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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 21 January 2019
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "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.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    23 Oct 2018 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your positive review. All comments will be discussed further in our weekly meetings and I would encourage you to give feedback directly to your manager if you think there are... More


  2. "Amazing culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at weatherpersons for 2 , almost 3 years. Had an amazing time learning the trade and building relationships with the regulars and co workers/managers. This is specific to my branch, however know other weatherpersons in the area with similar cultures. Flexible shifts if a good worker, good discount in all branches and attitude of constant self improvement with skills that are transferable in any business.

    Cons

    Sometimes the drive for success from head office, with new incentives and ideas can improve some areas, however if specific branches arnt making enough to fund extra staff, the options left are leaving later on closes to ensure all jobs (new and old) are done, or all jobs are done to a lesser standard where staff leave earlier. Requires Extremely high motivation to complete with quality in specific time frame.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review

  3. "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pub Manager
    Current Employee - Pub Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    42 hours a week, no split shifts, good money. The best employer in this industry by far.

    Cons

    High expectations from head office.
    Never enough staff to carry out tasks required to maintain jdw standards and drive sales accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to forget how it is on the front line. Be mindful of the staffing levels you dictate when adding more administrative tasks


  4. "alright"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible shifts
    good bonuses
    free food/discounts
    make new friends

    Cons

    late nights
    unreliable staff
    management laziness
    head office calls unfair
    shift patterns change a lot


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • 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!


  6. "good company"

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

    Pros

    bonuses, free shares, free meal on shift

    Cons

    long hours, shift work, no work life balance

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review


  7. "Good money but hard work"

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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

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

    Pros

    - Pay
    - People you work with/the team
    - Discount

    Cons

    - Very hard work
    - Much busier than your average Pub/Restaurant

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback

  8. "Good progression"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Hours to work around you
    Nice people
    Bonus
    Holiday pay

    Cons

    Long hours with not enough breaks
    I order system

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear your feel the hours are long with not enough breaks. We would encourage you to speak to your manager about this.


  9. "Work hard, nasty customers, late nights"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Team effort, good friends drinks after work

    Cons

    Little work life balance. Rota changes too much


  10. "Wetherspoons"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent. I enjoy bar work anyway and my colleagues are great

    Cons

    Would like more hours. Seem to keep hiring more staff and then the current staff are left with no hours

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback. We would recommend you speak to your manager about your hours.