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Applebee's Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

628 Reviews

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628 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, can usually work or get off by communicating with co-workers of the same position (in 38 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, quality of life depends on franchise owners (in 35 reviews)

  • Upper management is aware of the problem, but refuses to acknowledge the danger (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    supportive work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    long hours, need to be on your feet all day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire higher quality employees, promote faster

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Individual Stores Can Be Great, But Too Much Bureauocracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    I developed a lot of great relationships during my tenure as a manager there, both professionally and personally. I worked at several locations and had experiences ranging from okay to truly fantastic, depending on the staffs, but overall I thought the teams were made up of some truly good people. Upper management in the Minnesota region was fantastic while I was there, although it may have changed since.

    Cons

    The organization is too big for its own good. A simple marketing or training question becomes days worth of emails and voicemails, trying to track down the person at the corporate office who can answer your question and fill you in on the protocol. It can be easy to get so wrapped up in the 'busy work' (audits and inspections, a ridiculously long review process for hourly associates, a burdensome self-evaluation, etc.) that you forget the job should truly be about food and guest service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Remember what's important, get the right people in the right places, and sales should follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It has been a good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Burnsville, MN

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, plus vacation

    Cons

    Late hours 50+ hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up managers more when unruly employees exist.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Woodbury, MN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Woodbury, MN

    Pros

    good money serving, flexible hours, time off easy to get

    Cons

    weekends, long hours, customers, service job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strict

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good starting place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Cook in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    get to understand industry and a proper place to learn the skills to run your own company if you decide to

    Cons

    a bit competitive and need to be a sycophant in order to get ahead or just anything to go your way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    performance review and peer review must be utilized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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