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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. "Kitchen Porter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Porter in Dumfries, Scotland
    Former Employee - Kitchen Porter in Dumfries, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible with shifts in advance, free food

    Cons

    understaffed, stressful, poor pay for young workers


  2. "Kitchen assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Reliable hours throughout the shift pattern

    Cons

    Long hours and poor job progression

  3. "Good people terrible treatment"

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

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

    Pros

    Everybody is relatively friendly and you get discount food

    Cons

    How this company can pay less than minimum wage in the trial period is a joke. Rotas are finalised a week in advance so no work life balance at all. Seem to be constantly short staffed and under pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better work life balance and sufficient wages for your staff.


  4. "Good progression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Great progression opportunities and competitive pay

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement and unsociable working hours


  5. "Great for students and people who do not care about the job"

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    Former Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Former Employee - Bar and Kitchen Associate in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    JD Wetherspoon tends to employ young people, who are just working there part-time whilst studying, or over the summer only, this creating new friendships with people. Decent pay too.

    Cons

    Management is under a lot of pressure, which reflects on the associates. Everyone tends to be stressed out or just upset. Working for the company for 4 years, I haven't met a person who enjoyed working at the company. And I have seen a lot of people come and go (some not even lasting one shift)


  6. "Good place to work if you're a student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, no two days are the same

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    cheap food on job (50% off during shifts)

    Cons

    late hours so need taxi home sometimes

  8. "Good place but hard work"

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    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

    friendly environment, nice staff, interesting people, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    hurts your feet so much, hard hours, takes up a lot of time

    Advice to Management

    maybe find more suitable hours (more sociable) and provide shorter but more frequent breaks

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Glad that you find your pub friendly, all employees should get a break after 4 hours. If you have any queries on this please get in touch PersonnelAdvisors@jdwetherspoon.co.uk


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Falkirk, Scotland
    Former Employee - General Manager in Falkirk, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonus, shares, free food management level

    Cons

    Gave blood, sweat and tears yet upper management will pick up on the tiniest flaws, no praise.

    Advice to Management

    Credit where it’s due and give your managers room to breath and grow their businesses, too much compliance with huge repercussions for minor flaws.

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    22 Mar 2019 – Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Congratulations on your long service. Thank you for your hard work and we hope you continue to benefit from the bonus and share scheme.


  10. "Standard minimum wage job"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The managers were nice.
    - I got to know some of the customers, who were mostly friendly.
    - Occasionally, there were good social events.

    Cons

    - To work at Wetherspoons, you have to be okay with late nights. I was at work until 2-3am regularly, and I know it's much worse at the city centre ones.
    - They gave me a ridiculous amount of hours, which is ultimately why I left. It was unsustainable.
    - It is quite sad seeing alcoholics waiting for Wetherspoons to open.
    - Bad wage, and the work could actually be quite intensive
    - No opportunity to get tips
    - No chance of career progression as far as I was aware
    - Tim Martin... need I say more