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3.5
66%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
636 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learnt a lot about how a big pub works(in 117 reviews)

  • "Good pay for people just starting(in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours/Late shifts - comes with working in a pub(in 187 reviews)

  • "Depending on the size of the pub it could be difficult to move up career wise(in 184 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
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    "Excellent company to work for IF you work at a good pub."

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For those that work hard there are serious progression opportunities. Excellent for training and plenty of opportunity to learn valuable life skills. The people you get to work with and meet make the job x10 easier.

    Cons

    Is a very high-pressure job which some people may find too much. Some management tend to forget that running the pub from the office can create tension with associates.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-31

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    August 21, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback about working for the company.

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  2. "Whether to Wetherspoons?"

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

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

    Pros

    Great part time - while at university I was able to transfer between a pub at home and a pub in Exeter. The pay is good and they were able to give me shifts based on the days/times I gave them. My team in Cheltenham has been so friendly and social, I feel integral to the pub. There is plenty of opportunity to work your way up too if you wanted to make a career of it.

    Cons

    Too large a pub with multiple managers and lots of associates means you never really feel part of a team and simply feel like a number (Imperial in Exeter) - witnessed high staff turn over in this environment. A pub with only 1/2 managers is so much better as you feel integral to the team and will work with everyone at some point and get to know them properly. Hours can be unsociable if you work closed and weekends but you can opt not to.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-15
  3. "Good Place to work but difficult to go higher in the career"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Boston, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really easy to get a footing on how to do the job. Generally most people in the job are young and around similar ages making it easy to get along with, even if you're a bit older everyone get's along really well with everyone.

    Cons

    Depending on the size of the pub it could be difficult to move up career wise. If it's a small pub generally any staff that have made it to manager stay there making it along time before you can go to the next level.

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-12
  4. "You will love your coworkers, but not necessarily the job"

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    Former Employee - Bar Team Leader in Folkestone, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Social job, rewarded when working hard, opportunities to travel, pub-to-pub transfers, (mostly) friendly coworkers, flexible to you, good for working parents, Guaranteed Minimum Hours are kept to (I would recommend to a friend that is willing to work hard)

    Cons

    Progression can be difficult depending on PM/AM, unsociable hours, managers not fully trained before running their own shifts, team leaders not used to their full potential, kitchen and bar are very separate, (should be working together more often) cross-train more staff, no work/life balance, thank-less job, understaffed more often than overstaffed, 6 weeks notice for any holiday, used and abused over festive periods and hours are then cut come January

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-02-12
  5. "It's okay. Could be better."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wetherspoons' gives every employee detailed up to date online training monthly which has to be completed in order to achieve a collective team bonus at the end of the month. However, your pub as a whole has to achieve excellent secret shopper experiences and overall great monthly achievements such as sales and HR targets. All staff receive 22% off purchases out with work. While working, staff receive 1 free meal and 1 non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu (options are limited and boring). If they wish to pay for a meal, not in the select menu they receive a 50% discount. Managers can be flexible and ask what days work better for you when discussing your availability. Whether it is full time or part-time. As you spend the majority of your shift attending to customers and providing the service of drink, you often get tipped. More so on a busy Friday and Saturday night. As of recently, tips are no longer divided amongst the staff, everyone can keep their own tips.

    Cons

    Wetherspoons due to its reasonable pricing has become an extremely busy pub. However, I believe it is always understaffed, meaning customers are waiting well over 10, sometimes 20 minutes at the bar and sometimes even longer on iorders. This is NO FAULT of the general staff, but the managers who control the rotas, who don't want to give staff their contracted hours. Especially in the 'quieter' months of January, February, etc.

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-01-26
  6. "Great job for learning skills with other people"

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    Current Employee - Wetherspoons in Newquay, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good fun, rewarding and achievable progress into management, should you want to go for it.

    Cons

    Understaffing is a huge problem, cutting down on staff costs cause low pub standards at times, other than that I can’t complain about anything else!

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-01-17
  7. "Flexible Hours"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Team Leader in Bexley, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours and ability to swap your shifts with someone else on the same level - Good rates of pay for what you do (compared to other companies in the same trade) - Emphasis on benefits for employees over the last year (e.g. free food over certain hours, hours)

    Cons

    - early mornings/ late nights - staff can be lazy/unmotivated as managers seem to show the same behaviour - hard to get a promotion if you work in a small/medium pub

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    J D Wetherspoon2020-01-11
  8. "Entry Level work for decent pay"

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    Current Employee - Bar Shift Leader in Brighton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High bar pay, extremely competitive. Easy to progress through levels given the right mindset. Very easy to transfer between pubs ideal for students or people who haven't settled. Quite simple to set up strict availability

    Cons

    Management can vary from really good to downright unbearable. Very high turnover of staff >60%. Have to deal with a lot of toxic situations, depending on the pub/area can be extremely difficult to deal with. Hours can be ruthless if the rota manager doesn't like you. Quite often students which is not necessarily a bad thing but often they don't give a toss about the work just do it for the money.

    J D Wetherspoon2020-01-23
  9. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Bar Team Leader in Aldridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible holidays Decent pay Discount at all wetherspoons

    Cons

    Not sociable hours Can be a high turnover - Pub dependant

    J D Wetherspoon2019-12-30
  10. "My Review"

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    Current Employee - Bar/Floor 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

    Decent system for breaks, free meal & drink for a shift 6+ hours, LOVE weekly pay!

    Cons

    A wetherspoon employee's experience depends entirely on who else works at their pub, especially management. Sometimes it's amazing, sometimes you want to rip your own head off.

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    J D Wetherspoon2019-12-26

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