Applebee's

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Applebee's Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
759 Reviews
3.0
759 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 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.  

    It's been a very fast paced and almost unbelievably smooth work experience so far.

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess

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

    Pros

    Great people, great place to work and above all great food! Employee discount is wonderful.

    Cons

    It is either very fast paced or very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good potential for advancement to the General Manager level, but way too much focus on Overall Satisfaction surveys

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Good programs, constantly changing food items to keep things fresh

    Cons

    Constantly changing food items to keep things fresh (Good and Bad)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company to work overall. Ask for an area directors phone number and talk directly to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good hrs and pay was ok, but lazy managers.

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Steady hours, I worked nights. Easy cooking job, half the menu is just microwaving portioned food and throwing it on a skillet or plate. Fun working with all the other employees. Team environment. It was all about getting through the rush each shift and then just cleaning up.

    Cons

    Lazy managers that are concerned with meeting quotas. Which translates to cutting the crew down to one person but then not helping when that one person suddenly gets slammed with a bunch of late night tickets. Then, one hour later, manager asks why it took 20 minutes to get table so-n-so out....huh%$#

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I get it. You have numbers you have to live by. But, understand, you can't continuously ask the impossible out of your best empoyees because they can to the point its a punishment to be good. ITs not worth the 50 cents to a dollar more/hr(which at 40 hrs, is a whopping 20-40$ more/wk of course), to be the guy you leave to sink or swim every night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Applebee's Server

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    Former Employee - Server At Applebees
    Former Employee - Server At Applebees

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Great job if you are trying to work your way through college or need some extra spending money. It can be a great atmosphere if you work in a city suitable to your personality.
    The company as a whole is a company to work for, individual restaurants may vary.

    Cons

    This, or any restaurant position, is not a job for the weak-hearted. Restaurants tend to bring out the worst in people, and you must learn quickly how to handle difficult clients or situations.

  6.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in Ruston, LA
    Former Employee - Manager in Ruston, LA

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They usually hired from within. I was only 22 and was promoted to a salaried manager position. I was the youngest manager in a 30 store franchise. I enjoyed the fast-paced atmosphere. I loved my job.

    Cons

    A 32,000 a year salary working 60 hours a week was excruciating. If another manager did not show up for work, I was expected to cover their shift. It was a lot of work or little pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Enjoyed it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Excellent training and work schedule

    Cons

    hard to make bonus and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Server

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    Former Employee - Server in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Greenville, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Flexible schedule. Cool coworkers. Can work as much or as little as you want.

    Cons

    Open on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication between managers would allow for more consistency.

  9.  

    Line Cook

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Dickson City, PA
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Dickson City, PA

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

    Pros

    the managers are tremendous and are always willing to help you with TO and adding picking up shifts when needed

    Cons

    if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen its as simply as that. some people are just not able to keep up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great corporate company, not so great franchise company, to work for.

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    Current Employee - Salary Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Salary Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Brand known company, job security as long as you can keep up.

    Cons

    Corporate sold to franchise company and hours of operation were extended. Hourly employee benefits were few.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    hostess

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Bayside, NY
    Former Employee - Hostess in Bayside, NY

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

    Pros

    fun job, fun coworkers, flexible hours

    Cons

    always called me and in and then let me go after just a few hours, so not worth it when my transportation costs more than one hour of work.

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