Hostess Brands
2.4 of 5 107 reviews
www.hostessbrands.com Irving, TX 5000+ Employees

Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2013
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

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2.4 107 reviews

                             

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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn

Gregory F. Rayburn

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Do not work here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

Prosdecent money, Get off work at a decent hour

Consupper management doesnt know anything, mismanagement of funds, treat employee's like crap. Keep taking more from the Route guys, we are already some of the lowest paid.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn what your doing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Slave Drivers who don't give you a fair chance to learn the job

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I worked at Hostess Brands as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe pay is decent. From what I heard there's plenty of overtime.

ConsSome of the trainers I had were nice but others acted as if you should already know how to do the job. They scheduled me to work in certain areas, but would move me to another area instead, sometimes they moved me before I even got started training and during training instead of letting the trainee stay on one task to learn it, they switched around which made it confusing. Some employees acted like they resented my being there. Some people were nice, but I could tell they all had their "clicks" and I didn't know if I would ever be accepted into one of them. A lot of times, I had to ask what to do because everyone would just run about doing their thing and leaving me in the dark. I got to work a total of six days through a temp agency before they decided they didn't want me back due to performance. I never got a fair chance to learn to do any of the jobs or to increase my speed. My first trainer told me (on my last day) that it was a slave driving company and they expected a lot, but not to worry, I would get better. I've never worked any where before that gave you one week of choppy, inconsistent, crash course training and expected you to perform like you'd been working there for six months to a year at the end of the week. It was "hell week" for me and although I would've liked to stay, mostly because of the pay, I'm glad it's over. A week full of back aches, little to no sleep because of being at work at 4 am and working 10 hr shifts, working with some people who wouldn't even speak to me (although a few were nice). There was one person who I'll miss. My first trainer, along with the two other people who work with her on a daily basis, they were genuinely nice to me and tried to train me properly without expecting me to perform miracles.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop better training methods with specific people to be trainers who aren't so arrogant they forget that they had to learn how to do the job too. I really don't think this advice or review will be taken seriously. I don't think this company really cares about their employees. They just care about the money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Shiping (Current Employee)
Hodgkins, IL (US)

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

ProsVery good pay for unskilled labor. Good benefits.

ConsInept management which has lead to our 2 bk's in 8 years. Lack of quality leadership at the top.

Advice to Senior ManagementClose 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Gulfport, MS (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsThere is a chance that you may have lots of personal time off from work

ConsThe company is in financial turmoil, upper management is clueless, lies are abundant and the employee is not valued

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the people who actually do the work to keep the company going

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A very disorganized company.

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Jackson, TN (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsUsed 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.

ConsWill only permute friends or family.
Very disorganized management.

Advice to Senior ManagementWord better with employees and they won't fight.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging experience intertwined with complete management incompetence

District Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Knoxville, TN (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsAbout only pro is that the company does provide good benefits.

ConsOut 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

District Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Peoria, IL (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsThe 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hostess Brands could be compared to the Titanic after it struck the icberg.

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsSalary and benefits are better than most comparable positions with other companies.

ConsThe company has hired so many people from the outside for upper management that we are top heavy. The new people do not understand the business and they have made one bad decision after another. They have held meetings asking the employees what needs to be done to turn the company around and they end up doing the opposite. In an effort to justify the cost of hiring more upper management they have been laying off the people on the front lines doing all the work which squeezes middle management to pick up the slack. They have eliminated positions without thinking of who was to do the work so the few of us who once cared, had to scramble to cover the workload even though it wasn't related to our job. The company is so inefficient now, It takes weeks to get things done that used to be done in just a few minutes. Now they are going to close most of the offices and outsource the work overseas. The morale is very low with most expecting impending doom for the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to eliminate the current inefficient structure and go back to the same structure it had when it made money. The routes will have to be sold.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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We climbed the mountain and tripped and fell at the top

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsGood pay, good benefits compared to most jobs

Conslong, thankless hours and a very outdated and lazy management unless you call sitting at your desk all day reading and sending e-mails work. Get out a help an rsr with a display once in awhile

Advice to Senior ManagementThe RSR's can't save the company alone. Take part in our effort and we can do this together. You may be able to con Mr. Driscoll but you can't con me. I've been at this over 32 years and know more than most of you, so "rise above the fray" and do something to help.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ruined my self confidence and wasted valuable years.

Retail Outlet Clerk (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsProvides union wages and protection.

ConsNo work life balance. Physically demanding and dirty. Poor equipment and impossible customer service requirements considering they cater to government assistance clientele.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the over all picture instead of your departments numbers. Seriously listen to employee input and stand up to your own bosses. Invest in modern equipment and start thinking forward in a realistic way i.e., listen to the people in the trenches; meaning on the line, your rsr, clerks, etc. Too much paperwork and not enought time or reason.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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