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Pret A Manger Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pret A Manger Chief Executive Clive Schlee
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  • Rude young team members and too many managers in 1 store (in 16 reviews)

  • Its a hard work if you want to progress (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "working"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barista in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Barista in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pret A Manger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    its easy to move up, you get Bonuses when you and the team work hard, training is amazing, plus you get paid every week

    Cons

    when its slow they cut hours unexpectedly

    Advice to Management

    bring tips back


  2. "Workers are slave."

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    Current Employee - Team Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Team Member in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and hard working team members.

    Cons

    Very bad management. They treat you like a slave. You have zero value for them. They don't recognize your effort. They thread us and show the door if we don't work very fast. So many people are not happy. I wonder what kind of manager training they give that manager treats people like crap. She is new manager, she is trying to get self satisfaction in this way.

    Advice to Management

    If they give value to people, they will lose so many good worker. Worker circulation costs much more than bonus that should be given for motivation. They need to design kitchen ergonomicly if they want team work faster.

  3. "Pure Misery"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free disgusting food every day

    Cons

    The kitchen staff is treated like slaves. They are expected to do the impossible. The upper management is a bunch of heartless, evil British monsters that take credit for all the positives and assign blame for all the negatives. None of them even eat the food at the shop, because they know how disgusting it truly is.

    The store claims to be fresh and natural, but everything is shipped to the store in plastic bags. The soup is cooked at some factory and dispensed in paper cups by the slaves. The chicken is grilled somewhere else and shipped in slimy bags. Then they coat it in mayonnaise or some other sauce so you can't tell how low quality it is. Nothing is sliced fresh, it is all pre-sliced. Everything is over priced and you are forced to act like a happy jack-ass or your pay is cut. No, really. You don't get paid your full hourly rate if you don't impress the "mystery shopper". This place is what hell must be like.

    Advice to Management

    Quit your jobs and go back to England and stay there.


  4. "It's what you make of it"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth
    Thorough training for all positions

    Cons

    Managers and leaders can become a little unreasonable. They can switch the shop goals and priorities from one hour to the next even they feel even slight pressure from management which causes frustration throughout the team.


  5. "Pret"

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team works well together in all areas

    Cons

    Poor management in some shops


  6. "Team member star"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Free Meal flexibility as far as scheduling

    Cons

    Over worked and little pay


  7. "Hourly rates"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pret is an awesome company to work for. It's fast paced but very easy to get used to. Fun workplace...

    Cons

    If your not used to interactive with people this is not the job for you.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Some insight"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pros would be free food, the parties are very fun, referral bonuses, 401k

    Cons

    Over bearing, managers do not realize potential


  9. "Don't get comfortable"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, your able to learn a lot

    Cons

    Some people think because they are key roles they are boss


  10. "Toxic, low class, unprofessional culture"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Pret A Manger full-time

    Pros

    Free food, good coffee, company parties, some nice people

    Cons

    -Racist, non-inclusive environment that upper management and hr are fully aware of but ignore. The use of the "N word" and many other racial slurs are common every day. You wonder how some of these people got hired into a customer service job.
    -Very political when it comes to treatment of certain employees
    -Unprofessional and low class work environment, with coworkers treating each other horribly, and also being disrespectful and rude to customers. Sexual harassment is also common.
    -Terrible management training program for new hires. Very little follow through and proper instruction in the shop. You're basically on your own. Some decent classes at the training center with good instructors but there are very few of those.
    -Most outside manager hires and many other employees come from traditional fast food and are really unprofessional and have very low management skills


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