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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 14 February 2019
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Pros
  • "The pay was good and the discount on food was useful whilst working" (in 53 reviews)

  • "20% of food and drink off shift" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, shift work, no work life balance" (in 117 reviews)

  • "Staff busy condition work life balance" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Brilliant company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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    • Culture & Values
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    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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    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. "Fantastic Company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    High standards
    Decent pay
    Past passed environment
    Work hard, you’ll be rewarded
    Shares
    Discounts

    Cons

    It’s not a easy job at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward hardworking staff


  5. "Bar associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Good job, easy, good hours and don’t start on minimum wage

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes, management are also lazy


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Managers friendly and help with the hard work at the bar when things get busy

    Cons

    Long time spent on your feet. Besides a lunch break its not really seen as good to be sitting down, you constantly have to be working on your feet


  7. "Decent job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Discounted drink and food
    Strategic career ladder

    Cons

    Managers can be abrupt
    Hardly any Work/Life Balance
    Rarely get a full break

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    12 Feb 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thanks for the feedback please speak to one of the pub management team or contact us @ pay@jdwetherspoon.co.uk about your breaks.

  8. "Overall review"

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    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, if the pub hits targets you can get bonuses etc

    Cons

    Unsociable hours, very busy at times

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    12 Feb 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thanks for your feedback


  9. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate
    Former Employee - Bar Associate

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

    Pros

    Easy to work shifts around studying or other commitments, bonuses can sometimes be good and good career progression if it’s what you want to do.

    Cons

    Tiring job, can be long shifts when you’re on the close and the hours are pretty unsociable

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    12 Feb 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thanks for your feedback and hope the studying goes well


  10. "Work hard get rewards"

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

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

    Pros

    progression free shares pension bonus people

    Cons

    not for the faint hearted