Hostess Brands

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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 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.  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    It was rewarding ,if you were able to work for yourself without supervision

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    Former Employee - Route Salesman
    Former Employee - Route Salesman

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Being your own boss ,being able to choose your own hours to some degree.The amount of money you make is dependant on how hard you try .The money I made for not having a college degree was phenominal!

    Cons

    The worst part is the long hours and not being free to have days off whenever you needed.And sometimes the weater conditions were very challenging

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Neutral

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Would not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Run 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 ManagementAdvice

    Seek 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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.

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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    The money getting paid every friday

    Cons

    The hours & days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need new ones

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co workers. Upper management unwilling to change to better company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSM
    Current Employee - DSM

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Dedicated sales force, good products, vacation and benefits are good. 401k plan. National brands makes it easier to sell displays

    Cons

    Aging fleet trucks, ordering system is outdated, rail system is ancient need to go to baskets. Unwillingness to spend money

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ruined my self confidence and wasted valuable years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Outlet Clerk
    Current Employee - Retail Outlet Clerk

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Provides union wages and protection.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Physically demanding and dirty. Poor equipment and impossible customer service requirements considering they cater to government assistance clientele.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the over all picture instead of your departments numbers. Seriously listen to employee input and stand up to your own bosses. Invest in modern equipment and start thinking forward in a realistic way i.e., listen to the people in the trenches; meaning on the line, your rsr, clerks, etc. Too much paperwork and not enought time or reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    not bad

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    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    if they can make you feel unskilled and uneducated they will.

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    • Senior Management
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    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

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