6.0

JD Wetherspoon

Kitchen associate at JD Wetherspoon

People in this role may also be known as kitchen and catering assistants or kitchen assistant.

81 workers in this role at JD Wetherspoon have taken the survey.

How much does JD Wetherspoon pay kitchen associates?

Kitchen associate at JD Wetherspoon
£7.00–9.50
Typical range
£6.45–9.76

Kitchen associate employees at JD Wetherspoon are typically paid £7.00–9.50 an hour, based on data from 81 employees.

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What is management like for kitchen associate employees at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do kitchen associates think JD Wetherspoon head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    79% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 68 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Excellent
  • Managers are respectful

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    79% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 70 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Good management

    Worst thing

    Very stressful and understaffed

    6.0

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for kitchen associate employees at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do kitchen associates get of their shift pattern at JD Wetherspoon?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 66% report getting one week notice or less
    • 19% report getting two weeks notice
    • 11% report getting three weeks notice
    • 4% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 80 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Not great
  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do kitchen associates work the same number they are contracted for at JD Wetherspoon?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    55% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 73 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do JD Wetherspoon managers change kitchen associates shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    64% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 77 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for kitchen associates to take sick leave at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    70% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    66% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 80 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    68% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 62 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    58% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 80 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for kitchen associates to book a holiday at JD Wetherspoon?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    76% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 68 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    78% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 65 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Flexible hours, good team spirit and a relatively straightforward job.

    Worst thing

    Customers

    2.9

    Employee, November 2021

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What is career progression like for kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • No career progression

    Are kitchen associates given support to progress at JD Wetherspoon?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 54% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 71 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Good
  • Enough training

    Do kitchen associates get enough training when they start at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    62% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 78 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon

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  • Best thing

    working with friends
    decent pay

    Worst thing

    unsocial hours
    stressful
    always short staffed
    random shift hours
    One rule for them, another for everyone else

    6.1

    Employee, November 2021

  • Best thing

    Pay was ok. Never short of shifts.

    Worst thing

    The companies reputation.
    Old leering men.
    Lack of training/high expectations

    2.9

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    Not paid sick pay

    6.7

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Free meal, good managers, great rate of pay

    Worst thing

    Stress, shift scheduling around college

    8.6

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Free meals, opportunities to learn and advance a career, exciting environment

    3.7

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Student pay

    Worst thing

    No work life balance

    2.9

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Some people

    Worst thing

    The actual job

    1.6

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The people who work there are great, the job is fun but can get stressful

    Worst thing

    Busy shifts

    5.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Colleagues

    Worst thing

    No breaks very stressful

    3.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Good people and not really stressful

    Worst thing

    Understaffed at busy periods and head office can be clueless at times.

    8.4

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    people I get to work with

    Worst thing

    customers and sometimes the stress of busy periods

    8.2

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Pay, bonuses, team

    Worst thing

    Working hours and shift patterns

    6.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The people you work with directly

    Worst thing

    Management. Customers. Head office. Terrible food.

    2.6

    Employee, April 2021

  • Worst thing

    It's a managers club and there is no room for being good if you don't sacrifice everything for the company.

    4.0

    Kitchen assistant, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Best job I ever had

    Worst thing

    The customers

    7.9

    Kitchen associate, March 2021

  • Best thing

    People I work with

    Worst thing

    The pay compared to what is expected of me

    6.1

    Kitchen staff, January 2021

  • Best thing

    It's Easy to get to and from and the people are nice to work with

    Worst thing

    Under staffing, often long periods where there is fewer staff on during busy periods

    3.3

    Kitchen associate, December 2020

  • Best thing

    People I work with

    Worst thing

    Too few staff
    Too busy
    Too little time to serve food

    4.8

    Kitchen associate, November 2020

  • Best thing

    My colleagues at the same position as I am are lovely

    Worst thing

    Stressful, short-staffed for the demand

    2.7

    Kitchen associate, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Met some good friends. Make my own food

    Worst thing

    No respect. Bad hours. Uncertainty.

    1.6

    Kitchen associate, November 2020

  • Best thing

    No customer contact

    Worst thing

    Unstable hours

    3.5

    Kitchen associate, October 2020

  • Best thing

    always been treated well..kept upto date with training

    Worst thing

    working all over Christmas

    8.4

    Kitchen associate, July 2020

  • Best thing

    People I work with

    Worst thing

    Periods of extreme business

    6.6

    Kitchen associate, November 2019

  • Best thing

    Bonus free food

    Worst thing

    Some late nights

    6.4

    Kitchen associate, November 2019

  • Best thing

    Not having to deal with customers face to face

    Worst thing

    Repetition can get boring sometimes

    5.8

    Kitchen associate, November 2019

  • Best thing

    Some team members

    Worst thing

    Some of my team members and shift times

    4.5

    Kitchen associate, September 2019

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