Pret A Manger - Not terrible. | 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

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"Not terrible."

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Former Employee - Barista in New York, NY (US)
Former Employee - Barista in New York, NY (US)
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Positive Outlook

I worked at Pret A Manger full-time

Pros

Opportunity for bonuses and advancement (although the best one for the job is often not the one promoted in a timely manner). The company promotes a very lively, social environment.

Cons

The management plays favorites more often than not. Also, if you are overweight, older, or unattractive you can forget about even getting past the interview stage (exception often made for relatives of said favorites or management). Key roles and shift leaders must have open availability, which makes it impossible to have other employment. Overtime isn't allowed often, and managers often send employees home early if it looks like that 40 hour mark will be passed.

Advice to Management

Act a little more like management and a little less like the employees. I worked in 4 different shops and the song and dance was the same in each one.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Fun, easy and flexible experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great entry salary, amazing co-workers. Works good with ones schedule and always cooperate throughout the day.

    Cons

    Constantly on top of everything at the same time. A Lot of back and forth and running around. Everything has to be perfect

    Advice to Management

    Should be more easy on the members with perfection


  2. "Passion for your shop"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Ispica (Italy)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ispica (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    culture, amazing colleagues, free lunch, hierarchy in the shop is not a limit but an opportunity

    Cons

    morning shifts can start at 5.30, kitchen runs really quick and your job performance is calculated by an arithmetic formula

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