Truck Drivers Review Werner Enterprises

    Company Overview
    Number of trucks: 7,285
    Number of terminals: 11
    Specialty: CPG, retail, manufacturing, industrial, grocery, logistics
    Labor status: Non-union

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    Woody December 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Been training with Werner for 4 weeks now and we have stayed busy, hopefully it will stay that way.
    Like any company they have rules, they tell you the rules and you follow them or you don’t it is your choice.

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    Truck turner December 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Thats a bunch of bull…werner is a terrible company for minorities to recieve equal fair pay as a solo driver

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    Walter T December 9, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Woody
    Can you give a couple of examples of the ‘rules’ that someone might not follow?

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    Patty February 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Here’s a few examples.Be never be late to deliver a ld.Must brownnose otherwise u wont get anymiles.No idling your trk otherwise that could result in termination.Must like the miles that u get even if its a thousand miles or less a week.Must like sitting for grs and days on end waiting for a ld.Werner is a big company.Which means many dept and each dept has rules pertaining to only the drivers.So had better learn to love and obide by their rules or quit.

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    Ryan February 27, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Hi there i start training march 15 with werner.a little before i go to omaha are u getting your loads daily and are u sitting alot.and also are they getting u home like they promise.i have 2 young kids 8 and 3 and i dont want to miss out on there growing up.please reply with truth just got done with trk school and if i dont like the company i’ll be out 3100 for tuition. thanks

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    mike..(mouse) on the road March 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    If you got kids stay home..being a trucker..you will MISS a lot..going on my 16 yr…I love trucking but it has caused me to miss out on a lot of my kids lives…it’s part of trucking

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    Miike August 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Don’t go OTR, there are a lot of driving job’s where you can be home every day or night, and have your weekends off. I have over 35 years driving, it has cause me 2 divorce’s, and a lot of bill’s. I didn’t see my kids grow up and wasn’t home for any time at all, when I was home it was to sleep, kiss the wife and out the door again for another 2 or 3 months. Good luck at what ever you deside to do.

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    Chance Way October 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Any human being that would sign up to be a trucker with kids is not making a very good decision,unless he just can’t stand to be around his kids.

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    Edwin March 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Ryan, here is my experience with driving OTR. I had a 3 year old kid at the time I started driving OTR. After 5 months my daughter stopped calling me daddy. It hurt me so bad that I told my boss that I will not be able to drive OTR anymore. A month later I got a job with Pepsi in which I was home every night. It took a while before my daughter called me daddy again.

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    jeff June 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    yup most companies are like that. How do you think they got so big

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    Mr Echo July 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Werner company policy is 10 hours of idle time a day if you are in a non APU equipped truck. Anyone telling you different is full of it.

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    Sally November 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Do you find they favor men over women when it comes to getting a load?

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    CA Medicine Woman May 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I worked for Werner for 3.5 years (1997 thru 200), and there seemed at the time to be no hint of favoring one driver over another based upon gender (or any other irrelevant factor). I was told they outgrew that sort of thing a decade earlier, after discovering women can do the job every bit as well as men, and that it costs a lot less to have rigs hauling freight rather than sitting in a truck stop or terminal.

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    Big Rig Chris November 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What are you taking about? I get over 3000 miles a week working otr… Just don’t refuse /complain about loads or your dispatch and they’ll keep you running. Ain’t nothing bad about that, even with low mileage pay.

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    Pete April 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Ryan & Mike

    I had trained with Werner the first company I drove for. Don’t give them lip and crappy trainers. Trucking is a lifestyle, just like being a medical doctor, minus the white coat. I’ve never been screamed at so much as I have at Werner, so, take that for what it’s worth. C.R. England is worse.

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    Heather Roberts May 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    As a seasoned driver who has worked for both Werner And CR England, I can honestly say that CR England is much worse than Werner. I currently lease to CR England and wished I never did! IT is a nightmare. The sad thing is that even though Werner has the lowest pay in the industry, I was happier with them than I am with CRE.

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    CA Medicine Woman May 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I have to agree, Werner was, and continues to be, a whole lot better than “Crash and Roll Express.”

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    larry parks July 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    my name is larry i am thinking about werners to but if they say they will give you a job will they?i am working on my ged right now will they hire me without it?and let me work on it on my free time you only allow 10 hours of driving thats the law?will you all find out for me and let me know the ones that work for werners i would sure presheate it if you can help me sincerlly larry parks……….

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    Ben July 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Fed states that you get 11 hours a day and 10 hours off, 60 in 7 days or 70 in 8 days.
    This is the hours of service as per FMCSR 395.1(o) and 395.1(e)(2).

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    Albert Simpson August 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Am looking at three companies; Stevens, Covenant, and Werner. Would appreciate any horror stories or good information on the three companies.

