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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 22 Jun 2019

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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
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  1. "Shift manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    It really focuses on the law and training staff correctly. Hygiene and compliance standards are very good. Great management training programme.

    Cons

    Contracted management don't get paid enough for the amount of stress and hours we are subjected to. Hard to find a work/life balance especially when you have children. they seem to care about profit more than anything which leads to neglecting other parts of the business, which then effects profit.

    Advice to Management

    If you cared more about staff, the staff would care more about the business and the profit would look after itself.

    J D Wetherspoon2016-01-10

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    January 11, 2016Senior Recruitment & Training Manager

    Thanks for leaving a review. We are always keen to get feedback on how we can improve - if you are having specific issues then please raise them directly with your Area managers so we can address them.

  2. "MKULTRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon

    Pros

    Nothing.Nil. Zero. Sweet F.A. Zippidy.

    Cons

    Constant bullying, misogynistic and sexist. No work life balance. STUDIES RUINED due to constant adjustments to the rotas, without any notification in practically all instances. This tactic was often used by management to force staff members to resign. Feedback from management seldom constructive. A destructive workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Liquidise.

    J D Wetherspoon2015-07-08
  3. "kitchen manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    secure job with good salary

    Cons

    work/life balance, very clicky work enviroment

    J D Wetherspoon2015-04-13
  4. "Career defining progression and skills development"

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    Former Employee - Pub Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training, coaching and support are all first class. Demands are hard, but that is the nature of the hospitality industry.

    Cons

    Long hours, long weeks. Targeting work-life balance would give better retention and superior commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Long term, personalised progression plans - generic ones are available, but once you reach Unit Management level, progression choices and development options dry up if you don't want to be an Area Manager.

    J D Wetherspoon2014-10-31
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Employment Experience Ever"

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    Former Employee - Duty Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met many fantastic people and made loads of new friends. A free meal every day, even if it wasn't always very healthy, came in handy. I got lots of excercise because I was required to be on my feet 10+ hours a day.

    Cons

    Where to start? I was hired with a promise of work/life balance. Contracted for 48 hours, I more than often worked between 52-55. I was told I would always have two days off together each week. This rarely happened and really only did when I requested it. If I brought this up to the pub manager, I was scoffed at as if I wasn't tough enough to handle the job. Most weeks I had to close one night, leaving around 2am. I would...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to profit too quickly. Having more pubs is not going to increase the company line as much as having exceptional product and staff. Treat your staff better. Prepare your rotas more than a couple of days in advance. Pub managers: if staff call in sick, stay behind and do some of the hard work. It should not all be placed on the shoulders of your duty managers. Finally, stop being so condescending. Hire educated...

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    J D Wetherspoon2014-11-11
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