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Review averages

  • 240 employees say

    Excellent (76)
    31.666666666667%
    Good (65)
    27.083333333333%
    Satisfactory (58)
    24.166666666667%
    Subpar (41)
    17.083333333333%
    3.22
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (1)
    100%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.33

Company summary

Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. 

To us, that is what good eating is all about and why we exist. This was the vision behind the Panera Bread Company, a journey that began in 1981. We began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread in every bakery-cafe, every day. No artificial preservatives or shortcuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests.

Food served in a warm, welcoming environment, by people who care. To us, that’s good eating and that’s why we’re here.

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Numbers

Employees

10,001+

Company info

Who we are

Company outlook


Our Food Promise

Years ago we began a never-ending journey to serve delicious food that is better for you, for our associates, and for the world we live in. We believe that food should be:

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Benefits

Our people make delicious food and provide the best service around. That’s why we offer these great benefits for associates: 

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Location

For applicants

Videos

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What we offer

What is special about working for us?

Community Giving

At Panera Bread, we believe we’re more than a restaurant; we’re a member of each and every community we serve. As a member of your community, it's important to us that we do what we can to support you.At the end of each day, our bakery-cafes package unsold bread and baked goods to donate to local hunger relief and charitable organizations.

Day-End Dough-Nation At the end of each day, our bakery-cafes package unsold bread and baked goods to donate to local hunger relief and charitable organizations.

Panera Gives We support events held by non-profit organizations serving those in need by donating a certificate or fresh bakery products.

Scrip Fundraising  We proudly participate in the Scrip fundraising program, helping nonprofit organizations raise money.

Panera Cares—Four Years Later  Four years ago, the Panera Bread Foundation opened its first nonprofit community cafe with a simple goal: feeding those in need with dignity. Now five locations strong, the program is taking a bite out of food insecurity.

September Is Hunger Action Month All month long, Panera Bread is encouraging action to address the pervasive problem of hunger in the United States.

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How would we describe the company culture?

Just like our food, there are lots of fresh opportunities. On average, we open 100 new Panera, LLC and independent franchise bakery-cafes each year. That means new and exciting opportunities to grow with us. We think you’ll see we’re serving up something special at Panera.

Serving Food We Would Serve Our Own Families

Giving Back to the Community

Helping Families

Diverse Workplace

We empower our associates to be true to themselves each and every day. We believe our culture of warmth provides an environment that embraces diverse backgrounds, values, beliefs and lifestyles orientation.

Associate Groups and Networks

Knowing everyone has different interests and needs, we support associate-organized and led networking groups in the following areas – Multicultural Beliefs, Veterans, Women, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender. All of these groups are supported by members of our senior leadership.

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Panera is growing! As we continue to open new bakery-cafes across the United States and Canada, more career opportunities are popping up all the time.

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Reviews for Panera Bread

Reviews - What employees say

3.22 Employees say
4.33 Applicants say
  • 16.Aug 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Restaff
  • 18.Jul 2017
  • Employee
Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
2.00
Teamwork
5.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
5.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
4.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive/Diverse
5.00
  • 22.Jun 2017
  • Employee
Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall Compensation for your work
1.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
Eco-consciousness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive/Diverse
4.00

Review averages

  • 240 employees say

    Excellent (76)
    31.666666666667%
    Good (65)
    27.083333333333%
    Satisfactory (58)
    24.166666666667%
    Subpar (41)
    17.083333333333%
    3.22
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (1)
    100%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.33

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3.23
241 reviews

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3.08
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