Truck Drivers Review Covenant Transport

    Company Overview
    Number of trucks: 3200
    Number of terminals: 20
    Specialty: just-in-time, expedited, hazmat, constant security, deferred ground, retail, food and beverage
    Labor status: Non-union

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    Road Dawg January 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I have spent my fair share of time on the phone with company recruiters. Mostly they want to do all the talking, but don’t really want you to ask any questions. Then they want you to hurry up and sign on so they can get their commission. Not with these guys, or at the very least not with Chris Bumpus with Covenant Transport. I spent almost an hour on the phone with him, qwustion after question. Gee never wavered, just kept answering. It was enough to give me a perspective on the company. He never tried to tell me what i wanted to hear just to get me to sign on. He was straight forward, no bowing of smoke up my you-know-what. I asked questions, and u got quick, straight up answers. Enough so that i do believe i will sign on with these guys.

    I’ve been looking for a lease/purchase option for quite some time, but never really finding anything that peeked my interest. The main kicker with Covenant is the fact that as an independent i have access to medical benefits from day one, and for a lot less than what it would be getting a package directly for the insurance group.

    Later on, after I’ve been on for a period of time I will follow up, and give you the skinny onthe company. Maybe you need to be here too?

    Road Dawg

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    CA Medicine Woman May 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

    My experience with this carrier is limited to being a trainer for other carriers, and having more than a few come from Covenant that required total retraining, and with good reason. Nearly all had been with Covenant for more than 12 months, none for less than 6 months. None of the dozen or so trainees I inherited from Covenant could safely operate a commercial vehicle within the terminals, let alone on the roadways. None were able to complete training, despite multiple trainers (we really did try to train them right).

    This tends to be significantly different from what I have seen of their experienced drivers, who for the most part appear to be safe and professional. I have to assume there is (or was until 2011) a significant problem with their training department. Nearly all I tried to train that came from Covenant said their trainers told them they were “an extra log book” for their trainer to work under. A few were simply unable to catch on to the basic skills, none had a realistic expectation of trucking, and one was even so blind at night she could only drive 25 mph on the freeway (they need to test for this on DOT physicals). After the blind trainee, I quit training for good.

    I would say if you are experienced, go for it, but if you need realistic training that will allow you to stay safe while earning a living, look elsewhere.

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    Freeman January 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I was employed by Covenant Transport in the year Sept 2013 and enroll in there pre~legal .program( what a joke ) The pre~legal program helps you aquire lawyer to help you with tickets r personal.Well to make a long story short Covenant has complete access to anything you submit pre~legal. So basicilly you pay a Covenant Transport to monitor you. GOOD LUCK

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