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J D Wetherspoon Shift Manager Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2019

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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
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37 Ratings
  1. 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.

  2. "Get used to jumping through hoops for nothing!"

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

    I worked at J D Wetherspoon

    Pros

    Great training (if you can get it) Meal allowance for management Colleagues at pub level - some great people

    Cons

    Long hours (aways well over what is contracted) Incredibly antisocial hours Management above pub level complete shambles

    J D Wetherspoon2016-01-09
  3. "Shift manager"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bonus Good training Easy progression

    Cons

    Drunk customers Hour cuts Wants more for less

    J D Wetherspoon2019-06-14
  4. "Great. Just slightly rough around the edges."

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Lymington, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The incentives over time and the competitive pay is more than enough to deter anyone from going to a rival.

    Cons

    It can be challenging at certain times, but again I think this happens industry wide.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-06-12
  5. "not the worst, not the best job"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, not a bad job at all for young people wanting to start a career

    Cons

    very hard work. work/life balance isn't the best.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-05-14
  6. "Shift manager"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in London, England
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Free shares for long term employees Can be very flexible to ensure a healthy work/home life balance

    Cons

    New 40 hour working week works well, however the expected shift pattern may not suit every manager yet we're not given the choice to make changes. For example, some managers have childcare that may not fit around two days off in a row etc Increase in staff pay leads to cutbacks on hours - you're expected to work twice as hard on busy sessions because the pub still needs to make profit which is exhausting both managers...

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    Advice to Management

    Give management their own choice if they wish to have split days off rather than two in a row

    J D Wetherspoon2019-05-10

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    May 30, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your review. If you would like to discuss flexible working please get in touch with the personnel advisor team at PersonnelAdvisors@jdwetherspoon.co.uk

  7. "Working for spoons"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager 
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts are always a plus on already cheap drinks and you can progress quickly

    Cons

    Being given unrealistic targets to hit with regards to hour usage Stressful hours that are often unsociable Work life balance.... What's that? Having to deal with abuse from the public and it being brushed off as if its okay.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff are your biggest asset and resource, cutting the hours they can use to run the pub is ridiculous. Your expecting us to cut hours and hours out of the rotas which leaves us running short almost every day and causing stress and anxiety amongst all the staff..... That's the reason people leave, people have bills to pay, families to raise, and while spoons is a great place to progress and learn loads of new skills...

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    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-28

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    May 20, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your review. If you would like to discuss further the points you have raised, please get in touch by contacting us @ PersonnelAdvisors@jdwetherspoon.co.uk

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good support from HO Well paid Good incentives

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to achieve targets whilst keeping costs down. Hard to progress after shift manager

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind the pressure you put on pub management teams.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-18

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    May 20, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your positive comments about your pay and incentives. Please check out the current vacancies via myJDW for opportunities to progress .

  9. "Mentally and physically draining"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mid shifts if you were lucky to get them. The workforce was funny. Weekly pay.

    Cons

    Closing the night before a day off which meant waking up late but then having to go bed early because the next day you was opening. Constantly dealing with thing breaking.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-04-04

    J D Wetherspoon Response

    April 30, 2019Senior Recruitment Advisor

    Thanks for your review. If you would like to discuss further the points you have raised, please get in touch by contacting us @ PersonnelAdvisors@jdwetherspoon.co.uk

  10. "alright"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible shifts good bonuses free food/discounts make new friends

    Cons

    late nights unreliable staff management laziness head office calls unfair shift patterns change a lot

    J D Wetherspoon2019-01-20
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