Hostess Brands

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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
113 Reviews
2.6
113 Reviews
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay but over the years continue to decline (in 11 reviews)

  • About only pro is that the company does provide good benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • poorly ran company from upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Current situation is not a surprise

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hostess had an iconic product still in demand.

    Cons

    Management failed in so many ways with Hostess, and not just with respect to union contracts. You can't continue to operate the same way you have for 100 years and expect to compete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    no reason this should happen, poor management

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Neptune, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Neptune, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good pay but over the years continue to decline

    Cons

    poor management out dated equipment and out dated computer system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop taking money off the top, improve equipment, listen to sale force

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding oportunity for sales experience

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Macon, GA (US)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Macon, GA (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    competetive salary, easy work schedule

    Cons

    worn equipment, reduced base pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new equipment, reinstate base pay

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed my employment at Hostess Brands

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    Former Employee - Computer Room Accounting Clerk  in  Billings, MT (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Room Accounting Clerk in Billings, MT (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with. I enjoyed my position as the Computer Room Accounting Clerk that was responsible for the daily bake at our Billings Sweetheart Plant. My work entailed data entry of orders from the retail stores, routes, and sales personnel daily, printing of computer reports of last nights activity, ordering product from our Sister plants and outside vendors, and printing & distribution to production the load & trailer sheets for the product to be produced that day.
    Enjoyable local management personnel.

    Cons

    Very high paced position with lots of time management constraints. Some last minute changes may throw the bake off schedule. Loss of employees when Hostess Brands started to show signs that the company would liquidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the upper management could have kept this business afloat and made the necessary monetary concessions to do so. I wish the upper management had kept their promises of improving the infrastructure of the company's plants and had been truthful in their communication with the unions. There was too much money paid to the upper management that stayed through the liquidation that could have been used to save the company in a more productive way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Constant changing of the guard and business plan

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Iconic Brands,Great Benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Terrible business plan, Had gone thru 2 bankrupcies and 4 CEOs in 7years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace old and outdated equipment (Delivery trucks,bread racks etc)Hold District managers accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    What a roller coaster!!

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Before they bought Wonder in the 90's IBC was a GREAT place to work.

    Cons

    The Company Liquidated in 2012

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should have listened to the employees in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    a good job with good pay

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    if you work hard it can be very good pay, i made 75k in 2012 early hours my avg. was 2am - 1pm but i enjoyed being home early. also i had a good supv

    Cons

    some may not like the hours and if you got a bad supv. it could be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lack of quality and experience in upper mgmt. killed the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    12 years for what?

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay was good. Some great employees over the years.

    Cons

    Racism, lack of direction, lies from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doesn't matter anymore they are closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    bad company does not care about you

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Schiller Park, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Schiller Park, IL (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the people were good and caring

    Cons

    company does not care about you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change your way you do business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Dictatorial, disrespectful, archaic, good ol'boy managment drove hourlies to the union instead of drawing them away.

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    Former Employee - Production Manager  in  Memphis, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Memphis, TN (US)

    I worked at Hostess Brands full-time

    Pros

    To work to improve the culture and make a difference in the management team.

    Cons

    Any improvement attempted is fought at all levels and departments to keep the status quo for fear of raising the bar and possibly the performance expectations.
    Extremely low integrity among management. Very low accountability for those not performing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop expecting the same people who put the company in the position it's in to do any different than they've done since years before the last bankruptcy.
    Stop trying to turn the company around with the same people who drove it into the ditch in the first place. It wasn't the union. It was supervision all the way through EVPs that did this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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