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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 19 October 2018
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Pros
  • "The pay was good and the discount on food was useful whilst working" (in 48 reviews)

  • "Best staff benefits I've ever recieved (50% off food whilst working)" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours (have done up to 12 hour shifts before)" (in 111 reviews)

  • "They reduced the hours in the contract to improve work life balance but in reality you are always there longer than your rotary" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Team leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Struggling to find any pros for this place

    Cons

    Backstabbing environment, based on favourism

    Advice to Management

    Find something better to do with your lives

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    4 Jul 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    We are sorry you had such a negative experience


  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
    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 (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

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what your associate staff have to say instead of ignoring constant mistreatment of employees by pub managers

  3. "Bar Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    20% off Food and Drink Inc. Alcohol

    Cons

    High Pressured Job. Customers can be aggresive


  4. "Bar Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Managers are mostly friendly and can get along with everyone.
    Good pay, and bonuses if the audits are passed.
    Accommodating with shifts.

    Cons

    Long shifts sometimes.
    Occasionally if it's busy you don't have time to take your break and have to eat your food whilst out of customers way and working at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Give more hours for pubs to use so they can have more people in at any one time if it's expected to be busy.


  5. "Kitchen Associate at JD Wetherspoon"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Otley, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Otley, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Friendly staff
    Good benefits
    Good online training

    Cons

    Sometimes long shifts
    Can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Give staff more freedom about shifts they can work, and get more staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "`"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager
    Recommends

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're willing to work hard and graft then you will get places in this company

    Cons

    The higher up you get the more polliticking does come into factor unfortunately


  7. "Great employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pub Manager in Wells, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pub Manager in Wells, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay at all levels with regular reviews of pay yearly.

    Cons

    Hard work but it’s pays off! Don’t see why hard work should be a con though.

  8. "Full TIme"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    - Good Pay
    - Friendly team, approachable management

    Cons

    - Work life balance
    - Very busy


  9. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Employee Perks, wage, work environment

    Cons

    Decisions made by owner had a bad effect on custom- too much change and trying to make it “old school”


  10. "Part time bar associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Fun team to work with

    Cons

    Poor pay. Local's pub so difficult customers at times
    Training scheme takes forever

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    8 Oct 2018 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for your feedback.


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