Applebee's Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
707 Reviews
3.0
707 Reviews
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
Julia Stewart
236 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 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.  

    Decent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Server in Waterloo, IA

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

    Pros

    Great chance to make quick money

    Cons

    No promotions really there are limits often 12-14 hour double shifts 5-7 days a week can have difficult and mean customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Upbeat, fun place but demanding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    I really like the team atmosphere, the food is quality and the management is upbeat and willing to help out, even if it means washing dishes

    Cons

    The pay could be a bit better and they are understaffed in the back of the house by about 2-4 people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and pay about $1-2 more per hour.

  3.  

    It's ok, not as fun as it used to be. Need to put a focus back on people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - General Manager in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Company is strong and financially secure

    Cons

    Long hours and often micro managed, bonus program could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Short Staffed

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    Former Employee - Chef in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Chef in Flint, MI

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

    Pros

    Most food is hand made and feels close to a real restaurant at times.

    Cons

    Demanding with little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on company moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Monroe, MI
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Monroe, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible. management is hand on

    Cons

    Short staffed...allow people to be lazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control over lazy staff members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hang out after work - you'll NEED it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisonburg, VA

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

    Pros

    If you want to get into chain management, it's a pretty good company for that. Excellent training (you have to be a stickler), and like most chains, you'll have to relocate

    Cons

    I've worked in 2 AppB's and were perpetually understaffed, but that's kinda the way the business is these days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To people in corporate: GET OUT OF THE OFFICE AND WORK AT A STORE BEFORE YOU COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA OR POLICY...practicality matters to your people in the trenches

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good job to get you through college.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server, To-Go Server, Host, and Expediter in Forest Lake, MN
    Former Employee - Server, To-Go Server, Host, and Expediter in Forest Lake, MN

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

    Pros

    Tips from serving can allow for you to walk away with a nice chunk of cash, discounts on food, people I worked with were awesome, and making sales was relatively easy as the food is quite good

    Cons

    I got burned out after working there for two and half years as it can be really stressful and difficult to deal with customers. As a result I don't ever want to work at a restaurant again. But if you're looking to have fun and make a decent amount of money while doing it, than I'd recommend working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed co workers and guest

    Cons

    Hours and home office is emailing 100 times the same info

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people hire so what you hired you them to do

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

    It was a great crew of people to work with but tough clientele.

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and respecable work environment. Had a good menu and drinks.

    Cons

    Have to turn tables quick and often to make tips. Tips are generally low but the business generally busy. So bust your butt and you can make over 100$ night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ok place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    They work around your schedule, provide great training and offer as many shifts as you would like, and staff is helpful.

    Cons

    Management picks favorites and doesn't even try to hide it, some of the management aren't sure of themselves managing and it's really easy to tell.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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