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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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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39 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    It was a great job until they closed

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    Former Employee - Route Salesman  in  Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Route Salesman in Clearwater, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    They had great benefits to offer

    Cons

    The hours were a little hard at first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have never closed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This was a great job if you did not have a life outside of work.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Riverview, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Riverview, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    The money was great and the people that I worked with were awesome.

    Cons

    60-70 hours per week wasn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope you will never have this much responsibility again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Route Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Being able to get out and deal with customers on a daily basis. Also, providing a service to the community by distributing a commodity.

    Cons

    Management was very secretive about what was really going on with the company, maybe their way of keeping employees there until the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to give advice, they ran the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst job ever. Poor management. Glad they went bankrupt.

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    Former Employee - RSR  in  Springfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - RSR in Springfield, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    There were no pros to working here.

    Cons

    Pay cuts while management received bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    What a roller coaster!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good product, VERY poorly managed.

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Ogden, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Ogden, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Top selling product, both bread and cake. People always wanted to buy the product, often times it was difficult to keep stores properly stocked because of the popularity of the product.

    Cons

    When a company goes broke selling a popular item like twinkies and cupcakes, something is very wrong. Poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    bad management

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    Former Employee - Order Desk  in  Emporia, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Order Desk in Emporia, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefit package

    Cons

    extremely poor management and decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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