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J D Wetherspoon Reviews

Updated 21 Aug 2019

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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
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  1. "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
  2. "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
  3. "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
  4. "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

  5. 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
  6. "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...

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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

  7. 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...

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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...

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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.

  8. "Kitchen assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Entre level easy to get job

    Cons

    They call you to work whenever someone call sick

    J D Wetherspoon2018-05-26
  9. "Great for part time work, terrible for full time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dún Laoghaire
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy to pick up extra shifts, fun people to work with, 20% discount on food and drink when off shift and 50% off food when on shift, good opportunities for promotion within the pub and internships etc sometimes available in head office

    Cons

    a lot of employee turnover, pay is only slightly above minimum wage, no tips, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay a living wage, be fairer when rostering for weekends/lates

    J D Wetherspoon2018-02-05
  10. "Profit hungry"

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of hours available Free meal on shift Colleagues and pub managers were great Take on a lot of young staff giving them a start Worked around college hours Okay bonuses Good promotion oppertunities

    Cons

    The company is profit hungry and will short staff as much as possible Working conditions are not great- getting a full break uninterrupted is impossible Badly designed bar layouts Very unsociable hours Shift leader pay is terrible since you're basically performing a shift managers role (opening and closing the pub on your own) It could be extremely busy but you're only selling cheap pints so the pub is considered...

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    Advice to Management

    Care more about staff Fixing the short staffing issues- it turns customers away and makes staff hate the job Replace upper management Cheap prices means a rough clientele so security staff are needed Pay shift leaders and shift managers more for the work they put in

    J D Wetherspoon2018-01-12
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