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J D Wetherspoon Bartender Reviews

Updated 7 October 2018
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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Pros
  • "The pay was good and the discount on food was useful whilst working" (in 51 reviews)

  • "Best staff benefits I've ever recieved (50% off food whilst working)" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours (have done up to 12 hour shifts before)" (in 112 reviews)

  • "They reduced the hours in the contract to improve work life balance but in reality you are always there longer than your rotary" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Extremely decent jobs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bartender in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Current Employee - Bartender in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Paid breaks
    Lovely place to work
    50% of food
    20% of good when not at work
    20% of drink not at work too

    Cons

    Pay increase was delayed heavily
    Hardly any tips compared to other pubs
    Customers are really gross
    No time and half or double time etc

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    28 Nov 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for the positive feedback


  2. "Comfortable and secure. Yet lacking in challenge, whilst promoting job apathy."

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Eastbourne, England
    Current Employee - Bartender in Eastbourne, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Increases certain skills include social skills and team work.

    Cons

    Unsociable hours and lacking wages

  3. "Average job but made great friends"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in York, England
    Former Employee - Bartender in York, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    met fantastic people, learned lots about real ale

    Cons

    terribly done rotas (you wont know from one week to the next when your working) also it was not ran efficiently. Menu needs to be halved and so does the drink stock. Can be very very stressful if you tend to be one of them people who actually care about your job.

    Advice to Management

    We needed more hands on management


  4. "Great for 18-21"

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and flexible hours

    Cons

    Exclusively my experience as I cannot vouch for another: Always understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Live a little, you deserve it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bartender"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in London, England
    Former Employee - Bartender in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good training
    Staff were professional and friendly
    Bar was well stocked

    Cons

    Short staffed
    Overworked staff
    Lack of management
    Lacking group morale

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers, put a greater focus on the job satisfaction the staff get.


  6. "Good, but not quite"

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Bartender in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours, wotking around your day by day activities

    Cons

    Tips ..not quite..shorted stuff most of the time, people are coming and leaving so often

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    12 Dec 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for your review. All comments will be discussed further in our weekly meetings.


  7. "working at weatherspoons"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Boston, England
    Former Employee - Bartender in Boston, England

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

    Pros

    was a good team spirit when I was there

    Cons

    Started employing youngsters who were not motivated

    Advice to Management

    Employ older staff who have better knowledge

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    28 Nov 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for your feedback

  8. "Fun, friendly but hard work."

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

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

    Pros

    Usually fun atmosphere, easy to advance, lots of skills to be learned, easy doable alongside university or college. Can transfer all over the country.

    Cons

    A lot of jobs that you'd think you'd be paid extra for. Can receive abuse from customers but this can be found in all hospitality.

    Advice to Management

    Staff are often made to clean up after customers for no extra incentive. Can be a deterent to staff.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    18 Aug 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for your positive feedback


  9. "Wetherspoons"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Kingston, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Bartender in Kingston, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always busy! There is always work to be done and helps build customer service skills.

    Cons

    Some problem with management being rude, service in general is both underpaid and over-worked.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring more staff to cope with larger demand at certain time periods and make the pay equal to the effort put in by the staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad pay, unsociable hours, strangely I still enjoyed working there!"

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    Former Employee - Bartending in Southgate, England
    Former Employee - Bartending in Southgate, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very helpful and friendly team; they were the main reason I stayed for so long
    -Some customers were characters; I met loads of interesting (sometimes interesting in bad ways) people whilst working there
    -There is room for promotion; I was never promoted as I was the newest member but I saw at least five promotions in the time I worked there. They really have a tough time retaining staff, so if you're productive then you will get a promotion eventually
    -simple ways to increase your pay, such as if you complete the training for bar AND kitchen you get an extra 50p an hour. there's multiple options of increasing your salary.
    -Profit-sharing scheme/bonuses are paid. It all depends on how 'good' the levels of stocks are; they are reviewed about 4 times a year. The bonuses can be really big! It depends on how good the stocks are and how many hours you worked during the review period;a full-time employee I knew got ~£1k bonus when we had exemplary stock levels
    -managers can be flexible with work patterns if you give them enough notice
    -there are security on the doors on the busy nights
    -day time shifts are by far the best ones!

    I would recommend this job to students. I'm very glad I've graduated university so I don't have to come back to work here, but it's not a bad first job!

    Cons

    -Bad hours! Don't expect to leave before 2am on a Friday/Saturday night if you've been working behind the bar.
    -If you're new, prepare to get all the bad shifts! (the Fridays and Saturdays mainly)
    -Customers can sometimes be rude; I'd say the majority are pleasant but others seem to think they're in a more upmarket venue! Cheapskates are the worst. Get ready to be moaned at for taking longer than 3mins to serve a customer even though the bar is dreadfully understaffed.
    -The venue will be consistently understaffed (to help save on the cost of a pint) which can make things stressful
    -Pay when I was there was absolutely dire; I guess it's higher than Mcdonalds! I was 18 and on £5.60/hr in 2013 but it has since been increased
    -The managers definitely make or break the pub. Bad manager=bad pub

    My most major tip to anyone thinking of working at a Wetherspoons: the more experienced the employees are in the venue, the more enjoyable your time working will be. Everyone is less stressed, and can leave the pub at a reasonable time, if the staff are good; if this isn't the case, well, good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on competence rather than how long they've been working at the pub. There's too many team leaders and shift managers that cannot lead a team!