DineEquity Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
22 Reviews
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DineEquity Chairman and CEO; Interim President, Applebee's International Julia A. Stewart
Julia A. Stewart
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    Great People in a tough Situation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good group of people, and quite accommodating. Very good benefits, including free food, $75 per month in gift cards to eat at the two concepts.

    Cons

    A continual frustration, probably common to help desk workers, with trying to solve problems for restaurants and not having the time or specific training to do it for them. Supporting 2 different POS systems with minimal training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely Poor Company For Experienced Professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The promise of an excellent opportunity to lead change, facilitate people development and make a positive impact
    Strong restaurant employees, field and operational professionals

    Cons

    Broken promises
    Lack of leadership across the board, especially in Human Resources
    Lack of ownership and willingness to change despite leadership rhetoric
    Entrenched processes and people win out every time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act with integrity. Stop saying you want change and then do everything to block it
    Have a plan for on-boarding and immersing experienced leaders in a positive way. Don't leave them hanging without any goals or coaching from other leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Free soda and office politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay 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.

    Cons

    Lots 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mass Confusion but a decent salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Helpdesk in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Helpdesk in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DineEquity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    management 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 ManagementAdvice

    get 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,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Iconic Brands. Still some fabulous people remaining.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Retire while you are still on top and there is still an organization to save.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is bi-polar

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at DineEquity full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to understand ... not to reply!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist, Networks, Infrastructure, POS in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist, Networks, Infrastructure, POS in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, competitive pay, popular brands

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at DineEquity full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on finding ways to keep great talent!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not An 'Employer of Choice'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits with a few perks

    Cons

    High turnover at executive level says a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dog eat dog culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at DineEquity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive, pretty flat organization

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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