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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • Good pay consistent work over time (in 19 reviews)

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

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shiping in Hodgkins, IL
    Current Employee - Shiping in Hodgkins, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Gulfport, MS
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Gulfport, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not the employer it once was."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A very disorganized company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Jackson, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Word better with employees and they won't fight.


  7. "Challenging experience intertwined with complete management incompetence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. "A history of upper management only interested in what they can bleed out of the company for themselves. Great culture?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - RSR in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At its best a nice place to make a living. Good wage, Good benefits, Retirement.

    Cons

    A lack of overall respect from management to the difficulties of the job. A culture of us against them and a general idea of 'I got mine'. Terrible information exchange. The people that make decisions tend to hire carpetbaggers and corporate pirates instead of finding a point of light from within that may actually have some interest in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Take some pride in the company not your portfolio. The employees of your company have sacrificed their time and in many cases their income to help this company. There is a horrible culture of WE want so screw you fostered by the upper management. You never consider anything but whats best for your pocketbook and you foster resentment in the ranks. This company is doomed unless people who know baking are put in important positions. Not your buddy or the next unqualified fool you sign up. AND BREAD IS A DYING INDUSTRY!!! WE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED SELLING WHITE BREAD A LONG TIME AGO. FOCUS ON HIGH END BREADS AND CAKE SALES, WHITE BREAD AND BUNS ARE A LOSS LEADER ITEM THESE DAYS. In closing wake up and pull your heads out this is not about your ego its about saving Interstate brands.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "was good years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "all down hill since we got a new distric manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    #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.


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