J D Wetherspoon Employee Reviews about "pub"

Updated 21 Dec 2020

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J D Wetherspoon CEO and Director John Hutson
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830 Ratings
Pros
  • "good pay good training good oppurtunity(in 152 reviews)

  • "19% bonus usually higher if you work in a busier pub(in 138 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be long hours dependent on where you are(in 249 reviews)

  • "Wish had more hours so I could learn more at the pub(in 224 reviews)

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  1. "Great for part time work, terrible for full time"

    4.0
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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

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Meh overall. Don't stay here forever"

    3.0
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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

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good in the beginning but went downhill"

    3.0
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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

  4. "Profit hungry"

    3.0
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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 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. Helpful (1)

    "Get used to jumping through hoops for nothing!"

    2.0
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    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

  6. "Perfect for students"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers were very considerate of uni hours and other issues, extra hours are always given over holidays and Xmas, bonuses increase the longer you stay with the company, perks such as free food on longer shifts

    Cons

    Like any pub work unsociable hours and up on your feet all day with small breaks, but for the main part very bearable

  7. "Good place to work depending on the pub you work in"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff at my pub and management is fair and easy to get along with. Fun place to work overall

    Cons

    Sometimes customers can be rude and there are occasional fights but this would occur at any pub

  8. "Hard but often rewarding work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Bar Team Leader in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay for the hospitality sector, decent bonuses if your pub is exceeding targets and access to free shares.

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet, takes a long time to progress to higher positions

  9. COVID-19

    "Good 'filler' job but don't get stuck there unless you're aiming for Shift Manager and up."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Bar Associate in Bedford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable pay relative to the job, and regular bonuses based on pub performance. Fairly sociable. Free food on shift. Reasonable rota quests are usually granted.

    Cons

    Constantly reducing rota hours invariable leads to understaffing when even one person calls in sick. Rota is often only available a couple of days before the week starts despite company policy stating 3 weeks notice of shifts is required.

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  10. "Working at spoons"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff 

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon part-time

    Pros

    Good staff Kitchen managers are very nice and welcoming

    Cons

    When you work in a bigger pub, the managers and staff can be rude and entitled

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