Kitchen Associate (Current Employee) – Cardiff – 17 March 2018
mostly joyful environment with little time for training new staff inside a busy establishment , most new employed are ranged from college and university student so only available part time making difficult to manage there training.
Generally good, fun team butolder staff a bit 'stuffy'
Kitchen Team Member (Former Employee) – Glasgow, Glasgow – 28 February 2018
Enjoyed the job and met some really nice folk. Minimum contract was 8 hours - I was working crazy 30+ some weeks, with every weekend working. Worked New Year Eve and Day. Worked on the late shift, supposedly finishing at 11 or 12. Most of the time I'd get home just before 3am. Am full time student who cannot afford to work so many hours and so many crazy closing shifts. Management need to recognise this in their part time staff, and try to be more accomodating.
Pretty nice team, ok food, decent pay
extra long shifts, too many late shifts, work/life balance is non existent
I enjoyed working in the kitchen at Wetherspoons, no matter if the day was busy or quiet the kitchen team on the whole were a great group of people and we all got along well and did our jobs to the best of our abilities. I learned many useful skills such unpacking deliveries, doing defrost, prepping food and more. The management was decent if not perfect, sometimes communication was not used when it should've been, sometimes people laid responsibilities onto others, but on the whole it was kept to a decent standard. The hardest part of the job was probably getting up for the early mornings, or when it was a busy night and you came into a messy kitchen with no prep done for you. The most enjoyable part for me was working and interacting with my fellow employee's who were all lovely people.
Break's are always tried to be given, easy to work your way up, great team, good in-company incentives
Part-time Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – Brighton, East Sussex – 6 February 2018
The hours are long and hard, there is almost no time to take a breather. Wetherspoons tend to be underemployed (the turnover rate is massive), so the workload is not balanced out. At least the staff are great. I stayed in this job as long as I have, because some staff were really supportive and helpful.
long hours, almost no benefits, underpaid for workload
Working conditions vary from day to day and are not always set and are very variable in the number of staff and the amount of equipment that is available due to poor head office management preventing upgrades to the work environment. The company is too monetary driven and as a result would put the staff under increased pressure in order to cut hours and save money
Bar and Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – Kent – 22 January 2018
A good company to work for, if you have no obvious structure to your social life. Be prepared to become an social alcoholic. You will spend too much of your own time here. It becomes a place to live. You pretty much pay rent in the way of losing parts of your soul. This place will crush your dreams as it keeps a steady stranglehold on your finances by giving you JUST enough hours and pay to afford to live, but not enough to save and leave.
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
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.
Kitchen Staff (Former Employee) – Nottinghamshire – 7 December 2017
the worse company i have ever worked for. treated like rubbish by managers long hours never finish shifts on time expect you to work at their demand regardless if you are a single parent then expect to have hours reduced if you are needed at home
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – London Borough of Islington, Greater London – 1 November 2017
5.30am to start with cleaning 7am opening Busy and busy I learned commercial kitchen culture Management was worst No one giving training you have to learn everything yourself The hardest part of the job the behaviour of the management and lifting
Kitchen Staff (Former Employee) – Doncaster, South Yorkshire – 20 October 2017
Overall, a positive experience working at wetherspoons. I learned a lot, especially when on busy shifts as it was a non stop situation working in the kitchen and could get stressful at times, which I learned to cope with well.
Kitchen Team Leader (Former Employee) – Leamington Spa – 18 October 2017
The staff at wetherspoons always seemed to want more for less. Very long shifts, asking to stay late, shortened breaks, not the best pay either, and even when working hard you rarely got the opportunity for promotions
Kitchen Team Leader (Former Employee) – Yeadon, West Yorkshire – 12 October 2017
What I have gained from this job: Since I began working in the busy kitchen environment, I have ultimately grown more confident when engaging with new people and developed my time management skills efficiently. There is a strict standard operating procedure at work which I have to meet which has helped me develop my skills within communication and patience to make me the strong team worker that I am today
The team are fantastic and help you to have a smile even when the work load is high. I have learnt how to work quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. The management are friendly and always help with any queries. The work place culture is great, because we are all in the same high pressure situation there is a real sense of unity in the team. the hardest part of the job is closing the kitchen. This involves a lot of strenuous cleaning, and can sometimes take until 3am. The most enjoyable part of the job working with friends.
Kitchen Team Leader (Current Employee) – Petts wood – 9 October 2017
J.D Wetherspoons is a good company to work with over the short few years i have been with them i have learnt many things and progressed my way through to become a more able member of staff overall it is a good jobplace.
If you want shunned then work for the standing order
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – Standing order – 8 October 2017
As a new start expect some sort of easy in welcoming faces well how wrong was I, iv never worked in a kitchen so full of people who just act like your not there your just a pair of hands really 4 long shifts I done everyday I encountered rudeness and really felt uncomfortable around certain kitchen associates It's a hard graft but that's good it passes the day the environment is quite intense I'm an experienced kitchen hand so that was fine it's just the way you get looked down apon and talked to like your a stupid child deffinately if the associate has worked every section they think there a God literally The job in its self hard work, the staff however are by far the hardest work iv ever encountered this is the normal every day staff who strive to be team leaders think the responsibility has went to there head Wouldn't recommend at all
Kitchen Associate (Current Employee) – Merseyside – 5 October 2017
Working at JD Wetherspoon allows you to learn a great deal of skills which are transferable to any job, including, Customer service, cash handling, working as part of a team. The most enjoyable part of working for JD Wetherspoon is learning something new everyday and working as part of a team in a very busy pub which is challenging but fun.