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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 21 July 2018
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  • "Long hours (have done up to 12 hour shifts before)" (in 103 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 30 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant company"

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

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

    Pros

    They work hard to provide a lot of training for you, encouraging you to be the best you can be. It's great to be in a company that cares about its staff progress. Bonuses are pretty sweet.

    Cons

    It can be a very stressful environment. You do eventually get used to it though. There is also a quick turnover for a lot of staff. It pretty much can take over your life.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management.


  2. "shift manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    good life balance
    very competitive wages

    Cons

    got to work weekends

    Advice to Management

    you have to work hard and you have to do it the spoons way

  3. "Fun, sociable and motivating work place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Working for Wetherspoon helped me grow my self confidence along with team work and individual skills. It's easy to get along with your colleagues and things are dealt with professionally regardless of whom you're friendly or not friendly with.

    Cons

    It can be stressful, on times where there's not enough staff on, or it's extremely busy but the challenge was always good.


  4. "Kitchen manager review of job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Oakham, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Oakham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to progress within

    Cons

    The hours and be unsociable

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "A good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff are so lovely and friendly and are very accommodating to your circumstances
    Also receive good staff discounts

    Cons

    Although food is discounted normal staff don't get free food


  6. "A great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in East Dereham, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in East Dereham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team spirit is excellent
    The entry level pay is great

    Cons

    It’s really hard even in smaller pubs, floor work is tiring

    Advice to Management

    Don’t cut pub’s allocated hours. There’s been many times that we’ve been severely understaffed while also having been asked to cut about 20% of our hours overall


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marmite"

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

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

    Pros

    Effective training
    Job Stability
    Stable working structure
    Great career track

    Cons

    Staff are not paid enough, including salaried managers
    There is no work home balance if you are looking to progress
    It can become a very repetitive and stressful environment to work in full time

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to look after your managers, they might not make up the bulk of the workforce but they are the drive and motivation in the company. They commit a lot to ensure that the business thrives.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    10 Jul 2018 – Recruitment CoOrdinator

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

  8. "Torture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    20% off drinks
    50 off when working

    Cons

    long hours
    constantly covering shifts
    awful customers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Bar Staff (Quayside Bar, Newcastle) in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Former Employee - Bar Staff (Quayside Bar, Newcastle) in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money coming in when I didn't have other options

    Easy interview - identical at all Wetherspoons bars, if you fail one, you know the answers ready for another one

    Cons

    Hours always changed last minute

    Managers would 'clock' in and out on your behalf - illegal as far as I know

    Regularly bringing in too many staff when the day was quiet, then people sending home without pay

    Not allowed to keep your tips

    Told it was a full time job at the interview - first day there I find out it's zero hours contract

    Advice to Management

    Let your staff have their hours two weeks in advance

    Stop clocking in and out on behalf of staff


  10. "Duty manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Flexible shifts. Allows meeting new people

    Cons

    Low salary for a busy environment


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