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Updated 24 March 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 (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. "Bar/Kitchen Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Coventry, England
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Coventry, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent hourly pay, 20% discount off-duty, 50% discount on-duty

    Cons

    Stressful workplace, Late rotas, understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Post rotas 3 weeks early as promised, hire enough people, take care of your employees

  3. "Really good company!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Enfield, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Enfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a really good companyto work for, pay every Friday and benefits are good!

    Cons

    Depending on what site you’re at, the hours can be long and late nights too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing


  4. "Best job I've had"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong team that work hard so the job is rarely stressful despite being very busy

    Very well paid holiday days

    Flexibility with shifts

    Cons

    Last minute rota changes

    Occasional inconvenient hours (for example 15.00-23.00 which takes up both your afternoon and evening)

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the employee handbook more to ensure all staff are given their entitled rights


  5. "Good for a first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No experience needed, great place to get a first job

    Cons

    The management think they are superior being and treat you like nothing

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you are better than us


  6. "Good for part-time work"

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    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unpretentious, easy work. Nice mixture of staff from different backgrounds and ages.

    Cons

    Rubbish tips but... it’s a cheap pub I guess. Bad policy on promotion to management- tends to favour longest serving rather than suitability for the job. Rubbish Owner and his right wing nonsense plastered all over the pubs, even he himself comes in sometimes and spouts that rubbish.

    Advice to Management

    To manage someone is a skill not a right of service

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your comments


  7. "bar associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, 20% discount when in branch, 50% off on shift, good, fun and friendly crew of staff

    Cons

    sometimes very busy and short staff. Expected to do alot for the pay for under 21s

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your time at Wetherspoon and appreciated the employee discount and our approach to flexible working. We wish you every success with your future.

  8. "Great for students and people who do not care about the job"

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    Former Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Former Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    JD Wetherspoon tends to employ young people, who are just working there part-time whilst studying, or over the summer only, this creating new friendships with people. Decent pay too.

    Cons

    Management is under a lot of pressure, which reflects on the associates. Everyone tends to be stressed out or just upset. Working for the company for 4 years, I haven't met a person who enjoyed working at the company. And I have seen a lot of people come and go (some not even lasting one shift)


  9. "Standard minimum wage job"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The managers were nice.
    - I got to know some of the customers, who were mostly friendly.
    - Occasionally, there were good social events.

    Cons

    - To work at Wetherspoons, you have to be okay with late nights. I was at work until 2-3am regularly, and I know it's much worse at the city centre ones.
    - They gave me a ridiculous amount of hours, which is ultimately why I left. It was unsustainable.
    - It is quite sad seeing alcoholics waiting for Wetherspoons to open.
    - Bad wage, and the work could actually be quite intensive
    - No opportunity to get tips
    - No chance of career progression as far as I was aware
    - Tim Martin... need I say more


  10. "Not awful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GMH contract, so you know you'll be getting certain hours each week

    Cons

    Management are forced to only care about profit, long shifts and late nights with not a lot of room for flexibility

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your comments and if you would like to speak to us about your shifts please contact us PersonnelAdvisors@jdwetherspoon.co.uk