Panda Express

Overview and benefits


Panda Express is one of the country’s leading American-Chinese restaurants. Panda Express makes its dishes from freshly prepared ingredients to create flavorful dishes. Some of its menu items include its world-famous orange chicken, grilled teriyaki chicken with broccoli or chicken breast with green beans, all served with rice options. 

Panda Express sees its employees across all locations as an extended family. The company cares about its employees and community. It showcases this with its Panda Cares community outreach program where the Panda Express team volunteers to help children, feed the community and provide financial support to those in need.


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Number of employees

As of 2018, Panda Express had approximately 39,000 employees across its locations and corporate offices.

Date founded

In 1983, Andrew Cherng opened the first Panda Express restaurant in Glendale, California. However, it wasn’t until 1987 that Chef Andy Kao developed the recipe for Panda Express’ signature Orange Chicken. By 1993, the company had opened 100 locations. It opened its first drive-thru location in 1997. 

Panda Express launched its Panda Cares program in 1999. The company then launched its kids menu in 2002. 

In 2005, the founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng were inducted into the California Restaurant Association Hall of Fame. The company opened its 1,000th location in 2007. To appease some of the more health-conscious customers, Panda Express began offering its Wok Smart products in 2009. In 2011, the company went international by opening a location in Mexico City and has since expanded to Guam, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Dubai. 

Company mission statement

Panda Express’ mission statement is to “deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives.”


Panda Express is categorized under the food service industry.

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How old do you need to be to work at Panda Express?

To be hired for an entry-level position at Panda Express, you must be at least 16 years old. However, for management positions, you need to be at least 18 years old.

Does Panda Express require a drug test?

Panda Express reserves the right to drug test in certain locations both as part of the hiring process and randomly if the company suspects an employee is working under the influence.

How do much Panda Express employees make?

A team member at Panda Express makes an average of $11.97 per hour with a range of $7.25 per hour to $21.20 per hour. Annually, an assistant manager makes an average of $60,588, while a manager makes a higher salary with an average of $62,150.

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