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    CA Medicine Woman May 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    My experience is that Werner is the better of the three, though I advise that you keep looking at others as well.

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    derrick walldecker August 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I just recently finished truck driving school and was called to werner. I was so excited and proud of myself. During orientation, I took a drug test and failed for marijuana. They left me sitting in the hotel from Thur until Mon. Then they called me in to tell me I failed the test. I then had to find my own way home. I was devestated. In no way did I think this was going to happen. My dreams and excitement right out the window. How could I have been so stupid? I am 26 years old, I now owe a $6,000 loan and I’m sitting at home afraid to apply for another company. Are my dreams of becoming a truck driver over?? Has that company reported to a dac report? Will I ever be hired at a company making good money? How long does it take to see if that company has reported to the DAC? I have never even gotten on the road yet to start earning road hours except for my school. Where do I start now, and how do I look for companies to hire me without being afraid they will find out about what happened on my first job interview? This sort of thing will NEVER happen again, I was stupid and now I am paying for that stupidity. Do companies work with someone who made a mistake such as this? I need to start working and paying back loans and bills.

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    Jesse Elbrayt October 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Yea its going to haunt you for a while, I have seen people in the same situation and had one hell of a time getting a driver job.
    Back before 9/11 happened, the rules and regulations were alot more laid back on truck driving and drivers.
    Now if you have a positive drug test for illegal drugs its like they throw that on the front page so everyone to see, the truck companys can run you threw the ringers big time on DAC. Even drivers useing prescription medication can have a heck of a time, I have seen good outstanding drivers get slammed for no reason through DAC report.

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    Sally November 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Derrick…
    Don’t give up, keep applying. Some won’t check, just depends how big and demanding they are. In the meantime, stay off drugs!! You have a CDL!! Your under more pressure then someone who doesn’t have a commercial license. Your suppose to be a professional, why on earth would you even think of risking that??

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    Gus with GTI December 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, you will find it very hard to get a job in trucking. With the new Pre-Employment Screening program that is available to companies before they hire, and with the notation on your CDL, you will pretty much have to go through a re-hab program for anyone to look at you. Problem is you’ll end up paying for that as it was discovered before Werner actually hired you. Had it happened after you’d been driving awhile and depending on your service record, the company may have provided re-hap through insurance. Sad for you, I’m sure the driving school had a block on drugs and alcohol screenings but maybe you missed that day. Good luck!

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    Kemily November 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    After our move from Colorado to Tennessee, my boyfriend and I were strapped for cash to say the least. After a few weeks of searching, Sylvan got a call back from Werner Enterprises. At first it was a relief, finally we could see a way to make it, but after reading a very detailed review of the company was a bit hesitant. Upon arriving at orientation, he took his classes and was told he would have to do 140 hours of driving with a trainer because his experience was not in manual, but automatic transmissions. I am not sure about other peoples’ training experiences, but his couldn’t have been better because he was home very often and his trainer was very helpful and easy to get along with. Sylvan has had his own truck now for about 3 days and he calls his trainer multiple times a day for a variety of questions that his trainer is more than willing to answer. As far as the pay…well you def. will not get rich, but his pay during training has carried us through til now.

    Overall, his experience with Werner has been alright, but here are some pros and cons;
    Pros
    Plenty of work- He always has a load right or soon after his breaks and he always uses all of his 11 or 14 hours.
    Nice Truck- Well it probably won’t make you feel at home, but the bed is adequate enough for 2 people and a nice size of space. The seats are comfy and everything runs pretty good.
    On time pay- He gets paid every week, and it’s never late without warning.
    Loads on time- Most loads were ready when they said they would be.

    Cons
    Sometimes misleading- He thought after training he would get a 500 dollar bonus, but didn’t because he only went through partial training. (kinda retarded but whatever)

    Holidays- We were told be would be off Thanksgiving (tomorrow), but with the loads he’s been given it doesn’t look like we’ll be back before tomorrow afternoon. Not sure if this is a con yet but we’ll see how it all works out.

    In his words….”Werner is a good company to start off, they will take you in with no experience, it’s very easy to get a job, but not one that you would want to do for a long time.”

    It’s up to you, I have read many mixed reviews, but as far as us…this is just a job for now. If you love trucking and you have no experience, I think Werner would be a great opportunity. Thanks and happy trucking=)

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    Roxie November 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    thanks you made me feel a little better I am a 27 year old women looking to start a new career I’ve been reading reviews about trucking company and it got my hopes down I really want to be a long haul driver. The reviews made me throw up and I mean I threw up but after reading your reviews I feel a better thanks Kemily

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    mads December 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    We had a representative from Werner at the driving school today, and I thought is presentation was pretty good. I got pre-approval from Werner, TMC, and Roehl, but are not shore who to pick. would love some input. Only thing I kind of was a little disappointing in was their pay, that they could not really give any guaranties on the pay and you could make between 27 000 to 35 000 the first year. Before i started signing up for the classes the school said that we would start around 38 000. I know it depends on the miles, but with my math then it sounds like they dont give you enough of them. and you ending up stuck in a truck 5 days at the time earning part time money, Is that how it is?????

