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

Production (Former Employee)

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

    Pros: Very good pay for unskilled labor. Good benefits. Cons: Inept management which has lead to our 2 bk's in… Advice to Senior Management: Close all the thrift stores. Close and consolidate bakeries. Cut bakery management in half. Eliminate varieties that do… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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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

    Pros: There is a chance that you may have lots of… Cons: The company is in financial turmoil, upper management is clueless,… Advice to Senior Management: Take care of the people who actually do the work… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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