Pret A Manger
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Pret A Manger Employee Review

Sometimes great, sometimes awful

4.0
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25 August 2018
I've worked with Pret on and off for about a year, in 4 different stores all in different environments. I enjoyed the buzz within stores, the sounds, smells and great atmosphere for customers. I liked the fact that Pret take so much pride in the quality of their products, it's how they achieve this that I disagree with. I found that the management, especially team leaders, were highly critical and didn't understand the concept of re-training if you made a mistake; instead of explaining what went wrong and how to do something a different/better way, they would stop you and completely go over everything, but would be so condescending doing it that you wouldn't take on board what they had said, and would often punish you, whether it was to take away your bonus or make you spend more time doing mediocre "training" on an iPad. The culture within the company speaks of growth and personal development, but all they seem to do is try to create robots that operate at 100mph and have no personality. I've seen a TMT (trainer) shouted at because he hadn't turned the kitchen radio on (it was broken), I've been shouted at because I wasn't fast enough on coffee, all because after 5 years of being a barista in other chains, and independents, I refuse to re heat milk as it is disgusting and burns it. Apparently a few seconds to empty a jug or periodically rinse it is illegal and I deserve to be shouted at. The team leader that time then threw a tantrum and started cleaning every jug saying that if i was that bothered I shouldn't be a barista, I should work as a potwash. The amount - more...
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3.0Work/Life Balance
5.0Salary/Benefits
4.0Job security/advancement
4.0Management
1.0Culture
Pros
Free food, staff benefits, parties, potential for a bonus
Cons
Everything else as mentioned in the review.
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