Applebee's Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
667 Reviews
3.0
667 Reviews
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
Julia Stewart
227 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, can usually work or get off by communicating with co-workers of the same position (in 38 reviews)

  • good money opportunity for short amount of hours (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, quality of life depends on franchise owners (in 35 reviews)

  • Upper management is aware of the problem, but refuses to acknowledge the danger (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule was nice

    Cons

    Constant Changes made teams scramble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Easy job, overall well-run company.

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applebee's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good money. It ends up being much higher that minimum wage, maybe about 17/hr if you really give it your all.

    Cons

    Sometimes its difficult to stay focused and on your toes. Also it's easy to get down when the restaurant is slow and your pay suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep standards the same within the franchises. I transferred from Apple Houston to Apple Texas and it was like working in a completely different restaurant. It shouldn't be like that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's

    Pros

    Just A Job nothig special.

    Cons

    Its who you know not y ur ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be objective and reward performance.

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  5.  

    Would not recommend

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applebee's

    Pros

    nice coworkers, decent tips,

    Cons

    no one shows up for work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people

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

    Stressful work environment that has poor structure across multiple franchises

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tips are the best part of this job and every day is interesting at the very least. The people you work with are maybe the best part, but only because you share the same distaste for this place.

    Cons

    They try to get you to work off the clock which is ridiculous as most of your pay comes from tips. Why would I stay after you clock me out without my knowledge? Dishonest and just bad business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay management more because I have not met a manager that did not have one foot out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was...ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees  in  Baldwin, NY
    Current Employee - Server At Applebees in Baldwin, NY

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cash in your pocket
    Worked with a lot of good people
    Excellent experience in building confidence
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Some management staff need a better understanding on how to lead
    Sometimes you just aren't going to get tipped

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hostess

    Former Employee - Hostess  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Applebee's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discounts on food, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Unrelated tasks, can be unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More understanding of employes

  9.  

    Great place, great people, terrible pay

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Server in Brighton, MA

    I worked at Applebee's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people who worked at Applebee's were outstanding and remarkable people. The environment was relaxed but still professional. Management was friendly, competent and flexible with scheduling accommodations. Excellent if you are looking for part-time work to pocket some cash.

    Cons

    Living on less than $3 an hour and tips is just not possible where I worked (It barely covers what you will owe in taxes after claiming tips.) Unless you are being employed at an Applebee's that is very popular all the time, you will not be able to afford working there if you also live in an expensive area. (Such as the Greater Boston Area)

    With $4.5 billion worth of sales just from last year in 2013 alone, you would hope some of that money could go towards paying your 28,000 employees a little better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being friendly, keep everything relatively the same; fight harder for better wages for your employees.

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

    It's a job

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    Former Employee - Food Server  in  Bedford, TX
    Former Employee - Food Server in Bedford, TX

    I worked at Applebee's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice organization structure, and they provided incentives.

    Cons

    Everybody else complained about being there, and the training was ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devise a more efficient training strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice experience

    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    Nice stuff, flexible schedule, fun management, overall a pleasant experience. Restaurant is always packed, never a dull moment. Helpful people.

    Cons

    After training they expect you to have a full section. If you dont get the system, then bye bye. Although, If they see some potential they'll be more willing to train you longer. Previous experience is very much recommended. Very complicated POS for a beginner.

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