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Kitchen Associate (Former Employee) –  Rickmansworth4 January 2018
Great company to work for on a part time basis while still studying, learning different skills each day, meeting all kinds of people.
Was made to feel welcome by the management on every shift
Pros
Free meals
Cons
Late mid-night finishes
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hard and busy fun place to work
Bar and Floor Associate (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh4 January 2018
i liked working for wetherspoons, got great reviews and had a good friendship with the regulars, however management was a joke when it was busy they would hide and leave it down to us to deal with while they ran about playing Pokemon go.
Pros
50% off food
Cons
long shifts and late nights
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Not well managed kitchen at all
Kitchen Assistant (Former Employee) –  Brecon, Powys4 January 2018
What a joke I was let go for following protocol and company and HSE rules, was expected to work when ill in the kitchen when company rules make it clear you are not too, rude and incompetent staff allowed to keep their jobs when they break the rules, you get dumped on from a great hight
Pros
are there any?
Cons
Too many!
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Not much help
Front house staff (Current Employee) –  Doncaster, South Yorkshire3 January 2018
It was my first job as I am 16 years old and could only do front house staff. The pay wasn’t more than minimum wage for my age which isn’t a bones but only ever get 4 hours at a time. They also need more staff for front house as I am always asked to come in and left to struggle on my own drinking food out and cleaning it all when I am busy and the manger would just stand there watching me.
Pros
Good pay for my age.
Cons
Need more staff
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Ok
Kitchen Associate (Current Employee) –  Derby3 January 2018
It is a very good place to work, there are excellent benefits, bonuses, discounts they have a provide a good salary after completing training it rises up
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fun workplace fast paced
Bar Associate (Former Employee) –  Manchester3 January 2018
fast paced different tasks from serving food to serving hot and cold beverages. meeting pub targets on food and alcohol maintaining health and safety.
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An OK job to tide you over
Bar Associate (Former Employee) –  Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire29 December 2017
An alright job to have through Uni, when you needed the pay and weren't too bothered with having to work all hours of the day.

After that, the hours aren't enough to sustain you and are usually at night so unless you live nearby was tricky to get places.
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poor hours
Bar associate (Former Employee) –  South Yorkshire28 December 2017
As expected with bar work you'll be working odd hours. but forget having a social life you'd be lucky if you got 1 weekend day off every 6 months. Managers are very favoritest.
Pros
good discounts
Cons
poor hours
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Overworked, power tripping staff, unpaid labour
Bar Staff (Current Employee) –  United Kingdom27 December 2017
Minimal/no training given. They expect you to know everything then get hostile when you don't. Puts pressure on coworkers and uncomfortable and unfair for customers.

No clear rules/policies. Get in trouble/disciplined for things others are doing and are unaware is not allowed.

Unpaid labour after shifts, pressured and expected to clock out at a certain time after a night shift even when understaffed and doing 2/3 peoples jobs so they don't have to keep paying you.

Either extremely understaffed or overstaffed and sent home early.

Some managers love the power trip and try and get you in trouble for absolutely everything. Patronising and unfair.

Breaks are not always given, even on 8+ hour shifts.

Rotas are unpredictable, no social life due to all over the place hours.

Not paid enough to deal with the violence, drunk harassment and disgusting cleaning tasks we're unqualified to do.
Pros
good first job, they hire anyone. but not forever.
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Hard work
Kitchen Manager (Current Employee) –  Leeds27 December 2017
You get out of the company what you put in if you work hard and thrive to progress it is a great career to get into only issue is when you reach the level of kitchen manager or pub manager it’s very hard to move up any time soon
Pros
Staff discount
Cons
Long hours
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Bar Staff (Current Employee) –  Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk22 December 2017
Management is awful, picks favourites and makes it clear who they are, only thinks about themselves and will talk low about you behind your back to other staff members.
Pros
Discount
Cons
Manager
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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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Best company I've worked for
Maintenance Administrator (Former Employee) –  Watford, Hertfordshire18 December 2017
The property maintenance head office culture was fantastic. This is a company that is willing to adapt in order to ensure the pubs were fully supported in maintenance and repair.
A real chance to show your skills and learn new talents in the office world.
Pros
benifits, young(ish) fun office culture
Cons
as it is everywhere, you can work twice as hard and well as some colleagues, but yet get paid the same - some coasters within the teams, but overall alot of passion for the roles
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Bar Associate (Former Employee) –  Poole, Dorset13 December 2017
My typical day at work usually starts at 1500 till 0100. I learned that some people are not willing to cooperate with you to finish the tasks quicker and sometimes you need to count on yourself only. The management where I worked in, which was the Quay Poole was horrible and they never listened to you fully and never help you anything or even compromise the solution. Hardest part of the job is the customers complaints but that is easy to deal with as long as you are calm and polite.
Most enjoyable part of the job, is some of the staff that makes your day and some jokes that can go around, it just little things makes you smile.
Pros
discount on food and drinks
Cons
They always puts you on late night shifts
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good to work for
Cleaner (part-time) (Former Employee) –  Littlehampton, West Sussex11 December 2017
hard worker, always on time normal day cleaning a pub making sure every thing ready for opening time make sure the bar place is ready for opening time
Pros
free cup of tea
Cons
hard work
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Just horrible.
Bar Associate (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands7 December 2017
Get treated like rubbish expected to work long hours breaks have to be begged for management have favourites and no hope of promotion unless you suck up.
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worse compnay
Kitchen Staff (Former Employee) –  Nottinghamshire7 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
Cons
long hours min wage undervalued
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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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disgusting
Duty Manager (Former Employee) –  Arbroath, Angus5 December 2017
Honestly please dont even consider it.

The managers treat you like junk, people phone in sick all the time and nothing gets done about it. short staffed all the time.
managers rarely leave the office and come help when its busy.

no tips are allowed!

hourly wage is shocking!
Pros
cheap food on shift
Cons
being shouted at by scambag drunks who want cheap booze
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Energetic and fun workplace
Shift Leader (Current Employee) –  East Grinstead, West Sussex29 November 2017
A typical day at work is dealing with a variety of customers while providing excellent customer service. I have learnt a lot while working at spoons from learning communication between colleges, training new starters to increasing your knowledge about the company. Management are friendly, listen to your concerns and train you to be the best you can. The hardest part of the job is making sure everything is done effectively and within time targets. However the most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with and how everyone gets along and supports each other.
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