Employment & Careers at Applebee’s

When I think of my favorite places to have a nice, quiet dinner with great food and drinks, Applebee’s is always in my top three choices. They have an atmosphere, an energy, and a great team that makes it a great company to work for and a great place to eat.

Today I’m going to give you some insight into the Applebee’s application, including valuable information and tips you can use to showcase your desire to work for this restaurant chain! Let’s get started!

The Company’s History

As of 2011, Applebee’s had over 2,019 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and 15 other countries. The main headquarters can be found in Glendale California, along with DineEquity’s other properties.

The basic concept behind Applebee’s is a casual dining experience features mainstream American dishes such as the following:

  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Riblets
  • Burgers

Each location also features a full bar and drink specials unless that location is prohibited by law to do so. All of this began when Bill and T.J Palmer opened the first Applebee’s RX for Edibles & Elixirs in Decatur, Georgia on November 19, 1980.

They sold the business to W.R Grace and Company in 1983 after the second location opened. Bill Palmer was named president of the Applebee’s portion of the company and it was his input that turned the company into a franchised system.


Today he owns over three dozen Applebee’s locations under this same system. The name changed in 1986 to Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in 1986 which was meant to make the atmosphere feel more personal.

On July 16th, 2007, IHOP Corp. said they were going to buy Applebee’s International for $2.1 billion. Shareholders were given $22.50 per share. After the purchase IHOP Corp. became DineEquity Inc.

Together the full company boasts over 3,250 locations between these two chains. Now it’s time to talk about how you can start working with Applebee’s today!

Direct Competitors

Casual restaurants offer plenty of great entry-level and higher level career options. Once you’re finished applying here, check out our page on IHOP. After that, head on over to our guide to the Chili’s application. Finally, you should look into a career at Outback Steakhouse!

Applebee’s Application Online

To start the process, head on over to the Applebee’s job page. Here you’ll see three categories of positions:

  • Hourly team members
  • Restaurant management
  • Support center/corporate office

Once you’ve selected from these choices, you’ll be able to browse open positions and apply online. For entry-level positions, you’ll find options that have you working directly with guests, or in the back doing orders and cooking.

You’ll find positions for roles like bartender, server, host/hostess and so on. The best way to stand out from the crowd here is to always maintain a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.

If you have experience in the industry already, there are options for management roles. In this capacity, you’ll have a direct affect on the franchise’s success so you’ll need to showcase strong leadership skills and maintain profitable business routines.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the benefits and salary options you can expect from the company.

Pay Scales and Benefits Options

You’ll need to be at least eighteen to apply for a position here, but once you’re in you can expect to earn the following pay scales depending on your position:

1. Server 

This category encompasses waiters/waitresses, hosts, and bartenders. You’ll need a fun and personable attitude to qualify for a position like this where customer service is key. You’ll start by making around minimum wage, but you’ll receive tips for all the orders you take.

2. Kitchen Cook 

In this type of position you will prepare orders, prep ingredients, and assist other cooks and chefs with preparing each of the meal tickets that come from hungry customers. Hourly pay for these positions ranges from $8.00 to $11.00.

3. Management 

Management positions at Applebee’s offer you salary options that range from $35,000 to $45,000 or more. You’ll need several years of experience to qualify for a position like this, but rest assured that your hard work will most certainly pay off.

When it comes to benefits, specific changes will be made based on the location, but here is what you can expect:

  • Competitive wages
  • Meal discounts
  • Paid holidays and vacations
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Monthly bonuses

A few final facts that you may wish to know before you head off to fill out the online forms:

  • There are over 26 menu items to choose from
  • 10 meals here meet the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell nutrition criteria.
  • There are a total of 11 side dishes including steamed broccoli, apple slices with yogurt, and salads.

Final Thoughts

The Applebee’s application is easily accessible and offers you a wealth of opportunities for a career in the casual dining industry.

Use all of the information you gained today as a stepping stone towards a successful and rewarding career! Thanks for reading and best of luck!