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    arron June 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    go with TMC.

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    Dan December 10, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Derrick,
    Yes, it will soon be on your DAC. Not good because this is a red flag to most truck companies. In your future job applications, I would deny the charge and claim it was a false positive test result. (It could happen to anyone). In filling out future applications for a job with a truck company, freely admit to the false positive test result. If your sincere enough, there will be good chances of getting another truck job. In this industry, drug tests are common so stay away from drugs. It would help your record a lot if you get on with a good truck company and stay with them for a few years.
    You could also try non driving jobs within the truck industry. (Dispatcher, Safety tech, Assistant mgr, etc.).
    Good luck

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    Vincent December 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    They will make you a regional driver such as 11 Western States, but will run you as a 48 state driver, the regional comes when you get paid on a sliding scale instead of a flat rate like most OTR 48 state drivers get paid, and they will fire you for too much idle time or for using the APU too much. Expect to sit a lot at times waiting for a load. There road breakdown is a big joke. If you breakdown on the road you can expect to sit until they decide to fix the truck, this can sometimes take days.

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    Anton December 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Hi I a am a 45 year old married male looking to drive as a proffesional truck driver in America, I have 25 years trucking expericance and have had a life long dream to work in America. I am in the process of applying for my working Visa and would like to know if you can be of assistance or can refer me to someone that can assist me. I have been with my current company for 16 years and do 24000km per month as a solo driver on a dedicated route. I live & work in South Africa.All i need is a sponser for my work visa i want to work permantly in the us

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    yogi December 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

    WoW Kiddo it isnt so bad yes they will prolly put that on ur dac…if so u have about 5 years before it will come off unless u go and get it fixed just google fix my dac….Now i suggest that u stop smokeing the gunji if u wanna drive a big truck…have u tried with any other bottom feeder companies yet cause thats proll if any u will get…try swift,prime,c.r.england.covenant..millis transfer..u just starting out and now have a failed drug test it is going to b hard to go anywer even the bottom feeders wont touch u i dont think….but hey it never hurts to try…oh and i advisde u to clean up for 40 days before u go and try to get with a company…and stay off of it when u do quite cause we have enough goobers out here in the trucking industry ruining our reputation……Good Luck kid!!

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    The Phantom January 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Am new to the industry, so anybody have news on US Xpress, good or bad. Thank You

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    Former Trucker March 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Dont work for Werner. Pay is among the lowest. Miles are inadequate. The safety department
    will automatically say any accident/incident is your fault, even if it wasnt. Worst of all, the
    Paperloss Log System prevents you from cheating on your logs, which is essential on that
    occasional nite you cant find a spot to park your rig, but need a few extra minutes to find a
    parking spot.
    Werner used to be one of the best companies to work for, I am told. Then C.L. Werner turned
    the company over to Junior, then the spit hit the pan. They havent had a raise in pay in years!
    If your rig breaks down, good luck! Werner is probably the worst company out there in getting
    repairs done quickly. The problem is, they take HOURS or even DAYS to approve your repair.
    Truck stop service department mechanics have told me Werner is very bad in this area.
    Other truckers have told me Crete, Heartland Express, and Maverick are good to work for.
    Try them first.
    Beginning truckers-spend a day at the local truck stop counter asking truck drivers which
    company is the best to drive for. Buy a few cups of coffee, have a nice long breakfast, and
    tell the drivers at the counter you are a beginning driver and are looking for a good company.
    Talk to as many truck drivers as you can before you choose a company!
    My experience with fellow truckers is they are pretty damn honest and most are willing
    to help out a fellow driver if they can. I wish I had done this, I might be a successful driver now.
    Good luck!

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    TheWife March 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    My husband has been driving for Werner for about three months now. We are new to the industry and I can only speak about what doesnt “feel” right to me. He is part of a team. They have been given anywhere from 154 miles to 3,000 miles. They have frequently, even during this short time on the road. had to sit and wait for various reasons not getting paid. ie. sent to the wrong destination, and truck breaking down. At that time told to get a rental car and drive from Ohio to Va where they picked up the next load. These are just a very few of the reasons. NOT to work for Werner.

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    Godspeedsmiley March 28, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Friends don’t let friends driver for Werner. DON’T TEAM! It’s a joke! Their trailers are junk and never get reported for repair by other drivers. I lasted two months with Werner. Fresh out of training and I was sent to the East Coast running small loads all over the place. No place for a rookie! I switched over to King Transportation which hauls Werner freight and gives you an owner operator status without the hassles of owning or leasing a truck. I thought it would better, but it didn’t. I demanded I would run solo or quit. I had two teammates turn physco and they couldn’t handle being away from home.

