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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. "Sad review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Typical Corporate Mentality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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!


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  6. "Struggling to Gain Traction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Hostess has solid financial backing and solid brands. Everyone wants to see the company succeed. Employees are loyal and hardworking.

    Cons

    The company has not successfully grown revenues. Its market share and quality are currently too weak to develop positive momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Take a fresh look at the company's assets (brands, infrastructure, employees, etc) and the market opportunity and reevaluate what key initiatives should be. The emphasis on brands and Path to Market has not been successful so far.


  7. "We need to go back 30 years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Salesman
    Current Employee - Route Salesman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It pays the bills, but just barley

    Cons

    Incompentance everywhere, It seems that the compant wants to survive but has know idea of how to do it. Makes cuts to personell at the wrong level and wrong people.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the ideas that got you to where you were before things went bad. Let the local plants run themselves, GET RID OF ALL THE DAMN VARIETIES. sell the mail line and let the others try all the nickle and dime stuff. Let your sales staff do their job, Mr. Driscoll, Path To Market is a very bad idea, why have five people do the job of one? Get rid of the V.P.s we don't need 10 layers of management to do you job, and pay us what we are worth, you would be surprised what we could do if we were motovated (paid) to do so.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "if they can make you feel unskilled and uneducated they will."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The route sales and the sales force in the thrift stores are some of the greatest people to work with and 95% of them are really hard workers.

    Cons

    The suits in charge would like for you to think you don"t deserve to have a job. They also want you to think the reason the company is going broke is because some employee stole a paperclip.

    Advice to Management

    If you are not up to the job, get someone who is. You may need to cut some of the huge paychecks and put in back into the company or better still use it to get yourself a research and developement dept. Oh you already have one?' could have fooled me.


  9. "rode hard, chewed up and spit out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no best reason to work here. The benefits are sub par, there is no quality of life, you work a split week where you almost never see your family. The best parts are the employees that are trying to do a good job, even though we dont have the resources to give them

    Cons

    always having to do work for other districts. DSM is almost never an actual manager, he is just a glorified route driver. upper management shuffles you around like a pawn on a chess board

    Advice to Management

    upper management could not manage their way out of a paperbag.


  10. "Failing Company with poor union contracts and poor management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good and work schedule is flexible. I'm not sure anyone would want to work for this company in the future.

    Cons

    Company is failing and not profitable. I'm not sure anyone would want to work for this company in the future.


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