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Panera Bread LLC

Team Lead

May - September 2021 • West Bloomfield Township, MI

What I liked

Everything but my favorite thing was my coworkers. Because of the pandemic, there were fewer workers at the store and we went through a lot together that made us really friendly and I always enjoyed going to work. I also really appreciated how flexible that management was with my schedule and the way that they handled conflicts between customers and employees and between two or more employees.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have gotten paid more. I think with the restaurant being Panera and knowing how much they charge for the food there, one meal was more than my hourly wage and sometimes we served 50+ people in one hour. I think there is no reason why wages shouldn't START at $15/hour and go up from there based on experience, especially for adult-age, full-time employees.

Advice

I would say that everyone should be open-minded about entry-level jobs. Everyone knows that working in a restaurant is difficult, especially given the current circumstances but that does not mean it won't be a good experience that one can learn from.
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Customer Success Associate (Food and Beverage)

May 2016 • Traverse City, MI

What I liked

The kind and supportive work environment

What I wish was different

More help when I need it

Advice

Don't slack off!
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Associate

September 2014 • Carlisle, PA

What I liked

Managers are very friendly and flexible towards a high school and college student schedule.

What I wish was different

There is not much variety in the day-in/day-out routine.

Advice

Be prepared to be on your feet for long hours: invest in comfortable non-slip shoes. Get the job needed done and have fun with it!
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Shift Supervisor

June 2016 • Gulf Breeze, FL

What I liked

Easy going

What I wish was different

Slightly more pay

Advice

Hard work pays off I have went from 8.25 to 11 dollars an hour
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Associate

August 2018 • Henrietta, NY

What I liked

Friendly staff and fairly easygoing management

What I wish was different

More consistent scheduling

Advice

Dont take the easygoing managers for granted.
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Associate Trainer

July 2015 • Carlisle, PA

What I liked

I liked my hours and schedule. They were very flexible. The rushes are fun even if it's a little stressful. My coworkers are great.

What I wish was different

Being understaffed is terrible, so I wish that was different.

Advice

Show up (on time) and if you don't have anything to do, ask.
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Cashier

June - August 2019 • Killeen, TX

What I liked

I enjoyed the customer interaction.

What I wish was different

I wish I had better initial training.

Advice

One piece of advice is to learn the items on the menu, and familiarize yourself with ways to describe those items for the sake of a customers possible questions.
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Customer Success Associate (Food and Beverage)

June 2019 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

Employee Discounts

What I wish was different

More organization

Advice

Be prepared for high stress situations
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Cashier

May - August 2019 • Covington, LA

What I liked

I liked the environment this particular store had. The managers and staff were all very friendly and down-to-earth.

What I wish was different

I wish that i had the opportunity to work there more than just summers because i didn't recieve a lot of opportunities because of my limited time.

Advice

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Line Cook

June 2019 • Mankato, MN

What I liked

My coworkers were amazing and the management was fantastic.

What I wish was different

I wish shifts were more broken up.

Advice

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Cashier

April - July 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I hated this job

What I wish was different

People would work harder and stop being lazy,also for people to stop calling off

Advice

Nothing
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Cashier

May 2018 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

My fellow employees

What I wish was different

Managing the schedules should have been better. There were multiple mistakes a week.

Advice

Be prepared to stand all shift and keep your tone of voice in check.
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Line associate

July 2017 • Dublin, CA

What I liked

I liked my coworkers

What I wish was different

I didn't like the corporate structure that gave the GM the ability to be mean to us.

Advice

Pointing out problems in a work environment feels annoying but makes a difference over time. Discuss your wages with your coworkers and educate people on labor laws that protect them
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Associate

May 2017 • West Windsor Township, NJ

What I liked

The team, Bread Bash, Food

What I wish was different

My pay rate, Manager attitudes, Better management of unprofessional coworkers exhibiting inappropriate behavior and affecting the entire team

Advice

Great place to start your working career and most managers are extremely friendly and encouraging, however, customers may be very demanding and hostile so you have to prepare for those types of situations.
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Panera Bread LLC

May - August 2018 • Schaumburg, IL

What I liked

The people that I worked with were super nice.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Staying on time.
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Cashier

July 2018 • Toledo, OH

What I liked

The people and the food.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Always be nice and helpful as customers really appreciate that.
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