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J D Wetherspoon Kitchen Associate Reviews

Updated 21 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. "Bar/Kitchen Staff"

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    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


  2. "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)

  3. "Not awful"

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    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


  4. "Horrible."

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    Former Contractor - Kitchen Associate in Haverfordwest, Wales
    Former Contractor - Kitchen Associate in Haverfordwest, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is never a dull moment, always working.

    Cons

    Staff were extremely unprofessional by breaking staff rules.
    They see you as a number, not as someone who needs money to pay bills.
    Very mismanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Follow staff rules.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Southampton, England
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, management work just as hard as staff! Pay is very decent for just bar person, and the work atmosphere is always great.

    Cons

    Unsociable hours if you're on a close or early morning starts but this isn't too bad as you get free coffee!

    Advice to Management

    Relax a bit? Keep up the good work!


  6. "Kitchen/Bar Associate"

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    Former Employee - Bar/Kitchen Associate in King's Lynn, England
    Former Employee - Bar/Kitchen Associate in King's Lynn, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a large company and was offered a wide range or areas to go into while working there

    Cons

    They do ask a lot of you with 0 hour contracts so no solid hours.


  7. "Kitchen Assosciate"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the wage is enough to keep you alive

    Cons

    Terrible wages, terrible perks, terrible hours, terrible management

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages, conditions, benefits etc

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience.

  8. "There's worse, there's better"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Coventry, England
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Coventry, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible and can fit around university

    Cons

    Management, and can be hard to take time off around christmas


  9. "Kitchen Associate at JD Wetherspoon"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Otley, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Otley, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Friendly staff
    Good benefits
    Good online training

    Cons

    Sometimes long shifts
    Can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Give staff more freedom about shifts they can work, and get more staff

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    23 Oct 2018 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback.


  10. "Great people but wouldn't recommend."

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and managers who become best mates.

    Cons

    Pay could be better and the customers can be abusive.