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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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  • Upper management had no business running a company (in 12 reviews)

  • Company went bankrupt Chapter 13 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Machine operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and a good people

    Cons

    Long hrs on your feets

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  2. "the most dysfunctional place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Production in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the pay is good that's it

    Cons

    prejudice and they dog you


  3. "Good pay for very hard work"

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    Current Employee - Production Line Worker in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Production Line Worker in Emporia, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - most co-workers encouraging and nice as long as they see you trying
    - frequent breaks with a fully stocked break room with easy to use card system
    - temp hire or direct hire, you get paid well for a factory job
    - upper staff is always willing to work with you, encourage tons of questions, and are patient with new comers
    - All departments leave their doors open and are always happy to see you even if it is to vent about work
    - considering a lot people give up after the first week, if you stick around and work hard you can easily get a higher up position and pay raise

    Cons

    - very physically straining job
    - on your feet for 12 hours at a time
    - lots of bending down under belts and machines that can cause back pain
    - factory is loud and you have to wear earplugs, so it is hard to communicate with co-workers while on the floor when it is most important
    - training is trial and error, leaving room for painful accidents and unorganized familiarity with variety of stations
    - 600 employees means you could end up working with someone you've never met and wont know their work experience or whether they have been trained properly
    - you are obligated to come in and work when on call, making late night parties nerve wracking as you might have to go into work the next day

    Advice to Management

    - Instead of 1 orientation day for new hires, I recommend a second and even third day spent detailing each possible station, process, and job in the factory
    - The dangerous parts of a machine should be identified before a new hire even approaches a new station, new people could lose a finger trying to imitate what they see seasoned workers do in casual training.


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    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have a job. Stay away from here!!!

    Cons

    Poor treatment, they look for ways to fire people, lack of safety, management is treated poorly and it rolls down hill. Lack value and only care about volume not quality. Very high turn over rate!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get into thus century with how you treat employees, support your supervisors and get them training. Cooperate needs to visit plants and talk to employees in private conversations!


  6. "Sanitation/Receiving Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sanitarian in Henderson, NV
    Former Employee - Sanitarian in Henderson, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large facility, interesting daily challenges

    Cons

    They were going through another financial downturn.


  7. "Only if you want to die here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good pay consistent work over time.

    Cons

    Unstable company, negative atmosphere, unhealthy management techniques.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on trying to fire people and more on building a better workforce.


  8. "Typical Corporate Mentality"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision while out on your sales route. Freedom to adjust your delivery schedules needed to complete your route in an efficient manner.

    Cons

    Union concessions. This job paid well at first, but the people who put in all of the work were slowly drained of our pay by taking concessions to pay off the negligent company's bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    Have some accountability within your management teams. Stop taking bonuses when the rest of us are taking pay cuts. I guess it doesn't matter now that they are bankrupt


  9. "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits, insurance and they work around your schedule!!

    Cons

    It gets difficult at times like any other job does.


  10. "Hostess"

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    Former Employee - Breaker in Emporia, KS
    Former Employee - Breaker in Emporia, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They had reakky good trainers

    Cons

    the other workers made your job difficult


  11. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Mixing in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Mixing in Columbus, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time

    Pros

    KNOWING the product is going out to consumer in a safe manner.

    Cons

    Rushing which leads to unsafe act, injuries, unprepared cakes,unwrap cakes and pies. Wrong code dates,not fill with creme, uneven or raw cakes and pies and line not being properly wash down.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain safe inviroment with little or none recalls.



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