ManagementPay new associates more to reduce turnover.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Panera Bread

ProsPretty steady 45 hour workweek

ConsLow pay with increasing demands

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be hired with set schedules to provide work-life balance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Panera is a great company to work for

Restaurant General Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at Panera Bread full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood pay, nice benefits. No late nights. Friendly atmosphere. Company is always on the move, opportunities always presenting themselves, rewards for hard workers and self starters

ConsA lot of high school kids work on the nights and weekends can be hard to deal with. Sometimes a lot of drama between employees, can very "clicky"

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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You probably won't work what you applied for

Cashier (Current Employee)
Spanish Fort, AL (US)

I have been working at Panera Bread part-time

ProsGreat food and atmosphere. The employes are friendly and hard working. The company pays more than other jobs with similar requirements. 50% off discount on food.

ConsYou have to "work your way up" by learning different stations. They put you on the position that they want you rather than what you applied for. The management isn't the best.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work, I have considered going back

Cashier/Trainer (Former Employee)
Arlington, TX (US)

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

Pros50% off food, free coffee and fountain drinks, flexible schedule, friendly staff, treats at the end of the day, in depth training program, room for growth. Most employees I knew were bumped up to the trainer position after about a year, small raises were given yearly as well.

Conscustomers can be a bit of a hassle, you have to keep in mind this is fast food for yuppies. Closing will take at least an hour, a few times a week I would have to stay longer than that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good college job

Bakery Cashier (Current Employee)
Kennesaw, GA (US)

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

Prosgood food, nice co-workers, easy work

Conspoor management, gossip, not guaranteed your 6 month raise, too low of pay

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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