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Never again! Pret bullies staff. If they would really do what their PR they advertises, if they would truly have proper leadership training in place, if their managers wouldn't bully staff and if HR wasn't so toxic and corrupt, Pret would actually be a good place to work for. It is intensely stressful, but they add to that stress by unnecessary harshness, discrimination, bullying, favouritism and not paying for overtime. Never again! Worst company I've ever worked for.

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Casual, wear jeans is okay, not too much smart.

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I had my interview in Victoria when it used to be in the Railway Station, now they moved it to above a Pret shop in Victoria. But the interview process was very psychological. It wasn't as much on what your experience is, but what your personality is, as Pret wants perfect smiley people, regardless what they go through. There was a questionnaire even where you had to tick boxes, one of which was: "Do you like food"... and I remember thinking, what if I tick "No"! I felt many of the questions manipulative and trying to induce fear and how you are supposed to think. I found later when I worked in Pret that their foundation to "motivate" staff is fear management.

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50% percent

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Yes at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning and 7 on a Sunday morning.

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They do, but they often then forget to rearrange the rota, and students had to repeatedly remind the GMs when they saw the rota not adjusted to their studying schedule. They do allow, but it's a drag to keep reminding GMs.

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You can choose to take any extra hours you want, it is not forced upon you.

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I don't really think that Pret a Manger check any references or background, they just trust what everyone wrote in the c.v.

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Pret prevers to take the youngest people as they will pay less to the under 21 yr olds.

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