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Panda Restaurant Group includes the original Panda Inn fine dining restaurants, Panda Express: its Gourmet Chinese food concept served in a fast-casual environment, and Hibachi San, its Japanese grill concept. The family-owned and operated company is still run by founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng. Panda currently operates in over 2,000 locations and continues to grow more than 100 units annually. Founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng are deeply committed to being the world leader in people development, providing growth opportunities for associates professionally and personally at every level. Panda Restaurant Group fosters a genuine family environment with community-building activities including Panda Cares charitable events and athletic pursuits that range from team triathlons to fun runs and Dragon Boat races. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, the company has a staff strength of more than 10,000 employees. Panda Express employee benefits include Stock Options and Future Savings, Base Pay and Bonuses, Health and Wellness, Employee Perks, and Continuous Learning and are reported to generate annual revenue of over $3 billion.

$2B to $5B
Large
Multiple locations
RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories, Traveler Accommodation Companies, Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants
1993
What departments Panda Express Inc employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
General and Operations Managers31.5%
other occupation26.2%
Administrative - Other24.8%
Cooks / Food Preparation17.5%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Panda Express Inc employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Panda Express Inc: Newcomers: 64%, Experiencers: 18%, Experts: 11%, Veterans: 7%. Panda Express Inc employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Panda Express Inc employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Panda Express Inc: Amazon, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Forever 21. Typical Panda Express Inc employees have worked at Amazon.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill
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What industries did Panda Express Inc employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Panda Express Inc: Limited-Service Restaurants, Full-Service Restaurants, Food & Beverage Retailers, Niche Retailers, Colleges / Universities. Panda Express Inc employees most likely come from a Limited-Service Restaurants industry background.
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Where did Panda Express Inc employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Panda Express Inc: Small: 35%, Medium: 10%, Large: 55%. Most Panda Express Inc employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Panda Express Inc study?
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Where did employees at Panda Express Inc study?
Berkeley City College
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Panda Express Inc?
Time employed at Panda Express Inc: <1: 8%, 1-3: 26%, 4-8: 55%, 9-13: 7%, 14-20: 4%, 20+: 0%. Most Panda Express Inc employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Panda Express Inc rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Panda Express Inc: 59.0% Male and 41.0% Female. Age ratio at Panda Express Inc: 16-20: 5%, 21-30: 82%, 31-40: 11%, 41-50: 1%, 51-60: 0%, 60+: 1%. Panda Express Inc rates - 2.0% less female than the industry average. Most Panda Express Inc employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Panda Express Inc?
Top roles of Panda Express Inc: General Manager, Counter Help, Manager, Cook, Counter. The top role at Panda Express Inc is General Manager.
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Cook
Counter

Career advancement

How does Panda Express Inc rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Panda Express Inc: very low. Panda Express Inc ranks very low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
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What companies do Panda Express Inc employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Panda Express Inc: Amazon, Best Buy, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cracker Barrel, Gilbert . People who work at Panda Express Inc most typically go on to work for the Amazon.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cracker Barrel
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Assistant General Manager
Stockton, CA - February 8, 2024
If you can’t sing their tunes then you are out
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I’ve been taking care of a store with no GM. No support from DM or RDM. Had no clue that those that was taking care of the stores were not properly taken care of. Assigned a GM where she put a lot of associates in danger like assigning ceiling cleanup with a 10 foot ladder to a pregnant associate. I was on light duty because of being overworked 50-60 hour week and the GM had me doing shipments which consisted of, handling the week’s produce and material all day. They don’t care about you, unless you are groomed by upper management. Also I found out, the DM was the father of some of the managers…

Pros and Cons
Leadership training such as Landmark and Tony Robbins
Everything else
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Cook
Austin, TX - February 21, 2023
Fun,supportive
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5
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It was fun just use to always working fast cause i was the main cook everyone would depend on especially for tha 12 oclock rushes.

Pros and Cons
Alot of raises
Getting to use to the food
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Counter Help
Humble, TX - April 4, 2022
Productive and Supportive Workplace
5.0
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I worked at two different locations, but started here. The training process was very direct and easy to follow, and I steadily became a good worker. Environment was fast paced for the most part, but not overwhelmingly so. Other workers were polite and it was easy to get along with everyone. Salary was good and growth opportunities were very much achievable if desired.

