J D Wetherspoon Shift Leader Reviews

Updated 8 Jul 2020

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3.6
74%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
52 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Happy staff, happy life"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Spoons, great place to work for, perfect for students, flexible working hours across the day. If you want a sit down 9-5 life this isn’t the job for you. Bonuses, above minimum wage, max 10 hour shifts, min of 12 hours rest before your next shift. Work hard and be rewarded. After years in the company leaving now would be a waste. Great progressional route

    Cons

    Newbies get thrown in the deep end

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  2. "Good for experience, terrible for health"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good prospect for a promotion (you must work yourself to death) Meet some amazing people Great discounts Company pension Free shares after 18 months Good atmosphere depending on management Approachable Area Managers, and head office employees Good opportunity for staff training Fast paced Ability to use some skills from outside the company (Multimedia design, use of Microsoft packages to create custom pos)

    Cons

    Really Not worth the stress Very clique (if you don't fit you will be managed out of the business) Often criticised for taking extremely short breaks usually no breaks Massive ego's from management can cause serious mental harm Associates often treat like cannon fodder Abusive customers, that get barred then allowed back in almost immediately, time and time again Associate promise is a joke, needs looking into Staff with mental health issues often belittled by management but are offered a mental health hearing which feels more like a disciplinary

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  3. "Good pub family, no respect from Upper Management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick easy Money for those looking for part time work. Meet amazing people. 20% food, drink and hotel rooms

    Cons

    Bad pay. Head Office believe that they are right, even though majority of managers in Head Office gave never worked in the pubs directly. No activities for staff to get to know each other like days out.

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  4. "Potential"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Shift Leader in Taunton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work under a good pub manager If you can get in the click then promotions will come Free food Good bonus system Good pay

    Cons

    Dont care about employees unless you're in the click Change of policy without telling staff

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  5. "Busy"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff interaction, paid breaks and free food

    Cons

    Hard work and busy at times

  6. "Hard work - not a viable career without burning out."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It can be a fun and engaging job, the people you work with and the regular customers male the job enjoyable. The free food is good and staff discounts are useful. I'd recommend it as a part time or second job for a bit of fun in your teens or twenties. Don't let it become your 'career'.

    Cons

    As much as the company pretends to 'care' its all really about the money wrapped up in a pretend sense of 'team' or 'family'. Once you realise that you're selling a drug to people that makes their lives seem a little less dark and soul destroying then you have the truth of it. The pub trade is quite dark and seedy underneath and the recent press coverage has just highlighted how much Mr Martin only cares about his profits and not his people. Hours allocated are unrealistic and some shifts just aren't worth coming in for.

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  7. "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Cardiff, Wales

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Good bonus schemes, free meal on shift

    Cons

    Understaffing on purpose makes life hell

  8. "Good company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great bonus scheme and free food for over 6 hr shift

    Cons

    Unfriendly hours always trying to adhere to company policies

  9. "Very Pub Dependent"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Shift Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay Is good in comparison to competitors Free Shares 20% Discount Good management experience for future roles

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times High pressure Unsociable hours Pub dependent on how well managed everything is

  10. "Get out what you put in"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Pudsey, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay. Bonuses and other benefits such as discounts, free meals and shares. Good training scheme.

    Cons

    Can come across some poor management but I have found that in most jobs. Unsociable hours but that's to be expected in the industry. Rota is a big issue, seems to be across the board however company is seen to be doing bits to improve this.

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