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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 24 March 2017
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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212 Ratings

489 Employee Reviews

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Pros
  • Great Discount on Food when on and off shift and extends further to the chains hotel bookings (in 30 reviews)

  • Lots of employee benefits including 50% off food during your shift (making a meal and a drink very often under (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours customers are very attached the thing is if u work at wetherspoon u live there it's a very weird place at times (in 64 reviews)

  • not great for work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Good career prospects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast progression, good prospects, lots of support from above. Nice to have something to aim for and isn't "just pub work". With 900+ pubs it's not like I'm going to be wondering how long my job is going to last.

    Cons

    Late finishes, early mornings. Should be standard for the trade, but sometimes it can get to you. Sometimes that 11 hours between shifts law seems very, very flexible.

    Work/life balance is, as expected, truly awful. Even for management.

    Advice to Management

    There's a certain element of not knowing what happens in the rest of the country outside of London. Head Office aren't really in touch with what goes on outside of the M25 so some decisions from above can seem a little backwards. I appreciate that there's a company line to toe and consistency throughout is nice, but maybe things need to be a bit more bespoke.

    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. "Bartender"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, good management and direction. Discount on food.

    Cons

    Unfavourable working hours, however this goes with the job of bartending.


  3. "Can be fun depending on your team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Wimbledon, England
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate in Wimbledon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount food only, 50% on shift, 50% hour before and after shift. Includes meals with alcoholic drink (after shift)
    33% discount when not on shift
    Meet great people
    Fun
    Weekly pay
    Flexiable hours

    Cons

    Times is slow when few customers
    Lack of staff at times
    Late finishes if your closing
    Annoying customers

    Advice to Management

    On peak days have extra staff, even if you have to send them home.


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  5. "Working for Wetherspoon"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Good wage, flexible hours, good working atmosphere, discounted food, long breaks

    Cons

    Fast pase working environment and hot kitchen


  6. "Not bad for part time work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Porter
    Former Employee - Kitchen Porter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount on food
    Friendly staff
    Very flexible work

    Cons

    Occasionally get abuse by drunk customers
    Customers primarily tend to be of the council trash variety


  7. "Depends on the pub management"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    If you don't work in a city centre pub you get to know the regulars
    Decent pay for a pretty easy job.

    Cons

    If your pub management is poor the work can get stressful and there's no one to really turn to.
    Also late finishes when the pub gets busy
    Rude customers

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the order and pay app, when the bar is busy it's impossible to pay attention to orders coming through on the screen as well


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay for bar staff, flexible hours

    Cons

    probably need to hire more staff as too little staff to deal with large amounts of customers


  9. "Team Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Bournemouth, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Bournemouth, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    it is extremely flexible

    Cons

    Poor pay which can be annoying

    Advice to Management

    Employ students


  10. "Bar Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    The customers are generally quite friendly, especially the regulars.
    Discount on food during working hours is a plus. And food quality is good.
    Social scene between colleagues is good.

    Cons

    The pay is one of the largest drawbacks. Minimum wage, or just about. Plus, no further pay after 12 midnight so on a busy shift if there was a lot to clean up and you were working close. You would be working any time after 12 for free. This was normally around 30 minutes each time so it did add up.
    Some managers did not treat staff with respect.

    Advice to Management

    They need to pay more. Pay properly. If work needs to be done after 12 midnight, pay additional money for it. Managers treat staff with respect.


  11. "Interesting to say the least"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts on food and beverages as well as discounts in other shops

    Cons

    Abuse from customers, and fired for poor performance on a shift that started 6 hours after previous shift



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