J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 19 Jun 2020

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3.5
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
John Hutson
695 Ratings
Pros
  • "staff looked after for pub environment(in 121 reviews)

  • "Good pay Good people Good atmosphere(in 119 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours on your feet all day(in 197 reviews)

  • "The employee promise is only as good as the pub manager implementing it(in 197 reviews)

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  1. "good to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    salary which is good here

    Cons

    work life balance which is not good

  2. "Good benefits"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pub Manager in Peterborough, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, with good holiday, good bonus schemes.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, miss out on family events

  3. "Great Job"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Wakefield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I personally enjoy the job, it's nothing fancy but it can lead to a career with high pay if this industry is for you. The job itself is simple but can be stressful if it's busy or other members of staff don't contribute. Lots of overtime. Better than minimum wage pay, not much better though.

    Cons

    Often times there are shifts that are so short there's almost no point and other times incredibly long shifts with no pattern, so not great for a work life balance. often times while busy i do need to leave my break and either leave early or get paid the difference.

  4. "Good opportunity"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity for progression Competitive pay Bonus scheme is good when you achieve it

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance Staff morale/treatment of staff

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  5. "You will love your coworkers, but not necessarily the job"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Bar Team Leader in Folkestone, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Social job, rewarded when working hard, opportunities to travel, pub-to-pub transfers, (mostly) friendly coworkers, flexible to you, good for working parents, Guaranteed Minimum Hours are kept to (I would recommend to a friend that is willing to work hard)

    Cons

    Progression can be difficult depending on PM/AM, unsociable hours, managers not fully trained before running their own shifts, team leaders not used to their full potential, kitchen and bar are very separate, (should be working together more often) cross-train more staff, no work/life balance, thank-less job, understaffed more often than overstaffed, 6 weeks notice for any holiday, used and abused over festive periods and hours are then cut come January

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  6. "Always a laugh"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Shift Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Shifts are fun as long as you get along with staff - Good opertunities for training and progession if thats what you want - Good pay for industry standard - Well run pubs - There is always help from higher ups if you need it - Good holiday

    Cons

    - unsociable hours, you can sometimes lose out on the work life balance - Sleeping pattern is non existent - Customers are challenging

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  7. "Great place to work and progress"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Bar & Floor Associate in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay Great staff Friendly atmosphere Easy to progress

    Cons

    Awkward shift patterns making it hard to have a work/life balance

  8. "Lack of Support to Middle Management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Pub Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay Structured company Apprenticeships / Training

    Cons

    Work life balance Too much emphasis on lower tiered workers Overall experience very dependant on line manager

  9. "Good job to build confidence working part time as a student"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Bar Staff in London, England

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    20% off food and drink Flexible hours

    Cons

    Being on call can lead to sacrificing your work life balance

  10. Helpful (2)

    "No pub manager promise"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Pub Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like shares Great pay GM very involved Staff liaison meetings

    Cons

    Micromanaged Under constant threat of disciplinary No input in running business Very stressful No work life balance Area management/personnel - all friends nowhere to turn for support Made to work when pubs are quiet - yet graded on it

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