J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "pub"

Updated Jan 20, 2021

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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1,092 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay Good people Good atmosphere(in 162 reviews)

  • "The quarterly bonuses are the best depending on how your Pub performs(in 140 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Expect to work long hours in busier periods and occassions(in 257 reviews)

  • "Hard work when working in a busy pub(in 229 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great for part time work, terrible for full time

      Feb 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Dún Laoghaire
      Recommend
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      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

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Meh overall. Don't stay here forever

      Aug 26, 2019 - Kitchen Team Leader in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      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

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good in the beginning but went downhill

      Aug 9, 2018 - Bar Associate 
      Recommend
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      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

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Profit hungry

      Jan 12, 2018 - Shift Leader in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      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 quiet and they will look to send staff home Not enough time to train staff properly Very unorganised Terrible clientele due to cheap prices and lack of security staff- the pub was/is known as the easiest place to do coke while drinking around the area Management above pub level is in shambles

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Get used to jumping through hoops for nothing!

      Jan 9, 2016 - Shift Manager in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      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

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good pay for low age

      Jan 20, 2021 - Bar Associate in Swansea, Wales, Wales
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good wage as I was only 17 at roughly £7.00 p/h. Always busy on weekends lots to do.

      Cons

      Can be stressful and cleaning the pub in the early hours of the morning is tough.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company

      Jan 18, 2021 - Shift Manager in Newcastle, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay for all levels and training opportunities (both online and in-class sessions) Flexibility in shifts and can suit people will all forms of commitments Over 850 pubs & hotels and a variety of areas to work in across the country Up to 19% of your salary can be earned in bonuses, with other company bonuses such as pension schemes, free shares, free food on shift and 20% discount off shift. Good working environments and provides a solid foundation to a good social life.

      Cons

      Can be long hours depending on level on trade and your role within the pub, you need to be prepared to start at 6am one day and finish at 2am the next day (however, usually applies to pub management employees). Can be quite mentally and physically draining due to high levels of trade within pubs and the job will not be for everyone.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Shift manager

      Jan 7, 2021 - Shift Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High support during covid pandemic

      Cons

      Hard work when working in a busy pub

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      A lot of effort from the company

      Jan 4, 2021 - Manager in Guisborough, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company puts a lot of effort into being a very good employer and it shows. Free food, 40 hour week, bonuses, free shares, good breaks, 12 hours between shifts etc. Career progression is very achievable.

      Cons

      Reducing the hours on a pub rota is always a priority which makes it hard to enjoy shifts.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Meh

      Jan 13, 2021 - Kitchen Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Can be fairly flexible depending on pub.

      Cons

      Company constantly works with a skeleton crew for max profits and it is hell in busy periods

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