Pros: built better social skills, enjoyed greeting and meeting new people on a daily basis, customers and employees.
Cons: worked many hours a day, with very little breaks, no lunch breaks, staff was allowed to do whatever, attitudes or not completing their job duties, it was a very dramatic environment to work in
I love serving the community and meeting new people but this was a very tough business to work for. Turn over of employees was ridiculous, a very "high school" employee base. I wanted to move ahead and become a manager because my intentions were to put my ideas and thoughts into making Applebee's a better place into motion as I was getting no where – more... as a server. Being that Applebee's is a corporation, it didn't quite work out that way. I was taken advantage of by other managers, and eventually pushed off the bench by them. In my own opinion, there were things going on in that place that they didn't want getting out. So, I had to go because it started to affect my home/family life. I thought I could improve the management team, and I just had to come to my senses that it wasn't going to work out. I loved my job, but they didn't take me seriously and they wanted nothing to do with the ideas I was trying to implement. I have been home with my twins since then and they start school this year so I'm very excited to get back to work! – less