J D Wetherspoon Bar Associate Reviews

Updated 28 Jul 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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185 Ratings
  1. "Good for socialising, but can be quite hectic and tedious."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    If you have a good team and friendly co-workers, it can make or break your experience. I wouldn't have lasted 10 months there if the people I worked with weren't good people at best. It's also a pleasure to get to drink great beer very often. If you have a good diet then this job will get you very lean and fit as it requires many hours of standing and moving around. The discount is great if you have drinks at their pubs with friends too, you can save quite a bit of money.

    Cons

    Not the greatest managers, and the work can be extremely tedious. Thanks to the weekly rota, it can be needlessly hard to organise your life outside, but they can be a little bit flexible with it. Think more plastic ruler than elastic band however. Asking for time off will give you lots of sighs and bad looks. It also gets pretty boring cleaning the same tables or the same bar for the 100th time at god knows what hour in the morning. Oftentimes I was working till 2 or 3 in the morning, and my sleeping pattern was extremely askewed.

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  2. "Great company but hard work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, free food on shift, free shares after 18 months and good breaks.

    Cons

    Sometimes understaffed and rude customers at times.


  3. "Good Place to work but difficult to go higher in the career"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Boston, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really easy to get a footing on how to do the job. Generally most people in the job are young and around similar ages making it easy to get along with, even if you're a bit older everyone get's along really well with everyone.

    Cons

    Depending on the size of the pub it could be difficult to move up career wise. If it's a small pub generally any staff that have made it to manager stay there making it along time before you can go to the next level.

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  4. "Good as a student"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Leicester, England

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

    Pros

    Bonus, decent pay for bar work as well

    Cons

    Late finishes, the kitchen staff had very poor hygiene

  5. "Nice atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Henley, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay for bar work Supportive Management Good food discounts on Breaks Monthly Bonus

    Cons

    Often ask to work longer hours than contracted or stay after shifts during busy periods

  6. "Only join if you are desperate for money"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    - Lovely staff - Weekly pay - 20% discount

    Cons

    - Customers vomit and even poo almost daily in the public area! Leaving the bar staff to clean it up - its disgusting! - Rude and patronising customers - Long hours 10+ - No social life due to mostly working weekends - Understaffed - Closing the pub takes over 2 hours at least therefore very late nights - Physically straining - So much unnecessary training

  7. "Working at Wetherspoons"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working there provided good flexibility Good job to have whilst in education

    Cons

    Managers are power hungry Expected to work shifts almost back to back

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  8. "You will love your coworkers, but not necessarily the job"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Team Leader in Folkestone, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Social job, rewarded when working hard, opportunities to travel, pub-to-pub transfers, (mostly) friendly coworkers, flexible to you, good for working parents, Guaranteed Minimum Hours are kept to (I would recommend to a friend that is willing to work hard)

    Cons

    Progression can be difficult depending on PM/AM, unsociable hours, managers not fully trained before running their own shifts, team leaders not used to their full potential, kitchen and bar are very separate, (should be working together more often) cross-train more staff, no work/life balance, thank-less job, understaffed more often than overstaffed, 6 weeks notice for any holiday, used and abused over festive periods and hours are then cut come January

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  9. "Good experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Barnstaple, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy informal atmosphere, become a family

    Cons

    Customers expecting 5 star experience

  10. "Good people, Difficult job"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar & Floor Associate in Plymouth, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The people make the place, sometimes get a really good bonus, pay is higher than minimum wage and you meet people from all over working behind a bar

    Cons

    Don't hope to get tipped, the customers are (although mostly lovely) can be rude and insensitive, so many people work there so its difficult for career opportunities

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