Hostess Brands
2.3 of 5 110 reviews
www.hostessbrands.com Irving, TX 5000+ Employees

Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Feb 5, 2014
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

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2.3 110 reviews

                             

15% Approve of the CEO

Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn

Gregory F. Rayburn

(54 ratings)

21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    work life of a salesman

    Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsGood people to work with. The pay is fairly good. The benefits (for now) are alright. Immediate supervision is decent.

    ConsLong hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority. Second bankruptcy for the company since I've been with them. Doesn't look like we'll survive this one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the bankruptcy situation resolved. Whichever way it goes is preferable to going months on end not knowing if the doors will be locked the next day you come in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On balance, it has been a good company over my 30 years.

    Shiping (Current Employee)
    Hodgkins, IL

    ProsVery good pay for unskilled labor. Good benefits.

    ConsInept management which has lead to our 2 bk's in 8 years. Lack of quality leadership at the top.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose all the thrift stores. Close and consolidate bakeries. Cut bakery management in half. Eliminate varieties that do not sell. Get rid of anything owned by Hostess Brands that is not either specifically Hostess or Wonder Bread.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a learn on your own type of experience that is laden with lies

    Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Gulfport, MS

    ProsThere is a chance that you may have lots of personal time off from work

    ConsThe company is in financial turmoil, upper management is clueless, lies are abundant and the employee is not valued

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the people who actually do the work to keep the company going

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the employer it once was.

    Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe pay and benefits continue to be very competitive in this industry.

    ConsThe upper managements lack of communication and fairness will be the ruin of this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate and appreciate the dedication and effort put forth by ALL of your employees.

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    Poorly run Company, very bad decision making, Company wastes money.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Henderson, NV

    ProsWe have a job, average pay compared to the rest of the bakeries. The Union has been tiring to negotiate a better contract.

    ConsWorking split days...I've heard all the reasons why we still have split days, that was a long time ago we need to move on , working weekends, constant shift changes, no respect to the employees, the ones that come in and do the LABOR!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave the employees pay alone, STOP! your big Company bonuses, and run the Company RIGHT!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A very disorganized company.

    Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Jackson, TN

    ProsUsed to be the best place to work in Jackson, Tn until they decided to turn against employees and blame the worker for all their problems.

    ConsWill only permute friends or family.
    Very disorganized management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWord better with employees and they won't fight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging experience intertwined with complete management incompetence

    District Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Knoxville, TN

    ProsAbout only pro is that the company does provide good benefits.

    ConsOut of touch upper management. Lack of appreciation of field sales. Unfair/unreasonable expectations in relation to time required to perform job duties. Little to no training. Never seek feedback. Attaboys are nonexistant. Upper management and some middle management have no clue what is required to perform expected duties on a daily basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back in touch with your people. Hop on a truck. Get up at 2am and don't get home until 5pm or later, do it for a couple of weeks, then rethink your expectations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    was good years ago

    Route Sales (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    Prosno one watching over you all day

    Consceo's that dont know nothing about the business

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn the cake and bread business before you try to make changes path to market a big waste of money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    all down hill since we got a new distric manager

    Lead Clerk (Current Employee)
    West Mifflin, PA

    Prospay - customers are wonderful

    Consno job security
    unfair labor practice - if your not a friend of the dm
    management needs walk our walk befor they pass judgement
    the fact that they are no longer paying our pention and no one is forcing them to
    that was part of our contract, it was a raise we were saving for our future where is that money the union told me if i want it i would have to get a attorney

    Advice to Senior Managementif i was doing your job i would of already been fired for not making my numbers
    now its your turn step down you don't know how to meet your numbers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This used to be an excellent place to work until it changed from IBC to Wonder Bread

    District Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Peoria, IL

    ProsThe pay is somewhat driven by performance. However, there is room for improvement. Putting District Managers on a set salary I feel was a mistake. It made people lazy.

    ConsThere isnt enough room to list them all. District managers are like people who are being drawn and quartered. They are pulled from 4 directions. Upper Management, Route Sales, Customers, & Their Families.It's become a basic rule that DSM's are considered at the end of their management career now. Upper Management has little respect for them and doesn't want to give them the training or the opportunities to succeed. The old IBC was an excellent place to work. You worked HARD, but you were respected and compensated well for your work. The New IBC (ran by a rag tag collection of Continental people and Ripplewood picks who know nothing about the baking business) Shows no respect, offers no advancement opportunities, and does not compensate based on performance.

    Advice to Senior Management#1 - Get rid of the Union. #2 invest in training. Not just a 1 day seminar and then they go back to running routes everyday so they forget what they've learned. Give them the manpower to effectivly manage their own operation. A good DSM can generate more than enough growth through his people if he is left to manage instead of on a route every week. #3 Respect your people. Good people will work hard and have pride in their work if you respect them. Ask any successful senior manager and he will tell you the same.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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