Server (Former Employee), New Hyde Park, NY – November 7, 2013
Cons: short breaks if any, hours cut, no healthcare.
Horrible hours and staff. The staff play favorites and spoil them. You often feel alone because your co-workers who are supposed to be helping you often go to socialize. Its a free for all. Everyone looks out to make their own tips.
Pros: meeting new people, in depth knowledge of the in's and out's
Cons: slow moving advancement
While I have been with the company on and off for many years, I will always consider this a fantastic place to work. Depending on management and the people around you, the sky is the limit. The time for advancement was very long which is why my path took me elsewhere. The managers were about developing the passionate ones. I learned how a restaurant – more... works completely. From the back to the front, all operating systems, and it absolutely furthered my knowledge in Excel and sales. The hardest part of the job for me was the slow moving advancement. The most enjoyable part of the job were the people I met, customers and co-workers. They truly make it worth it all. – less
Server (Former Employee), Independence, OH – November 5, 2013
Being a serve is very challenging when you have that difficult customer but making my customers dinner an enjoyable one is part of the job so you do what you have to to ensure every guest leaves happy. The best part of the job was having fun with the customers and making them smile as well as having fun with my co-workers.
ToGo Specialist, Hostess, Expeditor (Former Employee), Metairie, LA – November 4, 2013
Pros: good place to learn
Cons: lots of learning to do
Good starter job and ideal for high school or college students. Easy training and fun environment. It's a good way to get your foot in the door for the service industry. You can grow here and learn a lot. Hardest part of the job is learning to handle difiicult situations. People starting off in jobs like this usually don't have much experience so they – more... are still learning how to handle certain situations and learning about the industry. – less
Store Manager (Former Employee), Tulsa, OK – November 3, 2013
Applebee's afforded me the opportunity to grow to the most potential I was able to with this particular brand. My true goal for returning to my passion of restaurant management is to really take it all the way to the top as a career. With any particular culture, there is a certain level that both employer, employee, customer, will expect within that – more... particular culture. The very valuable lessons I learned while with Applebee's were continued sharp honing of my team building skills, more experience to round out my resume in operations and corporate vision support and execution. My biggest take away was really in the area of sexual harrassment and bullying practice management, how to better support my staff in these situations, how to train and manage a proper culture inside the restaurant, and what to do and not do in human relations surrounding these very important and often overlooked legal matters. This definitely increased my resume in my ability to handle sensitive issues that affect the overall protection of any establishment's reputation, desirability as a fun and safe workplace for it's staff, and the overall lasting affects for it's guests. Overall I consider it a necessary step towards achieving greater leadership ability. I did also learn that often times a corporate dream and vision may or may not be translated down to it's restaurants and primarily that is the responsibility of the area director and the managers within the store. As a GM, it will be a very important piece of my job to make sure I allign myself with a company that I believe in, and then where I am able to fully carry out that corporate culture with complete support. Supporting my managers, supporting my teams, supporting corporate...all strong take aways for me with this company. Overall a huge and gratifing learning experience. – less
It was a great job to balance schooling and make a standard amount of money.
Line Cook (Former Employee), Prattville, AL – November 2, 2013
Pros: employee's were allowed to eat on the job, regular breaks (smoking or non)
Cons: managers had a lack of communication between each other, i was often told to do different things by different managers.
It was a fun workplace. My coworkers were all around the same age as me so we were able to have fun and be productive in the workplace. I also spent time with them outside of the workplace. The managers were great at conveying what needed to be done and when it needed to be done. The Store Manager was so friendly a lot of her employee's (Including me) – more... gave her the nick name of Mama Jackie. – less
Kitchen Manager (Current Employee), Clarksburg, WV – October 31, 2013
Pros: solid company
Cons: no work life balance
Great solid company. Typical day would including counting all of the products on hand in the store. Calculating what food would need to be prepared for the day. Running the shift, ensuring all employees are on time and in proper uniforms; as well as following company policies and procedures throughout the shift. Responsible for inventory levels on all – more... products in the store. – less
Hostess (Former Employee), Ridgeland, MS – October 30, 2013
Pros: fun place to work
Greeting and seating customers was my daily job. I learned how to be more outgoing. Management was awesome, he treated you like a person and not a animal. The people I worked with were amazing. The hardest part of the job was the busy night and the angered customers. The most enjoyable parts was the friends I made and the experience I got from it.