J D Wetherspoon Bar Associate Reviews

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
187 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Self esteem crushing, life ruining, and overall frustrating"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cross Trained Bar and Kitchen Associate in St Helens
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good employee bonus scheme Flexible shift patterns Good opportunities for career progression if you have the personality of a robot

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours - I and others routinely would go from working 48 hour weeks to 16 hour weeks with no warning of hours being cut Constantly understaffed - the managers were given unrealistic budgets with as many cuts as possible to maximize profit regardless of the expense to its employees Overworked, unhappy employees - Never worked with one single employee who was happy working for this company Incompetent managers - Most of them are complete idiots with no idea when it comes to leadership and organization. More training required. Unfortunately these problems are across the board as I have worked in several pubs for this company, both front of house and back of house, all with the same issues

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not too bad"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Long breaks even on short shifts, good hourly rates, free food on shift

    Cons

    Quite stressful, long shifts, late night shifts never finish at the time on the rota. Always get out 30 mins later than expected


  3. "Working at Spoons"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Bar Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon for less than a year

    Pros

    Atmosphere, worked with amazing people, like a family

    Cons

    The customers... Race nights Cleaning food room

  4. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Bar Associate in Saint Helens, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon for more than a year

    Pros

    Management, regular customers and weekly pay

    Cons

    late finishes, working all weekend

  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great people, great perks

    Cons

    Management can be hit or miss, shifts can end up being very long, finishing at 5/6am on a 1am finish

  6. "Stressful but fun"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Team Leader in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, fun environment, discount

    Cons

    Stressful during busy periods, difficult customers

  7. "lol"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Shefford, England

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    long hours no breaks messy bar

    Cons

    customers can be rude, bad location

  8. "Good training and fun fast-paced pubs to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Staff in London, England

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fun atmosphere full training employee benefits e.g discounts stock bonuses and secret shopper bonuses very caring managers (depends on pub)

    Cons

    long hours fast-paced occasionally rude/ inappropriate customer (typical with any hospitality job)

  9. "Great job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Bar Staff and Waitress 

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lovely management and very flexible hours

    Cons

    Late nights cleaning up after shifts

  10. "Good Part Time Job"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Job, learnt a lot

    Cons

    Night shifts and Tiredness often

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