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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    Scary, In all of my 27 yrs in route sls, I have never seen a company like this TRYING to give it all away.

    Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsBenifits,and thats only there thanks to Teamsters Union.

    ConsAwefull 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not recommend

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Irving, TX

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

    ConsRun 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 Senior ManagementSeek 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Neutral

    Always There No Life (Current Employee)
    Henderson, NV

    ProsThey have good benefits yeah

    Consmoney taken out our check without permission couldnt vote non member

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave compassion for others give back what we give to you, give us back our $$

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I have been with the company for almost 21 years and in the past five years the company has went down so fast

    Shipping (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsIt is a steady income and provided insurance.

    ConsThe 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 Senior Managementstart 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Every division and department is different

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Irving, TX

    ProsMany 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.

    ConsWe 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 Senior ManagementField 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to expand your skills

    Vice President Sales (Current Employee)
    Irving, TX

    ProsGreat brands and plenty of opportunity to work on projects and programs that you would not receive at larger companies

    ConsBonus payout is sketchy but salary is good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep striving for efficiencies and provide better communication to the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours-no life

    Truck Driver/Aka Salesman (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsUnion job.....screw offs don't get fired.

    Consunion job....seniority rules...performance means very little

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the people on the street

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible place to work!!!

    Route Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    New Hope, MN

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementKnow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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