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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 17 January 2018
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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Pros
  • discount on food during working hours (in 43 reviews)

  • Lots of employee benefits including 50% off food during your shift (making a meal and a drink very often under (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours on your feet are expected (in 88 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 22 reviews)

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  1. "Wetherspoon a great employer !"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great bonus, good management.

    Cons

    None that are not common in every job.


  2. "Team Leader"

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

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

    Pros

    This is long term employment. Staff usually is employed on full time basis. Busy enviromet all year long. Employees are wonderful and hardworking people from all around the world.

    Cons

    different shift patterns and plenty of possibilities to work more hours especially hen business pick up around September until end of December.

    Advice to Management

    Management is well trained which is great to gain knowledge from but I believe that they need to talk to staff little bit more to avoid issues.


  3. "Bar Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed Atmosphere with fair and understanding management in most cases.

    Cons

    Late shifts. Zero hour contracts although never a personal problem. Potential for rowdy customers.


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  5. "Positive while company supported the role."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catering Manager in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Catering Manager in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus, pay, training, great team spirit at a pub and department level
    Supportive line managment providing one to ones and appraisals.

    Cons

    Job security is only while fits with business model
    Company can move you without consultation if required
    Can be long hours above those contracted with no additional pay if in salary
    A feeling of not not always being valued/appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develops career paths for employees beyond pub roles to provide direction


  6. "Enjoyable Part time Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly managment, flexible shift patterns around my studies

    Cons

    Short breaks, average pay, long working hours


  7. "Average"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Gatwick, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Gatwick, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - fun job/fun colleagues
    - management aren't too bad
    - good opportunity to progress (if you stick it out)

    Cons

    - unsociable working hours (airport)
    - short breaks
    - kind of makes you hate your life


  8. "Bar Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Very good managers, flexible and a nice company to work for,

    Cons

    Rotas were sent very last minute i.e Sunday for the next day which can be hard if you are a student.


  9. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very sociable and good hours.

    Cons

    Was so so so busy all the time and managers expected too much.


  10. "the life of a Wetherspoon kitchen associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Cheam, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Cheam, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Team members are generally friendly
    - Music is allowed in the kitchen (this wasn't the case in all the kitchens I have worked in previously)
    - Get a 20% discount on food and drink outside of working hours and a 50% discount on food during working hours

    Cons

    - The job gets repetitive after a while
    - Very little in the way of healthy eating on the menu
    - Bar staff errors can reflect badly on kitchen staff
    - Working shifts as opposed to set rota's leaves little time for routine or hobbies

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


  11. "Good part-time job as a Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good progression if you are hard-working.
    Discount off food and drinks.
    Training provided.

    Cons

    Zero hour contract, your shifts are likely to be taken by colleagues who have been working there for longer than yourselves.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow change of shifts without the consent of all parties involved.


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