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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 14 Sep 2019

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3.4
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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
John Hutson
535 Ratings
Pros
  • "salary very competitive for the pub trade(in 100 reviews)

  • "Good pay, bonus and promotional opportunity(in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "Much busier than your average Pub/Restaurant(in 147 reviews)

  • "Long hours with not enough breaks(in 142 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Excellent company to work for IF you work at a good pub."

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For those that work hard there are serious progression opportunities. Excellent for training and plenty of opportunity to learn valuable life skills. The people you get to work with and meet make the job x10 easier.

    Cons

    Is a very high-pressure job which some people may find too much. Some management tend to forget that running the pub from the office can create tension with associates.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-31

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    August 21, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback about working for the company.

  2. "Na na"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Well so far training has been well received

    Cons

    I have not been in employment long enough

    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-15
  3. "great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    good work life balance for employees

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    J D Wetherspoon2019-08-25
  4. "Meh overall. Don't stay here forever"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Team Leader in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free lunches - Decent pay if you're young but it's not a viable option long term -Good bonuses but only if your pub is profitable

    Cons

    -Stress -Long hours -Childish "high school clique" culture in some pubs but not all -Always under staffed

    Advice to Management

    Work on shift with staff more often and actually get to see what it's like in the fray. We're not moaning about long hours and understaffing for no reason

    J D Wetherspoon2019-08-27
  5. "Perfect for flexible work"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Dún Laoghaire
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for flexible work Discounted alcohol, food and hotel

    Cons

    Overworked if full time Not suitable to those looking for career in bartending Management and training lackluster High employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Ensure training is better so senior staff aren't overworked as much and look after the full time members of staff as much as the college students.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-22
  6. "Current shifts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and decent pay

    Cons

    Long online training Finish shifts at 2am

    J D Wetherspoon2019-07-16
  7. "Bar Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good job for college, fun staff

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism with promotions

    J D Wetherspoon2019-01-12

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    January 22, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time working for the company. We will review your feedback about the promotion process to see if there are improvements we can make

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the beginning but went downhill"

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    Former Employee - Bar Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started working in a brand new Wetherspoons. At the beginning it was enjoyable but after a few months the hours allocated to the pub were cut. Half price food during shift Staff are friendly Training

    Cons

    Not enough people on shift... sometimes couldn't even have a break because there was no one there to cover Expected to make your own way home at night, taxi's not subsidised Poorly managed and obvious favouritism Wage Kitchen manager didn't care about customers

    J D Wetherspoon2018-08-09
  9. "Great place to work during college..just beaware of the millennials"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Associate in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management very considerate of your working shifts and basically allow you to give them your availability and will keep your shifts as constant as the business allows. Discount on food on and off shift. No bar experience required which is great. Fun environment with a young staff base even if it is very busy at times, hard work pulling pints and clearing tables won't kill ya

    Cons

    Millennials. BEAWARE of them. Lots of generation Y in employment there as it is a young staff base (the nature of the job). While a lot of the staff are very hardworking and appreciate having a job,..some get very comfortable and believe that when management ask them to complete a task that its not fair or its unreasonable for the management of even Team Leaders to do so. Very frustrating working with those that... have never experienced hard work and expect everything to be easy for them. That's why a lot that leave for another job come crawling back when they realise how good they had it here.

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    Advice to Management

    Nothing at pub level, there is a good level of expectation and the pub manager will always help push you to get the best out of you. At a company level I think there needs to be more appraisals with the management team..there are some good young managers there but I know the company have lost a few due to not feeling supported enough by the upper end of the hierarchy.

    J D Wetherspoon2018-06-28

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    July 3, 2018Recruitment CoOrdinator

    Thank you for your review. All comments will be discussed further in our weekly meetings

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Handy for students but a terrible company to have a career with"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Dún Laoghaire
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's fairly easy to progress within the company as long as you show that you're capable and are willing to stay in the job a while. Staff are able to pretty much pick and choose their shifts so it's good for students/part-timers who need flexible hours. Good sense of community among junior staff.

    Cons

    Awful company culture. Most senior management are disinterested, have little knowledge of bar work and are just trying to cling onto their jobs. Sexual harassment is rife within the company, especially from some of the pub managers they've brought over from England. Bar and floor setup is daft and impractical for a busy operation. Most of the pub managers and management above pub level have been working for... wetherspoons for 10+ years and are ignorant of how proper bars do things. They often don't pay staff for their full hours to meet targets. Managers are bullied into working way over their contracted hours to cut wage cost. The pubs are frequently severely understaffed. Staff turnover is high. Horrific working conditions.

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    Advice to Management

    Look closely at your competition and adapt. There are a few outlets in Ireland that have a similar business model to Wetherspoons and are able to maintain much higher service standards and working conditions for staff. Don't harp on about cutting the wage cost unless you're willing to cut down on staff workload and improve efficiency so that pubs can cope with fewer staff. Try to attract people who've worked in... hospitality outside of Wetherspoons and listen to their ideas.

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    J D Wetherspoon2018-06-25

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    July 3, 2018Recruitment CoOrdinator

    We are sorry you had such a negative experience, If you feel you have been mis-treated, this is something we do not tolerate and would like to investigate further if you want to get in touch with the recruitment team.

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