J D Wetherspoon PLC Employee Reviews for Team Leader

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It’s flexible but poor conditions
Team leader (Former Employee) –  London3 September 2018
It’s okay if you’re looking for flexible working hours over uni. However this is a small benefit considering low pay, almost illegally short breaks (if you get one) and unsociable working hours including Christmas and new year. Not to mention abuse from customers and management. Still your colleagues make it bareable - after all you can all laugh about being in the same boat!
Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
Everything else
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Ok
Team leader (Former Employee) –  Leicester2 August 2018
Big companies are always good but no need to treat staff like monkeys or pay for that matter. Good for passing people, getting experience or for university students. Bonus ok.
Pros
50% food
Cons
Long working hours
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can be stressful
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Staffordshire20 April 2018
learned how to mange staff and time manage myself . certain management were very difficult to speak to and was spoken rudley to alot of the time , other tha that a happy workplace
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Fun place to work with great flexibility, but pay is not worth the amount of work.
Team Leader/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Chichester7 February 2018
I worked at J D Wetherspoon for just over a year, and was amazed to find out the structure of the company. The job role itself was intense, requiring long amounts of cleaning time at the end of the evening (approx. 2-3 hours of closing down still on the exact pay as you would be had you been working during the day shift. The structure of the pay was the weirdest part of the job, a kitchen associate was on exactly the same pay as a supervisor on the bar, meaning that a promotion on bar was pretty irrelevant, and a kitchen supervisor was on more money than a bar supervisor, despite their job being exactly the same (other than dealing with food preparation).

The CEO of the company ensures that Brexit is at the forefront of every working day. The company magazine, distributed in every pub, has pages upon pages of political opinions, which is spread across beer mats, and posters in the pubs. In the run up to the Brexit referendum, staff were told they had to start every conversation with customers by asking them their political opinion on Brexit. So there is no attempt to get away from the day to day stresses of the real world and sit down to a nice cold pint of beer, instead you are bombarded with the CEO's often brass opinions of the world.

The company brags it has world class training for its staff, however you do not receive the full rate of pay advertised in the initial job application until you complete around a ridiculous 20 hours of online staff training, all in your own time with no pay for doing it. The same applies when you gain a promotion.

On the whole, I
  more... thoroughly enjoyed my time at J D Wetherspoon but only due to the passionate and kind people that I worked with. I cannot fault their dedication and commitment to the job role, despite receiving little to no praise from the company CEO and Area Managers, and the lack of a pay rise for unsociable hours.  less
Pros
Flexible hours, staff discount.
Cons
No pay for unsociable hours, Horrendously long staff training, Bad pay.
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Ok company
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Morley, West Yorkshire25 January 2018
The company promises a lot and delivers about 2 thirds of it. Hours can be unsociable but expected in pub jobs.
Days can range anywhere between quiet with hardly anyone one in to over 300 people waiting to be served
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Professional
Team leader (Former Employee) –  Leamington Spa, Warwickshire15 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.
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Don't bother unless your face fits.
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Formby20 December 2017
No work/life balance and pay is average but not great.
There is the chance for progression but you will only get promoted if you brown nose the kitchen manager or you're their friend. If you pass the probation, there is a certain degree of job security, until you make a mistake. Then it will be investigations and warnings until they can sack you. Same as if your face doesn't fit, they'll find a way to 'manage you out'.
Management in Formby are a joke. Pub manager and the kitchen manager are best friends but the pub manager is more a people's person and also a nicer/fairer person. The area manager isnt much better!!!
Staff in Formby Wetherspoons constantly back stab and slate everyone - you have been warned!
Breaks. Be prepared not to have one if it gets busy.
Pros
Going home at the end of your shift.
Cons
Management and their favourites.
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Fun workplace
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Blackpool6 December 2017
This job was ideal whilst I was at university, it is not a career I would like to pursue. I was thankful I had the opportunity to develop to a team leader but promotions are scarce.
Pros
Can get as many hours as you like
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JD weatherspoons
Team Leader/Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Pontefract, West Yorkshire18 October 2017
Is a good place to work. Just not enough hours per week. Good team good to work with. Great customers also has a good progression. learned a lot including Kitchen and Cellar and FOH.
Pros
Discount on food and drink
Cons
Lack of hours
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Great company to work for
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Metrocentre, Tyne and Wear10 October 2017
Typical day at work keeps you busy all the time and always something to do, you get to meet loads of new people including customers and the staff.
Constantly learning new things all the time from bar training to kitchen training and even management training for those who would like to progress within the company. The management team are very welcoming and understanding also reasonable and considerate to staff when trying to work around staffs availability. Hardest part of the job is definitely trying to fit your social life around your shifts, most enjoyable part is being able to feel like you belong somewhere and with new people you meet it makes the job so much easier.
Pros
Discounted food and drinks
Cons
Long and unsociable hours
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Challenging
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Shaw, Greater Manchester10 October 2017
This company has a lot of benefits and potentials for anyone looking to further a career within the business. I have been able to learn a lot about certain business aspects that go into running a place of work along with consumer knowledge of food, drink, cleanliness and societies.
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Tolerable as a part time job during education or other
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  London25 September 2017
I've worked there for quite a while and there's a lot to talk about, so I'll structure this based on the different rating criteria.

