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Applebee's Overview

Glendale, CA
10000+ employees
1980
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Casual Restaurants
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
It all started in 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia

Bill and TJ Palmer opened the restaurant that would later become Applebee’s. We’ve grown up a lot since then, with almost 2,000 locations in the U.S. and around the world. Here you will always be ... Read more

Mission: EATIN’ GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Our casual atmosphere and attentive staff will make sure you’re eatin’ good whenever you step into an Applebee’s. Our extensive menu of delicious comfort food is sure to have something ... Read more

Applebee's – Why Work For Us?


OUR VALUES

TRUST
You can count on us

INCLUSION
All are welcome

COMMUNITY
We give back

INTEGRITY
We do what's right

EXCELLENCE
Always expect us at our best

INNOVATION
We're always improving

ACCOUNTABILITY
We take responsibility

Diversity and Inclusion

At Applebee's® and Franchisee Restaurants, we know that a diverse culture means more than just recognizing our differences. A truly diverse culture allows you the opportunity and freedom to be yourself. Applebee's® and Franchisee Restaurants are committed to celebrating diversity and to fostering a diverse working community that reflects the vibrant neighborhoods that surround our restaurants.

Doin' Good in the Neighborhood

Applebee’s is dedicated to Being a Good Neighbor. As a brand, we believe it is our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities around us and to align with organizations that mirror our core values. Throughout the year, each of our franchisees demonstrates that commitment by hosting hundreds of events or fundraisers in their restaurants, whether to help our local heroes and military, support our children and schools, raise funds for local charities that help our neighbors or even to help their own team members who may be in need. Together, our Applebee’s family donates millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to Being a Good Neighbor.

On a national scale, Applebee’s supports our neighborhood heroes each Veterans Day by welcoming veterans and active duty service men and women into restaurants for a free meal. Applebee’s was one of the first and largest casual dining brands to provide America’s heroes with a free meal, and since 2008, our franchisees have served 8.3 million free meals on Veterans Day.

Over the past 13 years, Applebee's restaurants from the east to west coast have teamed together to raise a total of $8 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research and family support programs. This past year alone, participating Applebee’s franchisees raised more than $1.3 million. Applebee’s is proud to be an original supporter of the Foundation, since it began in 2005.

Applebee's Reviews

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    Former Employee - Server in Manahawkin, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Manahawkin, NJ
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great managers, best job I've had, company truly takes care of their employees, they do offer benefits and a 401k plan.

    Cons

    As a server, your income is solely based off of tips. If people don't tip, you don't make any money. So the inconsistent in pay is really the only con but that comes with any serving job usually.

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Applebee's Photos

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Applebee's Interviews

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Applebee's (Surprise, AZ) in February 2015.

    Interview

    A call from HR to set up a 30 minute phone interview the following day. Phone interview only lasted 15 minutes. Very simple questions. Received a call the following day to set up a interview with the area director. Met at one of their restaurants with the ADO for the interview that lasted for about two hours and then an hour shadowing the GM. Very simple, easy interview process

    Interview Questions

    • What would I do if I knew another manager was stealing?   5 Answers

    Negotiation

    They gave me what I asked for

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Applebee's Awards & Accolades

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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

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