Hostess Brands
2.3 of 5 110 reviews
www.hostessbrands.com Irving, TX 5000+ Employees

Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

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2.3 110 reviews

                             

15% Approve of the CEO

Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn

Gregory F. Rayburn

(54 ratings)

21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good pay but over the years continue to decline"
    in 11 reviews
  • "About only pro is that the company does provide good benefits"
    in 11 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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    Company doesn't return loyalty

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsYou get payed on a regular basis
    Health benefits

    ConsGood 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very unsatisfied

    Department Head (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    Proswages are good compared to other companies in same catagory.

    Constreated like second hand citizens

    Advice to Senior Managementpay closer attention to employees rather on yourself and what you can get.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Forget your personal life

    Route Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay and good benefits. Upper management was supportive and personable.

    ConsTypical day began around 4 am and ended around 3-4 pm. The pay is ok but when you consider the amount of hours put in it doesn't look so good.

    Many of the other employees were nearing retirement and they looked beat up and broken from so many years of physial labor and long hours. May be a good job for a few years but not for a life long career.

    When you are out on the road you are all alone. The trucks are old and very cold or hot depending on the time of year. Many of the receivers have no patients and look down upon you.

    It can be difficult to figure out your order for the coming week let alone the coming month.

    Deliveries should only be made 4 days a week. Most of the times, Fridays and Saturdays, the shelves were stocked and little needed to be put out. This resulted in a day where you were basically driving around for 9 hours straigtening shelves. For a week as long as it is, one more day off would be great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew trucks are needed, and they should be equipped with radios. (it gets boring on the road)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop talent, and pay for performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was alright, until it shut down.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey were flexible with my schedule and the two ladies I worked with were great. The pay was good as well.

    ConsI saw a lot of waste. Over baking thousands of dollars worth of product then sending it to the thrift stores to sell for ridiculously cheap. I can see partly how the company ended up the bankruptcy twice within several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no management left.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very challanging having to order product for 20-30 different stops a week in advance

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Kokomo, IN

    Prosgot to meet alot of good people

    Conshaving to drive in bad weather

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    Union always keep the upperhand. Hostess allowed some very bad Union contracts.

    Delivery Manager (Current Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsFree Cupcakes and always a laid back atmosphere.

    ConsShort staffed..always picking up others work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good opportunity to grow the company and save money

    Procurement Analyst (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsPeople were good to work with, systems were being updated, and they helped the community

    ConsUnion contracts killed the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementProtect against unions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company Liquidated after Chapter 11

    Bakery Accounting Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsIconic brand and high recognition

    ConsStruggles to keep up with competition

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Confusing

    Route Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Enid, OK

    ProsThere are none, it doesn't exist.

    ConsThey were in disarray as the company spiraled to a stop. I tried to put it out of my mind and make the best of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let unions dictate the way you run your business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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