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Updated 19 Nov 2019

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3.5
68%
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J D Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson
John Hutson
49 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Get used to jumping through hoops for nothing!"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "New lease of life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Shift Manager in Shepherds Bush, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career progression Appreciate schemed available for all grades Flexible hours GMH

    Cons

    Personal Security Heavy work load

    Advice to Management

    Increase personal security better cctv , more body cams and door staff that’s vetted

    J D Wetherspoon2019-11-19
  4. "Shift manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    40 hour week Food on shift Bonuses Free shares after 18 months

    Cons

    Understaffed. Poor management from above. Poor controls on costs and hours for week

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on staff training and not throwing them in the deep end. Give more training hours. Ie first shift is an 8 hour shift doubled up with experienced staff

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-18
  5. "Benefits; progression; and a load of fun"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Middlesbrough, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus, free food, progression, sociable

    Cons

    Unsociable hours, hard work, not a lot of cons

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-16
  6. "Great company to work for"

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

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It’s good pay, 28 days holiday a year 40 hour per week. You can apply for shares with the company after you’ve been with them for 18 months (free money) you can apply for a flexible rota after you have been with the company 26 weeks and they will try there best to help. Free meals and soft drink on your breaks. 50% discount when you work for your meals and soft drinks and 20% on meals and alcohol when your off. ... Great opportunity to process in the company.

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    Cons

    There are no cons for me.

    J D Wetherspoon2019-10-08
  7. "Great opportunity if you get a GOOD Manager"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development opportunities Living wage, guaranteed hours Learn about the business behind the scenes Friendly regulars and colleagues make your days enjoyable Plenty of training puts in a great position if you move to another job in the industry. Free food when on duty, discounts when off duty! BONUS PAY - if your pub performs well!

    Cons

    Unsociable hours Lack of a work/life balance Lots of effort for little reward

    Advice to Management

    It's a people thing! That's your slogan, stick to it.. look after your staff and keep a close eye on how the pub managers look after them.. have regular associate liaison meetings to find out the issues

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-26
  8. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is ok, the people you work with are the best part about the job where every day is different. Company culture would be good if it was upheld in every pub (which it’s not). Training schemes are good and pay can be ok

    Cons

    Bonuses would be good if ever able to achieve them Under pressure to perform, blame culture when something goes wrong, long hours, shift patterns can be awful

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming someone else when things go wrong - teach people the right way

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-13
  9. "The life and times of a shift manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is first class you can progress as far as possible if you you are willing to put in the work

    Cons

    Long hours although the working week has recently come down to 40 hours

    Advice to Management

    It's hard going you have to work on the bar a d floor while still managing management duties like appraisals disciplinarys rotas etc

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-12
  10. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Rickmansworth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary Bonuses Training courses Apprenticeship scheme 40 hour week Perks

    Cons

    Clientele, Shift patterns, High staff turnover, Highly stressful at times mixed with lack of sleep

    Advice to Management

    Make the most of the courses and training available

    J D Wetherspoon2019-09-12
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