This job provides great flexibility and opportunities to promote through the company however, during quiet seasons, hours get cut below an appropriate level resulting in decent staff working ridiculous hour as well as the hours being very anti-social. Shifts are usually 8+ hours between 6am and at times 2 or 3 am in the morning.
BAR AND FLOOR STAFF (Former Employee) – Oakham, Rutland – 18 January 2018
Between the time i worked in this organisation I began to realise the people who had worked there for a while managed to slack off a lot more. I had never worked in a larger pub/restaurant before and got left on my own to figure things out by myself, even when one of the other employees was meant to be showing me how to do things.
there were some customers that were incredibly rude, so if you don't have think skin be careful. there were some issues that needed to be addressed, as when i started i had booked off the time for my holiday, this was approved however when i returned i was not put on the rota for the week there fore didn't get the hours per week i was contracted. this was at the point i quit.
the average day is busy weekends more than weekdays and the Saturday night shift is horrendous especially when there only 3 members of staff
the most enjoyable part is when the customers say thank you. i did learn how to pour pints properly and how to make up cocktails which is a good skill to have if you are applying for the bar jobs.
Resident DJ (Former Employee) – Milton Keynes – 17 January 2018
On a Friday and Saturday night I play from 8pm till 2am and entertain hundreds of the public in their night out. Interact with customers and make them feel welcome, also playing their requests and give them a great night out.
Kitchen Staff (Current Employee) – Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh – 15 January 2018
Always learning something new and finding ways to improve how I work. Great company benefits and lots of support from management. Feel like I am an important member of the team and my work is valued! Great place to work
Bar Associate (Current Employee) – Milton Keynes – 15 January 2018
A typical day at work would be maintaining housekeeping, so wiping down tables, restoring the condiments and wiping down the bar. Also making sure the glasses are always clean. On a Friday or Saturday night, things get quite busy and the main focus is getting food out in good time and making sure everyone is enjoying their food. Curry club and Steak club tend to also keep waiters on their toes. When it's less busy, the focus moves to cleaning and maintaining standards.
Management in my pub where I worked was great, they were all kind and understanding and we really were a team together.
The culture is like a group of family and friends, you'll find a lot of members of the team are either in relationships or are related or are friends outside of work or have mutual friends which allows for smooth work style.
The hardest part would be when we are understaffed on a busy night as the work load can intensify ( make sure you have comfy shoes, as ugly as they might be, they are lifesavers!) The most enjoyable part is the customers complimenting my smile and noticing my efforts and hard work.
50% off lunches, great team and management
Can end up doing more shifts or longer hours than planned
Team leader (Former Employee) – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – 15 January 2018
working for wethwerspoons was fun, the staff atmosphere is great, their online training is very informative and all you need to start working. the shifts are usually catered to the member of staffs needs. Also there can usually be overtime to pick up if you're ever strapped for cash.
not fun because of managers attiude towards staff members
Bartender (Former Employee) – Poole – 14 January 2018
managers were always on their phone and letting all the staff get on with what they were supposed to do and not helping out they were always grumps didn't feel comfortable working there also the managers were talking about other staff behind there backs.
getting drinks brought for you for working hard and tips at the end of the night
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 12 January 2018
The job is easy once you get into the swing of things. The management are absolute souless vessels of people who, I assume were once happy and are now doomed to be miserable. Other staff are usually great. The hours are brutal sometimes and you'll forget the meaning of having a drink on the weekend but it could be worse.
They attempted on several occasions to work me illegally, not give me a break during a 10/11 hour shift and call me in for ridiculous hours. Though it's under new management now the management at the time was not good. I would often get sent several edited rotas because we were badly, badly understaffed meaning I worked multiple shifts as long as 16 hours. The staff turnover is ridiculous and I never received any kind of formal training, despite being left as the only person in my role very often towards the end of my time working there. Good for competitive pay, but prepare to do three people's jobs at once.
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 8 January 2018
Every day was different when working in this job. I enjoyed working behind the bar as I was always busy, whether it be serving customers or maintaining the bar area's high standard of cleanliness and organisation. Managers were always present and were incredibly understanding of any issues or situations both inside and outside of work. My colleagues were all very welcoming, so I settled in quickly. Everyone would help each other, especially on the closing shift - no one would clock out until everyone had finished their closing duties. The only downside to this job was that hours varied weekly - which is not desirable when you have bills and rent to pay.
Bar Staff (Former Employee) – Hemsworth, West Yorkshire – 8 January 2018
Very deceitful as I applied for a job in November time and wasn’t told that it was only for Christmas then just got took off the rotas without notification has to contact several member of management over 7 days to find out why was told it was temp then and also that I interacted with customers too much
Management and other member of staff weren’t too nice either not the best bar job to have
Over all I enjoyed working for the company. Everyday was different but on times the same, where you would start the day by prepping the things that you need for throughout the day, and for the night shift then you would prep the things that you would need for the next day.
Manager (Current Employee) – Taunton – 6 January 2018
As a company they are good to work for, however no two pubs are the same and managers are allowed to get away with treating staff differently depending on the pub and how closely they are managed from above.
Not a company to build a career with, more like a job to help you pay the bills.
Most managers move on to bigger and better companies.
Managers get free food.
expected to do more than can be possible within your normal working week.
Bartender (Current Employee) – Welling, Greater London – 4 January 2018
I think Weatherspoons provided a perfectly friendly and united work environment and that suited my personality very well. I think the benefits and flexibility of the stores really suited me. Also I was looking for a pace faster than the pace of clothing retail.
flexibility, hours, location, progression within the company