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Applebee's Reviews

Updated February 22, 2018
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Applebee's Chairman & CEO Julia Stewart
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  • Long hours extremely late nights (in 181 reviews)

  • Depending on which store your in - very late nights (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "Hostess"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess
    Current Employee - Hostess
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great job to take part in if you are looking for something with a fast pace. The management isn’t always great, but at the Applebee’s I work at the management is amazing. They are very understanding when it comes to being late or calling in due to being sick, something comes up, etc. The servers are okay. The work place is very accepting. Very diverse as well.

    Cons

    There aren’t any cons, except maybe some servers acting like they run your hostess stand. If you are not as quick as them, you will be criticized and the main talk of the day. It’s best to be careful with this. $7.50 an hour is not enough to make a living, so this is super hard to work around sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to be so quick to assume the worst of one of your hardest workers.


  2. "Server Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Discounts when eating there about 15%

    Cons

    All tips you make are divided into three ways bartenders, hosts, and cooks. Whatever is left over is yours. Shifts for servers end at around 3 am if closing.

  3. "Applebee's Server"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applebee's (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Fun working environment. Easy to get good tips.

    Cons

    Clientele depending on location may not consist of the best tippers. Kitchen messes up alot,

    Advice to Management

    Take time to also talk to guests.


  4. "Good Environment, Awful Pay"

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    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Ashtabula, OH
    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Ashtabula, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, awesome coworkers and management. My team at Applebee's really felt like family. Management went above and beyond to help both guests and employees.

    Cons

    Working as a host I made $4.10 an hour plus tips. We got tipped out from servers so each server would put aside a percentage of their tips to divide among the hosts working that night. I felt grossly underpaid as I worked hard and although I received positive feedback from my coworkers my pay did not reflect it. I worked at Applebee's for almost two years and had seniority over all of the other hosts yet I never received a promotion or a raise while my coworkers did. Being a host was an extremely stressful job and for the hours and amount of work I put in I wasn't paid enough.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better and recognize their hard work. When customers are rude don't let it slide, I witnessed many of my coworkers (myself included) in tears because of rude customers and nothing was done about it.


  5. "GR8"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    It was a great place to work

    Cons

    I didn't get to work for long


  6. "Host"

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Pennsville, NJ
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Pennsville, NJ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The management is great! They are friendly and flexible. Also the co-workers help out as much as they can to ensure that everything is done right.

    Cons

    The pay isnt too good. Im not making minimum wage and i deserve it for all the work i do including the work im not expected to do.


  7. "Not a bad place to be."

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    Current Employee - Host
    Current Employee - Host
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    People you work with.
    Hosting is easy money.

    Cons

    Cleaning up the bathroom
    Management can be quirky at times

  8. "Serving life at Applebee's"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    Great job to work to get through college

    Cons

    They don't encourage growth in the company


  9. "Carside to-go Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Unemployed in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Unemployed in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applebee's full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid very Well
    Good place to start at a young age
    Gained a lot of experience

    Cons

    Work you to the bone

    Advice to Management

    Although Manager's work a lot of hours, not all employees want to work 50+ hours


  10. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Dealing with bad customers can be tough


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