Me and my partner have fallen in love with a SS pub and were so excited about it but now reading all of this a bit upset. We have spent years training with Greene King in theyre top division in two of theyre biggest pub hotels and didnt think anything could be worse. Ill describe my last job and could you let me know if SS is worse and why. After two years of being on theyre couples training scheme we had been on a grand total of two courses our licence and a customer complaints course, wed been begging to go on the rest and been told we were too valuable on site. We both worked an average of 65 hours a week never worked less than 50 on ?6.50 we had money taken off for living in, bearing in mind we lived in two rooms with no kitchen one window that the kitchens extracter was in front of (still carnt eat chips after two years of smelling of chip grease). Were on call at all times because we were at a hotel site, frequently worked breakfast finish which means 6.30am to 12.30am with an hour break. We worked under two managers one who was on ?45,000 and his partner who earned ?25,000 they had 5 two week holidays and also had 22 weekends away in one year during that time we were in charge of the site. We linecleaned every week did in house stock counts, ran wedding , functions, hotel reception,I did weekly housekeeping shifts, breakfast, ran the resturant, both bars, cellar and cask, were expected to go out with fliers if it was quiet. our morning accounts took an hour and a half everyday would declare banking, machine refills and a full safe check every day also banking had to be done every day. if your stock is wrong or you are over you wage budget or wernt meeting P&L had to go in front of area manager to explain why every period. Had a company brand booklet bible thickness that explianed every little detail such as glasses on table how cutlery should be laid out everything and had regular audits to make sure we were doing it how company wants it done also regular kitchen, stock, room, resturant, back office audits. I also did all our training and each staff member had three booklets to do each an hour long bearing in mind we had 40 staff and a regular turnover I did all of them with them and was not given extra hours to do it in. My manager was soo rude he even called my f**king useless in front of customers he was a constant bully and the reason we had such a high turnover and the reason we left in the end despite 43 seperate complaints to hr about him he has never had so much as a disciplin because he meets all targets of course he does his staff are too scared to do anything other than work theyre arses off. Please read this and let me know if ss are worse than this because I didnt believe anyone could be we are now jobless and homeless after walking out at breaking point and ss have offered us a pub we felt so excited now i am wondering if maybe the pub trade has changed forever to big business and despite doing nothing but work in the pub trade for the past 15 years maybe i should get out.