J D Wetherspoon

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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
52 Reviews
3.4
52 Reviews
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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly people, flexible hours, pub isn't too busy (in 5 reviews)

  • Good bonus scheme and stocks for long term employees (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and antisocial working times but it's all part of the job (in 9 reviews)

  • 19 per hour minimum wage if you are a barman, a team leader gets 6 (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Positive Interview and Hiring Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff in Brigg, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff in Brigg, England (UK)

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon

    Pros

    I was informed during the interview that I would be paid around £4.60 per hour
    I would receive around 10-12 hours work per week (Part-time)
    Would be part of a large friendly team

    Cons

    Often busy and can be stressful
    Sometimes you have to deal with rowdy customers
    Local, you may know a lot of the customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a very positive interview experience and enjoyed the hiring process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Head Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon

    Pros

    Really people focused company with great development opportunities and a lot of positive focus on employee's capabilities. Strong preference towards internal recruitment. Regular rotation of roles to keep interest and broaden experience.

    Flat structure for the most part and minimal politics.

    Good pay and bonus. Free shares.

    Cons

    Whilst the company seems to pride itself on listening to its employees it is only if they like what they hear. The company is dictated by HiPPOs who do not believe in marketing or data and have little respect for people who work in finance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Brighton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great opportunity for career progression, bonus scheme, free shares

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful dealing with the general public but that's to be expected!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Long hours, but

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good bonuses
    Easy to progress and gain promtions
    Really nice atmoshpere and socail aspects of staff life

    Cons

    Long hours
    Difficult customers
    Reputation to overcome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your staff better and remover the weak links in the chain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Career defining progression and skills development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pub Manager
    Former Employee - Pub Manager

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Team leader.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff and management, mostly. Awesome team and family feeling.
    50% off food.
    Occasional nights out paid for by the company.
    Great for students.

    Cons

    You could work really hard whilst other people of nothing, and no one notices.
    Was promised a promotion for over a year but not enough space to progress.
    Late nights and some ridiculous customers, but what do you expect with a bar job?
    Some very young under experienced, lazy management.
    0 hour contract, sometimes leading to less liked staff being "frozen out" by management.
    Low pay, especially for the managers, considering the 48 hour contract and the working times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As with most companies, look into what your managers are doing, or not doing...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bar Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's nice to work somewhere where the product offers value for money. Customers can't really complain about the prices because they're so reasonable, and people generally know what to expect from a Wetherspoons.

    Cons

    Close downs can be very long and protracted on a night. That's good for consumer confidence and meeting high standards, but as a member of staff you can end up staying well into the early hours of the morning even though the bar stopped serving drinks at midnight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Treat you very well, with perks thrown in. Great selection of ales available. Bosses generally decent people, although can have some deputies thinking they are the bees knees.

    Cons

    Rota's have been been a problem in the past. Receiving abuse from guests that are too drunk and you refuse to serve them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing oppertunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Sheffield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible rotas, amazing staff, great management, bonus scheme, great training,

    Cons

    Long hours and antisocial working times but it's all part of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time in lower pay scale staff and consider the national living wage, when you want associates and team leaders to have similar ambition and pride for their work as managers and head office they need rewarding through the pay packets, The bonuses are not always enough, staff could work so hard all month and miss out on profit by 1% and take home no bonus but a pub could still be taking 9% on last years profits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Employment Experience Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Duty Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Duty Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time (more than an 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 have a 'day off' leading to my next shift that required me to be in at 5am. Getting any kind of normal sleep was impossible. Finally, while the salary was OK, we were always enticed by bonuses. However, just when a bonus was looking due, the area manager would drop in and lower the score. I also spent six months working at a pub and helping to hold stock only to be moved. Three weeks later the former pub had an audit and all of the the staff received a bonus. I did not even though my move was unrequested. Avoid working for this company at all costs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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 people. Not everyone who puts in the time necessarily makes a good leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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