J D Wetherspoon Associate Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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204 Ratings
  1. "Good summer job"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Portsmouth, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a good summer job where you meet lots of people in a fast paced environment. Training was good with very friendly staff. Getting paid weekly is also good along with discounted food.

    Cons

    The pay was poor and it was difficult changing around shifts. Dealing with drunk people is hard work and can get exhausting.

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  2. "Kitchen Associate Life"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Kitchen Associate in Blackpool, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quarterly bonuses are the best depending on how your Pub performs. Staff are generally very friendly, but like everywhere it depends on the people.

    Cons

    If you struggle to work under pressure, that may be a con for you depending on how busy your pub gets and/or if you're lacking staff, you'll have to step up and do more work than usual. If you don't show your eagerness to learn new stations and improve you may end up being stuck on a role such as pot washer, which will drive you insane after a while. Management can be very strict depending on which pub you work at, as Audits affect bonuses it is only natural for managers to want everyone to perform the work to the best of their abilities.

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  3. "Pay"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Bar Associate 

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

    Pros

    good pay, good bonuses, shares in the company and flexible hours

    Cons

    people management, late hours and busy shifts

  4. "good"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    food, fun, discount, easy, quick

    Cons

    shift work, can be long, busy, hectic, crazy

  5. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Associate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits of good discount and make new friends and feel like a family

    Cons

    Smell of the kitchen sticks to you

  6. "Ideal for short term .. not sure about long term prospects!"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Gatwick, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good money, reasonable hours, very consistent and understanding with working times

    Cons

    Some management issues and somewhat unsociable working hours (airport)

  7. "Okay Job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    good work environment and felt respected

    Cons

    late hours, unpredictable work pattern making it hard to plan life outside of work

  8. "Good management = good experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    - met some lifelong friends from working at Wetherspoons throughout my teenage years into my 20s - absolutely great with transfers, so was extremely useful for me when going to university and back home - employee discount of 20% off drinks off shift and 50% off food whilst on shift

    Cons

    - had some very questionable managers who made my time there not as enjoyable, i.e. 12 hour shifts of constant work, lack of breaks - the clientele, as expected, tends not to be the greatest, so if you are preparing to work at a Wetherspoons, go in with a thick skin - most of the hours available were for during the evening/night and at the weekend, so if you want the most hours, expect to lose your weekends, too

  9. "Good Experience"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate 

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Very good company to work for. Decent pay for under 18.

    Cons

    No cons - had very good experience

  10. "It's a laugh but not long-term"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bar Associate in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Move about and talk to people. Good team to work with. Get bonuses every month and quarter.

    Cons

    Duty managers are good and the day runs smoothly but pub manager would change your hours without telling you, not good.

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