Panda Restaurant Group is the world leader in Asian dining experiences and the parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San. With more than 1,900 locations globally and more than 27,000 associates, the family-owned and operated company is the largest American Chinese restaurant chain in the world.
The goal of this company isn’t only to continue to grow bigger and bigger, but to positively impact as many people as possible, include Panda employees. “It isn’t about just collecting stores. What it is about, is touching people’s lives,” shares Bryan Lim, VP of Information Systems. “All of those people who work in our stores, their lives are better. I’ve talked to so many people who, because of Panda, they’ve put their first kid through college. Because of Panda, they’ve bought their first house. Because of Panda, they’ve achieved a goal that they were looking to do.”
Committed to being a leader in people development, Panda Restaurant Group provides growth opportunities for associates at every level, both professionally and personally. Managers want their team members to develop and grow, so they always practice an open and flexible management style that adapts to each and every individual. “The Panda culture is very unique. The way I see it, and the way the company sees it, if you treat your people right, and you allow them the opportunity to grow and take ownership of what they do, then the rest will come easily,” says Victoria Mariscal, a general manager.
Part of treating people right includes treating every individual like family and providing great perks and social events, such as an on-site gym, group fitness classes, and athletic events. Oh, and employees never go hungry, as they all receive a great discount on the delicious cuisine, as well. And Panda cares about all people, not just its staff. The company has its own philanthropic arm, called Panda Cares, through which associates can donate time and resources and participate in charity events like Dragon Boat Races.
“I’m the most excited about Panda being able to impact other people’s lives,” making their own associates’ lives better, and really making a difference in this world,” says Lim. If you have a can-do attitude and want to make as many people smile as possible, Panda may be the place for you.
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Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author