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Updated 17 January 2018
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Pros
  • discount on food during working hours (in 43 reviews)

  • Lots of employee benefits including 50% off food during your shift (making a meal and a drink very often under (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours on your feet are expected (in 88 reviews)

  • There we're times when the rota had changed and I hadn't be notified of the update which made the work-life balance difficult at times (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Wetherspoon a great employer !"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great bonus, good management.

    Cons

    None that are not common in every job.


  2. "Team Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Team Leader in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bar and Kitchen Team Leader in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is long term employment. Staff usually is employed on full time basis. Busy enviromet all year long. Employees are wonderful and hardworking people from all around the world.

    Cons

    different shift patterns and plenty of possibilities to work more hours especially hen business pick up around September until end of December.

    Advice to Management

    Management is well trained which is great to gain knowledge from but I believe that they need to talk to staff little bit more to avoid issues.


  3. "Bar Associate"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed Atmosphere with fair and understanding management in most cases.

    Cons

    Late shifts. Zero hour contracts although never a personal problem. Potential for rowdy customers.


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  5. "Positive while company supported the role."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catering Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Catering Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bonus, pay, training, great team spirit at a pub and department level
    Supportive line managment providing one to ones and appraisals.

    Cons

    Job security is only while fits with business model
    Company can move you without consultation if required
    Can be long hours above those contracted with no additional pay if in salary
    A feeling of not not always being valued/appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develops career paths for employees beyond pub roles to provide direction


  6. "Enjoyable Part time Job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly managment, flexible shift patterns around my studies

    Cons

    Short breaks, average pay, long working hours


  7. "Profit hungry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of hours available
    Free meal on shift
    Colleagues and pub managers were great
    Take on a lot of young staff giving them a start
    Worked around college hours
    Okay bonuses
    Good promotion oppertunities

    Cons

    The company is profit hungry and will short staff as much as possible
    Working conditions are not great- getting a full break uninterrupted is impossible
    Badly designed bar layouts
    Very unsociable hours
    Shift leader pay is terrible since you're basically performing a shift managers role (opening and closing the pub on your own)
    It could be extremely busy but you're only selling cheap pints so the pub is considered quiet and they will look to send staff home
    Not enough time to train staff properly
    Very unorganised
    Terrible clientele due to cheap prices and lack of security staff- the pub was/is known as the easiest place to do coke while drinking around the area
    Management above pub level is in shambles

    Advice to Management

    Care more about staff
    Fixing the short staffing issues- it turns customers away and makes staff hate the job
    Replace upper management
    Cheap prices means a rough clientele so security staff are needed
    Pay shift leaders and shift managers more for the work they put in


  8. "Average"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Gatwick, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Gatwick, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - fun job/fun colleagues
    - management aren't too bad
    - good opportunity to progress (if you stick it out)

    Cons

    - unsociable working hours (airport)
    - short breaks
    - kind of makes you hate your life


  9. "Bar Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Very good managers, flexible and a nice company to work for,

    Cons

    Rotas were sent very last minute i.e Sunday for the next day which can be hard if you are a student.


  10. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very sociable and good hours.

    Cons

    Was so so so busy all the time and managers expected too much.


  11. "the life of a Wetherspoon kitchen associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Cheam, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Cheam, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Team members are generally friendly
    - Music is allowed in the kitchen (this wasn't the case in all the kitchens I have worked in previously)
    - Get a 20% discount on food and drink outside of working hours and a 50% discount on food during working hours

    Cons

    - The job gets repetitive after a while
    - Very little in the way of healthy eating on the menu
    - Bar staff errors can reflect badly on kitchen staff
    - Working shifts as opposed to set rota's leaves little time for routine or hobbies

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


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