Mission: The company seeks to develop staff through effective and award-winning training and development, through a positive working environment and, of course, by means of a decent pay packet.
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In addition to their pay, all employees receive:
In addition, pub managers and head-office employees receive private medical insurance.
The quality and range of our training courses help to motivate our employees and provide them with the necessary skills to carry out their job to a consistently high standard.
The company strives to provide a career, rather than just a job, with those showing promise given the opportunity to progress. The nature of our business means that the company attracts applicants with a range of skills and experience. We offer employees apprenticeships and training programmes throughout their career with the company.
Internal progression is our main source of appointing job roles throughout the company. All pub manager and area manager vacancies are filled by internal candidates.
In 2017, we promoted 596 hourly paid staff to management positions.
In addition, our professional diploma in leisure retail management, run in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University, is offered to all pub managers and head-office management, allowing them to gain a professional qualification, while working for the company.
The apprenticeship programme was launched in January 2018, offering the following qualifications:
We offer fair and competitive rates of pay and benefits to our staff, including a bonus scheme to all employees.
Pay rates for all employees are above the relevant National Minimum Wage – and all employees aged 18 years or over receive, as a minimum, the National Living Wage as their basic pay (excluding bonus payments and other benefits).
In addition to basic pay, all employees are eligible for the company bonus scheme, paid monthly to pub-based staff and bi-yearly to head-office-based staff.
The average bonus payment for an hourly paid employee was 4.2% and for a pub manager 13.7% (financial year ending July 2017).
All employees with more than 18 months’ service are eligible to join the Share Incentive Plan (SIP) and receive free shares in J D Wetherspoon plc, giving them the opportunity to benefit from the company’s future success. Employees can also choose to purchase additional shares in the company, under the Partnership Shares Scheme.
The company awarded bonuses and shares (SIPs) for employees of £43.7 million in the year, an increase of 32.4% (2015/2016: £33.0 million). Of all employees, 87% received a bonus, with 96% of all bonus payments paid to employees below board level.
All employees also receive a staff discount which may be used on and off duty, across our pubs and hotels.
Employees may retain any tips which they receive. The company does not impose any management charges.
I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)
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.
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.
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at J D Wetherspoon (Cardiff, Wales) in August 2018.
Easy, casual - sat down with manager and she asked a few standard questions from a sheet which you can find online - just type in Wetherspoons interview questions.