Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
118 Reviews

2.6
118 Reviews
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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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54 Ratings

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.  

    good company to work for 12years

    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Michigan City, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Michigan City, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    good people to work with always there for you.

    Cons

    company made investments that always cost them money and clients.

  2.  

    I loved working for Hostess Brands, it was a great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resource Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resource Associate in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Every division and department is different

    Cons

    The company is closed and everyone was laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company closed

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    It was truly a learning experience for me, and I will not eat hostess products every again. .

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    Former Employee - Packer/Feeder  in  Columbus, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Packer/Feeder in Columbus, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    They pay very well. They have good benefits.

    Cons

    In case of emergency the company will give you the ok to take off but when you return they will terminate you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into consideration that employees' sometimes have emergency that comes up and they have no control over natural causes and if they keep terminating everyone who have family emergency that the company will continue to have a big turnover. Also PLEASE WEAR GLOVES WHEN TOUCHING THOSE CAKES, AND CLEAN BELTS WHEN BUGS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED ON CONVEYER BELTS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    was a good company till Interstate Brands bought us, then everything went downhill fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good paying job five day work week, allowed good work and life balance

    Cons

    Mismanagement and wasteful spending from top to bottom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and start over with people that know the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receiving/Shipping  in  Schiller Park, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Receiving/Shipping in Schiller Park, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    people were like family. we all helped each other

    Cons

    management a little weak did not take control of bad situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take control of your company and bring it back to the elite status it was

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was alright, until it shut down.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    They were flexible with my schedule and the two ladies I worked with were great. The pay was good as well.

    Cons

    I saw a lot of waste. Over baking thousands of dollars worth of product then sending it to the thrift stores to sell for ridiculously cheap. I can see partly how the company ended up the bankruptcy twice within several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    it payed the bills

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    Former Employee - Wrap Operator  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Wrap Operator in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    money was good,steady job for41.5 years

    Cons

    did not have much of a life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    got to greedy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    it was a great company to work I miss it.

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

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

    Pros

    working with people, able to move around all the time.

    Cons

    early mornings, weather changes, long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listening more to sales reps ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Team, Victim of History

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    Former Employee - Manager, Field Route Engineering  in  Irving, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manager, Field Route Engineering in Irving, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, great products, good leadership (now). Really enjoyed the vast majority of most of the people I worked with and the leadership was focused and creative. I felt like my leadership heard me when I spoke and took my suggestions and observations seriously.

    Cons

    history of poor labor management decisions. Company struggled to remain relevant because of poor leadership decisions from the past. Failure to copyright the cupcake squiggle left market imitators free to copy. Bad labor contracts were hard to remove/update. Sense of entitlement from some organized labor elements and divisive input from union locals and other union leadership created very turbulent working environment at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of collective bargaining agreements, but don't give away the house either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great job great people great store space

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Braintree, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Braintree, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    money benefits displays and sale displays ere ample

    Cons

    old equipment computers printers trucks broke down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the war on workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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