The work/life balance I found was rather poor. Even on days off it is very frequent to be called in due to a fellow member of staff to call in sick/not come in for any reason or other. The hours are frequently unsociable and not consistent. You will be expected to do closes one week or day and then open up in the morning the next. There is no such thing as a holiday. Bank holidays, Christmas, Summer breaks do not apply. I found I mostly socialised with other people working at Wetherspoons while working there.

Salary is very close to minimal wages with monthly and Christmas bonuses possible, but only if targets are met, the likelihood of which varies pub to pub. The three pubs I worked at had very low bonuses. There is a pension scheme in place, as well as shares distributed for long-term staff. That said they cannot be sold for staff which haven't worked there for a few years, which is a rare occurrence. I should mention a 50% food discount on shift and 25% off as a benefit. This is 100% for managers.

Job security is reasonable, based on my experience, only wildly unreliable staff were let go, even then, numerous warnings were given. Managerial positions are recruited from within, giving possibility of advancement. A determined individual can advance to a team leader position in as little as 3-4 months. Managers are promoted after a few years, with various levels and pay scales.

Management varies wildly. In general, you would be expected
  more... to work or occupy yourself for the entirety of your shift, whether it is serving customers when available or organising various fridges, stocking up displays, or cleaning at other times.

I should add at this point the customers are the sort you would expect in the cheapest pub chain. A thick skin and ability to deal with rude, drunk people is a necessity.
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Pros
Monthly and Christmas bonuses if targets are met
Cons
Low pay, frequently rude customers, no free food, taxed tips
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Hard work, sometimes fun
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Stockton-on-Tees, Durham25 September 2017
This job isn't like your usual bar work, this company expects the highest level of practice and standards from you where other pubs may not be so strict. You will learn extensive ways of cleaning by following set out guide lines which you must follow correctly when carrying out any task in the work place. There is a line for progression, however, you must stand out from the crowd and put a lot of extra work in to be up for the chance to promote.
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
Very fast paced
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Fast pace work place
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Hove, East Sussex31 August 2017
A good job to help build confidence.
Lots of opportunities for progression.
Great as a part time job with the possibility of transfers to different pubs.
Pros
50% of food
Cons
Long hours
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Long Hours, Good Fun
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Portsmouth, Hampshire17 July 2017
I worked here for just under a year. Within 3 months i was promoted to a team leader. The progression rate for the compant is very high. The hours are long, sometime working until 3am.
Pros
Good progression
Cons
Long Hours
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social life
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Wisbech, Cambridgeshire16 July 2017
Working in Wetherspoons is fun but your social life will slowly deteriorate. As a young adult I feel that there is more to life than working weekends when I could go out and enjoy my youth instead of working every weekend in Wetherspoon.
Pros
Good wage, contracted minimum hours
Cons
very unsocial.
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Always faced with new challenges.
Supervisor/Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Glasgow22 June 2017
The workplace is very diverse and there are always new challenges. No two days are ever the same. you learn many different skills and find you will develop greatly as a person.
Pros
people you meet
Cons
shift patterns
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Great place to work as a side job and friendly locals upstairs. However, wouldn't recommend for a career for many reasons.
Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Falmouth, Cornwall7 June 2017
The workplace has a great team and some locals very friendly. Good place to work if you are a sociable person but wouldn't recommend it as a long term stay. Long hours for little money and stressful when understaffed which does happen sometimes. All in all a friendly vibe with a good team but only as a temporary job.
Pros
50% off food when working and 33% when not working with 3 other persons.
Cons
Shift patterns, staff availability, general communication.
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Fun workplace but gets dull
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear6 June 2017
Great fun working at a Lloyd's when part time but full time gets tiring. Pretty unsociable hours with lots of the time working the bare minimum between each shift. Enjoyed working here far more as an associate when there wasn't as much pressure. Staff are generally lovely but sometimes management seem more concerned about bonuses than the staff's wellbeing.
Pros
Holiday pay
Cons
Long unsociable hours
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Excellent workplace
Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Hertfordshire5 June 2017
Lovely staff to work with in an enjoyable atmosphere. I have learned a lot about team management as a Team Leader as well as completion of office tasks. Improved communication skills with both customers and colleagues alike. The management team are wonderful and very helpful when teaching other staff members to do things they are unfamiliar with.
Pros
Employee benefits, great coworkers, good food
Cons
Long hours that are sometimes unsociable
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