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Fast pace
Shift Manager (Current Employee) –  Glasshoughton5 December 2018
Very good career progression
Fast paced environment
Hard working managment team
Good benefits e.g discounts
Making customers expiernce over all is the best part about this job
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4.0
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Very goal based and focused
Shift Leader (Current Employee) –  Derbyshire5 December 2018
Very good company to work for if you can deal woth working unsociable hours and most weekends, can at times be massively overwhelming. Need to be thick skinned to work here as you get a lot of people who complain and can at times be quite hard to deal with.
Cons
Unsociable hours
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1.0
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No respect
Associate (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside27 November 2018
Were do I start your just a number not a person given no respect inept management but biggest thing is I've noticed the wrong people seem to get promoted don't get paid extra for working Christmas or Easter bank holidays
Pros
Can get decent bonuses
Cons
Bad managers no respect
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4.0
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A good company to work for.
Shift Manager (Former Employee) –  Epsom, Surrey14 November 2018
A good company to work for. Tough hours to work if its a busy pub. You'll have to be prepared to deal with situations that aren't very nice, such as drunk abusive customers.
Pros
Good bonuses if the pub is run well
Cons
late hours
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4.0
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The people were the best bit about the job
Bar Associate (Former Employee) –  Glasgow14 November 2018
Although it was a demanding place to work and it was fairly stressful, the people I worked with made the job enjoyable, and also the different customers and people from all over you meet and speak to when serving on the bar, I am glad for the experience.
Pros
Discount on drinks, how close the staff are
Cons
long demanding shifts wih unsociable hours
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5.0
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Comfortable place to work
Waitress/Bar Staff (Former Employee) –  Formby, Lancashire14 November 2018
The management were really helpful and understanding of employees needs, the work place was a comfortable place to work in with lots of benefits during shifts and when off shift.
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4.0
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Very good
Fully trained Kitchen associate (Former Employee) –  Skipton14 November 2018
Duties were reasonable and although it seemed difficult the pub was always busy so the job was fast paced and never boring. Bonuses were very good as was pay however having to book a day off 6 weeks in advance (which is rarely granted) was tedious.
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4.0
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Social workplace
SHIFT LEADER (Current Employee) –  Dorchester, Dorset4 November 2018
I've had a good 6 years working for the company, fun team and good opportunity to progress. Competitive hourly rate and I have learnt a lot from being there with self confidence and customer service. The hardest part of working there is the shift work and hours it can range from, but it can be very fun and rewarding.
Pros
free food and good training
Cons
shift work
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Terrible place to work
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) –  Bathgate1 November 2018
Staff treated poorly, management do not know what they are doing, my experience there was terrible. The wage is very low and definitely is not worth it for the pay.
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3.0
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Could find better
Associate (Former Employee) –  Bournemouth, Dorset28 October 2018
Good for students but nothing else,just above minimum wage but not the living wage so if your there for full time employment you will get roughly 35 hours a week or less and will constantly be understaffed
Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
Unsociable hours
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4.0
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Good benefits decent pay
Shift Leader (Former Employee) –  Mexborough22 October 2018
Long unsociable hours but decent pay above national minimum wage.
Decent bonuses if targets are met and free shares after 18 months service.
High staff turnover ad it's hard work and not suitable to some
Pros
Discounted food and drinks
Cons
Unsociable hours
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2.0
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Employees don't matter
Bar Associate (Former Employee) –  Horley21 October 2018
It is made very clear that profit is more important than the employee's wellbeing.

Managers regularly take advantage of employees, particularly younger workers. Employees are kept on probation for as long as possible so they don't earn as much. Any concerns or complaints raised are dismissed instantly.

I would not recommend working here and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
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5.0
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Very Good
Pub Manager (Current Employee) –  Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire18 October 2018
Good employer, good job security, pays management well. Freeshares, bonus and pension for all employees. Hard work in some locations due to client base
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4.0
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Better than most pub companies
General Manager (Former Employee) –  various16 October 2018
Good company to work for but only if your face fits.

Chances for progression are available. Training is great and i hear they are doing a lot more to combat working over your designated hours.
Pros
Free lunch, flexibility in shifts
Cons
Long hours, verbal abuse from custtomers
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5.0
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if u like smell of a beer its a perfect place for u
Bartender/team leader (Former Employee) –  London14 October 2018
easy going,fun place to work and find a new friends
good for students to earn some money
good rota evening or evening shifts
good customer service is a must
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Horrible
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) –  Caernarfon12 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.
Pros
20% discount on all Wetherspoons products.
Cons
Long hours, low pay, always understaffed (purposefully), rarely get breaks, "clique" behaviour among certain staff. And many more.
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5.0
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Fun place to work
Kitchen Assistant (Former Employee) –  Plymouth, UK8 October 2018
Excellent place to work and the everyone is friendly and very welcoming the only bad thing I can think of is no free meals but they do offer 50% discount on purchases.
Pros
People
Cons
Long stressful hours, no free food
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4.0
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Productive and mentally tiring
Bar associate (Current Employee) –  Bournemouth, Dorset3 September 2018
I found working for this company good and secure but also very stressful. I found it very difficult to build a career with this company as management can be full of false promises and will take advantage of your versatility. The team are great which made the job a lot more worth while but its not a good option as a career
Pros
Good Team and Mangement
Cons
Working long periods without a break
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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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4.0
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Overall Good
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) –  Wellington, Somerset31 August 2018
It was a good start as a first job however it is very stressful in some kitchen enviroments however if you have a good team you will work through most issues.
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