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) – Essex – 29 May 2018
I have enjoyed working as part of a team, however haven't felt like I can be challenged to my full potential. Often the management is under stress and we get little in the way of breaks. However, my contract has been flexible which has meant I can travel.
Great Colleagues but Usual Frustrations of Large Employer
shift leader (Current Employee) – UK – 29 May 2018
OK company to work for. Not great long term. Colleagues are mostly supportive, but in current economic climate there is always the wanting 'something for nothing' on part of company. Often staffing is too low to keep pub functioning efficiently.
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.
Bar Associate (Former Employee) – Alloa, Clackmannanshire – 8 May 2018
I worked here for a short while however many issues arose with management not pulling their own back when bar and kitchen staff were often getting slammed. I also found myself being bullied by other members of staff and this was not resolved forcing me to leave.
Kitchen Staff (Former Employee) – Rotherham, South Yorkshire – 6 May 2018
Awful.place to work, the management seem to think they're above doing actual work. The most productive staff get treated the worst, you never leave on time and there are very obvious favourites especially amongst management! The shifts vary depending on whether or not your face fits, you are expected to give up any social time and rarely get support when you are on shift as managers going for a cigarette break is a priority! You never get a proper break and get villified if you ask for one. And some of the excuses the lazy staff have for throwing shifts are beyond a joke! It used to be a nice place to work but I would now tell anyone applying here, for you own sanity, DO NOT!
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
Bar Staff (Current Employee) – East Grinstead – 3 May 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wetherspoons, it's a great fast paced environment working alongside great people. My omly gripe was the sporadict hours, where i could work at anytijenof the day. Sometimes working into the early hours of the morning.
Absolutely love working at spoons but due to poor management and bad work environment, I felt incredibly unwelcome and out of place. Often customers feel the same. There are lots of lovely people who work there but often it's the rude ones who work on the bar and give off a bad impression.
Catering Assistant (Former Employee) – cardiff – 1 May 2018
Hard work but nice colleagues. Typical day involves a lot of orders from customers all at once, e.g. lunch. High pressure environment and important that team works well together to provide a good service.
Early Morning Cleaner (Current Employee) – Okehampton, Devon – 30 April 2018
Not been here as long as someone could be before writing a review but here's my two cents
During the interview it was agreed that I would do some housekeeping to do on the side as at the time I needed to get my hours up but as I currently have 2 jobs I wouldn't be able to juggle that as well
At first it was a bit uneasy atmosphere-wise with the other coworkers as they had their little "clique" in the mornings and I was just a body, however as time went on they've 'accepted' me into the group.
Talking from a work sense it was a change of pace having such a short time frame to get things done ) As we only have a few hours to complete all of our tasks, it can be a tad harder if someone calls in sick leaving just two cleaners on instead of three (at least that's the case at the premises I'm at)
Three months into the job I was rota'd on to work by myself for two days of the five I was on for, which was fine I didn't mind as I know what was expected and able to come in earlier then I'm meant to.
Fast forward to today and I've taken it upon myself to come in extra early just to help prepare on our tasks which makes the team more efficient which Management have been fine with as we did have a lady do the same but she is currently off on holiday so we needed someone to step up, seeing as I live 5 mins away it made sense for me to do so.
discounts on food, friendly staff
early start (but expected as its part of the job), rota changes without notice