Applebee's Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
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. General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

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

    Pros

    good bonus, vacation and insurance

    Cons

    too many hours and not enough time off


  2. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at Applebee's

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

    Pros

    Structure, compensation, employees, and area director

    Cons

    Overworked, benefits, and higher ups

    Advice to Management

    Be happy...stop and think...happy management makes happy employees. You're always on stage with everyone..be courteous and understand everyone is there to make money and support their family.


  3. great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time

    Pros

    good hourly wage and great

    Cons

    management needs improvement and to


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  5. Nice extra money

    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Martinsville, IL
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Martinsville, IL

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    As a hostess my job is not hard just sitting guest and bussing tables

    Cons

    The shifts are tiring and long being that there are not a lot of other Host.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more host and possible bussers for the tables


  6. God awful management

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    Current Employee - Server in Sawgrass, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Sawgrass, FL

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount on food, very flexible schedule, it's actually really easy work if you know what you're doing, personality wise- fantastic coworkers.

    Cons

    At least in my branch the all but one manager is absolutely terrible. Gives very short term band-aid solution to major problems, recently the people that have been hired in FOH and BOH work like they got hired off a cereal box, extreme favoritism, lazy hosts, even lazier fellow servers,

    Advice to Management

    At this point, just quit and let someone else do the work. Get out of hiding in the office, ACTUALLY READ THE EXPO TICKETS AND SEND FOOD OUT CORRECTLY that way we dont have to pull you out of the office to talk to an upset guest because of a very preventable mistake.
    Also the inconsistency in discipline is the reason no one respects authority here. Letting the same 3 severs arrive up to an hour late and not saying anything but scolding those who rarely come in late that show up 5 minutes late is ridiculous.


  7. Micro management at it's best

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front of House Manager in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Front of House Manager in Denton, TX

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to start and learn discipline and work habits. Thorough with lots of rules and policies.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, not much compensation. There's a reason they are hurting for managers.


  8. Good internal workings, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Server in Boone, NC
    Former Employee - Server in Boone, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Incentivized work and good teamwork

    Cons

    Terrible management and even worse problem solving

    Advice to Management

    Don't standardize the entire front of house staff. Guests enjoy diversity


  9. Server

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Bedford, OH
    Current Employee - Server in Bedford, OH

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

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

    Pros

    They offer flexible hours. Your personal food is discounted. There are opportunities to work more than one position. Immediate cash in hand every after every shift.

    Cons

    Location is a good barometer for how people tip. Typically, neighborhoods with lesser incomes tip accordingly. Also, automatic gratuity is not included.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not communicate with other management or any of the employees very well. This makes production a lot more difficult all the way around.


  10. Bartender

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennett Square, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennett Square, PA

    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

    Friendly environment, good tips, good management, can move up, word hard and you're rewarded. Great training program.

    Cons

    Took a while in training,


  11. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time

    Pros

    Training was good. Great management team. Very flexible scheduling. Managers will give employees more shifts if needed. Food is at a discounted rate.

    Cons

    Large turnover rate, lots of younger employees. Working at a restaurant requires manual labor. Low pay compared to restaurants nearby.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to hire better servers and come up with better marketing ploys. Blackout parties are a bust. Schedule veteran employees first.



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