J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 3 Aug 2020

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3.5
67%
Recommend to a Friend
75%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
695 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay Good people Good atmosphere(in 123 reviews)

  • "very caring managers (depends on pub)(in 122 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours on your feet all day(in 202 reviews)

  • "The employee promise is only as good as the pub manager implementing it(in 198 reviews)

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  1. "Team leader"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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 Wetherspoon Response

    July 4, 2017Recruitment CoOrdinator

    We are sorry you had such a negative experience

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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  3. "Great"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Kitchen Staff in Dublin, Dublin

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good work environment

    Cons

    Not really any cons I can think of

  4. "Working there"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    socialness flexibility ethics friendly intense

    Cons

    hours unsociable busy stress confrontation

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  5. "More than what you expect"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great bonuses, free shares, free food, procedures in place to keep your working life happy

    Cons

    Can be challenging when losing hours and growing sales

  6. "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

  7. "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

  8. "Great place to work at."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Team Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Overall I had quite a positive time, initially starting as a Team Member I was able to progress within 3 months, and had plenty of opportunity to keep moving upward. It is dependant on management, but all flexibility requests to rota's were generally approved. I was able to switch between 25 hours and 45 quite easily. At my time, there was a policy in place to ensure no single staff member (applying to management too) was rota'd for more than 7 (or 9?) consecutive days. It was possible to gain overtime through shift swapping, and quite a bit of it. Team-leader responsibilities were generally fulfilling, being able to make suggestions and see changes quickly was a great feeling. Discounts to food and drink make a world of difference whilst on shift, and are a great benefit when socialising. Staff incentives were also quite nice, app sale targets and monthly audit bonuses provide a decent extra wage. Team members, through all the locations I worked at, got along quite well and generally provided a positive enviroment to help you get through a shift. HR act on requests quickly, and effective procedures are in place to ensure everyone is treated fairly.

    Cons

    Upon transferring to a very different town, it was noticeable that not all pubs are made equal. Responsibility remained the same, but the way in which one was treated by management leaves a bitter taste. Some venues are vastly better than others in terms of management.

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  9. "Good Employer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Bartender in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and good work environment

    Cons

    Very dependant on management and colleagues

  10. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Duty Manager in Huddersfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    There is flexible hours, Great bonuses, Fast Progression

    Cons

    Unsociable hours Max of 45min breaks

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