Hostess Brands
2.4 of 5 107 reviews
www.hostessbrands.com Irving, TX 5000+ Employees

Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2013
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

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2.4 107 reviews

                             

15% Approve of the CEO

Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn

Gregory F. Rayburn

(52 ratings)

21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Scary, In all of my 27 yrs in route sls, I have never seen a company like this TRYING to give it all away.

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Baton Rouge, LA

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsBenifits,and thats only there thanks to Teamsters Union.

ConsAwefull Management, In the 4-5 years I have been there I have never been told good job, DSM,s and never get out in the market.
My paycheck has went only down since Ive started, almost back to training pay.
They are trying now to cut our commisions more.
Employee Moral is just the worst that I have ever seen

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with your RSRs from time to time, to see whats going on with your company.
Ask for feedback from your RSRs on whats selling in there market.
Check up on your DSMs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Would not recommend

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at Hostess Brands

ProsA lot of responsibility, depending on your position, supervisor, workload, etc.
Fun corporate events every once in awhile
Exposure to several brands

ConsRun completely by the board (Ripplewood) for a short term financial gain, which means many bad decisions are made that hurt the business overall, but puts money in their pockets in the meantime.
Very old-school mentalities--not laid back, kind of uptight, and plenty of discrimination

Advice to Senior ManagementSeek long term goals, keep yourself open to new opportunities rather than just doing things the exact same way you've done them in the past. History will repeat itself if you do the exact same thing that you were doing that got you into bankruptcy in the first place.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company doesn't return loyalty

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I worked at Hostess Brands

ProsYou get payed on a regular basis
Health benefits

ConsGood ole boys network
Management devalues anyone under them
Refusal to recognize good work
Does not give raises to mid level management
Very bad moral among employees and management continues to just move around managers and rehire people known to be bad bosses. They refuse to clean house and get competent management. The get rid of anyone who seems to actually care about employees and the company instead of lining their own pockets.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house. Get rid of Sales Management, Bakery Managemen and almost everyone at Corporate. Make anyone who wants a management job actually work in a bakery and in sales for at least 2 weeks. Get rid of ALL HR employees and hire people that will actually work with employess and management. This will help temper the union issues.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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very unsatisfied

Department Head (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Hostess Brands

Proswages are good compared to other companies in same catagory.

Constreated like second hand citizens

Advice to Senior Managementpay closer attention to employees rather on yourself and what you can get.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Forget your personal life

Route Sales (Former Employee)

I worked at Hostess Brands

ProsDecent pay and good benefits. Upper management was supportive and personable.

ConsTypical day began around 4 am and ended around 3-4 pm. The pay is ok but when you consider the amount of hours put in it doesn't look so good.

Many of the other employees were nearing retirement and they looked beat up and broken from so many years of physial labor and long hours. May be a good job for a few years but not for a life long career.

When you are out on the road you are all alone. The trucks are old and very cold or hot depending on the time of year. Many of the receivers have no patients and look down upon you.

It can be difficult to figure out your order for the coming week let alone the coming month.

Deliveries should only be made 4 days a week. Most of the times, Fridays and Saturdays, the shelves were stocked and little needed to be put out. This resulted in a day where you were basically driving around for 9 hours straigtening shelves. For a week as long as it is, one more day off would be great.

Advice to Senior ManagementNew trucks are needed, and they should be equipped with radios. (it gets boring on the road)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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All training is on-the-job, and most open positions are given to external candidates.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsOpportunities available for those with little or no education. Good benefits are available.

ConsThere are not many opportunities to advance in the bakeries, and most professional jobs are at the corporate level.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop talent, and pay for performance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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