J D Wetherspoon PLC
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fun place to work, very sociable job and not hard, plenty of opportunities to advance too. can get stressful at times but management are very supportive
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busy and understaffed, so can be stressful. shift patterns are all over the place, so not good work/life balance. co workers are brilliant though and make work bearable
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It was terrible. I hated every single minute of it. The staff are rude, disorganised and to be completely honest, totally inept at their job. I felt like a liability
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Busy environment

Overall job for people that like to keep themselves busy. Different shift patterns ( early morning, middle or night shift, weekends). Busy. Different customers that could be challenging sometimes.
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Fast-paced and goal oriented

Good place to work and the people are fun and collaborative. Management is understanding and supportive and are quite flexible around your needs. High turnover.
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Fun opportunity to easily gain bar experience

Difficult to become bored on shift, as there is always something to do, colleagues are mostly friendly and if coming from no experience, exposure to opportunities to develop skills in dealing with problematic customers.
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Ok place to work

Overall an ok company to work. Good peiple and environment, but long hours and poor pay dont make up for it. Good as a stop gap but not as a career. Thanks
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It's decent for a part-time student job in terms of pay and hours but not for long- term. Will have to high tolerance for difficult customers to work here even part-time.
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Fast paced

Although definitely not getting paid enough for the value of the work you do, if you like a fast paced environment working with a team to achieve the unachievable, this is your best bet.
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Busy stressful environment. Where tasks need to be completed however with staff constantly sick or not turning up, poor management. Just doesn't help your mind at all. It's a very negative workplace that I feel needs improving alot. This job does nothing for your mental health .
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You make friends but bad management

Managers do not value you as a person and will certainly not appreciate anything you do for the company, waste of time working there. They do not give you time to learn and make you feel unwanted and undervalued
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Good Pay For Hospitality (But Hard Work)

Company expect a lot of work to meet parameter and sales targets. Often a constant juggle between money saving and and service standards to attempt to hit some unachievable target's and KPI's from upper management.You will have loads of opportunities to progress and you will receive a good pay packet, especially compared to a lot of other hospitality.


Salary, Progression, Opportunity To Transfer/ Relocate


Workload, Working Hours
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Loved my time at wetherspoons

Met friends for life, and learnt many a skill. Would still be there if it wasn’t for how they treated us during the first lockdown and covid. Some good managers, some bad, just like everywhere
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Stressful but people made it amazing

So I worked at JD Wetherspoons for a year and I couldn’t have asked to work with a better bunch of people but saying that team morale was down and no one did anything. Putting pressure on the bar staff to make sure the kitchen was looked after but not looking after the floor or bar staff. There’s no rewarding their staff. At some points I was doing 40 hours on a 16 hour contract .. no team meetings you expect to just do the job and that’s it. I was promoted twice in the space of the year so promotions are good but when most the staff is constantly drained stressed and upset something needs to be looked at other than that a good company
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Fast paced and stressful

It can be nice working there but also very stressful as there’s not much reward. Management can pick favourites and if you’re not one of them then good luck


Free lunch and a discount


Unsociable hours, favouritism
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Fun staff to work with.

Pros: Make alot of friendsGood payGrows your confidence Good benefits. If wanting to be management you can work hard and it will be seen. Cons:Unsociable hours Few people can make life hard
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I loved working here

I recommend that anyone looking to start a career in hospitality starts here. I loved working here and learned a colossal amount. The steps on the career ladder are quite close together here so progression can be quite rapid if that’s what you want. When you get up to the narrow end things get a little tougher so that might be the time to look elsewhere. But I have a million great memories of my time as a ‘spoony’
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Pretty Good

All staff are very helpful and supportive. Shifts can have a lot of variety so that keeps things fresh. Can feel pretty rewarding at times. Overall I would recommend choosing to work here.


Free Meal and Drink on Break


Shift times can be erratic.
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Avoid if you want a life!

A very well run establishment for the company and it's regulars. If you don't have family, social commitments and wa t to earn a low wage this place is gor you. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed working there, it was very busy (understaffed) so the shift went quicker, but workload and false agreements on shift patterns lead to a unhappy work/social life balance. Having any disagreement with how things are run or how you are treated will lead to disciplinary procedures. This place (if it was not so profit minded) could be a great place to work. Shame!


Great staff, regulars


Poor wages, work/life balance
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Depends on management

Good staff, good pay, unsocial hours and management can make the job unbearable.Have worked their for a long time and the job has been the best and worst I've had
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Was pretty good

Training and career enhancement was good. Some management and management styles were not good. Can become toxic very quickly. Area managers also can be toxic. Overall however I enjoyed my time there and got some good experience under my belt
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2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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