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J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "food and drink"

Updated 5 Nov 2019

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3.4
61%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
John Hutson
582 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learnt a lot about how a big pub works(in 112 reviews)

  • "It’s good pay, 28 days holiday a year 40 hour per week(in 91 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours/Late shifts - comes with working in a pub(in 174 reviews)

  • "Some management tend to forget that running the pub from the office can create tension with associates(in 171 reviews)

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  1. "Really cares about it staff"

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    Current Employee - Bar Staff 

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, discount on food and drinks, easy to pick up

    Cons

    Just like every bar job irregular hours, but what you sign up for

    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-25
  2. "Good Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent compared to other major companies. Hours are flexible. Improves communication skills as you're talking to different customers almost every day. Free food and drink on 6+ hours shift. Bonuses and freeshares after 18 months.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about the company, however it depends which Spoons you work at as some of the management aren't great and make your job feel worse than it is.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-11-05
  3. "Good job to build confidence working part time as a student"

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    Former Employee - Bar Staff in London, England

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

    Pros

    20% off food and drink Flexible hours

    Cons

    Being on call can lead to sacrificing your work life balance

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-31
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Bar Staff in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    50% off food and drink on shift 20% off food and drink off shift Easy training and good management structure

    Cons

    Long hours No weekends to yourself Drunk customers can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive to keep staff engaged and happy

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-01
  5. "Not the best, but for a bit of extra money it’s not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the customers, obviously you get some really awful ones but I really enjoy some of the variety of people we get. I love to talk to people and establish a good relationships with the regulars. There’s also some really good benefits, 50% of food and drink on shift and 20% the rest of the time and there’s plenty of opportunities to earn a little extra when quotas are hit or when audits and CQSMA’s get good... scores.

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    Cons

    I’ve now worked in multiple pubs under this chain and honestly they’re all pretty much the same. If you have any skill, you’re wasted here. Most of the staff are lazy, the communication is lacking, and often times you’re not treat as a person with needs you’re just filling space. As a person who suffers from a chronic illness I need personally a little extra help sometimes or just a bit more relaxed rules when I’m... having a bad day and it’s often overlooked or I’m made to do things I physically struggle with because of my issues. Over all, not bad but definitely not good.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff! Yes some people are time wasters and not good fits for the job but every decent staff member I know has, or is thinking about leaving because they’re still treated like children and not listened too. You’re loosing some really good team members by not understanding their needs.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-28
  6. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Maidstone, England

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    cheap food and drink. Staff get along well.

    Cons

    some managers expect you to do everything

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-23
  7. "Pros and Cons Come In Abundance"

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    Former Employee - Duty Manager in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary Attainable bonus monthly/quarterly Clear Progression Worked with and met some fantastic people. Food and drink discounts both on shift and in personal time.

    Cons

    Selling your life Training not great Long hours Stressful work Often understaffed Senior management spend too much time hiding in office ''working'' rather doing what they are paid to in managing people and the venue. Also felt that there is a bit of of club where by if you are not in it then you are a true outsider. I found that as management changed they were pushing out old staff to bring friends in to... create an ecosystem that suited them.

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    Advice to Management

    Not enough time developing talent to see people excel. Far too much just pushing people in a direction and expecting them to take everything in and be a vat of knowledge that makes zero mistakes. Far too much time with people ringing you up in free time asking things or asking you to cover because the amount of people going on the sick with stress related illness is ridiculous. So better training so people can do... their jobs correctly, better support on site or online for people for both personal and professional issues that may arise to keep the workforce happy and functioning.

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    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-18
  8. "Not as good as they claim"

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    Former Employee - Hotel Night Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cheap food and drink and usually beautiful buildings.Anyone can get a promotion all you have to do is ask.

    Cons

    Not as safety conscious as they make out, short staffed more often than not and it's all about the money......no music , no entertainment.

    Advice to Management

    Do better rotas, if your more honest about the goings on you could save a shed load of money and use it to have more staff in. Managers dispair about unrealistic rules enforced by higher (area/regional ) managers not allowing team bonding or staff/customer relations. If you trust a person that you have interviewed and employed as a pub manager that means you trust them with the multi million pound building,... hundreds/ thousands of pounds of stock and the safety of your staff/customers BUT you don't trust them with a column button ?????you are in a sound proof building and you refuse to give permission for a single 75year old lady to play saxophone in the background of an evening arranged for the veterans on poppy day......(it's not a race it's Vera Lynn for goodness sake) the liveliest thing that might would have been a boogie woogie bugal boy, but no....but it's fine every Friday and Saturday to have loud blokes usually, smoking weed, getting drunk and threatening the staff , usually girls.......

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    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-04
  9. "not bad"

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    Current Employee - Bar Staff 

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    -Great chances for career progression - Benefits are good (50% off food and drink during shift & 20% off otherwise) - your managers are hired internally and have made their way up from your position, and so better understand your interests

    Cons

    -the pay is a bit low

    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-26
  10. "Bar asssociate"

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    Current Employee - Bar Associate 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Lovely staff Discount on food and drink

    Cons

    Late shifts Stressful and busy

    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-02
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