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good place to work
Front Counter Clerk (Former Employee), Burleson, TXAugust 18, 2014
This place is very fast at times. Management is very understanding. Co-workers are easy to get along with. Hardest part is keeping up with the dining area.
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Productive and fast paced.
Kitchen Team Member (Former Employee), Tracy, CAAugust 15, 2014
Productive and fun to work with my co-workers. Learned the fast paced type of work, the hardest part is when running out of food displays and we have to work very fast and heavy just to cope up with the items that are about to run out.
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Demanding at times, co-workers are insightful, management can be strict
Kitchen Aid (Former Employee), Fresno, CAAugust 14, 2014
Pros: free lunch, cool uniform
Cons: bias supervisors
I would go into work most of the time acknowledged for my presence. I would punch in and make sure everything was in order, sometimes everything was exactly how it needed to be but only when the more responsible, courteous employees would be working and if you were still learning you'd be stuck on the computer simulation for about an hour at most learning – more... how to cook or prep food. Sometimes there was not enough time to prepare, the demand for fast pace work is high and the management can be careless at times addressing an issue till the last minute. The best advise for a new worker would be learn quickly and try not to rely on others often, they maybe rude or unwilling to assist. Focus on completing tasks as a unit. The biggest challenge was feeling the pressure of the work load and having co-workers holler orders, although the humor shared between team members can be the greater side of the day. And always be ready for the unexpected. – less
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Great people, fun environment, but a bunch of drama and some what uprofessional people at times
Back of house help (Current Employee), Salem, ORAugust 11, 2014
Pros: feel meal, 20% discount, pay above minimum wage.
Cons: breaking seems odd, high stress environment, schedueling.
Panda express is a great company filled with wonderful people trying to better themselves and giving people opportunities, each store is different; the one i worked at was great, the people were nice and friendly and i made some good friends and enjoyed most of my time there. Then once everyone got use to me things seemed to change. some of the employees – more... became unprofessional and very hypocritical. not everyone at panda express was this way there were some very hard working individuals and most people were turning their life around or finding a new way of being and bettering themselves. – less
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Great Place to Gain Management Skills
GM (Current Employee), Rosemead, CAAugust 11, 2014
Pros: decent pay, thorough training, continuous learning, 401k
Cons: long hours, work/life balance, promotions are very political.
Company supports personal growth through classes and training.
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Fun and productive place
Cashier (Former Employee), Okemos, MIAugust 7, 2014
Great management! Their are strict rules to follow to maintain a good, clean and trusted food industry
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Productive work place
Head Chef (Current Employee), Oxnard, CAAugust 7, 2014
Pros: free lunch food, fun enviroment, wonderful people i work with
Cons: short breaks
A typical day at work is cooking, assisting customers and preparing food and food supplies.
The things ive learned from this job is customer service skills, cooking skills and also keeping close with my work team.
Management at our store is getting better. previous managers was not good managers.
Co-Workers and our team is a strong and hard working – more... team.
The hardest part of the job can be communicating with a few of our elderly customers.
Most enjoyable part of my job is doing what i like to do. – less
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A great learning experience in customer service
Lead Counter Help (Current Employee), Happy Valley, ORAugust 4, 2014
Pros: free lunches, high pay
A typical day at work: taking customer orders and charging said orders accurately, answering the phone, maintaining a clean and organized work space
What I've learned: how to problem solve so that I may provide the best solution for a customer; speaking to customers politely and efficiently
Management and co-workers: It ultimately depends on which location – more... one works for, but I've typically had a positive experience with these two areas
The hardest part of the job: performing tasks with precision and speed while still maintaining composure in a fast-paced environment
The most enjoyable part of the job: meeting people and learning about them; this is a job that requires speaking with a lot of people, so it's pretty lovely getting to know those customers; the diversity is quite wonderful – less
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Great place to work, professional and great pay.
Crew Member, Cashier (Former Employee), Bentonville, ARJuly 31, 2014
Pros: free meals on the clock. good amount of hours, and great starting pay.
Cons: favoritism/racism, management didn't want to hear what you had to say if you had an issue.
Opening for me consisted of getting FOH ready; utensils, food station,drink station, and making sure everything was stocked. The rush came soon after being that we were close to Walmart home office. Then a few hours of slowness to stock back up and clean for diner. Really depended on the day of the week if it was just consistent business or fast paced. – more... For closing we dispose of the food, including weighing the excess for records. We count our registers, rotate on dishes per day, and deep clean every night.
I learned that fast food can be professional and not just fast food, they like to help their employees out.
Management was more of my way not yours, they tended to be some what racist. They also tended to hypocrites with the rules, for example, cell phone usage. They would use theirs, and not for work, but we were not aloud to use ours(obviously). They were to be in our lockers which did not have locks on them.
My co-workers were nice and helpful. Easy to get along with and professional.
There were not many hard point in the job, drive through was a little strenuous for one person alone but do-able. So I would have to say dealing with management. But if I am correct those that I experienced that with are no longer there.
The most enjoyable part would be the rushes and all of us getting along and working together, or when closing and deep cleaning. – less
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Very hard work, but a lot of time and opportunity to bond with coworkers
Cashier/Food Prep (Former Employee), El Cerrito, CAJuly 30, 2014
Pros: free lunch (within reason)
Cons: really hard work
I've never worked harder in any other job than I've worked here. There's a constant stream of guests coming in and you'll always be on your feet.
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A Good Workplace to Work
Lead Counter Help (Former Employee), Jacksonville, FLJuly 30, 2014
It usually a busy day during the lunch and dinner time. What i learn is that I was able to handle pressured situations with lots of customers waiting in line and complete their order. Team work was efficient and great. I like to see customer happy face because I always offer samples on both the old and new items in which give customer to pick their – more... food according to their taste – less
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Fantastic work environment, easily one of the best jobs all around.
Chef (Former Employee), Pueblo, ColoradoJuly 30, 2014
Pros: free lunches, free refreshements, wonderful customers
Cons: little to no hours
Great coworkers, great upper lever and management team, excellent pay and all around a great job.
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Productivity
Front Counter Help (Former Employee), Hanford, CAJuly 29, 2014
Pros: customer service and knowledge with ca health code. work in high demand environment.
Cons: inconsistency. no job advancement and secure future.
The environment felt inconsistent and Panda's expectations seem to have not been met consistently.

