Applebee's

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Applebee's Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
741 Reviews
3.0
741 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 44 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are a must and if you have a family don't plan on spending any time with them (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management is aware of the problem, but refuses to acknowledge the danger (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Monroe, MI
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Monroe, MI

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible. management is hand on

    Cons

    Short staffed...allow people to be lazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control over lazy staff members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hang out after work - you'll NEED it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you want to get into chain management, it's a pretty good company for that. Excellent training (you have to be a stickler), and like most chains, you'll have to relocate

    Cons

    I've worked in 2 AppB's and were perpetually understaffed, but that's kinda the way the business is these days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To people in corporate: GET OUT OF THE OFFICE AND WORK AT A STORE BEFORE YOU COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA OR POLICY...practicality matters to your people in the trenches

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    There was norbing that wanted me to stay. Overall there was a negativity from the corporate folks( presidents etc. ) on down

    Cons

    Couldn't pay our bonus when we made bonus. Always an excuse , pay raises were terrible 11.00 a week and they had me doing work at home on computer and not being compensated for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work elsewhere

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  5.  

    Service Industry Management Can Be Rewarding But Isn't For Everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Apple Gold really does try to provide competitive compensation as well as a work/life balance.

    Area Directors and Regional VP's are very likeable and have all been through the fire before as store managers. There's room for advancement as long as you take the initiative to improve your knowledge of FOH and BOH operations. Prefer to promote from within. As long as you're developing your staff you can and your staff can advance (not to mention it makes your job a lot easier.)

    Corporate office will provide you with tons of feedback and training tools so you will constantly know where you stand against your peers.

    Cons

    They TRY to work with you to provide a good work/life balance. It just doesn't always work that way. Turnover is inevitable in this industry which makes it hard to establish consistent management teams. Late night hours for hourly employees and managers isn't for everyone.

    Menu is always changing. Constantly have to re-train staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting back on late night hours would help with manager and hourly turnover. It's harder on scheduling for management and staff when you have to stay open later. It's exhausting on all levels and makes it harder to control labor. Shortening the hours would keep people fresher and allow you to get another shift out of your top hourly employees (without risking OT after 4 days.) Servers don't make money late night due to less than ideal clientele. This makes it harder to staff those shifts, which then makes those shifts harder to manage (more difficult clientele + weaker servers.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great crew of people to work with but tough clientele.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and respecable work environment. Had a good menu and drinks.

    Cons

    Have to turn tables quick and often to make tips. Tips are generally low but the business generally busy. So bust your butt and you can make over 100$ night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are really flexible with schedules especially working around college/ university classes, as long as you understand that most restaurants require you to work at least partial weekends. The uniform is pretty relaxed and it was a fun, casual, place to work. Side chores always rotate and seem fair.

    Cons

    Depending where you work, you make your tip money mostly by quantity of tables rather than quality of tips per table, as their food is inexpensive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Easy money with no future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Food Server in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your location, (tips) you can make great money. Shifts are very flexible while you're still in school or have a 2nd job.

    Cons

    The money you make isn't consistent. On slow days you might work 2 hours and be sent home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers have a lot going on behind the scenes. Give them some more credit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Applebee's is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Rosemount, MN
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Rosemount, MN

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are interested, it seems like it can be pretty easy for move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Can have long ticket times, makes guests wait too long for meal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not at all a bad place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Ankeny, IA

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    plenty of hours friendly coworkers

    Cons

    needs new store city has grown store needs to upgrade to keep up with the demands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worked for a well-ran store

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had a great crew when I worked there. Everyone there ended up working together for almost a year. Back of House and Front of House got along well, and the management staff was able to switch between front and back of house which developed chemistry.

    Cons

    Typical negatives in restaurant life: Difficult hours at times, stressful during peak business hours, favoritism showed occasionally. Mostly positive experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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