Applebee's Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
699 Reviews
3.0
699 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 43 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are a must and if you have a family don't plan on spending any time with them (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management is aware of the problem, but refuses to acknowledge the danger (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hang out after work - you'll NEED it

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    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
  2.  

    Not bad

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    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
  3.  

    Long

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    A good job to get you through college.

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    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
  7.  

    Great Co-Workers horrible pay

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    Current Employee - Server/Hostess in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Server/Hostess in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    The Atmosphere is great
    co-workers/mangers are great

    Cons

    you do not make enough money

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Ok place to work.

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    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
  9.  

    Employee

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    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Fry Cook in Topeka, KS

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for me to expand my training.

    Cons

    remaking food so much because of server errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding what areas the employees lack in and help them become stronger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They are really flexible with schedules especially working around college/ university classes, as long as you understand that most restaurants require you to work at least partial weekends. The uniform is pretty relaxed and it was a fun, casual, place to work. Side chores always rotate and seem fair.

    Cons

    Depending where you work, you make your tip money mostly by quantity of tables rather than quality of tips per table, as their food is inexpensive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Applebee's is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Rosemount, MN
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Rosemount, MN

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

    Pros

    If you are interested, it seems like it can be pretty easy for move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Can have long ticket times, makes guests wait too long for meal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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