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Applebee's Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
738 Reviews
3.0
738 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 44 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are a must and if you have a family don't plan on spending any time with them (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Fantastic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    School work life balance a plus. Strong training

    Cons

    Clients. Menu changes often. Tipping out when you haven't made any money yourself.

  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Its was good busy cool people nice pay

    Cons

    Need better management for some and better stragery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Getting through college.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    They work around my school schedule.

    Cons

    They are open until 2am and working late can leave little time for sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has expressed taking a pay cut upon being promoted and many people who are not necessarily "good servers" may make great managers.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Server Assistant in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    Good hours, Great staff and food

    Cons

    Long periods of standing, Rude guest from time to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good solid company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's full-time

    Pros

    Highly focused on the guest. Committed to freshness, quality and innovation. Room for advancement if you are results driven and great with people.

    Cons

    Lots of changes to keep things fresh requires a lot of extra training time. Good investment but time consuming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    As Expected

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Server in Newark, DE

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

    Pros

    Working at this company has some significant benefits, depending on which franchise you're with. I work for the AmericanApple franchise, so my discount on food is always 50% off. Which comes in handy. The managers typically work with your schedule, if you're part time / student.

    Cons

    Shifts are long. No breaks. Underpaid. Tips are awful.. Applebee's typically draws lower class people b/c its so cheap. Seriously, 2 water's and a 2 for 20 deal...if lucky, you're getting a $3 tip. No thank you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better training please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GU Volume - Mindless but easy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dishwasher in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Dishwasher in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy job to perform daily
    Low stress environment most of time
    Friendly co workers every shift

    Cons

    Servers don't know how to make your life easier by stacking dishes
    Short staffed most of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A lot of great friendships that were made but not in an ideal environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host in Glen Carbon, IL
    Current Employee - Host in Glen Carbon, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of fun to work with people you like, flexible hours, decent tips

    Cons

    Lack of management in general, no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your good employees with more respect and be willing to move people up through the company quicker

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Server @ a high tourist based chain

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

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

    Pros

    -The money can be good when it is busy.
    -Have met some great people.
    -My management (all but one) and GM are easily approachable.
    -Discounted meals offered around scheduled shifts.
    -Contest to win gift cards and stuff are often to encourage alcohol sales.
    -A lot of training shifts to begin, this is good and allows you to get to know the entire menu...that is until it changes every other month.

    Cons

    -Giving 2% of your sales to the bar/host even when they don't deserve it, the host not helping clean tables or skipping seating you; the bartender more interested in making their own money off tables or talking to their friends than making your guests' drinks...annoying!
    -Sweeping carpet...you will learn to get better at this :(
    -comps/voids highly frowned upon, even if it is the guest not liking, changing mind, etc...this can affect how often you are scheduled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a cocktail server for the bar area. Nothing is more frustrating than my table getting their appetizer before their drinks, all because the bartender wants to take tables!
    Being a closer seems like an incentive, until you begin your closing procedures. If the restaurant is still open and you are cleaning your BOH, you become the expo for the server or two on the floor. If it gets busy, you do nothing but help other people make money so they can leave before you and you still have your BOH and FOH to finish.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Growth Potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Many locations, huge growth potential through performance, great pay rates

    Cons

    work life balance in operations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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