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Applebee's Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
854 Reviews
3.0
854 Reviews
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
Julia Stewart
279 Ratings

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.  

    Waiter

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    Current Employee - Waiter in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Waiter in Portland, ME

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Great customers, good tips and dynamic work environment

    Cons

    Poor employee turnover, minimal training and a lack in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change things so often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Made nice money, had to deal with a lot of policies

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Decent reputation, POS system was easy to learn, tipping system

    Cons

    Leadership, Management Structure, Moving up means less money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make it fun, try it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    N/a

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    I like the people I work with and the food is good for the price we get it at

    Cons

    It's hard to work with the others because they don't so much. Opening shifts suck because our daily opener is lazy and doesn't care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop standing around doing nothing and being spotted doing that by our guests. It's very unprofessional

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lousy job

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Tips and free food for employees

    Cons

    Bad food for the money paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refrigerate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun place to work while in school.

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

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

    Pros

    Fun people, decent tips, friendly customers, good food, half off meal at the end of the day

    Cons

    Terrible managing, staying until 2 in the morning, no benefits, schedule you even when you need off for school(might just be the location)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that have management experience to avoid a power trip.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very enjoyable exciting fun

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    Former Employee - Cash Host Waitress in Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Cash Host Waitress in Modesto, CA

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Meet new people working with the public got to do what i loved

    Cons

    didn't really have any dislike

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It's a chain restaurant/franchise, so the expectations are tempered...

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    The people I've worked with for the most part have been great. They are eager to make money and that is a great motivating factor.

    Cons

    The training has been poor and certain management can be a bit difficult to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training needs to be improved all the way around. The quality of life should factor in to some things as well. I've managed restaurants before and I've never had one take such a toil on my personal life like this one has. Also, the compensation should be better for the hours that are put in and the work that is done. Other restaurants start management around $50,000 working less hours and not staying as late. This one pays less and expects much more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Once was good, now horrible

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Good company culture, good structure

    Cons

    Became assessment crazy, everyday it seemed we were walking on egg shells waiting for someone to come in and tell us what we are doing wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not a bad comapny

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast-paced but fun

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Visalia, CA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Visalia, CA

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Great co-workers, (mostly) friendly customers, fast-paced so time went by fast

    Cons

    Some rude Customers, late nights,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Server in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Great working environment between staff and Corporate relationships. Corporate places several ideas and processes within every store to ensure quality experiences for customers.

    Cons

    Slow seasons can be tough to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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