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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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  2.  

    all down hill since we got a new distric manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    pay - customers are wonderful

    Cons

    no 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 ManagementAdvice

    if 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    in hell just waiting to get out of the fire so life can begin again,at this point anywhere would be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Catcher in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Line Catcher in Emporia, KS

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    retirement,and if this was not in the next 5 years I might just shoot myself.But I wouldn't give them the sadisfaction!

    Cons

    management is made up of lazy people screwing people just to make there jobs easier and to get there friends in jobs that they dont deserve.Working splite days off, odd hours even working the alot of the holidays and always working the weekends unless you are part of the good ol'boy system that management has created.Never being able to go to speical events,take part in school fuctions with your kids because you either have to go to work or get up so early,and friends for get doing anything with them because they have normal jobs. Not one that makes there life so messed up beause every week your days are split and your days off change unless your are part of the good OL'boy club and its only because management can do it and laugh about it for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to come in to the emporia plant and don't just take there word about what they do or don't do, but spend time there find out what they actually do over time then save some money by cutting there payroll and stop cutting jobs or combineing jobs for us the ones that make them look good but keep gettting screwed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    We climbed the mountain and tripped and fell at the top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    not bad

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Good place to work...you control your own income by how hard you work... Great job for a "people person"

    Cons

    Upper Management has a serious disconnect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek advice and listen to street level employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  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.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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