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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    hostess brands

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finishing in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Finishing in Emporia, KS

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    right now you get 40 hrs and overtime and paid vacations

    Cons

    they took our pension and is in bankruptcy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shiping in Hodgkins, IL
    Current Employee - Shiping in Hodgkins, IL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay for unskilled labor. Good benefits.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people who actually do the work to keep the company going

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very disorganized company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Jackson, TN

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Used 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.

    Cons

    Will only permute friends or family.
    Very disorganized management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Word better with employees and they won't fight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging experience intertwined with complete management incompetence

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Out 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    #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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    We climbed the mountain and tripped and fell at the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits compared to most jobs

    Cons

    long, thankless hours and a very outdated and lazy management unless you call sitting at your desk all day reading and sending e-mails work. Get out a help an rsr with a display once in awhile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The RSR's can't save the company alone. Take part in our effort and we can do this together. You may be able to con Mr. Driscoll but you can't con me. I've been at this over 32 years and know more than most of you, so "rise above the fray" and do something to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Would not recommend

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

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Run 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 ManagementAdvice

    Seek 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Company doesn't return loyalty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    You get payed on a regular basis
    Health benefits

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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