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

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
810 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.  

    Horrible food and miserable management

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect to make any money

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    Former Employee - Server in Buffalo, MN
    Former Employee - Server in Buffalo, MN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Applebee's was great with the first round of management

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep on Moving and Don't Stop to Apply Here

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Blaine, MN
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Blaine, MN

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

    Pros

    The staff was decent most of the time.

    Cons

    55-60 hrs a week
    Horrible pay
    Required to do more than anyone person could possibly manage to do in one day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek managment experience somewhere else!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunity unless you have a family

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    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)

    Pros

    Bonus, ability to advance within.

    Cons

    No time for family. Servers run managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was fine, but don't have high expectations

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    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    My fellow servers were a lot of fun and great friends while I worked there

    Cons

    not a great work environment, the management was not very supportive. They pitched it like it was going to be a great environment but never got that vibe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good job to get you through college.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Money, Poor Quality of Life

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A long road of ups and downs

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Applebee's

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Hostess in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    fast paced, free food for training, half off food after training,

    Cons

    takes too long to move up in positions, not enough pay for the amount of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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