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Applebee's Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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  • "Very Long Hours Early start times" (in 197 reviews)

  • "Long hours extremely late nights" (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Great team"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork, serve first mentality, fast-paced, its about people, incentives keep everyone happy.

    Cons

    Really good ambience to be in a restaurant, nice atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Great company to grow up, high quality, great standards, I had very incredible experience during and after interview process. Thanks for this great oportunity.


  2. "Tedious at times but enjoy working here."

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Pottstown, PA
    Current Employee - Hostess in Pottstown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy, little to no previous skill or knowledge of job is required, improve your social skills & ability to multi-task, learning to become more aware & knowledgeable of the service industry.

    Cons

    Picking up the slack of co-workers (that get away with participating & doing things Corporate would frown upon) & having to split the tip share with them regardless if they do their job or not, lack of proper communication, low pay rate, constant blame from servers due to other hosts/hostesses mistakes, patience and tolerance is ultimately tested daily.

  3. "Applebees"

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    Former Employee - Server in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving at Applebees is exactly what you would expect. Lots of tables, lots of hours and the corporate management ladder makes job duties clearly defined.

    Cons

    Lots of tables, does not mean more tips. Applebees clientele isn't of high quality. Lots of extra side work and the corporate side of things is out of touch with what working in a restaurant actually entails.

    Advice to Management

    Corporations like this only care about money. So while the dollar drinks, new delivery options, and other various campaigns seem great for them they can't always be executed at a store level. Management needs to seriously reevaluate what is possible to execute well consistently because right now they're half-assing almost everything.


  4. "Waitress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    Great tips. Flexible weekly schedule

    Cons

    None - boss was pleasant and on time


  5. "Review title"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment I recommend

    Cons

    Not any cons to the management


  6. "Good people work just ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applebee's full-time

    Pros

    Fun people to be around

    Cons

    Management needs to learn how to manage


  7. "Pretty Average"

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent wages and fun environment

    Cons

    Just the average resturant, nothing spectacular

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing people when you have no one to fill their spot

  8. "Hostess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great customer service training and people.

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful work environment, not usually.


  9. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for anyone and benefits

    Cons

    Not sure yet but will update this if I have a con


  10. "Janitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applebee's part-time

    Pros

    >Most coworkers are fun
    >Decent pay for job
    >Possibility for early leave time

    Cons

    >Some lazy coworkers which forces you to pick up the slack which you don't have time for usually
    >Sometimes job duties are too numerous to achieve in the timeframe they give you
    >Most employees seem overworked-even managers
    >dealing with disgusting things left by classless Applebee's guests like dirty diapers and bottles of pee in the parking lot... Seriously we have plenty of garbage cans...
    >Not enough hours
    >I don't know if this is a problem experienced everywhere or at my specific location, but it seems like we are almost constantly doing repairs on the building. Things fall apart left and right from the ceiling tiles in the dining area soaking and falling onto tables to toilets being out of order.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your actions and treat employees better. For instance, I got sick from eating romaine there and our general manager tried to tell me it was my fault. Then, he never apologized after our shipments of romaine were recalled due to e-coli.

    >Set a better example by having a better attitude. For instance stop referring to staff as "those f*ckers." It makes you look low brow. Yeah, it's just Applebee's but act professionally, please.