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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
117 Reviews
2.7
117 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.  

    Long hours-no life

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    • 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
  2.  

    Horrible place to work!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in New Hope, MN
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in New Hope, MN

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    The money was ok, a certain supervisor was nice to me. The products they carried were pretty easy to sell.

    Cons

    They change the rules for daily job routine every week it seemed. The hours are bad my hours there were 3am-1pm or later. No 2 days off in a row you get wednesday and sunday off. Everything that went wrong there seemed to be the saleman's fault upper managment didn't seem they did anything wrong. You drive vehicles that are more than 20 years old with no heat in the winter no air conditioning in the summer and all the maintainance issues you can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know that the salespeople are the back bone of your company and not the problem all the time. You need to get them better equipment to work with like trucks, handheld computers, and carts to carry the products in and out of the stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Upper level Management killed the company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Independence, my customers, the pay (before we were cut back twice).

    Cons

    Upper level mangagement all the way up to the CEO. WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS!!!!! I really wish someone from 60 minutes or Crimestoppers would do a thorough investigation into the actions of this company. What a major scandel!!!! They probably were in cahoots with the union as well. And to tell us half way through the day on Friday November 16th that we need to empty off our trucks and not return to work - what a shallow bunch they are! Honestly, how could a company have over 2 billion in sales and loose MILLIONS each year, I guarantee you one thing, they sure as hell didn't share it with the employees!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, I guess you won. You got your money and can move on. As for the rest of us hard working dependable employees you dumped on the street, I pray for each and everyone of them and their families, no matter what job we get won't be as awful as this one. Thanks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Failing Company with poor union contracts and poor management.

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    • 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

    Benefits are good and work schedule is flexible. I'm not sure anyone would want to work for this company in the future.

    Cons

    Company is failing and not profitable. I'm not sure anyone would want to work for this company in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    rode hard, chewed up and spit out

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

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is no best reason to work here. The benefits are sub par, there is no quality of life, you work a split week where you almost never see your family. The best parts are the employees that are trying to do a good job, even though we dont have the resources to give them

    Cons

    always having to do work for other districts. DSM is almost never an actual manager, he is just a glorified route driver. upper management shuffles you around like a pawn on a chess board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management could not manage their way out of a paperbag.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    if they can make you feel unskilled and uneducated they will.

    • 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

    The route sales and the sales force in the thrift stores are some of the greatest people to work with and 95% of them are really hard workers.

    Cons

    The suits in charge would like for you to think you don"t deserve to have a job. They also want you to think the reason the company is going broke is because some employee stole a paperclip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not up to the job, get someone who is. You may need to cut some of the huge paychecks and put in back into the company or better still use it to get yourself a research and developement dept. Oh you already have one?' could have fooled me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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

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