Pret A Manger - Fun, but stressful and not worth it | Glassdoor.co.uk
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  • "I'm often on shifts where team members are talking to each other in front of me in polish" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Sometimes working extra long hours and extra days in the week" (in 23 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (5)

"Fun, but stressful and not worth it"

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Current Employee - Team Member Star in London, England
Current Employee - Team Member Star in London, England
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Pret A Manger full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Free food & drinks
Free coffee and tea
50% discount to all Prets
Mystery shopper bonus

Cons

Stressful
Pressure, especially in the kitchen
Unattainable goals
Very short breaks / irregular
Work shift patterns
Poor management and under-trained

Advice to Management

Pret A Manger has cut down on staff so theres more a lot more of things to do and not enough staff to do everything, so employees are being worked harder.

Management do not have sympathy or care for employees. Managers only focus on their goals and tasks.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Good company to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hot Chef in South Kensington, England
    Current Employee - Hot Chef in South Kensington, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pret A Manger full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free lunch
    mystery shopper bonus
    friendly colleagues

    Cons

    very busy shops
    lots of pressure

    Advice to Management

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  2. "Busy job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member
    Former Employee - Team Member
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pret A Manger part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Uniform washed for you.
    Fridays free drinks are great if you get on with your team.
    Plenty of free food and coffee
    Great for people who want to work in restaurants in the future

    Cons

    Too much pressure.
    Too short/ irregular breaks.
    Shift patterns.

    Advice to Management

    1. Hire a cleaner/ re-stocker, it's too much multitasking, sometimes the managers and team members have to dash off to clean toilets etc at busy lunch time.
    2. Allow an extra 18 hours before throwing fresh food away, you'll save money.
    3. Raise the general salary a little per hour and only give a generous bonus to the team member who got it. This will boost morale not 'dangling a carrot' and peer pressure "motivation".

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