J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2021

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3.7
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
981 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. 4.0
      Current Employee

      good to work

      Feb 3, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      salary which is good here

      Cons

      work life balance which is not good

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Team Leader

      Jan 13, 2020 - Corporate Staff - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Effective staff training system, Flexible Working hours

      Cons

      Short staffed during busy days

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Nov 30, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good management and support for staff

      Cons

      Working hours is insane for me

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Mostly fine job, except for one manager who was a bully

      Jun 6, 2021 - Kitchen Associate in Oxford, England, England
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      Pros

      Most of the people there were really nice and I almost never had to interact with customers, which isn't for everyone but suited me well. The job was reasonably easy once I'd been there for a few weeks. It was also a very LGBT friendly workplace.

      Cons

      One manager had a massive temper and was kind of a bully, he would be really nice to his fellow managers but then yell at "lower" staff for very minor mistakes and then mock them to others working in the kitchen. I brought this issue up a couple of times with colleagues but it was brushed off as "just how he is". I worked this job over two summers and I would definitely have gone back to it again if it wasn't for the fact that I assume this guy still works there. The job was mostly actually pretty good for what it is but whenever I had a shift with him I would be anxious the whole time, and I'm not someone that's particularly prone to anxiety. I also wasn't given any training when I first joined and was just dropped straight into a Friday night shift (always the busiest of the week) with very little guidance, but the Kitchen Manager was on holiday for 3 weeks at that point so perhaps this isn't usually the case. The job can be quite stressful on the busy shifts, or if a big order comes in when you've been left alone in the kitchen, but usually it's not too bad.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Overall good place to work

      Jul 24, 2021 - Kitchen Associate in Winchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good team of colleagues Free meal on shift Flexible with shift changes

      Cons

      Long hours, either starting before 6 or finishing after 2am No tips

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      great

      Jul 24, 2021 - Bartender in Cardiff, Wales, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      amazing fun and met the best people

      Cons

      nothing, i live and breathe for the big spoon

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great

      Jul 23, 2021 - Team Leader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sociable and get to know customers well. Can be fun as its not a serious job. Relaxed, easy work.

      Cons

      Hours Boring at times No challenge Pay isn't great

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent but run by personality

      Jul 22, 2021 - Kitchen Assoscite in Dunstable, England, England
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      Pros

      Fun environment, challenging and fast paced

      Cons

      Cult of personality among management Long unsociable hours

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Work on bar

      Jul 23, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay Great place to make friends

      Cons

      Unsociable hours to work Rude customers

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Morally bankrupt company

      Jul 18, 2021 - Manager in Wirral, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Always hours available ( because turnover is so high ) Discount on food on shift

      Cons

      Expected to work over salaried hours for free Work in an environment of threats and disciplinary Staff turnover Uneducated area managers Corrupt personnel team No compassion for staff Not following own personnel guidelines Very poor kitchen practices Withholding bonus payments to improve p and l

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