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J D Wetherspoon Kitchen Associate Reviews

Updated 17 January 2019
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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 52 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Can be long hours above those contracted with no additional pay if in salary" (in 117 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 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for the team are excellent and with the staff discount 50% food is good for me also the bonus scheme for doing the job you should do is even better who doesn't want that extra bit
    Great atmosphere and good customers

    Cons

    Tbh not many cons but just a few little minor things but just could do with a bit more movement with progression with the company

    Advice to Management

    More Incentives for staff to feel they can progress

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    31 Jan 2017 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, your feedback will be discussed in our weekly meetings, and I would encourage you to give feedback directly to your manager if you think there are... More


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!

  3. "Kitchen/Bar Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Kitchen Assosciate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Kitchen Associate at JD Wetherspoon"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Sheffield, England

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Good hours
    Good experience for kitchen staff
    Good training

    Cons

    The management at junior level is terrible. Favoritism etc


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unappreciated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The colleagues are friendly and it's an enjoyable environment to work in, in that regard.

    Cons

    When it's busy and very hard to keep to the ten minute food time you get so much criticism from managers for unrealistic demands.


  10. "Good Company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Wigan, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Wigan, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    50% of food when on shift and 20% when not on shift.
    Set contracted hours of work (relatively new initiative).
    Recycles food; paper; plastic and metal.
    Regular bonuses based on hours worked and job title.
    Management are approachable.
    Regular training.
    Share incentive.
    Cheerful and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard physical labour and restaurant open till eleven, so sometimes very late to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ensure that equipment is in good working order to minimize accidents.