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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 15 Feb 2020

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3.5
65%
Recommend to a Friend
78%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
629 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learnt a lot about how a big pub works(in 117 reviews)

  • "Good pay for people just starting(in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours/Late shifts - comes with working in a pub(in 187 reviews)

  • "Depending on the size of the pub it could be difficult to move up career wise(in 184 reviews)

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  1. "Team leader"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon

    Pros

    Struggling to find any pros for this place

    Cons

    Backstabbing environment, based on favourism

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    J D Wetherspoon2017-06-23

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    July 4, 2017Recruitment CoOrdinator

    We are sorry you had such a negative experience

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  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    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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    J D Wetherspoon2013-08-16
  3. "Great company but hard work"

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    Current Employee - Bar Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, free food on shift, free shares after 18 months and good breaks.

    Cons

    Sometimes understaffed and rude customers at times.

    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-15
  4. "Happy staff, happy life"

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Spoons, great place to work for, perfect for students, flexible working hours across the day. If you want a sit down 9-5 life this isn’t the job for you. Bonuses, above minimum wage, max 10 hour shifts, min of 12 hours rest before your next shift. Work hard and be rewarded. After years in the company leaving now would be a waste. Great progressional route

    Cons

    Newbies get thrown in the deep end

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-13
  5. "Excellent company for teens and associates"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great online training Lots of benefits such as free meals, paid breaks, and holiday days Opportunity to rise through the ranks

    Cons

    Heavy workload depending on location

    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-14
  6. "Good Place to work but difficult to go higher in the career"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Boston, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really easy to get a footing on how to do the job. Generally most people in the job are young and around similar ages making it easy to get along with, even if you're a bit older everyone get's along really well with everyone.

    Cons

    Depending on the size of the pub it could be difficult to move up career wise. If it's a small pub generally any staff that have made it to manager stay there making it along time before you can go to the next level.

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-12
  7. "Bar Shift Leader"

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff, flexible, friendly, nice

    Cons

    Not enough staff, stressful, unhealthy

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-13
  8. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager (Grade IV) in Wolverhampton, England

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Really good for progression

    Cons

    Sometimes more about who you know

    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-11
  9. "Nice atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Henley, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay for bar work Supportive Management Good food discounts on Breaks Monthly Bonus

    Cons

    Often ask to work longer hours than contracted or stay after shifts during busy periods

    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-10
  10. "DECENT PLACE"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    GOOD BONUS. Good enoloyee benefits. decent wage

    Cons

    too strict on hours. always saving hours meaning its hard

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-09

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