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Began great, ended poorly

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Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Springfield, MO
Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Springfield, MO

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

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

When I first started my Applebee's was a company owned restuarant, Relationship with the staff, above average starting pay for the area

Cons

New owners making promises they did not keep, taking vacation away, lowering bonus dollars available to earn, closing continually, pay increases extremely low, low bonus potential for both restaurant managers and general managers, expecting too much from too few staff, inconsistency with direction, setting unrealistic profit and labor goals, lack of communication in my last store.

Advice to Management

Get in touch with not only your General Managers but your Assistant Managers as well. Take a look at setting realistic goals for profit and labor. Asking managers to run a kitchen alone in order to make a daily labor is not positive for the manager, the staff, or the guest. All suffer the effects of running low staff numbers to hit labor goals that are not realistic for the volume of the restaurant.

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  1. I worked at Applebee's full time for over a year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great co workers, and learned a lot that can apply to many other jobs.

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet. Schedules were never posted on time and they were inconsistent. If you needed a manager for a discount or something else they were MIA 70% of the time. Lots of drama and tension due to working in a high stress environment.

  2. Pretty much like the movie "waiting" lacking the comedy

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Chesterton, IN
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Chesterton, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Decent starting pay, lenient managers

    Cons

    Hours and pay raises were based on favortism. Managers didn't care about employees slacking off and pushing their work onto the few employees who actually put in effort.

    Advice to Management

    Work should be fun but not a complete joke. Don't laugh about someone being incompetent, fire them.

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