Bar associate (Current Employee) – Bournemouth, Dorset – 3 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
Team leader (Former Employee) – London – 3 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!
Kitchen Porter (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 31 August 2018
-Unsociable Hours -Dirty working conditions -Limited breaks on shifts -Too Demanding -Online training is pointless and lazy -Health and Safety terrible -Managers treat you like dirt DO NOT WORK FOR SUCH A COMPANY.
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Plymouth – 28 August 2018
Good for a part time job. Not many hours and often work long shifts with little break if any at all. Often a lot of stress on shift. Can be a horrible place to work as some customers are rude and abusive. Not for someone who isn’t thick skinned
Discount, banter on shift
Breaks aren’t always adhered to. Rotas are not posted well enough in advance
Shift Leader (Current Employee) – Scotland – 24 August 2018
Had enough. Expected to work til we drop, no thanks from higher management, expectation always to work harder and then get punished when you fail due to exhaustion. Expected to be short staffed all the time and just accept it- or have to do the work of two staff members to make up for company failures. Took a long time for progression to be possible- a huge culture shift within the company has removed the fun relaxed atmosphere it used to be. Team has been amazing, made some strong friends but they've all left due to the stress and bullying culture and nothing is done when you raise concerns. Can't afford to take time off sick as I'll hit a trigger but shouldn't be needing to take strong painkillers every day just to bear the pain of walking over 8 miles a shift inside the pub minimum. I'm not sleeping and am suffering from anxiety at the thought of going back for my next shift. I've lost so much due to this job, 7 years has not been worth it- my marriage is at risk, my son is used to me being too tired to do anything, I never get to see friends as I'm skint all the time, its just not worth it.
Free food on shift, 20% discount off shift
Long hours, punished for wanting a work/life balance
Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 9 August 2018
The daily kitchen tasks are fairly simple. You'll be based at a station but it's not uncommon to be working on multiple locations at the same time. Job security is extremely good as more staff is always needed and the perks of working there are fairly good. However, the hours are very long it's not uncommon to work 15 hour days for an entire week. Food and drink is not free but there is a discount
Good Job Security, Advancement Options, Good Perks
Bartender (Current Employee) – Manchester – 17 July 2018
As bar-work goes, Wetherspoons is one of the worst. Maximum effort is required on minimum pay. There are no extra benefits to working weekends or anti-social hours, and you often have to work with no break as the management team to do not efficiently handle breaks and staff.
Bar Associate (Current Employee) – Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester – 9 July 2018
Fantastic company to work for! Excellent chance of promotions and lots of training provided. Lots of chance of over time If you need extra hours.. 50% off food during shifts and also 20% off alcohol in any other wetherspoons
Shift Manager (Former Employee) – Scotland – 3 July 2018
worked with wetherspoons for 9 years and used to love my job. since a change of senior management has occurred I have resented working here. I do not appreciate a change of location being forced through. Its a company that says its all about the people.. but in reality its all about the money.
free food. holidays and pay
long hours. no thanks for anything from management. used as a number and non appreciated.
Bar Associate (Current Employee) – London – 26 June 2018
I’ve worked at 4 different spoons and the staff really make a difference. Good place to work if you want experience in bar work because the customers are often friendly and have patience, not very sociable hours as you can leave work at 4am sometimes.
Bar Staff (Former Employee) – Edinburgh Airport – 20 June 2018
Good environment to work in with good pay, very fast paced and your constantly moving about due to how long the shifts were I got to have a very small social life and also getting through security was a night mare had to come in for your shifts sometimes up to to hours early.
Weekly pay, good pay in general, friendly staff and management
Long working hours, day shifts u don't have a specific finishing time, minimal social life
Kitchen Manager (Current Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 17 June 2018
A stable job for someone willing to put the graft in, experience differs from pub to pub, sometimes you work for a pub manager who leads from the front and other times you work for an office bound manager who believes very much in the chain of command.
over all the company is very well ran, to what sometimes feels like ridiculous high standards with more red tape added each year, but that's probably why they are the undisputed overlords of the pub restaurant companies, its hard to keep up with all the policies and procedures.
very little scope to progress from kitchen manager with the recent removal of the regional catering manager role, unless you are willing to transfer to the front of house, expect to remain in this role for a long time.
expect to work very unsociable hours as a kitchen manager, working from late morning to early evening 5 times a week.