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It wasn’t that bad just be well prepared. They ask questions like why Pret ? And if you know much about the role. They ask about your availability and if u have any related experience.

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50% off duty on any products, unlimited hot drinks on shift, a daily limit of £15 to spend on selected products that are made in house. With paid breaks.

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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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Yes, depending whether the shop is open on weekends. However, you get the same pay as any team member. None of that £3/4/5 nonsense!

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There are what Pret calls "wellbeing days" that you get paid depending how long you worked for Pret and how many sick days you already taken for that year. But I never understood how it worked, managers never explained and keep that information well hidden, maybe out of fear TMs will calculate some extra sick days as many call sick especially on Mondays after weekends.
But the first two days are not paid, no matter if you have a sick note for a week or not. If you have a simple cold which usually takes 2-3 days to get better, it's your problem. Your manager even sees you sniffing and coughing, but no mercy, if you stay home sick you are not paid.

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You often work more as managers miscalculate the rota, first cutting staff then it's always busy so they ask oeople to stay longer. Managers even cut hours below the 35 contracted hours and justify this with dome written rules I never knew about. My hours were cut to zero over the Christmas period where I was forced to look for another shop. Lots of favouritism going on,if the manager doesn't like you he/she gives you either less hours that you don't have much money, or they overwork and exhaust you that you don't have a private life.

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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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Just tell them you are fully flexible,they like slaves.

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