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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”

Hostess Brands – US – “My bakery”
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.4 111 reviews

15% Approve of the CEO

Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn

Gregory F. Rayburn

(54 ratings)

20% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

More Highlights
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    Outstanding oportunity for sales experience

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

    Proscompetetive salary, easy work schedule

    Consworn equipment, reduced base pay

    Advice to Senior Managementnew equipment, reinstate base pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed my employment at Hostess Brands

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

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Constant changing of the guard and business plan

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

    ProsIconic Brands,Great Benefits and good pay

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace old and outdated equipment (Delivery trucks,bread racks etc)Hold District managers accountable

    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 roller coaster!!

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

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

    ConsThe Company Liquidated in 2012

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper Management should have listened to the employees in the field.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    a good job with good pay

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

    Prosif 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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementlack of quality and experience in upper mgmt. killed the business

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

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    12 years for what?

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

    ProsPay was good. Some great employees over the years.

    ConsRacism, lack of direction, lies from management

    Advice to Senior Managementdoesn't matter anymore they are closed.

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

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    Welcome to Hostess Brands, were we don't care about your problems

    Loader (Former Employee) Roscoe, IL (US)

    ProsGreat pay, free products, decent working conditions, great bosses ( at certain depots ) really enjoyed the my coworker. Mostly hassle free management. Union job helped out allot. Allot of free time after the trucks are loaded. Depot management was awesome with letting you work over time and taking home product that was over ordered. you could smoke in the building

    ConsAllot of older drivers who were very set in there ways on how things should have been done. Surprise visits from the higher ups at any given time. No radio's in the warehouse, had to bring my own. Had to bring your own back brace or anything that would make your job easier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't like about what is going on in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bad company does not care about you

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

    Prosthe people were good and caring

    Conscompany does not care about you

    Advice to Senior Managementchange your way you do business

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

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

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

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

    ConsAny 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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

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    Wonder Bread

    Shipping Clerk (Former Employee) Hodgkins, IL (US)

    ProsGood wages and benefits. Lots of overtime available.

    ConsNo opportunity for any advancement or promotion

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to your employers.

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

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