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

Updated May 27, 2014
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3.4 14 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart

(5 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Applebee's was great with the first round of management

    Everything (Former Employee)
    New Brighton, MN

    ProsIt 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! !!!!!

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Money, Poor Quality of Life

    Restaurant Manager (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A long road of ups and downs

    Server At Applebees (Current Employee)
    Coon Rapids, MN

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was fine, but don't have high expectations

    Server At Applebees (Former Employee)
    Bloomington, MN

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

    Consnot 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Applebee's

    Hostess (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Server (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGenerally very busy, stays fresh and new (menu updates, remodels, specials), will work with my schedule

    ConsThe extreme fast past and busyness can be a lot to handle day in and day out. With high volume, quality can be lost at times: Ticket times, food quality, opportunity to interact with guests

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not make extreme cuts to the floor in the name of numbers. Maintain consistency in upholding standards

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Food Server (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    Prossupportive work environment, flexible schedule

    Conslong hours, need to be on your feet all day

    Advice to Senior Managementhire higher quality employees, promote faster

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Individual Stores Can Be Great, But Too Much Bureauocracy

    Assistant General Manager (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsI 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet back to the basics. Remember what's important, get the right people in the right places, and sales should follow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a good experience

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
    Burnsville, MN

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, plus vacation

    ConsLate hours 50+ hours a week

    Advice to Senior ManagementBack up managers more when unruly employees exist.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Keep on Moving and Don't Stop to Apply Here

    Restaurant Manager (Former Employee)
    Blaine, MN

    ProsThe staff was decent most of the time.

    Cons55-60 hrs a week
    Horrible pay
    Required to do more than anyone person could possibly manage to do in one day

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek managment experience somewhere else!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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