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- Panera Bread currently employs around 140,000 people.
- Business Insider spoke to a handful of these employees about what it’s like to work at the national chain.
- The group of current and former employees shared a few tips on how to save time and money at Panera Bread.
Well, Business Insider spoke with a number of current and former Panera Bread employees who have some tips on making the most of your next Panera run.
Panera Bread employs a workforce of 140,000, and the folks who work there see firsthand how the restaurants are run. Their advice could potentially help you save both time and money when you dine at Panera Bread.
Here’s what the employees had to say:
Three employees specifically recommended avoiding the store’s drive-thru whenever possible. One worker warned of the possibility that you’ll get stuck behind someone making a massive $90 order.
And a different employee added that parties with "large orders" are usually better off skipping the drive-thru and just heading into the restaurant.
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Another employee suggested scheduling your orders through the restaurant’s "Rapid Pick-Up" option, saying, "It is such a great idea with big and small orders and you can go through the drive-thru to get them," the employee said.
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