Applebee's Reviews

Updated September 4, 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. Great Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of hours and family friendly.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of but they do need to train more.


  2. Line cook

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    Former Employee - Prep Cook in Wyoming, MI
    Former Employee - Prep Cook in Wyoming, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, pay,enjoyable experience,great kitchen manager

    Cons

    Not enough hours,run out of aloy product

    Advice to Management

    Make schedule fair and in advance


  3. Great

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    Former Employee - Cook in Westlake, OH
    Former Employee - Cook in Westlake, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, good food, located close to my house, family worked with me

    Cons

    Bad management, Bad ownership, underpaid, not caring for employees

    Advice to Management

    Give more love to the employees, they are the ones that keeps it going and all


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  5. bartender

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great regulars and made awesome money and had fun doing it!

    Cons

    Not working as a team sometimes screwed you and food would take to long making mad guest

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire one of your best employees for something that happened 2 yrs prior


  6. Kitchen Manager

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get promoted to management not a hard place to start....

    Cons

    short staffed long work hours close at 2 am in the morning....


  7. Great company

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dependable company, never worried it will close. Fun atmosphere. Fresh food, clean restaurants

    Cons

    Open 10:30 am- 2am 365 days a year, working 50+ hours/week leaves little to no family time with my kids, and zero time for anyone else.


  8. Decent Server Job

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    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Forked River, NJ
    Former Employee - Server At Applebees in Forked River, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly good coworkers, no dead weight and the other employees were good people, easy to be around. Steady customer stream, never a totally dead night so I knew i would make some money each time I worked.

    Cons

    Sometimes overstaffed, so I was never making TONS of tips, but since it was steady, I always did OK.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage good management and have managers use their heads sometimes to solve problems instead of black and white company protocol.


  9. waitressing

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    Former Employee - Food Server/TOgo/Expo in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Food Server/TOgo/Expo in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    fun, friendly, hard working coworkers, great place to meet people. Lots of fun, lots of great friendships that will last

    Cons

    some people who came in really were just awful and you had to xml and be nice. but that in itself helps you later in life

    Advice to Management

    Keep having a fun and friendly environment , but make sure you are rewarding the right employees. The ones who show up on time and work as hard as they can when they are there.


  10. Good start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Simple business structure. Good systems in place for young managers

    Cons

    Lots of transition in the company over the years.


  11. Overall good place to work

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    Former Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at applebees for over four years. This was the most friendly restaurant environment i gad worked in. I only left because i got a salaried job

    Cons

    There is a lot of change that occurs when they roll out new menus. Sometimesnit felt like you just learned one and they had a new one

    Advice to Management

    Remain positive and treat employees with respect



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