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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated June 15, 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. "Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Operator in Emporia, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, if you're tough enough overall not a bad job to have. But if you can't handle long hours and hard work don't even try. You gotta have thick skin and common sense for this job.

    Cons

    As a machine operator it's often all eyes on you. You have to be able to take harsh criticism and keep your focus at the same time. Most of the time supers have no idea how much work you are actually doing and like to bust your balls because they don't understand.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bite the hands that runs the plant.


  2. "New journey begins now"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator-production in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator-production in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love having the ability to learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Work schedule very unstable. Business is not doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest as possible with people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and community

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of room for growth

    Advice to Management

    make sure to keep talent with more incentive


  4. "Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Emporia, KS
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job pays pretty good. The benefits are decent aswell. You get overtime pretty much every week.

    Cons

    You work 12 hours shifts. You will not have a life if you work here. Very stressful. Job. They run 24/7 full blast. With old crappy machines that can't keep up.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money getting paid every friday

    Cons

    The hours & days off

    Advice to Management

    We need new ones

  8. Helpful (1)

    "was good years ago"

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    Current Employee - Route Sales in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no one watching over you all day

    Cons

    ceo's that dont know nothing about the business

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not the employer it once was."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. "Not bad, be better if it was more stable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - District Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - District Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    sell to a capable owner


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