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

Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

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2.4 107 reviews

                             

15% Approve of the CEO

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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Going down the toilet

RSP (Current Employee)
Mankato, MN (US)

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

ProsMy customers are the only good things. Pretty much left alone unless there is a problem. Pay is OK except it's not what it use to be

ConsNo support. The management don't have any real knowledge of the business. The manage feels that they can run everything from behind the desk

Advice to Senior ManagementSome one needs to be in direct contact with store management . The rsp doesn't have the time to stand around.

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

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What a Joke

Inside Worker (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt was a good job before they took nearly 1/4th of the salary away Depends on what position you have for how many hours you work. Inside workers are 40/45, route sales are 60+

ConsPoor management. Use of cardboard that is thrown away after one use; there is money for that, but not to pay your workers. real nice. Terrible hours, wage reductions do not make me wanna work any harder

Advice to Senior ManagementBe a manager, do not run routes. Your job is to manage people and sell our brand. Not be vacation relief

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

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Run as fast as you can for this company

RSR (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than a year

ProsNone that I can think of. Pays ok, but they are cutting that, benefits were good, but they are cutting those also.

ConsTo many to list,
Long Long thankless hours, split days (nights) off, working weekends, no life/work balance at all.
Lazy, incompetent managers that hide in the office and send emails.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire some management that can actually do the job, sell the company to someone else

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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rode hard, chewed up and spit out

District Sales Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsThere 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

Consalways 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 Senior Managementupper management could not manage their way out of a paperbag.

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

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What Happened to this Company

Route Sales (Current Employee)
Chickasaw, AL (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAlways Hiring, good benefits, good guys to work with on the average

ConsI have seen this company change drastically. I guess I am old Now, I made great money here 20 years ago. Now, things are ran by greedy, dishonest , unexperienced uppermanagement, who have NO BAKERY distribution training. This IS ASHAME FOR SURE. DM's hide behind emails and texts, never go out on the market, demanding things that they have NO CLUE about. A real Bread Man build a report with their customers. I could go on and ON , its sad. so much waste.

Advice to Senior ManagementRECRUIT SOME OLDTIMERS, WHO UNDERSTAND DISTRIBUTION, this is not a soda delivivery company. GET SOME EXPERIENCE IN HERE. STOP THE GREED, STOP THE WASTE, NO WONDER YOU ALL LOOSE MONEY, GET OUT OF YOUR OFFICES AND GO CHECK OUT THE MARKET..OR IS IT TOO HOT

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

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work life of a salesman

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

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

ProsGood people to work with. The pay is fairly good. The benefits (for now) are alright. Immediate supervision is decent.

ConsLong hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority. Second bankruptcy for the company since I've been with them. Doesn't look like we'll survive this one.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet the bankruptcy situation resolved. Whichever way it goes is preferable to going months on end not knowing if the doors will be locked the next day you come in.

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Henderson, NV (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsWe have a job, average pay compared to the rest of the bakeries. The Union has been tiring to negotiate a better contract.

ConsWorking 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 Senior ManagementLeave the employees pay alone, STOP! your big Company bonuses, and run the Company RIGHT!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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all down hill since we got a new distric manager

Lead Clerk (Current Employee)
West Mifflin, PA (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

Prospay - customers are wonderful

Consno 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 Senior Managementif 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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in hell just waiting to get out of the fire so life can begin again,at this point anywhere would be better

Line Catcher (Current Employee)
Emporia, KS (US)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

Prosretirement,and if this was not in the next 5 years I might just shoot myself.But I wouldn't give them the sadisfaction!

Consmanagement is made up of lazy people screwing people just to make there jobs easier and to get there friends in jobs that they dont deserve.Working splite days off, odd hours even working the alot of the holidays and always working the weekends unless you are part of the good ol'boy system that management has created.Never being able to go to speical events,take part in school fuctions with your kids because you either have to go to work or get up so early,and friends for get doing anything with them because they have normal jobs. Not one that makes there life so messed up beause every week your days are split and your days off change unless your are part of the good OL'boy club and its only because management can do it and laugh about it for the most part.

Advice to Senior Managementyou need to come in to the emporia plant and don't just take there word about what they do or don't do, but spend time there find out what they actually do over time then save some money by cutting there payroll and stop cutting jobs or combineing jobs for us the ones that make them look good but keep gettting screwed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hostess Brands

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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