Applebee's Reviews in Indianapolis, IN

693 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, can usually work or get off by communicating with co-workers of the same position (in 43 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are a must and if you have a family don't plan on spending any time with them (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    I have never worked in a food service position but was surprised by how well I like working at Applebee's.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Server in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    I'm not sure how pay is at other restaurants but the $2.13 an hour is not great. Luckily I make good tips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont micromanage so much. If there is a problem with certain employees address them directly and not all employees generally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No structure, no leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Server in Westfield, IN
    Former Employee - Food Server in Westfield, IN

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

    Pros

    Discounted meals, flexible schedule, easy.

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance unless you want to serve for 5+ years, food is more than often wrong or cooked wrong, horrible pay, no breaks unless you're a smoker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You seek good servers, then hand them a script and hold them to it. Good servers have personality and don't need a script!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a fun place to work. But I never want to work in the restaurant industry again.

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Food Server in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Applebee's was just an overall fun place to work. The food was good, so selling the products was pretty easy as long as you knew what you were talking about. The individuals I worked with also added to a great environment and made it an enjoyable job.

    Cons

    It is a restaurant, so if you can work restaurants or as a server, great! It seemed like perfection was expected of employees, which isn't a bad thing, except employees weren't rewarded accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the biggest problem I had was the base pay. Most of the time, I never took any of that home, it all went to taxes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    An 'alright' place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Overtime
    Paid Vacation*
    Accommodating to time off requests

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    Limited staffing
    The competent staff is overburdened by the rest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees feedback

    No opinion of CEO

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