My expectations are for rules and regulations to be consistently followed and management is to lead by example.

I was able to learn how to deal with difficult situations, including customers and employees and in a high demand environment. I was able – more... to become more familiarized with the California Health Code and how to apply my knowledge.

The difficult part of the job was inconsistency with rules, regulations and expectations for the employees and customers. – less
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fast paced
Server/ Cashier (Former Employee), Modesto, CAJuly 27, 2014
overworked for minimum pay.can be very stressful. bad manger.
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Clean,Cook,Prep
Kitchen Help (Former Employee), Sierra Vista, AZJuly 26, 2014
Pros: free lunch, free drinks, great pay.
Cons: hours
A typical day at Panda Express would start with me first put rice in the rice cooker. Then I would prep my cook station day the first half of the day and fill the three dish sinks. After all the I would cook Chow mein and fried rice. By that time I would need to sweep and mop. Then take the rice from the cooker and put in pans for the warmer. I would – more... then do the dishes. From there I would help prep food and repeat it all. The pay was awesome for the work I was doing and I got good hours as well. My Co=workers were great. We all worked well with each other. Management was okay but over all it was my favorite job out of the ones I have had. The best part of the job was prepping and cooking. – less
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Productive
Server (Former Employee), San Mateo, CAJuly 25, 2014
Pros: free food during lunch hour
Cons: health care
It usually a busy day during the lunch and dinner time. What i learn is that I was able to handle pressured situations with lots of customers waiting in line and complete their order. Team work was efficient and great. I like to see customer happy face because I always offer samples on both the old and new items in which give customer to pick their – more... food according to their taste. – less
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fun/ learning environment
LEAD SUPERVISOR (Former Employee), Norfolk, VAJuly 25, 2014
daily activities include cleaning, dealing hands on with customers, and cooking.
The co workers are very close.
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Taking food orders from customers
Cashier (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MIJuly 21, 2014
Serving food and taking food orders from customers. Also, handling cash registers.
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nice place to work
Front of House (Former Employee), Milwaukee, WIJuly 21, 2014
Pros: free food
Cons: strict
cool people to work with, learned alot about the whole serving industry
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Fast & busy restaurant
Cook (Former Employee), Noblesville, INJuly 21, 2014
Pros: free lunches/breaks, fun people, time consuming, cooking, & learning
Cons: bad management, under appreciated, odd shifts, a lot of cleaning, & burns
My day started after I put on my uniform/hairnet/gloves, clocked in, prepared all the food/sauces, & made sure everything was in order. I would cook all the food while simultaneously clean the dishes/kitchen. I was constantly busy with everything. I learned how to multitask in a kitchen & cook/prepare Chinese food. My coworkers were all cool accept – more... for the managers. Doing a lot of things at once very fast while learning was the hardest part. I loved the satisfaction of getting everything done right & pleasing the customers. – less

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