J D Wetherspoon Kitchen Associate Reviews

Updated 10 Jul 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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55 Ratings
  1. "Great people but wouldn't recommend."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and managers who become best mates.

    Cons

    Pay could be better and the customers can be abusive.

  2. "Good Company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Wigan, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time for 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.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "horrible experience"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Blackburn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    discounts - 20% after shifts all over the country

    Cons

    constantly understaffed, no chance to take an unpaid break, no chance to finish tasks on time, the pressure to work after clocking out from the system

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    October 8, 2018Recruitment CoOrdinator

    It is a real shame to hear your experience was unsatisfactory. All comments will be discussed further in our weekly meetings.

  4. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Kitchen Associate in Sheffield, England

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon for 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

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unappreciated"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for 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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Wirral, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    20% off food and drink whilst not at work 50% off food and drink during shifts E-Learning

    Cons

    Long hours, and don't always get your breaks. You could easily work 12 hours and only get a 45 min break for the whole shift. Closing shifts, you never know what time you will actually finish. Rotas are meant to be done in 3 weeks of advance, but never are and can change literally that day or the day before your shift.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Lincoln, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent entry-level pay 20% staff discount (50% when on shift) Staff can make the shift bearable.

    Cons

    Long hours Job is mind-numbing and without gratification Terrible management Inflexible - rota given with 2 days notice

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful but good money."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make good friends with the staff and they are the ones you can rely on when the shift gets tough. Bar Staff incentives on shift, win a free pint or prize brought in by management. Good rate of pay, 21 years of age and receiving £8.45, more than my friends in other jobs. Always busy and not bored 50% on food plus discounted soft/hot drinks whilst on duty or 20% on food and drink whilst off duty.

    Cons

    - Closedowns not the greatest. Grubbiness, floor dirty, not something you want to walk in to. Doesnt help when you have really bad anxiety and paranoia that you go home panicking unable to sleep youve missed something then certain people or managers will purposely rub it in your face. - Coming into work in a good mood but being put down by comments of other members of staff, nothing snidy or nasty just people complaining. - No communication! People not answering radios but also mix ups of checks, stuff being accidentally cooked off twice or checks rang in incorrectly. Being shouted at for red checks. - No compliments or praisal when CQ’s come in. Always “well done to *bar staff name*. No incentive for kitchen staff, left out basically. - Long hours. Start at three but sometimes not get out till 2/3 in the morning. Kitchen shutting at 11 but no food comes on for 2 hours on some nights. Having to stand around and do nothing as you arent allowed to take equipment off early. - always understaffed, 2 people on a busy fathers day breakfast and told to deal with it and “youre going to get bollocked for the red checks” - managers best friend is the office with the door locked on facebook whilst the kitchens 10 off screen and the bars 4 deep.

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  9. "Kitchen associate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Pontypool, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working arrangments to suit your needs

    Cons

    very busy environment and stressful at peak times

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Kitchen Staff"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Saint Neots, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts on food and drink are very nice to have, 50% on shift 20% not on shift Extra shifts are freely available as very understaffed

    Cons

    Extremely short staffed, Almost no training. Unsocial hours Little to no work life balance Very little opportunity to progress Some very rude managers

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