Hostess Brands

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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
114 Reviews
2.6
114 Reviews
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Horrible place to work!!!

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    • 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
  2.  

    Good company to expand your skills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bonus payout is sketchy but salary is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving for efficiencies and provide better communication to the company

    Recommends
  3.  

    Struggling to Gain Traction

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    • 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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  5.  

    We need to go back 30 years.

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    • 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
  6.  

    Long hours-no life

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    • 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
  7.  

    Every division and department is different

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop talent, and pay for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Forget your personal life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales
    Former Employee - Route Sales

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Typical 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    very unsatisfied

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    • 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.  

    Company doesn't return loyalty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    You get payed on a regular basis
    Health benefits

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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