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Stand at the hostess station, greet the guests upon entry and show them to a suitable table, roll cutlery, clear tables, split all tips, clean menus. Pretty repetitive work.
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Horrible place to work

Only made $13 an hour in Alberta after turning 18. Got $10 in tips per pay. Bad management, ended up having a high turnover where everyone left at once due to management. Management also makes snark remarks. Get threatened if sick.


Can eat the scraps


Can get cut randomly, bad pay
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Great first restaurant job.

excellent first restaurant job. got plenty of experience in all aspects of restaurant, always busy. Management is great and fair. Long time staff that sticks around for a reason.
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Fun place to work part time, pay should be higher

This was a good place to work for a first job. I made a lot of friends and learned how to problem solve and succeed in the workforce. The biggest downside is the low pay, but there is a tip pool even if you’re not a server.


Discounted food, work with your friends, flexible schedule, tip pool


Some managers are inexperienced, low pay for all the work you do
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Fun and well-managed place to work

Love working here I've made a lot of friends since I started. Our management's great and they do their jobs and they listen if you need help with something.


Just about any time you ask off you'll probably get off.


Long hours
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Poor management

Working at applebees was pretty simple. If the manager liked you, you got hours and you didnt get yelled at and could get away with anything. If they didnt like you however, your hours dropped and you were scrutinized for every detail.


Fun environment, easy work, good customer service experience


Have to suck up, poor management, catty environment, no guaranteed hours
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Very good restaurant for starters!

I absolutely loved working at Applebee’s the staff was like family. We all helped each other out and the management was very understanding when it came to family issues, sick days, and personal days!
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I really enjoy working with all people and satisfying their needs while maintaining a professional and positive attitude and work ethic.

On a everyday work basis it was normally casual, some days are busier then others of course but for the most part it was a positive work place and all the employees came together as a team to form the best experience for the guests. Through working this job I developed more patients in myself and the work place, which I can appreciate and use now on a daily basis. I think personally the most difficult for me was maybe on certain days I wasn’t feeling the best and trying to maintain good composure, if I needed some air just to take a load off for 5 minutes I would ask and then come back and I would be okay to continue working. The best part I’d say would be getting a better understanding of people and the workplace it’s self and becoming part of a working team, also I’d be lying if I didn’t say the food was so good !! But overall a good working experience. And I am grateful to have had that opportunity.
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This place sucks

I got fired by a girl that didnt even work at my location for forgeting my pants in my rides vehicle and not being able to get ahold of him to drive the pants back.. She was jealous cause I was good looking.
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Ok for a temp or starter job

Would be great as a starter job/student job but doesn't give enough hours to be a main supporting job. Managers are pretty flexible and easy enough to work with. Culture is typical restaurant.
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Good workplace .

Enjoyed working here. Wish it wasn't sold and closed down. Overall good company to work for. I learned alot considering it was my first job and I hope to continue in this line of work in a future workplace.


Free meals


Odd hours
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Alright expierince

Overall it was a decent job , fun and most people were very friendly but the management wasn't very good. On multiple occasions managers would schedule me for days and hours that i specified i couldn't work. i would not go back but it wasn't the worst job in the world.
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Good teamwork

It was a great team to work with. What I learned was that I like working in a fast paced environment and I am great with customers. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with cutlery rolling and setting tables for 18+ guest. The most enjoyable part was just always being busy.


discounted lunches
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Overall good learning experience.

Applebee's was my first job in a restaurant. The management was not very cooperative with staff issues and made it difficult to communicate with them.
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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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