The reason I had this site and forum commissioned was simply because of the exploitation and alleged illegal activities of the brewery towards all - and in particular it's managers. This is believed to be solely down to one person - Humphrey Smith.
At one time, the brewery and H Smith were great to work for, but due to a change in the 'mind' of Mr Smith - things have been going down hill - and many good people have been severely hurt, or even devastated. As a direct result of Mr Smiths unbelievable and cruel action, managers have found themselves thrown out on the street on numerous occasions, on trumped up unfounded allegations.
I find it truly amazing that the man hasn't been either sectioned, or struck-of as a Director by Companies House - or both.
Through this site, individuals and couples have reported instances such as having to personally work a ridiculous amount of hours - just to cater for customers who may become upset at having to wait so long to be served. The net result is that they are working below the legal minimum pay requirement.
We have on one occasion, contacted and arranged a meeting with the MP local to one manageress who was thrown out (locks changed) with no notice, and holding her baby, with another younger child in hand. Smith didn't want the Police involved - and allegedly uses his heavies if needed.
I could say much more - but I think the content of these forums speaks for themselves. And bare in mind - the majority of 'victims' don't report back to this site when dismissed, as they understandably want to put it all behind them.
This really is as said, 'just the tip of the iceberg'.
If a personal friend or family member wanted to work for Sam's whilst H Smith remains at the helm - then I would feel it my duty as a humanitarian, to do everything possible to deter them - for their own good.
I can only recommend working for H Smith to one type of person - an undercover investigative reporter.
I can imagine, that with a different board of Directors, or if by some miracle H Smith reverted back to his former self (a respected man) then company could once again be a great institution to be part of.
Finally, I leave you with a quote from Wikipedia
Samuel Smith's brewery has courted controversy with its policy of removing music and television from pubs. Further, criticism from the GMB trade union has been levied on the company for its treatment of pub managers
, resulting in a number of court cases. Humphrey Smith has also pursued a number of planning application objections at the cost of Selby district council.
If you do apply and take the job - please always consider that it may all come to an abrupt end, with little notice. Go in 'eyes open'!