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.
Bar Associate (Current Employee) – Newport County – 7 June 2018
JD Wetherspoon are great employers. The rate of pay is always above minimum wage, you can work as many or as little hours as you would like. You receive great bonuses. The managers vary from pub to pub but majority of them are great! Easy to take holidays and time off. I love working for them. Its better than other pub chains I have worked for.
50% off, bonuses, above minimum wage, good advancement
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Plymouth, Devon – 7 June 2018
-Good place to start if you are a student or recent graduate. -Great team but terrible management who tend to mistreat newbies so have a tough skin and just focus on doing your best. -Newbies tend to be saddled with all the jobs no one one wants to do and are at times given a task that requires more than one person and expected to finished in a very short time frame. -Expect blame for events that you can't control so make sure to be as organised and time efficient as possible. -Make sure all important commitments don't clash with work as one can be blamed for that even if it was unexpected. -If you actually want to learn something then build good relations with your team mates because that is how you survive and keep your job.
Duty Manager (Former Employee) – Halifax, West Yorkshire – 22 May 2018
towards the end of my time with Wetherspoons I stopped enjoying woring for them. the company became very greedy and made bonuses impossible to achieve, this went everything they promised to new starters. hours got tight but they expected more and more off you.
Waitress (Current Employee) – Southend, Essex – 20 May 2018
From working at this establishment, I have gained several skills as well as developing known skills. Shifts pattern are flexible to suit workers needs as well as overtime. Social benefits to working here.
JD Wetherspoon has one of the most widely recognised and appraised training systems for its management in the industry. I gained knowledge and skills that other companies haven't even touched upon and I will always value the time I spent there.
That being said, you get out what you put in and you have to be willing to work incredibly hard and prepared to do the higher roles you wish for before you actually achieve them in order to prove your ability. I don't think this is a bad thing as I think it shows tenacity and character but it's not for everyone.
I didn't have a very good work life balance once I reached the kitchen manager role, however that varies for different people and it also depends how available you make yourself. I felt very much on call 24/7 however being young, single and living a five minute walk from my place of work and picking up the phone every time it rang no matter what didn't do myself any favours.
It's a tough environment, and it's very competitive, but as a company to work for I would recommend it and I wouldn't say I would never consider going back, I've maintained positive professional relationships with a number of the senior management team in my area for that very reason.
There are a number of perks, recently since I left they've reduced the contracted hours and given the management a pay rise which is always well received, and the shares scheme is fantastic, I know people that have used their shares to contribute to a deposit on a house or buy a new car.
Free shares, free food for management, flexible hours
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – Street – 27 April 2018
Great company to work for with great benefits and they look after their staff and their is amazing scope to progress with the company. A worthy employee for anyone looking to get into the hospitality industry.
Bar Staff (Former Employee) – Darlington, Durham – 25 April 2018
Hours and pay at this job we’re disgraceful, it advertised £7.95 per hour but you only get minimum wage for your age so maybe it should specify this in the ad. Then when you start your hours start as a decent job almost 25 hours + but then they drop your hours because they obviously think the best people should be on shift all the time and don’t think the new starters should be trained properly to get more hours. There’s no full training so it’s basically pick it all up yourself and learn by yourself. Trust me don’t work behind the bar at a Wetherspoons.
This job was messy, I smelled of food after every shift, I burned my fingers, the hygiene standards were not kept up by the management or senior staff which shocked me. The work pace is too fast for most people and there is a lot of pressure, meaning mistakes are easily made. Not great benefits except discount on food, the pay was fairly low and the work I did was tedious, messy and fast. My colleagues were fairly critical of the company and it seemed like no one actually liked working there.
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