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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 19 October 2017
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Pros
  • Good discount on food: when on shift you get 50% discount, when off shift you get 33% discount (in 39 reviews)

  • Lots of employee benefits including 50% off food during your shift (making a meal and a drink very often under (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours on your feet are expected (in 82 reviews)

  • There we're times when the rota had changed and I hadn't be notified of the update which made the work-life balance difficult at times (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Good career prospects"

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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
    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. "Not o oh my work mates but some of my best friends!"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere with people you work closely with
    Great bonus’s for CQSMA’s, audits, back of house checks, stocks and more
    Able to ‘climb the ladder’ to management

    Cons

    The only con is that it can be unsociable hours, but 9-5 isn’t for everyone!


  3. "Great for students"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Paisley, Scotland
    Former Employee - Marketing in Paisley, Scotland
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can often choose your hours - great for students
    Good discounts

    Cons

    Long hours on weekends


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  5. "It's aight"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Brighton, England
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy transfers, l worked in two pubs over 2 years, decent money, people are usually hilarious, lots of laughs, regulars were super friendly

    Cons

    Moderately soul destroying, not where I saw myself in 5 years, customers can be a pain

    Advice to Management

    All my managers have been lovely, even my current pub manager who I heard was really strict was actually the loveliest person ever


  6. "What its like working for JD wetherspoons"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Job security, can get transfers to other pubs if needed

    Cons

    Shifts arent fixed so its hard to plan anything
    Need to put hols in 6 weeks in advance


  7. "Bar Staff"

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    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Competitive rates of Pay,
    -Good Managment Structure
    -Good Employee Discounts.
    -Rotas done 3 weeks in advance

    Cons

    -Very High Staff Turnover.
    -Often felt understaffed,
    -Current Staff weren't overly friendly,
    -need to work 6 months before any chance of progression,
    -Wetherspoons customers are generally old depressed people waiting to die,

    Advice to Management

    -Aim to treat staff more like people rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.
    -communicate to staff when hours are changing better


  8. "fab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, good discount, great management, easy progression

    Cons

    long days, restricted breaks, impractical uniform


  9. "-just quote jd wetherspoons"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Stafford, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Stafford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount is pretty good. excellent company if you like cutting corners. fast and efficient at possibly dropping your food, winging that they have food orders to cook even though the end result is them getting paid as well as a funky bonus monthly and quarterly . Perfect training structure if you train your self and don't rely on lazy kitchen managers and kitchen shift/team leaders.

    Cons

    Lazy staff and equally lazy managers. if you have no concern for safety this is the perfect place for work. the only time staff are required to follow the sops and food safety guidelines is when the area manager or auditor is expected or moments away.

    Advice to Management

    Retrain and stop being so lazy


  10. "Spoons"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good bonuses regarding stock and waste management
    managers usually flexible regarding hours worked, especially for part-time workers

    Cons

    weekend closes can be very late and requires some heavy lifting


  11. "Kitchen Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, security, good training

    Cons

    poor social life work balance


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