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

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
664 Reviews
3.0
664 Reviews
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
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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.  

    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 for 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time for more than 3 years

    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
  9.  

    Individual Stores Can Be Great, But Too Much Bureauocracy

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    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
  10.  

    It has been a good experience

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time for more than a year

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good money

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    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Woodbury, MN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Woodbury, MN

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time for more than 5 years

    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

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