Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard to get ahead and be successful with such an outdated infrastructure, Unions have got to go.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Anyone willing to put in the time and take pride in the job they do can earn quite a good living as well as have a decent benefits package.

    Cons

    As with most companies every level of employment here has some downside, Route Sales have to deal with aging equipment poor weather on occasion and a fair share of misinformation. DSM's have to weather through a seriously oversized work load and do not have the time to give all the employees the attention required to build and maintain a happy high producing team, also the good employees suffer because a good deal of time is spent dealing with dead weight RSR's that are protected by a union, sadly any credibility we may have as DSM's is lost due to the poor information we're supplied with regarding upcoming promotions, new item launches and ever changing company policies all of which we end up passing to our sales force, when any of these things fall through it's a direct reflection on us as management. As for any position above a DSM I cannot speak to as I have not been in their shoes, I will say that due to the highly reactionary nature of the Senior management at this company I'm sure most positions above mine have similar issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales training for RSR's and lower level management would be a great start, Upper management may want to take some time to work out on the sales routes for more then one day to get a true feel for the business they oversee, this company could also use more front line employees where the most impact would be made, other than that everyone at this company knows its flaws, its just a matter of getting people up top willing to make some waves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great co workers. Upper management unwilling to change to better company

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Dedicated sales force, good products, vacation and benefits are good. 401k plan. National brands makes it easier to sell displays

    Cons

    Aging fleet trucks, ordering system is outdated, rail system is ancient need to go to baskets. Unwillingness to spend money

    Approves of CEO
  3. Great first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin Park, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin Park, IL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    - Good experience
    - Management practices patience
    - Good trainers

    Cons

    - No quality of life
    - Not flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an ear out for employees and their moral. Need to be more organized as far as scheduling, switching and promoting positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Bankrupt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Temple, TX

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good money if your willing to work for it

    Cons

    55-60 hour work weeks that start around 3am

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ditch the unions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Company liquidating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - District Manager in Davenport, IA

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

    Pros

    It was a good company to work for. I was free to do my job with very little supervision or guidance, unless needed.

    Cons

    The company is in the process of liquidating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Company is outdated. More investment is needed to the front lines and bakeries to succeed!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great brands!!! The company has the right pieces to be a success!!

    Cons

    The DSM job is over worked, too many items on their plate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so DSMs are able to sell and do more to impact the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. It Sounds Good

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hostess Brands has benefits and are unionized, so you are protected. Also, they have an adequate pension plan for the time being.

    Cons

    Hostess Brands has filed bankruptcy AGAIN. It is a company with a lot of potential, but it is so poorly managed that it's being driven into the ground. Also, the job stability is no longer existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers instead of using them. We're the ones who know what the company needs anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Do not work here

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    decent money, Get off work at a decent hour

    Cons

    upper management doesnt know anything, mismanagement of funds, treat employee's like crap. Keep taking more from the Route guys, we are already some of the lowest paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. On balance, it has been a good company over my 30 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

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