Pros and Cons
Free good food, discounts for family and friends, growth opportunities
It can be busy, there’s a lot of cleaning, sometimes customers are difficult.
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Cook
Fremont, CA - February 22, 2022
Great opportunities job
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5
Professional growth
5
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Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
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I was able to buy my first car and pay off my bills with this job. There’s different type of opportunities that they have/offers. I recommend it.

Pros and Cons
Free food, promotions, growth, raise
sometimes can be slow or fast.
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Assistant Manager
Tulsa, OK - July 2, 2021
It’s hard work but the money is good
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5
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3
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
If you’re driven and vibrant when interviewing you’ll have no trouble moving up. Panda pays their managers generously in the ETX region (OKC, ETX, Louisiana), AM $17 and GM ~$21-23 an hour, no salary. My only gripe is that out of every store I’ve worked at (I used to travel to open new locations and train new cooks), almost none of them have working AC in the summer.

Pros and Cons
Free food, good benefits if you work full time.
AC almost never works in the summer, in any location.
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Shift Leader
July 1, 2021
Can be a comfortable environment, depends on management
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
Panda is a great company, with many opportunities to grow in the company. However when the wrong people represent that company it drags. In my area management and even higher ups promoted anyone with a schedule with availability of Monday through Sunday. I started at Panda when I was 16 years old as a junior in hs and had continued to work there up unto I graduated. I was very loyal to the company and my recognition and promotions to a different job title had begun maybe a year and a half into my work term. It can be a great time, very professional and even a breeze but not if Management is lacking.

