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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 24 March 2019
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Pros
  • "The pay was good and the discount on food was useful whilst working" (in 53 reviews)

  • "20% of food and drink off shift" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, shift work, no work life balance" (in 117 reviews)

  • "Staff busy condition work life balance" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoyable"

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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

    Everyday is different
    Plenty of opportunities to progress

    Cons

    Unsociable hours
    Long hours
    Too much paperwork and office work

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you have had the opportunity to progress and we wish you continued success


  2. "Good for a first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No experience needed, great place to get a first job

    Cons

    The management think they are superior being and treat you like nothing

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you are better than us

  3. "Okay for a pit stop, but don’t stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Holiday pay is good

    Cons

    Shifts are rarely given in advance
    Hard long hours

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  4. "A fantastic place to work"

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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

    Thorough training
    Great opportunities to progress
    Great pay

    Cons

    Some hours are antisocial

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback. It is good to hear you have benefitted from the training. Thank you for your hard work and we wish you continued success in your career


  5. "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good pay for industry
    Sociable staff
    Staff discounts
    Free share scheme

    Cons

    Too corporate in places
    Company used as a political propaganda tool
    Late hours
    Over-working the staff
    Expecting too much of part-time staff
    Service industry, so often horrible experiences with customers
    Little sympathy for mental health issues

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff welfare. Consider yourselves all on a level playing field, working for the same company. Not, them working for you. A greater connection with the staff will work wonders in any Wetherspoons.


  6. "Good for part-time work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unpretentious, easy work. Nice mixture of staff from different backgrounds and ages.

    Cons

    Rubbish tips but... it’s a cheap pub I guess. Bad policy on promotion to management- tends to favour longest serving rather than suitability for the job. Rubbish Owner and his right wing nonsense plastered all over the pubs, even he himself comes in sometimes and spouts that rubbish.

    Advice to Management

    To manage someone is a skill not a right of service

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your comments


  7. "Kitchen shift leader"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 full-time

    Pros

    Free food, high morale, profit share, bonuses, free shares

    Cons

    Management, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, take on new ideas

  8. "Bar staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    - good pay
    - good management
    - good to chat with a variety of people, customers and colleagues alike

    Cons

    -very, very unsociable hours. do not underestimate this, ESPECIALLY if you are working full time.


  9. "Hard work but good money"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Done 10 years for 'Spoons, 6 of those as a kitchen shift leader. Depending on the pub it can be really hard work but the pay is good as well as fully paid breaks and food allowance on shift.

    Cons

    No where else to progress other than kitchen manager which is 1 per pub and rarely the opportunity comes up.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for all your hard work and for your review. It's disappointing to hear that you feel there isn't any opportunity for progression. There are lots of exciting opportunities for both Kitchen... More


  10. "bar associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate
    Former Employee - Bar/Floor Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, 20% discount when in branch, 50% off on shift, good, fun and friendly crew of staff

    Cons

    sometimes very busy and short staff. Expected to do alot for the pay for under 21s

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your time at Wetherspoon and appreciated the employee discount and our approach to flexible working. We wish you every success with your future.