Pret A Manger

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Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham opened their first store in the mid 1980s after they had spent months working in Victoria Central London without a decent lunch. Prêt now offers everything from sandwiches to sushi and has 2102 full time and 263 part time staff, 114 stores and UK sales of nearly £100m. Last year the firm sold a 33% stake to McDonald's to aid international expansion. Benefits are excellent for a catering firm. About one in 20 staff has worked there for six or more years and 51% are from an ethnic background. The firm has a positive, vibrant atmosphere, emphasising pride in creating quality food and respect for the individual. When it reached the £2m weekly sales barrier, every store was given a bottle of specially labelled champagne. There are unusual perks well suited to the young international staff and particularly good family friendly policies. Mothers to be get £20 towards maternity jeans, childcare vouchers on birth, 10 weeks at full pay and a further 10 topped up to £100 well above the statutory minimum of £60.20. On their return to work they are given health spa vouchers. Adoptive parents get four weeks of leave (fully paid after a year's service) and £100 in Baby Gap vouchers. A lifestyle project analyses staff posture, aiming to improve health and every head office employee has to work as a store team member four times a year. Everyone can take unpaid sabbaticals of up to 182 days (good for travellers) and up to £2000 is paid for introducing new staff. An employee said 'Prêt a Manager has its own unique culture. There is no them and us, just we.

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My Team

90% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Managers are assisted with specialist learning that is relevant to Pret and have workbooks to cover every role. Approximately 70% of managers are from internal promotions and have followed Pret's training pathway from the start of their career. External mentoring is provided for senior managers and they are encouraged to attend conferences, meetings and Pret chat groups to assist with their progression. Managers also attend regular development meetings and focus groups.

My Manager

77% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Pret A Manger provides employees with competitive pay and bonuses are awarded to employees of all levels. Senior managers always take time to say ‘thank you' to employees for their efforts and use ‘wow cards' to instantly recognise hard work. The company also run a monthly competition where the top performing shop is awarded with funds to spend on an event of their choice. Career development opportunities are available to all employees and they celebrate promotions within the company with vouchers.

Personal Growth

72% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Pret A Manger provides employees with competitive pay and bonuses are awarded to employees of all levels. Senior managers always take time to say ‘thank you' to employees for their efforts and use ‘wow cards' to instantly recognise hard work. The company also run a monthly competition where the top performing shop is awarded with funds to spend on an event of their choice. Career development opportunities are available to all employees and they celebrate promotions within the company with vouchers.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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