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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 18 August 2018
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  • "Can be long hours above those contracted with no additional pay if in salary" (in 105 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 31 reviews)

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  1. "Team leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, good holiday scheme, friendly working enviroment.

    Cons

    Annoying and rude Customers, late nights


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of chance for progression and extra hours. Break times adhered to strictly

    Cons

    Long close downs. Work life balance

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "If you"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pub Manager
    Current Employee - Pub Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and bonus
    Employee relations
    High standards
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Hours tight at pub level
    Can be very stressful
    Long shifts
    Late nights and early mornings

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about hours and more about employee morale.

    Cutting hours at pub level may help increase profits but it reduces service standards and the employees ability to do their jobs and lowers morale


  6. "bar staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good working environment and pay

    Cons

    had to do very long hours


  7. "Average Bar Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Free shares
    Pension scheme
    Bonus scheme
    Flexible working hours
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Underappreciated
    Overworked
    Lack of empathy from management

  8. "Good company but tedious work"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Accomodate changing work shifts
    Provide a lot of training

    Cons

    Tedious work
    Pay could be better


  9. "My experience as a 16/17 year old"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    It was a job. Plenty of other young people working, so easier to talk to on shift.
    Paid for 8 hours if you tak holiday!

    Cons

    Under 18 it was £4.50 an hour and you mainly have 4 hour stints unless it’s the summer. So if you have to get a bus/travel that’s around a quarter of the money you make every shift gone!

    Very kitchen v floor/bar staff

    Hard work in summer months but when it got quieter and there was genuinely nothing to do, if you were caught standing near the glasswash/bar you’d get told to go do something even though it’s quiet and there is nothing to do!
    When bosses come it’s a massive todo and sometimes they leave the more inexperienced staff to serve them

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the beginning but went downhill"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate
    Former Employee - Bar Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Started working in a brand new Wetherspoons. At the beginning it was enjoyable but after a few months the hours allocated to the pub were cut.

    Half price food during shift
    Staff are friendly
    Training

    Cons

    Not enough people on shift... sometimes couldn't even have a break because there was no one there to cover
    Expected to make your own way home at night, taxi's not subsidised
    Poorly managed and obvious favouritism
    Wage
    Kitchen manager didn't care about customers


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