J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "pub"

Updated Jan 20, 2021

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
1,057 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay Good people Good atmosphere(in 162 reviews)

  • "The quarterly bonuses are the best depending on how your Pub performs(in 140 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Expect to work long hours in busier periods and occassions(in 257 reviews)

  • "Hard work when working in a busy pub(in 229 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company

      Jan 18, 2021 - Shift Manager in Newcastle, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay for all levels and training opportunities (both online and in-class sessions) Flexibility in shifts and can suit people will all forms of commitments Over 850 pubs & hotels and a variety of areas to work in across the country Up to 19% of your salary can be earned in bonuses, with other company bonuses such as pension schemes, free shares, free food on shift and 20% discount off shift. Good working environments and provides a solid foundation to a good social life.

      Cons

      Can be long hours depending on level on trade and your role within the pub, you need to be prepared to start at 6am one day and finish at 2am the next day (however, usually applies to pub management employees). Can be quite mentally and physically draining due to high levels of trade within pubs and the job will not be for everyone.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good pay for low age

      Jan 20, 2021 - Bar Associate in Swansea, Wales, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good wage as I was only 17 at roughly £7.00 p/h. Always busy on weekends lots to do.

      Cons

      Can be stressful and cleaning the pub in the early hours of the morning is tough.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Shift manager

      Jan 7, 2021 - Shift Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High support during covid pandemic

      Cons

      Hard work when working in a busy pub

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      A lot of effort from the company

      Jan 4, 2021 - Manager in Guisborough, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company puts a lot of effort into being a very good employer and it shows. Free food, 40 hour week, bonuses, free shares, good breaks, 12 hours between shifts etc. Career progression is very achievable.

      Cons

      Reducing the hours on a pub rota is always a priority which makes it hard to enjoy shifts.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Meh

      Jan 13, 2021 - Kitchen Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Can be fairly flexible depending on pub.

      Cons

      Company constantly works with a skeleton crew for max profits and it is hell in busy periods

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Perfect for students

      Dec 21, 2020 - Team Leader in Cardiff, Wales, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Managers were very considerate of uni hours and other issues, extra hours are always given over holidays and Xmas, bonuses increase the longer you stay with the company, perks such as free food on longer shifts

      Cons

      Like any pub work unsociable hours and up on your feet all day with small breaks, but for the main part very bearable

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Don’t care about managers

      Jan 7, 2021 - Pub Manager in Leeds, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Discount scheme Lots of perks for hourly paid Ok-ish salary but not worth what you are put through and doesn’t match the expectation they have of managers

      Cons

      Senior management don’t have a clue, over the years perks for staff have increased, nothing for management & the management package is now the same as the associates with no responsibility You will never have enough labour to run your pub but HO will try and cut hours back even more and tell you your not doing enough. You are salaried for 40hours but have at least 20hours of paperwork to do a week and have to put yourself on bar rota for a 50hours. You get free food but don’t get a break so pointless. Eve. If it’s quiet you’ll only be allowed to rota 1 other person with you so can’t even get a break then. Even though you wouldn’t take a break anyway you would spend it doing paperwork. If your staff have any health concerns you better look after them and do everything you can. But if you are ill or have any issues, don’t waste your breath, you just need to man up because it’s a massive inconvenience to your area manager who has important spreadsheets to work on that will tell you how much more you should have done for them last period and how you didn’t perform anywhere near as good as there unrealistic targets says you should.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work depending on the pub you work in

      Dec 1, 2020 - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good staff at my pub and management is fair and easy to get along with. Fun place to work overall

      Cons

      Sometimes customers can be rude and there are occasional fights but this would occur at any pub

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Hard but often rewarding work

      Nov 28, 2020 - Bar Team Leader in Sheffield, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive pay for the hospitality sector, decent bonuses if your pub is exceeding targets and access to free shares.

      Cons

      Long hours on your feet, takes a long time to progress to higher positions

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good 'filler' job but don't get stuck there unless you're aiming for Shift Manager and up.

      Nov 29, 2020 - Bar Associate in Bedford, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Reasonable pay relative to the job, and regular bonuses based on pub performance. Fairly sociable. Free food on shift. Reasonable rota quests are usually granted.

      Cons

      Constantly reducing rota hours invariable leads to understaffing when even one person calls in sick. Rota is often only available a couple of days before the week starts despite company policy stating 3 weeks notice of shifts is required.

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