Applebee's Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
Julia Stewart
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Pros
  • Discounts on food, flexible schedule (in 44 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours could have higher pay (in 42 reviews)

  • Upper management frequently clocks employees out without telling them and continue to let them work (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Meoshia

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Host/Server in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Host/Server in New York, NY

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people was nice it was a wonderful environment and experience for me.

    Cons

    Not the workers but some times it was the customers,some was just having a bad day and would take it out on you and no matter what you had to have a smile on your face.


  2. work hard, play hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Server in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Applebee's (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great coworkers, (personally) had good managers, fast promotions for hard work.

    Cons

    A lot of turn over, hard to get shifts covered


  3. Costco

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    Great bebefits and great money

    Cons

    Long hours, but everything else is okay

    Advice to Management

    Longer breaks


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  5. Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Trainer/Key Associate in Walker, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Trainer/Key Associate in Walker, MI

    I worked at Applebee's (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Co-Workers, who worked as a team and got the job done. Everyone held accountable for work or was held accountable by peers/management.

    Cons

    Serving is feast of famine. When busy, tips are great! When slow, not so much! Location is a huge factor, too. Stores in better areas of town had better patrons, whereas seedy areas were obviously a reflection of guests at store.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to promote from within! :)


  6. Waiter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Waiter/Bartender
    Former Employee - Waiter/Bartender

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good money, made nice friends, management is respectful.

    Cons

    Working with the public is hard, late nights, and weekends. No holidays off,

    Advice to Management

    Health Benefits


  7. Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the environment I work in!

    Cons

    Cubicles are terrible to work in.

    Advice to Management

    More offices not cublicles


  8. Server/Expert/Expo

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Neighborhood Expert/Expo in Hays, KS
    Former Employee - Server/Neighborhood Expert/Expo in Hays, KS

    I worked at Applebee's (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very flexible scheduling, clear job requirements, like any serving position, you generally make more if you work harder.

    Cons

    No vacations until after 1 year, some days you just get the shaft and hardly make anything, hourly managers are overworked and this can lead to some tension between servers/cooks and management as managers can be grumpy (understandably so, but that doesn't always make it better)

    Advice to Management

    While the STORE managers I worked with were exceptional, the regional management and the managers above them have very little clue as to how the business actually works. The expectation of adherence to varying requirements from regional managers that were obviously counterproductive to servers actually making money for themselves and the store were frequent and also frequently ignored once they left the building. If a store is successful, especially successful in relation to all other stores in the franchise, maybe you should consider letting them continue doing what they're doing rather then try to "improve" it.


  9. Apple Buddies for life!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Crystal River, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Crystal River, FL

    I worked at Applebee's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can always count on your applebuddies! Management will always work with your school schedule. Always room for growth.

    Cons

    They don't allow more than 30 hours.


  10. Kitchen manger

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, black and white policies, predictable business, bonus program

    Cons

    Work for the wrong franchise group and life can be hell with little to no bonus and tons of hours

    Advice to Management

    Offer 401k, restructure bonus program, reward your stronger employees


  11. Fun Job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, amazing managers, fast paced environment and great menu

    Cons

    the typical drama but very easy to ignore

    Advice to Management

    None



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