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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014
118 Reviews
2.9
118 Reviews
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
Gregory F. Rayburn
57 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for what we did

    Cons

    Very hard work and long hours

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great until it went out of business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Driver in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    free cakes and free bread

    Cons

    unions and their greedy cohorts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nnnn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    steady work all the time

    Cons

    many long hours and days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    do not work here,unfair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver in La Crosse, WI
    Current Employee - Driver in La Crosse, WI

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work by your self
    no fun,use to be good pay

    Cons

    lots of hours,first start out 70 ours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Machine Operator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    If you look to work long hours .... this is the place

    Cons

    Rotating schedule throughout the day

  7.  

    Not bad, be better if it was more stable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - District Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    pay, benefits and expenses. Vacation is good too. I have enjoyed my territory as well.

    Cons

    unstable- Everyone in mid/senior leadership is there because of time on job and not knowledge, There is a lot of waste that goes in the trash that could be additional GP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell to a capable owner

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the employer it once was.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    The pay and benefits continue to be very competitive in this industry.

    Cons

    The upper managements lack of communication and fairness will be the ruin of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and appreciate the dedication and effort put forth by ALL of your employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    was good years ago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    no one watching over you all day

    Cons

    ceo's that dont know nothing about the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn the cake and bread business before you try to make changes path to market a big waste of money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard to get ahead and be successful with such an outdated infrastructure, Unions have got to go.

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

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    Anyone willing to put in the time and take pride in the job they do can earn quite a good living as well as have a decent benefits package.

    Cons

    As with most companies every level of employment here has some downside, Route Sales have to deal with aging equipment poor weather on occasion and a fair share of misinformation. DSM's have to weather through a seriously oversized work load and do not have the time to give all the employees the attention required to build and maintain a happy high producing team, also the good employees suffer because a good deal of time is spent dealing with dead weight RSR's that are protected by a union, sadly any credibility we may have as DSM's is lost due to the poor information we're supplied with regarding upcoming promotions, new item launches and ever changing company policies all of which we end up passing to our sales force, when any of these things fall through it's a direct reflection on us as management. As for any position above a DSM I cannot speak to as I have not been in their shoes, I will say that due to the highly reactionary nature of the Senior management at this company I'm sure most positions above mine have similar issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales training for RSR's and lower level management would be a great start, Upper management may want to take some time to work out on the sales routes for more then one day to get a true feel for the business they oversee, this company could also use more front line employees where the most impact would be made, other than that everyone at this company knows its flaws, its just a matter of getting people up top willing to make some waves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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