Pret A Manger in a Nutshell: Leeches, Predators


Like I already said, Pret A Manger sucks!

There are quite a few new reviews on Glassdoor and Indeed, but I have no time to keep presenting it on a silver platter. Do your own homework, people!

But this one I want to give an extra blog entry, pheeeww, because it shows the arrogance and exploiting nature of upper management in Pret A Manger.

This is even from a Team Leader of 10 years experience. High five bro/sis!

This video describes Pret in a nutshell! Beautiful detail here. I love his choice of words, “how leeches wait and ambush”, and how this is visible in the “ambush area down there”. Leeches attack from the bottom, because they are not in a position to lead. But that’s another story.


25. Nov. 2019 Review: The Pret parties mentioned here are the two main big summer and winter parties, and I assume the Friday night drinks that Pret spends money on to appear like a fun company.

2019-11-26 leeches Indeed TL review


This also reminds me of a review from NY and how HQ staff “fiddle” with employees and the arrogance of upper management:

Las Vegas


The touching bit was also something Timothy Noah expanded on in his brilliant article in The New Republic on emotional labour in Pret. He zoomed in on the touching that former CEO Clive Leech, uhm, Schlee is looking for, quote:

»Pret keeps its sales clerks in a state of enforced rapture through policies vaguely reminiscent of the old East German Stasi. A “mystery shopper” visits every Pret outlet once a week. If the employee who rings up the sale is appropriately ebullient, then everyone in the shop gets a bonus. If not, nobody does. This system turns peers into enthusiasm cops, further constricting any space for a reserved and private self. And these cops require literal stroking. In other workplaces, touching a co-worker may get you fired, but at Pret you have to worry about not touching co-workers enough. “The first thing I look at,” Chief Executive Clive Schlee told The Telegraph last March, “is whether staff are touching each other . . . I can almost predict sales on body language alone.”«

Here are some tangible Glassdoor scores:

2019-06-30 44 staff 50 Clive


2019-11-19 Pano 40 vs 31


And here’s a video of how it looks like when the Unions get involved:

P.S. I am the ant with the red arrow! Thank you!


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The above slideshow is just a selection, the list goes on in Pret Staff Complaints



I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by
The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review: 1. “Late Night Girl’s” Story with Pret and 2. Pushing Back Against Pret.
Thank you for reading/listening.



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