Why Panera?

Panera Bread is expanding quickly across North America, operating 1,818 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada as of July 1, 2014, under the Panera Bread® , Saint Louis Bread Co.® and Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names.

Panera Bread is a culture of warmth that provides an environment which allows us to be ourselves, while embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and beliefs. Your talents and our vision combine to provide opportunities that promote your individual development and our continued success.

Panera Culture

Our essential ingredient? We really care.

We care about your future. Our continued success has created excellent career and personal growth opportunities for more than twenty-five years.

We care about family. Our industry-leading compensation and benefit programs are more than just rewards; they're thanks for all you do as part of our family, making it easier to take care of your own.

We care about all individuals. Our dedication to inclusion in our bakery-cafes, where differences are respected and valued, carries through to our external partnerships as well.

We care about success. Our company has demonstrated consistent market leadership through a tradition of warmth, caring and growth, redefining success in our industry.

We care about community. Our commitment to improving the lives of all individuals has led us to develop give-back programs that help individuals get ahead. Our Operation Dough-Nation® program ensures that every purchase at Panera Bread feeds back into the community. We are also proud to participate in the Script Fundraising program, helping non-profit organizations raise money by selling Panera Card® gift cards and keeping a percentage of the sales.


Benefits, Pay & Programs

The health and well-being of our associates is a high priority at Panera Bread. We offer competitive compensation and benefits to both hourly and salaried associates, based on eligibility and availability. We believe these are key components of our associates' Total Rewards and employment experience.

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Competitive Pay
  • Incentive Programs
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Program
  • Employee Discount Program

The Pull of Panera Bread

  • #1 ranking on J.D. Power and Associates' Annual Restaurant Satisfaction Survey
  • Panera Bread has earned several "Quick-Track Awards of Excellence," including the highest-rated chain on restaurant cleanliness (Sandelman and Associates)
  • Over 90% of our retail management associates are "highly satisfied" with their careers at Panera Bread (Panera Bread Retail Satisfaction Survey)
  • A recognized market leader winning awards for our products, service and efficiency
  • No alcohol service and grease-free environment
  • No late nights for Retail Managers

We participate in E-Verify for associates hired in AL, AZ, GA, NC, TN, SC, and our Support Centers. Click to view the PDF posters:

Participation Poster (English)

Participation Poster (Spanish)

Poster (English)

Poster (Spanish)

Find Your Place at Panera

Bakery-Cafe Jobs

Positions include bakery-cafe management and hourly associate, baker, catering, and driver positions.

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Support Center Jobs (Corporate)

Career opportunities in our Boston and St. Louis locations include Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain, Legal, and IT.

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Manufacturing Jobs

Our Fresh Dough Manufacturing Facilities produce the finest dough. Career opportunities include Facility Manager, Supervisor, and Production and Distribution roles.

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