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Free food, bonuses depending on the stores efficiency, pay raises depending on your performance
Can be stressful, food quality lacks so upset guests, closing the store
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What’s the gender distribution at Panda Express Inc?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
41.0% female, 59.0% male.
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When was Panda Express Inc founded?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
1993.
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What industry does Panda Express Inc belong to?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Restaurant/Food Service.
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What is the annual revenue of Panda Express Inc?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
$2b to $5b.
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what are the chances of career advancement at Panda Express Inc?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
very low.
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How long do people usually work for Panda Express Inc?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Panda Express Inc employees work for?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Large companies before Panda Express Inc.
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Panda Express Inc?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Amazon, Best Buy, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cracker Barrel, Gilbert , Panda Restaurant Group, Starbucks, Walmart.
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Who are the top previous employers of Panda Express Inc employees?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Amazon, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Forever 21, Little Caesars, McDonald's, Panda Restaurant Group, Pizza Hut, Walmart.
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How old are Panda Express Inc’s employees in general?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
21-30.
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Where did most of Panda Express Inc employees go to school?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Berkeley City College, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Fullerton, City College of San Francisco.
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what was the reason you left your job at Panda Express Inc?
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2 years ago
Transportation issues
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what’s the hiring age ?
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2 years ago
You have to be 16 or older
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can I wear shorts in the summer?
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2 years ago
No you can’t. There’s a uniform.
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pay every week or every 2 weeks?
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2 years ago
Every 2 weeks
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can I choose not to work on weekends
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2 years ago
Yes
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Where did you study before joining Panda Express Inc?
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2 years ago
I applied straight out of high school.
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Panda Express is a good place to work at if u don't mind standing on ur feet for a long period of time. But u do get breaks so don't worry.😊
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10 months ago
Don't they provide any chair to sit on?
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10 months ago
That's the part of job, it is tough but job is job.
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The company is actually ran very well. Their philosophy is that if they put people first it will create endless win-win possibilities.
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11 months ago
They really appreciate the efforts of their employees and pays them well.
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11 months ago
They prefer to do the things on their own way to create this possibility.
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Workplace is always busy & doing daily tasks like cleaning was always difficult since we were always short staffed😊
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10 months ago
Work can be tiring sometimes
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10 months ago
Cleaning takes a lot of time and it is a difficult task as well
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How are the working hours here and do they allow extra hours to their employees?🤔
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11 months ago
They allow extra hours to employees on their request😊
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11 months ago
My manager was very nice and he always accommodated me
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Working in the food industry is can consume the employees life but it can be very rewarding for those who make the best of their experience. 😊
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10 months ago
It is just that working here demands a lot of time and effort
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10 months ago
Work life balance is greatly affected when you work for them
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Let me know about career advancement opportunity in it. Do you learn something new?😏
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10 months ago
if you're willing to learn, so I highly recommend it. 🤩
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10 months ago
Great platform to gain experience and knowledge!😀
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How was the behaviour of manager in stores?🤔
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11 months ago
My manager is very helpful he made my stay very easy.
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11 months ago
You will always be supported by managers😊
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Work life balance was not the best, but that depends on the area one is working under.
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10 months ago
I think they are understaffed and that is causing problems
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10 months ago
Yes, true. Alot depends on where you are working 🙂
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Management wanted to make sure you benefit from working there and that it worked for your life. Lots of promotion opportunities😊
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11 months ago
wat was ur job there?
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11 months ago
I appreciate Panda Express for this as everyone dont do this.
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Salaries and perks are reasonable and that is one motivating factor for me
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10 months ago
things are not bad when it comes to paying their employees
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10 months ago
They make sure employees are paid market competitive rates
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This job is not as bad if you have good employees surrounding you and working as a team.
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11 months ago
Coworkers makes the environment more comfortable.😊
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11 months ago
Teamwork is important to learn some new things on daily basis.
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Was a good first job with decent pay and flexible scheduling.
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11 months ago
I asked for a change in my working hours and my manager understood my position😊
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11 months ago
Do they allow you to select you working shift as well?
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good starting job for college students looking for some income. Typical work day consisted from serving customers, being cashier, or prepping vegetables in the back.
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11 months ago
Every day is fun and brings something new
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11 months ago
Working here is never boring😊
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Is there any leave or vacation time available to employees?
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10 months ago
Whenever I applied for leave approval, my leaves were approved.🙂
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10 months ago
PTO is also available.
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I had a pleasant experience working at Panda Express. The coworkers made it worth it to work there🙂
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10 months ago
Co workers can make or break it for you
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10 months ago
Things are pretty decent for me😊
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they also offer excellent benefits like life insurance, 401K matching, and professional development.
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10 months ago
Do they provide training too?
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10 months ago
Grateful to them for providing me the opportunity with these benefits.😊
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They have a secure and safe environment for employees and i love the work culture
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10 months ago
My previous job was like hell, everyone was abusive and thanks to them for such a safe and secure work environment
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10 months ago
Love the work culture and overall work environment🙂
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They will tie you so much that you won't have enough energy remaining once you're done with your shift.
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11 months ago
It's an exhausting job but pay is great with learning.
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11 months ago
Shift goes long when u have nothing to do.😊
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If you are driven and flexible you can make a lot of money here. I've seen GMs make $120,000 a year
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11 months ago
$120,000 after deduction of tax or before deduction of income tax?
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11 months ago
u have to work their way in order to be noticeable.
