J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "pub"

Updated Dec 3, 2021

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Pros
  • "Good pay free food on a 4 hr shift(in 251 reviews)

  • "Good pay / loads of benefits / free food on shift(in 186 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours not for faint hearted(in 349 reviews)

  • "Some pub promotions are already earmarked(in 280 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Wetherspoons

      Sep 17, 2021 - Shift Manager in Driffield, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Big company with lots of promotions available

      Cons

      Staffing and training issues within the pub

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company to work

      Dec 3, 2021 - Shift Manager in Cardiff, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of benefits including regular time off and good bonus when the pub is performing well. Very intense and busy role, but rewarding as well

      Cons

      Christmas can be aggressively stressful and untold pressure from head office can result in an unmanageable work load than is really required.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Tough role but can depend on the Management

      Dec 2, 2021 - Shift Leader in Nottingham, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      With a good dependable Management team you can have fun with the job. Even in the tough times as in the end you've pulled through together

      Cons

      When head office give you unreal expectations for the pub. Such as saving hours, is when things can get tough and the love for the job begins to fade. As you are continuousley battling against busy shifts with no staff

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Salary

      Dec 2, 2021 - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Discounts on other pubs and hotels

      Cons

      Rotas change too much Management often forget your availability

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Very cliquey

      Nov 26, 2021 - Associate in Sheffield, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible hours at the bigger pubs Can be good fun Managers are pretty reasonable Free food Decent pay for a bar job

      Cons

      Very cliquey and sometimes toxic environment Team leaders like to boss people about Clear favouritism Last minute rotas

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Training

      Nov 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Training and progression is excellent

      Cons

      Some pub promotions are already earmarked

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Double edged sword

      Nov 5, 2021 - Shift Manager in Milton Keynes, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -fun -progression is easy within pub -learn a lot of skills

      Cons

      - customers - poorly trained management - area managers can be clueless

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good for students wanting work

      Nov 15, 2021 - Kitchen & Floor Staff in Dudley, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay (around £9.50 over 18 and £7.20 under 18) from September 2021 Free food when working 5+ hour shifts 50% off all food and drinks before & after your shift 20% off all food and drinks when you are not working Opportunities for progression into management Flexible around students The people. Often very nice and funny, making the job enjoyable. Even managers (well at my pub) were hilarious.

      Cons

      Rota basis. This can change very last minute. Poor rota management has seen my rota changed on the day on many occasions. Most pubs are extremely understaffed. Therefore, anyone working less than 25 hours will end up doing more than what they desired. I wanted 12 hours a week and ended up doing at least 20. Given a shift you can’t do despite it not being your fault? Well it’s your responsibility for someone to cover it. No cover = you are expected to work Understaffed resulted in slow training, meaning you are likely to be thrown straight into the deep end if working in the kitchen Inadequate breaks. 15 mins 4-7hrs, 7-8hrs 30 mins and 8+ hrs 45 mins. However, you would often be given no break at all when working in busy periods. Busy periods see staff stressed and can cause tensions, especially in the kitchen. Be prepared for anger & shouting.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      You’ll never forget your time at spoons

      Oct 30, 2021 - Assistant Manager in Uttoxeter, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff were the reason to come into work. You will make some absolutely stellar friends with at least 2-3 staff members if not the whole team. When I first started food and drink was half price but now all staff who work over 6 hours get a half hour break with free food and drink and the free food is essentially anything off the menu. Some customers will be a genuine delight to have in the pub, will always be thankful for all you do. Relatively good pay for the job, front of house start at £9 and cooks start at something like £9.60

      Cons

      You will get abuse and you may get attacked. I had someone grab my neck and all I could do was grab his and, as this was situated by the smoking area, just push him out the door. It’s extremely long hours, some weekends you will be going home at 3 in the morning. And if you’re a manager and the alarms don’t set at the end of the night, you have to stay until the next manager comes in at 6am. Some customers will be genuinely disgusting, either how they leave toilets or the table or in how they treat you. Customers can make staff cry so don’t feel ashamed if a customer gets you to that stage.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Work

      Oct 29, 2021 - Shift Manager in Leeds, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sociable job, meet great people and from pub to pub, you'll always have a great team. Great bonus scheme and internal progression is very likely.

      Cons

      No overtime pay. The company says this is because they don't want managers to work over 40 hours but in some pubs, this is just not feasible. The customers very undesirable people most of the time.

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