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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 23 April 2019
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  • "20% discount on food and drinks" (in 56 reviews)

  • "20% of food and drink off shift" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Brilliant company"

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

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

    Pros

    They work hard to provide a lot of training for you, encouraging you to be the best you can be. It's great to be in a company that cares about its staff progress. Bonuses are pretty sweet.

    Cons

    It can be a very stressful environment. You do eventually get used to it though. There is also a quick turnover for a lot of staff. It pretty much can take over your life.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    23 Oct 2018 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your positive review. All comments will be discussed further in our weekly meetings and I would encourage you to give feedback directly to your manager if you think there are... More


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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


  4. "Kitchen staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff in Wallasey, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff in Wallasey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours are available

    Cons

    Not many hours of work


  5. "Kitchen staff"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    - good pay
    - friendly staff, very diverse

    Cons

    - "on the job training" - stood around in the kitchen when I first started without knowing or being told what to do
    - can get very hot and busy in a small kitchen


  6. "Wetherspoon review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Assistant
    Current Employee - Kitchen Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very good and the managers are always friendly and there has never been any issues related to my availability when having more uni work

    Cons

    It gets really busy sometimes


  7. "Fast paced and hard work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Always have something to do. Keeps you fit with all the walking around taking food if you're in a bigger pub

    Cons

    Long hours and late closes can be a drag

  8. "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good support from HO
    Well paid
    Good incentives

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to achieve targets whilst keeping costs down.
    Hard to progress after shift manager

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind the pressure you put on pub management teams.


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, bonus and promotional opportunity

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, can be monotonous, varies depending on the way the management work

    Advice to Management

    Communicate , action , and give staff varied shift patterns. I.e eve n weekends off in rotation where poss


  10. "Kitchen Shift Leader"

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

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

    Pros

    Good competitive pay
    good training scheme

    Cons

    Can be very stressful and demanding at times depending on management colleagues