Cook/Chef (Former Employee) – Haverfordwest – 13 October 2018
I wasn't given any training despite being autistic. When I told them I was struggling they told me I was lazy and lying about my autism. We son a 12 hour contract but was only given 6 hours a week. Genuinely terrible place to work. Never given a break.
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – Caernarfon – 12 October 2018
Unsociable and constantly changing hours with no set days off, and you are made to feel guilty if you say no when you are asked to cover or swap shifts. They expect you to put Wetherspoons first, and have no life outside of work; not that you could afford to have one anyway. They promise the world in advancement to management and higher wages but do not keep to it; instead, after your training, they try and get you to do the management jobs on associate pay, and call it "further training". ALWAYS understaffed, and even legally entitled breaks are rare to get, let alone the longer ones the company promises, and when you do take your legally entitled break, you are made to feel guilty for leaving someone on their own, and are often called back in early and therefore do not get your full break. This *could* be a very good company to work for, but the management do not care about the staff. Every member is overworked, underpaid, fatigued, and many are on antidepressants just to get through the long, busy, and extremely stressful days.
20% discount on all Wetherspoons products.
Long hours, low pay, always understaffed (purposefully), rarely get breaks, "clique" behaviour among certain staff. And many more.
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Leyland, Lancashire – 6 October 2018
If it wasn't for my peers working alongside me this review would be a lot worse. I was continually humiliated by the managers constant need to remind other staff and customers about my personal issues. Extremely unprofessional.
Bar Staff (Former Employee) – Gravesend, Kent – 4 October 2018
Teamwork is really great. the working environment is high pace. the company is every up to date when it comes to keeping up with current trends. You become part of a family unit when you work for the company which is great.
I went for an interview as a cleaner,was promised the full 30 hrs so put my notice in at my existing job.Induction time at wetherspoons arrived,i was only given 20hrs! Everbody else at the induction got less hours than promised as well No wonder same jobs are constantly re-advertised if this is how they treat people even at the beginning of their employment with them
Pub Manager (Former Employee) – Feltham, Greater London – 3 October 2018
I worked here some time ago and they looked after me while I was there. They support you with progression if you are willing to put the time in. Can be unsocial able but that is the nature of hospitality
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Huntingdon – 3 October 2018
I worked at a wetherspoons part time whilst at sixth form, earning a mere £5.20 an hour, 0 hour contract turned to a 4 hour contract (no problem with that) but made to work way over even though stating I was in sixth form. Some of the people I worked with were nice, the others I just didn't bother with. Management was bossy, rude, treated staff like they were stupid. Planned a summer holiday at easter, didn't let me have the time off despite the considerably long notice I gave them, ended up leaving because of this, wrote letter of resignation to which I got a reply from my boss when I was next in work with 'it was obvious your dad sent me that email'...I was an english literature student in sixth form...not an idiot.
The discount on food (seeing how cheap it is already).
Team Leader (Current Employee) – Warminster, Wiltshire – 2 October 2018
the hardest part of the job at the moment is every day! There is no staff and I feel like they are working us to the core. Like don't get me wrong some of them are the best people I have worked with and that's why I was there so long but when I have to work 6 days and witch is most weeks. I can't even remember my day off because they have me on a late the day before and an early the day after it kind of blends in.
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – Bristol – 29 September 2018
I have loved my time at JD Wetherspoon and made some friends for life. It's a very sociable job and if you don't know many people its a great place to make friends. The only reason I want to leave is for a new challenge.
Bar Associate/Waitress (Current Employee) – Greater London – 27 September 2018
Clock in machine never works so you have to flag down a manager so you get paid for the work you've done. Hardly ever finish a shift on time I usually stay at least 20 minutes after my shift because there's always something more to be done.
Working behind the bar is fun though, I work with great people and I really like my managers and team leaders. It can just be extremely disorganised at times especially when the managers mix up the rota. Also be prepared for burns and to cut yourself on some glass every once in a while, glasses getting smashed is a common occurance (at my wetherspoons at least).
The job is mainly enjoyable, poor pay for those who are under 21 and not a lot of hours. But extra shifts are always available to be picked up and the locals and colleagues make it worth it.
Unfortunately you're going to need to deal with rude customers who treat you like you're nothing as well as the odd drunk person. I guess it means there's never a dull moment but it's annoying when someone blames you for something you didn't do but you have to try and remain calm, polite and composed.
20% discount when not working, 50% when you are and shifts usually fly when its busy. I don't have much of a social life at the moment anyway because everyone I know is at university but if my friends were around I would be extremely annoyed at the hours they give as they are usually difficult to plan things around.
Overall though it's a good job to gain experience in and it can definitely build up confidence (well when you aren't having to deal with difficult customers who forgetmore... that you're a human with emotions.)less
Discounts, colleagues and atmosophere
Rude customers, unorganised workplace and awkward hours