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Hostess Brands Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
117 Reviews

2.6
117 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    no reason this should happen, poor management

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Neptune, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Neptune, NJ (US)

    Pros

    good pay but over the years continue to decline

    Cons

    poor management out dated equipment and out dated computer system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop taking money off the top, improve equipment, listen to sale force

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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
  3.  

    Outstanding oportunity for sales experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Macon, GA (US)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Macon, GA (US)

    Pros

    competetive salary, easy work schedule

    Cons

    worn equipment, reduced base pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new equipment, reinstate base pay

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed my employment at Hostess Brands

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Room Accounting Clerk  in  Billings, MT (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Room Accounting Clerk in Billings, MT (US)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Constant changing of the guard and business plan

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tampa, FL (US)

    Pros

    Iconic Brands,Great Benefits and good pay

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace old and outdated equipment (Delivery trucks,bread racks etc)Hold District managers accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    a good job with good pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA (US)

    Pros

    if 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lack of quality and experience in upper mgmt. killed the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    12 years for what?

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

    Pros

    Pay was good. Some great employees over the years.

    Cons

    Racism, lack of direction, lies from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doesn't matter anymore they are closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    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
  10.  

    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)

    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
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Loader  in  Roscoe, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Loader in Roscoe, IL (US)

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Allot 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't like about what is going on in the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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