Applebee's Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
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Pros
  • Discounts on food, flexible schedule (in 44 reviews)

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

Cons
  • long hours could have higher pay (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management frequently clocks employees out without telling them and continue to let them work (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Great job for the right people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Shakopee, MN

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -The tips are fantastic!
    -Generally the co-workers are helpful and fun
    -Hours can be great if you are able to pick the days you want to work

    Cons

    -Long/late hours- might not even get the hours/shifts that you want
    -Work holidays
    -Cranky and unreasonable customers
    -Some crazy managers

    Advice to Management

    Don't yell at the employees so much


  2. I was a server running around, tending to the needs of the person to my right, left, front, and back.

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

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It teaches you how to organize your time, and multi-task. I have never worked in an environment where every second mattered, and mult-tasking to such a degree was essential.

    Cons

    The compensation in general as a server is low.

    Advice to Management

    Inform the servers of upcoming changes to the menu before you walk out on the floor to find out by having a customer ask you about the new change.


  3. Horrible food and miserable management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Expo, Host, Server in Hudson, WI
    Former Employee - Expo, Host, Server in Hudson, WI

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Tips, and the flexible hours and schedule that comes with a restaurant job.

    Cons

    The management, the food, the cleanliness, the high school atmosphere, basically everything.


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  5. Great opportunity unless you have a family

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

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Bonus, ability to advance within.

    Cons

    No time for family. Servers run managers.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls


  6. A good job to get you through college.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server, To-Go Server, Host, and Expediter in Forest Lake, MN
    Former Employee - Server, To-Go Server, Host, and Expediter in Forest Lake, MN

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tips from serving can allow for you to walk away with a nice chunk of cash, discounts on food, people I worked with were awesome, and making sales was relatively easy as the food is quite good

    Cons

    I got burned out after working there for two and half years as it can be really stressful and difficult to deal with customers. As a result I don't ever want to work at a restaurant again. But if you're looking to have fun and make a decent amount of money while doing it, than I'd recommend working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Applebee's is a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Don't expect to make any money

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

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are multiple positions to choose from at this company and the hours are flexible

    Cons

    The customers are cheap and rude, you need to work constant double shifts to make any money. But if you get close to our 40 hours expect to be kicked out mid shift.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with respect and think ahead when making the schedule. It isn't fair to make a person work a double with no break in between to eat or sit down.


  9. Applebee's was great with the first round of management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great company and great management with great employees, kitchen, front of the house and carside.
    The the company was bought out by another franchise. BOOM! !!!!!

    Cons

    It became microwave haven, rude new management. BESIDES a few! !. No employee was good enough anymore. The higher ups became hateful and rude. Witch made a place where every employee was there from the beginning to lot's of new faces. Dress codes didn't matter. We didn't matter.!!! I felt bad for all those great manager's and the fantastic employees. If you love microwave food and server's that are stressed about loosing their jobs go to the BEE'S.

    Advice to Management

    Be FAIR, be nice, TREAT HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. Be a HUMAN. To those great manager's GET OUT! !!


  10. Good Money, Poor Quality of Life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Able to work harder for more money (profit sharing), able to meet new people easily and interact with different cultures regularly

    Cons

    Working 55+ hours week, salaried, with sometimes little to no sleep between 10+ hour shifts. Poor clientele can be difficult to deal with daily...

    Advice to Management

    Give 3 days off one week, 2 days off the next to help relieve the poor quality of life for managers.


  11. A long road of ups and downs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Coon Rapids, MN
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Coon Rapids, MN

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It works well if you are a college student. Flexible schedule. If you are a hard worker, they will give you the good shifts.

    Cons

    They have shifted over the last 10 years to caring a lot less about their employees. Used to give out employee recognition for certain years of service. Used to have a rewards catalogue that you could pick prizes from. Now they don't care about the employees. Morale has gone down the toilet. They got rid of the night cleaners and are now making the staff stay late to do it. Vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the windows.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as if they were a 'second customer'. Applebee's used to be a restaurant that people wanted to work for.



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