Fun place to work with great flexibility, but pay is not worth the amount of work.
Team Leader/Supervisor (Former Employee) – Chichester – 7 February 2018
I worked at J D Wetherspoon for just over a year, and was amazed to find out the structure of the company. The job role itself was intense, requiring long amounts of cleaning time at the end of the evening (approx. 2-3 hours of closing down still on the exact pay as you would be had you been working during the day shift. The structure of the pay was the weirdest part of the job, a kitchen associate was on exactly the same pay as a supervisor on the bar, meaning that a promotion on bar was pretty irrelevant, and a kitchen supervisor was on more money than a bar supervisor, despite their job being exactly the same (other than dealing with food preparation).
The CEO of the company ensures that Brexit is at the forefront of every working day. The company magazine, distributed in every pub, has pages upon pages of political opinions, which is spread across beer mats, and posters in the pubs. In the run up to the Brexit referendum, staff were told they had to start every conversation with customers by asking them their political opinion on Brexit. So there is no attempt to get away from the day to day stresses of the real world and sit down to a nice cold pint of beer, instead you are bombarded with the CEO's often brass opinions of the world.
The company brags it has world class training for its staff, however you do not receive the full rate of pay advertised in the initial job application until you complete around a ridiculous 20 hours of online staff training, all in your own time with no pay for doing it. The same applies when you gain a promotion.
On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at J D Wetherspoon but only due to the passionate and kind people that I worked with. I cannot fault their dedication and commitment to the job role, despite receiving little to no praise from the company CEO and Area Managers, and the lack of a pay rise for unsociable hours.
Flexible hours, staff discount.
No pay for unsociable hours, Horrendously long staff training, Bad pay.