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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 25 May, 2018
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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Pros
  • 50% discount on food when you're working and 20% on other days (in 55 reviews)

  • Lots of employee benefits including 50% off food during your shift (making a meal and a drink very often under (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • expect long hours and lots of over time with no extra pay (in 100 reviews)

  • They reduced the hours in the contract to improve work life balance but in reality you are always there longer than your rotary (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Fun environment- staff nights out, interesting people
    Discount is useful

    Cons

    Long hours and late nights often with little sleep in between
    Lack of work life balance because of the late nights.

    Advice to Management

    Increase hours between shifts and make managers more aware that with travel time included, 11 hours is mostly not done


  2. "Ye"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good shift hours,
    Nice coworkers

    Cons

    Drunks are common and expected.

  3. "There's Good + Bad days"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cross-trained Team Leader in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cross-trained Team Leader in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -50% off food on duty and 20% off food and alcohol in any Wetherspoon
    -the potential for a bonus (based on pub stock, sales and mystery shopper feedback)
    -good career progression
    -always something that needs to be done

    Cons

    -staff call in sick a lot leaving teams understaffed
    -bonus can be poor or non-existent
    -can be stressful working in very high volume pubs
    -closedowns can be a struggle with small teams meaning you could be working 4pm-4am


  4. "Brilliant company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Current Employee - Bar Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They work hard to provide a lot of training for you, encouraging you to be the best you can be. It's great to be in a company that cares about its staff progress. Bonuses are pretty sweet.

    Cons

    It can be a very stressful environment. You do eventually get used to it though. There is also a quick turnover for a lot of staff. It pretty much can take over your life.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management.


  5. "First good job ive had"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Reliable friendly fun hard work

    Cons

    Tiring and busy can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Please listen more


  6. "Positive workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Assistant in Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Kitchen Assistant in Bath, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Workers rights respected
    Very affordable food on shift
    No prior experience required
    Possibility to pick up extra shifts when wanted.
    Training provided

    Cons

    Very high pressure work at busy times

    Advice to Management

    I felt like I was treated fairly and that my management team was well trained and approachable. I hope the management is continuing this.


  7. "__"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    50% of food on shift
    20% of food and drink off shift
    Bonus every month depending on profit/cq scores
    Incentives on shift

    Cons

    Unsociable hours
    Exhausting work
    On feet all day
    Rude customers

  8. "Good work for students"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    -Good pay
    -Usually quite flexible with shifts
    -Take into account your availability and studies
    -Friendly team

    Cons

    -Managers can be unprofessional
    -Long hours (have done up to 12 hour shifts before)
    -Late clsoing time (3am) and early opening shifts (4am starts)
    -Don't like giving you holiday off and it is hard to take weekends off

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your team, and be more lenient with time off, esp. for family holidays etc.


  9. "Yes"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Blyth, North East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Blyth, North East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    The pay and bonus scheme can be very rewarding if the pub is doing well

    Cons

    Very reigemed, area managers are unsimpathetic to employees, business is more important than the employees


  10. "Average job but made great friends"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender in York, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bartender in York, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    met fantastic people, learned lots about real ale

    Cons

    terribly done rotas (you wont know from one week to the next when your working) also it was not ran efficiently. Menu needs to be halved and so does the drink stock. Can be very very stressful if you tend to be one of them people who actually care about your job.

    Advice to Management

    We needed more hands on management


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