Hostess Brands

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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014
118 Reviews
2.9
118 Reviews
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Money,Good Benefits,work at midnight off at noon (in 13 reviews)

  • good pay but over the years continue to decline (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • poorly ran company from upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to expand your skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Great brands and plenty of opportunity to work on projects and programs that you would not receive at larger companies

    Cons

    Bonus payout is sketchy but salary is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving for efficiencies and provide better communication to the company

    Recommends
  2.  

    Struggling to Gain Traction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Hostess has solid financial backing and solid brands. Everyone wants to see the company succeed. Employees are loyal and hardworking.

    Cons

    The company has not successfully grown revenues. Its market share and quality are currently too weak to develop positive momentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a fresh look at the company's assets (brands, infrastructure, employees, etc) and the market opportunity and reevaluate what key initiatives should be. The emphasis on brands and Path to Market has not been successful so far.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    We need to go back 30 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Salesman
    Current Employee - Route Salesman

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    It pays the bills, but just barley

    Cons

    Incompentance everywhere, It seems that the compant wants to survive but has know idea of how to do it. Makes cuts to personell at the wrong level and wrong people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the ideas that got you to where you were before things went bad. Let the local plants run themselves, GET RID OF ALL THE DAMN VARIETIES. sell the mail line and let the others try all the nickle and dime stuff. Let your sales staff do their job, Mr. Driscoll, Path To Market is a very bad idea, why have five people do the job of one? Get rid of the V.P.s we don't need 10 layers of management to do you job, and pay us what we are worth, you would be surprised what we could do if we were motovated (paid) to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Long hours-no life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver/Aka Salesman in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Truck Driver/Aka Salesman in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Union job.....screw offs don't get fired.

    Cons

    union job....seniority rules...performance means very little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people on the street

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Every division and department is different

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Many long term employees with lots of knowledge. If you were around before or during the bankruptcy, you earned your stripes! Many are open to discussion - they may not agree, but are open to discussion.

    Cons

    We are too short term focused, especially in the field. Some field divisions its never good enough. You hit a home run, and they ask why the bases were not loaded first? Some still live in the past, during the glory years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Field politics and protecting one's own are limiting the success that Hostess could have. Last round of layoffs pushed out some good people, who were cut because of politics, not because of work quality.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop talent, and pay for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very unsatisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Department Head in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    wages are good compared to other companies in same catagory.

    Cons

    treated like second hand citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay closer attention to employees rather on yourself and what you can get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I have been with the company for almost 21 years and in the past five years the company has went down so fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shipping in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Shipping in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    It is a steady income and provided insurance.

    Cons

    The new upper management is clueless as to how a bakery should run, Our plant has lost so many good people due to corp, choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start compensating your employees for their time. Your management team does not enjoy 70 hours a week with no compensation. you make the bucks so should they!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Always There No Life in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Always There No Life in Henderson, NV

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    They have good benefits yeah

    Cons

    money taken out our check without permission couldnt vote non member

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have compassion for others give back what we give to you, give us back our $$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Benifits,and thats only there thanks to Teamsters Union.

    Cons

    Awefull 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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