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Panera Bread

Retail Hourly Associate

June 2018 - August 2021 • Cicero, NY

What I liked

The managers were open and friendly, and the hours were good and flexible. I enjoyed working with all of my coworkers.

What I wish was different

Advice

Invest in good shoes - you'll be standing a lot!
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Cashier

June 2019 • Woodcliff Lake, NJ

What I liked

Meeting new people, learning how to make food and drinks, learning more about how to manage a store

What I wish was different

My hourly wage and the number of hours I had to work to make enough money

Advice

Retail can be a frustrating job, especially when customers are rude. But it is definitely an important experience to learn about how to deal with different types of people.
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Baker

June 2021 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

Got to work alone and be creative with some of the bakery items

What I wish was different

Wish my workspace was clean all the time instead of associates putting their materials back in my area sometimes.

Advice

Hand-eye coordination is important to speedy set ups and bakes. Otherwise, it’s all muscle memory.
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August 2018 • Oklahoma City, OK

What I liked

I liked the starting pay and the flexibility for my schedule.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a healthier work environment and more benefits.

Advice

This can be very stressful but you get a raise pretty quickly.
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Cashier

June - July 2021 • Terre Haute, IN

What I liked

The only thing I liked about the job was that the pay was $10 an hour.

What I wish was different

They hired me as a cashier and trained me on it twice. Every day I was put on dishes. I would have liked to do the job I was hired to do

Advice

Do not work here. I learned that as late as September, they still had not found a replacement for me.
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Team Lead

November 2020 • Bloomingdale, IL

What I liked

I like the interactions that happen between the diverse customers that visit us daily at Panera Bread.

What I wish was different

I wish there would be more people working in our team to be able to give our customers a shorter wait time in their visit.

Advice

Give any job you do your best, that will be the only way to know what is it you offer and all the good that comes out of it is the reward.
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Team Member

June - September 2021 • Charlottesville, VA

What I liked

I loved the environment, everyone was so friendly

What I wish was different

I wish it was more organized, management was constantly shifting in my time there

Advice

I recommend to take it easy, schedule your shifts throughout the week in hourly blocks the best you can
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Team Lead

April 2020 • Spokane Valley, WA

What I liked

My coworkers were great and I liked my job as a Team Lead a lot. It's a great company.

What I wish was different

The managers were not that nice and they aren't mindful of school at all. If you ask to have a certain time off they do the complete opposite.

Advice

If you are lazy don't bother because this is hard work.
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Team Lead

August 2018 • Hayward, CA

What I liked

The people I work with

What I wish was different

The amount I have to work

Advice

Make friends to stay sane
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Line Cook

September 2020 • Victor, NY

What I liked

The people who work here are amazing and so are all of the managers. Very professional yet fun environment and extremely well-organized management on every level.

What I wish was different

Generally understaffed, not of any fault of the management just part of the current times.

Advice

If you’re looking for a job that you stand around for, this is not it. There’s always something to do or that needs to be done, you work for your paycheck.
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Drive through

June - August 2021 • Middletown, DE

What I liked

I liked interacting with customers and learning new skills

What I wish was different

Advice

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Sandwich Maker

June - December 2019 • Westerville, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed learning how to make sandwiches and salads

What I wish was different

I wish I could of worked more as a QC

Advice

Be organized and detailed-oriented
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Associate Trainer

March 2016 - September 2018 • Basking Ridge, NJ

What I liked

There was a great hands on experience in food service as well as customer service.

What I wish was different

I wish there was harder working and kinder management.

Advice

Show up and get the job done the right way and don’t stress out about all the imperfections and difficulty of working in fast paced food service.
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Food Delivery Driver

May 2018 • Perrysburg, OH

What I liked

The overall pay, the fellow workers, the exhilaration of driving as a job, enhanced interaction with likable customers

What I wish was different

One worker in particular was a bit of a bad seed.

Advice

If you love driving, you'll love this job
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Delivery Driver

June 2018 • Rolla, MO

What I liked

Having a long work day.

What I wish was different

The management could have been better.

Advice

Don't get discouraged because of your coworkers/managers. Just go to work and put in good work.
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Cashier

June 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked being able to interact with the customers and the other employees that were working.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were chairs for cashiers to sit sometimes because it does take a while for you to get used to standing for about nine hours.

Advice

An advice I'd like to share is to be understanding in all the situations you are in despite how much pressure is on your shoulders during rush hours. Take a breather and be able to smile through it.
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