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Updated May 30, 2014

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2.4 20 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

DineEquity Chairman and CEO; Interim President, Applebee's International Julia A. Stewart

Julia A. Stewart

(13 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Free soda and office politics

    IT Specialist (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    Prospay is better than average, free soda and a lot of free food, they have several parties a year, always open bar. Free beer at worlds of fun every year and gift cards.

    ConsLots of office politics to deal with, never seems to be enough people to get things done, cheap tools, unreliable equipment and services. There is a lot of negativity in the air. Management often uses public humiliation to stress points. Frequent changes in management, directors and managers "resign" without mentioning it to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mass Confusion but a decent salary

    Helpdesk (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsThe pay is good and the people i work with are good.

    Consmanagement is dysfunctional half the time at best. They are constantly changing everything, hours benefits procedures.. and then back peddling with bad excuses and explanations.
    Favoritism is a huge issue your work stands for nothing if you don't kiss up to the right people.

    Advice to Senior Managementget a clue. hurting your employees bu taking away benefits isnt going to help anyone. Then using the excuse its industry standard is crap. I guarantee they didn't lose anything,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A once great employer slowly but surely slipping into corporate oblivion.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Iconic Brands. Still some fabulous people remaining.

    ConsThe problems trace to the CEO and her meglomania. She is determined to turn DineEquity into YUM Brands and become the female equivalent of David Novak. Problem is she has neither the resources or leadership ability to make that happen. She cannot coexist with talented leaders. She is the epitome of the emporer in new clothes. She pretends to have a soft side but she is a user and abuser at her core. The organization is beyond lean. They have set up 'shared services' to extract value from the acquisition of Applebees but these organizations are a joke. They are lead by individuals who are long on ego and short on ability. The heads of operations and marketing at both brands are inferior and devoid of leadership skills. This is not an organization to join if you want genuine appreciation, work/life balance, coherent & well-understood business plans, any form of advancement not driven by cronyism, or any form of loyalty to key contributors. Dysfunction and squabbling reign. They have moved to an all franchise model but they hate franchisees. Its a trainwreck in the making.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire while you are still on top and there is still an organization to save.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Applebee's has not helped IHOP, and Kansas City has shrunk Glendale HQ.

    IT Senior Specialist, Networks, Infrastructure, POS (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsGreat people, competitive pay, popular brands

    ConsProcess and Corporate-speak sometimes win over Change towards Best Practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency is needed in expressing company's short-term and long-term goals. Departments feel competitive and divisive, making for poor communication resulting in blame-gaming. Career longevity and training efforts seem like lip service, not reality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company is bi-polar

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsThey are capable of some of the greatest acts of kindness to their employees

    ConsThey do not respect employees opinions or ideas and will escort you out immediately when they are done with you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to understand ... not to reply!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company that challenges employee's to be innovative and find ways to improve how things are done.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    Pros- Great Company to work if you want to be challenged and learn new things.
    - The Company has clearly defined Strategic plan and everyone employee is encourage to find ways to help meet that plan.
    - Fast Paced Environment where things are constantly evolving.
    - Company is focused on continued growth and it opens up opportunities for every employee.

    Cons- The Company is a very lean organization and sometimes you might have to take on additional responsibilities.
    - Two Brands are still not completely aligned. You can have two different ways of doing things which makes things less efficient and confusing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on finding ways to keep great talent!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not An 'Employer of Choice'

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsDecent pay and benefits with a few perks

    ConsHigh turnover at executive level says a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back in touch with employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dog eat dog culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are competitive, pretty flat organization

    ConsPeople don't seem to be highly valued. Abusive leaders are protected and allowed to stay. Leadership at the top is dysfunctional, not aligned.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company with great potential if someone knows how to unlock it!!

    Director of Marketing (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsGood Brands with potential for future growth
    Strong Senior Level Leadership

    ConsLack of consistent strategy and direction
    Unwillingness to lead the franchisee community so that survival is assured

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management needs to decide if they are going to lead or follow their franchisees, and develop strategies and executions accordingly. By leading, the brands have a chance to thrive and grow. By following, one brand will be alright but another will most certainly disappear in the not too distant future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Management at the Applebee's Support Center in KC

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood compensation, good benefits, good people (except for the Senior Leadership).

    ConsSenior Leadership is oblivious and uncaring in regards to the employees who are doing all the hard work. But they don't seem to care as long as they get their bonus. They don't want to get to know the employees or know what they are doing during their long hours in the office. They will get their bonuses on the backs of the employees including dozens of those who were laid off in 2012. The Senior Leadership is in a cocoon, always meeting in their board room, setting "strategies" with no input from those who have to do the work. There are too many chiefs, and not enough workers to do the hard work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe simplest thing is to get to know the employees who work in that building. Get to know their personally, about their families, and about what they are working on to make your bonus. It could be as simple as spending 20-30 minutes a day walking around and talking to them. And have some respect for them. They are good, smart, hard-working people who deserve your respect. Then maybe they will respect you. Years ago that was a hallmark of the Applebee's corporate office: Everyone was respected not only for their skills and knowledge, but for their personhood. That is lost in today's corporate world. The rich get richer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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