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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay consistent work over time (in 19 reviews)

  • Mostly good people working there at the local level (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Company went bankrupt Chapter 13 (in 3 reviews)

  • company went bankrupt and thus they were unstable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Racist"

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    Current Contractor - Machine Operator/Utility in Columbus, GA
    Current Contractor - Machine Operator/Utility in Columbus, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hostess Brands as a contractor

    Pros

    I see nothing good here.

    Cons

    If you're white you have no chance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the racism.


  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. Helpful (2)

    "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!


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok, but not commensurate with level of abuse. There are a handful of hardworking, genuine, respectable people around. Definite possibility of being promoted to a corporate title above your ability level and allowed to flounder if you have an MBA or if you grew up in a Hostess plant and excel at fixing the numbers and assigning blame to those below/around you.

    Cons

    Abusive treatment of people, myopic leadership that panders to and promotes fear mongering and scapegoats ruthlessly. Terrible place to work unless you have no other alternatives. The aggressive accumulation of debt so the PE ownership could siphon their profits off their investment up front does not bode well for long term outlook for normal employees who aren't in the inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    Abuse and scapegoating to "get results" is not accountability and it's not good business. Have the courage to be fair and good to people, to standardize and be honest transparent in metrics tracking, and to stop glorifying the same people and behavior in management/corporate leadership that breeds Union organization and pushed the old Co into failure.


  6. "Sad review"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Summerville, SC
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Summerville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with as far as fellow employees was concern. Independent work flow was the normal procedure. Planning work flow was each individual responsibility.

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt Chapter 13. Management in the middle level was corrupt and looked at employees as slaves,crooks and property to do the wishes as they see fit. There was never as conversation as teamwork concept just a dictatorial mandate from those middle managers. Middle managers was the reason the company folded. Very Sad!

    Advice to Management

    Not really much one can say about a company that filled Chapter 13. I just hope that former middle managers from the company is not employed in your company.


  7. "Sales Role bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is selling twinkies and other baked goods. I would recommend reading the ingredients label. The positive thing about the company is they have competitors now who can work with customers which will benefit the competitors more than in the past.

    Cons

    management very unprofessional, not customer focused. The treatment of employees is poor and not in line with best practices of todays companies.

    Advice to Management

    private equity sell to a company willing to reorganize all workflow and relationships with customers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Heading back to bankruptcy"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Hostess Brands (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were none to speak of.

    Cons

    Long tireless hours for little compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management


  9. "stay away"

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

    I worked at Hostess Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, extra hours, if you wanted it, union membership

    Cons

    Upper management had no business running a company


  10. "salesman"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, OR

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    hours independence wages benefits insurance

    Cons

    hours maNAGEMENT LACK OF INTELLIGENT SUPERVISION

    Advice to Management

    need to better communicate be more honest more caring not liars not ignorant not insesitive more feeling


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