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Good place to develop your leadership skills. Prepare for a lot of classes and leadership training outside of your normal work hours
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10 months ago
Not a lot of companies focus on this aspect in their training programs
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10 months ago
How long is the training program?🙋
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To start off with, if you work well under pressure this is the job for you because you are constantly working at a fast pace that deals with many customers.
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11 months ago
Very fast paced but rewarding too.😊
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11 months ago
Not a job for beginners, get some experience and joined them.
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This place is perfect for someone who is just out of college/ school and want to make career in this industry.😊
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10 months ago
They have the patience to teach you and share their knowledge and experience
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10 months ago
I have worked here and i thank them for their patience and the time they spend on training me
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I've been with Panda Express for 7 years, starting as a kitchen worker and working my way up to General Manager. They provide various benefits to their employees and are committed to their success.
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11 months ago
They will definitely assist you in growing, but only if you desire to progress in your work.😊
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11 months ago
My boss was a nice individual who always appreciated me and helped me improve in my job.
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they want their people to succeed and go far, they will pay you fairly for your work and treat you nice
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10 months ago
Appreciate their efforts they think and invest on their own employees.😊
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10 months ago
wonderful opportunity if anyone wants to make career out of this industry.
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A great job for someone balancing high school, or college who needs to make money on the side.😊
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11 months ago
Good opportunity to earn some side money with study.
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11 months ago
i really appreciate them for this approach.
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When you become part of a good team you really start to want to show up and not call out.
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10 months ago
it's all due to their family atmosphere.
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10 months ago
All credit goes to the coworkers, they make u feel special.
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Let me know some things it is lacking at, like your opinion on it!
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11 months ago
They don't treat you well even after all the efforts you are putting to make it grow.
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11 months ago
rush hours can be very tiring so you just go home and collapse on the couch
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Flexible schedule but expect lots of calls into work since it is understaffed; most new workers cannot handle the intensity
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10 months ago
Flexible schedule is a good thing as it gives u time to keep your mind fresh.🙂
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10 months ago
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Free food, good for experience, friendly coworkers, and a FEW genuinely good managers
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10 months ago
Free food is a must thing if u wish to retain the employees.😊
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10 months ago
Had some bad experience with my shift managers but my coworkers were great.
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Gives room to advance but unless you want to be a manager or work there for 16 years don’t get your hopes up on a raise.
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11 months ago
16 years is way too much.
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11 months ago
that's not fair.
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How many possibilities for growth exist on PEI?
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11 months ago
I really suggest it if you are eager to learn and progress.
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11 months ago
I learnt a lot of new things since I joined.
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This place is great to advance in if you put in the work. Pay is good and management is nice
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11 months ago
My experience with them is pretty decent
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11 months ago
If u are serious and you put in effort they will surely recognize your effort😊
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I only worked there for three months, and it was valuable experience for me.😊
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10 months ago
I had a good time as well.🙂
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10 months ago
I have a little challenge at work, but it's a great area overall.
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They teach you a lot of leadership skills and promote people like crazy so you see a lot of the same people at different stores.
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10 months ago
Show your strength, work hard, follow the policies & see your career building.
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10 months ago
If u are eager to learn new things and do the difficult task then this is the place for u.
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As a cook you are expected to provide excellent food quality and exercise standard food safety, which is great from the management.😊
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10 months ago
Difficult at start to begin with but gets easy when u learn the recipes.
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10 months ago
Their each employee is professional & and certified that meets the standards of food safety.
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Very fast-paced, and no real downtime because we constantly find new things to do such as detail cleaning, learning recipes, and re-organizing the store.
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10 months ago
How u find time for learning in fast paced environment.
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10 months ago
Learning & doing new things daily keeps up the moral.😊
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Pleasant & nice work of experience with good environment. highly maintained with educated staff
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10 months ago
Coworkers makes the environment more pleasant & comfortable.
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10 months ago
Education is must to achieve the managerial position.
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Free meals, flexible with school schedule, helpful if you speak up about concerns, teaches you to hustle😊
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10 months ago
Very helpful job to work as part time for students.
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10 months ago
Did u ask anything for?🙋
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Working at panda taught me a lot on how to deal with a fast paced environment.
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11 months ago
IF you are not used to work in a fast paced environment then things can be bit stressful initially
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11 months ago
It was my first job and i love the work culture and environment🙂
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It’s a good place to start while finishing high school. Training is good just like any chain restaurants.
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11 months ago
just an average restaurant.
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11 months ago
They have professional staff to train the other employees.
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How is their training program? i have heard some good things about them🙋
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11 months ago
They have a focused and interactive training period😊
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11 months ago
I have gained a lot of experience and there is clear improvement in my skills
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I've been there for over a year and it has been good to me. Easy for growth opportunities. Very helpful and management is excellent!
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11 months ago
Management is great to work with.😊
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11 months ago
Not sure about the growth opportunities unless the senior position is vacant.
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Do they go for background check before hiring someone?
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10 months ago
I don't think so
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10 months ago
May be but for some key positions only
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Can anyone inform me about the store's customer behavior?🤔
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10 months ago
Some customers are courteous enough to thank you for your assistance.😊
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10 months ago
People of all kinds come and go, but how you deal with them and what you learn from them is entirely up to you.
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They always listen to their staff and assist them when necessary.
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10 months ago
Whenever you require any assistance you can come and ask management they will surely help you.
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10 months ago
I had a problem and told them about it, but even after a month, my problem had not been addressed.
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It has definitely been humbling learning more about myself and learning how I can best contribute to the team😊
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10 months ago
First learn, then earn.
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10 months ago
Learning is very important.