J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "pub"

Updated 6 Aug 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
708 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay Good people Good atmosphere(in 124 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Long hours on your feet all day(in 201 reviews)

  • "The employee promise is only as good as the pub manager implementing it(in 199 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

    1.0
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    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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  2. "Overall a pleasure to work for"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Biomedical Scientist in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Flexible. Good tips (depending on pub). Good discounts. Good for students.

    Cons

    Your experience depends on your pub manager. Some pubs dont have a great budget so they keep hours to a minimum and can be overwhelming.


  3. "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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  4. "Good training and fun fast-paced pubs to work for"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Bar Staff in London, England

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

    Pros

    fun atmosphere full training employee benefits e.g discounts stock bonuses and secret shopper bonuses very caring managers (depends on pub)

    Cons

    long hours fast-paced occasionally rude/ inappropriate customer (typical with any hospitality job)

  5. "A decent company to work for"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Loughborough, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A fast paced, fun company that can be very hard work. Free food for all staff, employee share options after 18 months service, 28 days holiday and a raft of other benefits. A good employee promise that aims to look after the staff and ensure a decent work-life balance. A wide ranging training scheme and options for Apprenticeships. Good industry pay rates and bonus schemes

    Cons

    The employee promise is only as good as the pub manager implementing it. There are good managers and bad managers... Once you have reached either pub manager or kitchen manager, there are few options for further progression, although both positions pay well for the industry.

  6. "Kitchen Associate Life"

    5.0
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    Current Contractor - Kitchen Associate in Blackpool, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon for more than a year

    Pros

    The quarterly bonuses are the best depending on how your Pub performs. Staff are generally very friendly, but like everywhere it depends on the people.

    Cons

    If you struggle to work under pressure, that may be a con for you depending on how busy your pub gets and/or if you're lacking staff, you'll have to step up and do more work than usual. If you don't show your eagerness to learn new stations and improve you may end up being stuck on a role such as pot washer, which will drive you insane after a while. Management can be very strict depending on which pub you work at, as Audits affect bonuses it is only natural for managers to want everyone to perform the work to the best of their abilities.

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  7. "Good pub family, no respect from Upper Management"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick easy Money for those looking for part time work. Meet amazing people. 20% food, drink and hotel rooms

    Cons

    Bad pay. Head Office believe that they are right, even though majority of managers in Head Office gave never worked in the pubs directly. No activities for staff to get to know each other like days out.

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  8. "Great for students"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very considering of the students who work for the company; allow university students to transfer between pubs when in term-time/holidays. Also flexible with hours/days available to work.

    Cons

    Can become quite stressful and busy at times, both on bar and in kitchen.

  9. "Potential"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Bar Shift Leader in Taunton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work under a good pub manager If you can get in the click then promotions will come Free food Good bonus system Good pay

    Cons

    Dont care about employees unless you're in the click Change of policy without telling staff

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  10. "Great sociable job"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Bar Attendant in Scarborough, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff, flexible working pattern, great pay

    Cons

    Management can vary depending on which pub you work in; co-workers tend to be in cliques and the company culture is heavily drink dependant - most social gatherings will be in another pub

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