Applebee's
3.0 of 5 589 reviews
www.applebees.com Overland Park, KS 5000+ Employees

Applebee's Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.0 589 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart

(199 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
589 Employee Reviews
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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 36 reviews
  • "You get to meet new people each day and best of all you will be come nicer from having this job"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours, quality of life depends on franchise owners"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Needs to work on upper management communication skills along with proper work ethics"
    in 14 reviews
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    Great place to chill and do nothing

    Server (Current Employee)
    Greenacres, FL

    ProsGreat team! Scheduling is a plus. A nice place to work if you dont want to be over controlled by managers.

    ConsYou will be stuck working all the holidays. Too corporate! Always pushing to sell one thing or another.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great starter server job. Very happy with my time there.

    Server At Applebees (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing a part time server at Applebee's was my food service job and it was great for a college student. My managers were great, made good friendships with my coworkers, the food was good, the managers really backed up the employees as well as put customer service first. With tips I usually ended up making $10+ per hour, unless the restaurant was particularly slow, up to $20 on crazy busy nights. The train you well to be a good server. It's pretty easy to switch out a shift or get time off.

    ConsYou'll get grumpy customers, slow nights at times. Sometimes you get slammed and have to really think on your feet and prioritize a dozen things that you have to do. It can be stressful and you get off really late at night. Applebee's gives out lots of coupons, deals, and stuff that brings in cheap people! People can get half their meal off if they strategize it and that can bring your tips down a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs a server, there wasn't really a way to 'move up' in the company. That kind of comes with a food service position that usually caters to high school and college students etc. but at the same time, it made me leave the company and move to a better restaurant in order to 'move up'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Custodial (Former Employee)
    Columbia, SC

    ProsThe servers was great and easily to get along with

    ConsOthers not getting the job done

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Had A Fun Time There

    Waiter (Former Employee)
    Modesto, CA

    ProsI worked with alot of fun people so that made it an enjoyable work atmosphere. It was always busy so the work shifts went by fast.

    ConsAs in any type of job working directly with the public, you see both the good as well as bad side of people.

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

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    Great place to work during college

    Server (Former Employee)
    Greenville, TX

    ProsFlexible schedule, good money, good management,

    ConsClientele, expensive insurance, back of house staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Neighborhood

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with and great atmosphere

    Conslong hours could have higher pay

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    very thought out routine

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTeam support great new tasty foods plus drinks , very clean

    ConsSharp corners blind side , no trays, computer diaolog abrv.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet drinking server tray

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    Good place to work

    Server (Current Employee)
    Thomasville, GA

    ProsApplebee's is a great starting place. You will learn a lot of patience and how to have good customer service. I worked there for five years off and on because I am a student.

    ConsWhen really busy, its difficult for host to hurry up and clean up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, work-life balance and PTO are all great.

    ConsThe structure is very flat, so there's not much opportunity for professional development or growth within the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider restructuring so there's more opportunities for growth and development of people who've been there a long time or desire to grow with the company.

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

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    Mediocre

    Server (Former Employee)
    Lewisville, TX

    ProsThe money is good when closing at 2a.m., and it can be a fun place to work. Some flexibility with schedule.

    ConsHard to request time off, management is unorganized. Can be scheduled for 2 double shifts a week, if you request time off your likely to get the same time off next week because most of the time they just copy and paste the schedule from the previous week

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is very unorganized, there is little to no communication between the many so called leaders. Corporate seems to be only focused on sales and signing customers up for email clubs, instead of what could be done to improve the store location.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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