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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
117 Reviews

2.6
117 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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  1.  

    On balance, it has been a good company over my 30 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shiping  in  Hodgkins, IL
    Current Employee - Shiping in Hodgkins, IL

    Pros

    Very good pay for unskilled labor. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Inept management which has lead to our 2 bk's in 8 years. Lack of quality leadership at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close all the thrift stores. Close and consolidate bakeries. Cut bakery management in half. Eliminate varieties that do not sell. Get rid of anything owned by Hostess Brands that is not either specifically Hostess or Wonder Bread.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been a learn on your own type of experience that is laden with lies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Gulfport, MS
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Gulfport, MS

    Pros

    There is a chance that you may have lots of personal time off from work

    Cons

    The company is in financial turmoil, upper management is clueless, lies are abundant and the employee is not valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people who actually do the work to keep the company going

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly run Company, very bad decision making, Company wastes money.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV

    Pros

    We have a job, average pay compared to the rest of the bakeries. The Union has been tiring to negotiate a better contract.

    Cons

    Working split days...I've heard all the reasons why we still have split days, that was a long time ago we need to move on , working weekends, constant shift changes, no respect to the employees, the ones that come in and do the LABOR!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the employees pay alone, STOP! your big Company bonuses, and run the Company RIGHT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very disorganized company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Jackson, TN

    Pros

    Used to be the best place to work in Jackson, Tn until they decided to turn against employees and blame the worker for all their problems.

    Cons

    Will only permute friends or family.
    Very disorganized management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Word better with employees and they won't fight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging experience intertwined with complete management incompetence

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    About only pro is that the company does provide good benefits.

    Cons

    Out of touch upper management. Lack of appreciation of field sales. Unfair/unreasonable expectations in relation to time required to perform job duties. Little to no training. Never seek feedback. Attaboys are nonexistant. Upper management and some middle management have no clue what is required to perform expected duties on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with your people. Hop on a truck. Get up at 2am and don't get home until 5pm or later, do it for a couple of weeks, then rethink your expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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

    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
  9.  

    all down hill since we got a new distric manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk  in  West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA

    Pros

    pay - customers are wonderful

    Cons

    no job security
    unfair labor practice - if your not a friend of the dm
    management needs walk our walk befor they pass judgement
    the fact that they are no longer paying our pention and no one is forcing them to
    that was part of our contract, it was a raise we were saving for our future where is that money the union told me if i want it i would have to get a attorney

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if i was doing your job i would of already been fired for not making my numbers
    now its your turn step down you don't know how to meet your numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    This used to be an excellent place to work until it changed from IBC to Wonder Bread

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Peoria, IL

    Pros

    The pay is somewhat driven by performance. However, there is room for improvement. Putting District Managers on a set salary I feel was a mistake. It made people lazy.

    Cons

    There isnt enough room to list them all. District managers are like people who are being drawn and quartered. They are pulled from 4 directions. Upper Management, Route Sales, Customers, & Their Families.It's become a basic rule that DSM's are considered at the end of their management career now. Upper Management has little respect for them and doesn't want to give them the training or the opportunities to succeed. The old IBC was an excellent place to work. You worked HARD, but you were respected and compensated well for your work. The New IBC (ran by a rag tag collection of Continental people and Ripplewood picks who know nothing about the baking business) Shows no respect, offers no advancement opportunities, and does not compensate based on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    #1 - Get rid of the Union. #2 invest in training. Not just a 1 day seminar and then they go back to running routes everyday so they forget what they've learned. Give them the manpower to effectivly manage their own operation. A good DSM can generate more than enough growth through his people if he is left to manage instead of on a route every week. #3 Respect your people. Good people will work hard and have pride in their work if you respect them. Ask any successful senior manager and he will tell you the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    in hell just waiting to get out of the fire so life can begin again,at this point anywhere would be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Catcher  in  Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Line Catcher in Emporia, KS

    Pros

    retirement,and if this was not in the next 5 years I might just shoot myself.But I wouldn't give them the sadisfaction!

    Cons

    management is made up of lazy people screwing people just to make there jobs easier and to get there friends in jobs that they dont deserve.Working splite days off, odd hours even working the alot of the holidays and always working the weekends unless you are part of the good ol'boy system that management has created.Never being able to go to speical events,take part in school fuctions with your kids because you either have to go to work or get up so early,and friends for get doing anything with them because they have normal jobs. Not one that makes there life so messed up beause every week your days are split and your days off change unless your are part of the good OL'boy club and its only because management can do it and laugh about it for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to come in to the emporia plant and don't just take there word about what they do or don't do, but spend time there find out what they actually do over time then save some money by cutting there payroll and stop cutting jobs or combineing jobs for us the ones that make them look good but keep gettting screwed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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