    I refuse to run illegal and will refuse an unsafe trailer. Werner acts like it’s not a big deal. Just hook to the trailer, gamble with getting caught by DOT, and take it in for repair. Reality check! Almost every trailer I’ve hooked on to has high point CSA violation potential. It takes up to SIX hours just to get a response via Qualcomm for repair and then it takes up to another SIX hours for the shop to get approval to do the repair. This will happen to you WEEKLY and sometimes several times if you intend to keep a clean slate with CSA.

    Werner loves to have you sit. Their drop yards are ludicrous! The Dallas Terminal is a joke and is surrounded by bard wire like it’s a prison because it’s dangerous to go beyond the gates day or night.

    My advice is this: Research, research, and research. Smaller companies sometimes mean better treatment. You will struggle financially your first year in Trucking. Keep applying at other companies and don’t be afraid to tell your Dispatcher how it is. You call the shots out here when it comes to safety.

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    Chris Hatem May 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I drove for Werner for 8 years on a dedicated account. I can tell you the equipment is usually very good but the treatment is very poor. Everybody in the company is overworked and underpaid and it is reflected in their attitude.

    Here’s an example of the absolutely dumbass stuff you will put up with from Werner. I was given a new truck, (less than 20k miles) and had to get an oil change over the road. Werner service set it up at a Petro and they did the service while I ate.

    2 days later less than a mile from my home, the oil filter failed. The truck was towed (I walked home) to the dealership since it was under warranty. However, the Warranty was voided because the Petro didnt use OEM filters. So, Werner had the truck towed to the terminal.

    Now, if you’re familiar with their electronic logs. the system detects movement of the truck and will automatically put you on line 3 (on duty, driving) . Two days later, I get in another truck, grab my load and get rolling and the computer sends me a message saying I’m in violation.

    I call the log department, explain the situation to them and am told….”The computer says the truck was moved and put you on line 3. we cant fix that, you need to take a break”

    Poor attitudes, a complete lack of care by office staff, sub-standard pay all add up to a bad company.

    AS stated, I drove for them for 8 years. When I left, me next company ran my DAC report and there was some crazy things on there that I had to “explain” In may of ’04 a “Left Turn” 0 damage/0injuries/deaths were reported but there was a “Left Turn” on my DAC In ’06 I “struck object in roadway” I can only assume this was a flat tire because I’ve never been cited for an accident.

    There are lots of better companies out there. The reason Werner is so easy to get on with is because the turnover from drivers getting angry and leaving is very, very, very, very, very, VERY high.

    Hope this helps.

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    Ben May 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I currently work for werner on net ops but am switching to 48 state team. In my experiance Werner is ok to get your foot in the door of the trucking industry. Have had alot of problems but it pays ok most of the truck are newish and not in terrable shape. My advice get 2 years at a company and then figure out if you want to move companys. I know alot of drivers who have hopped companys and ended up coming back to werner at lest with werner you can try diffrent things from shag driving to 48 state flatbed van reffer what ever you feel like doing at the time. One more thing iv had the same thing happen to me that chris had shop moves truck and you sigh on and be negative on your hours ALWAYS send a 49 and check your hours before you take off

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    Johnnybravo June 19, 2011 at 2:53 am

    oh yeah and about the idle situation……if you sit there hitting the pedal to keep the truck running…..they will eventually send you to a terminal and have the governor reduced to 62 mph to save fuel…..and after driving a truck governed at 64.6 you understand the significance of a governor being reduced to 62….you can get out and run faster…..old ladies in old beat up cars be passing you and not even be trying

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    paulplj2002 November 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I work for werner as a Reg. Driver. I started running NE reg, (aka drivers choice) did that for about a week then moved to a walmart account out of gas city, in (not by choice) I was forced to move to this account. the account is ez but the miles are low (1100-1600) I have a 2007 KW with 475,000mi on it when I got it. Its not a bad trk at all, no brk downs, no trouble. However getting things app like tier repair or mud flap replaced does take a very long time. I was never told what I was getting CPM, Never told who was my DM and so on, I had to get all this info by asking myself. new drivers get about 27cpm ld and 15cpm dh. The money sucks. I dont get any miles I take home avg $400 a week. Thats crap for living in the trk 14 days at a time. Im looking to roll with another co. That can get me home every 2 wks. I know all trucking co. will bend you over at some point and time, its all part of the game. what im looking for is a co. that will pay somewhat ok,
    30cpm or more and can get me home in Northern Michigan. Any help would be app.

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    Dave Hodges January 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I worked for Werner 7 months.. I made about $225 for my seven day OTR week.. It was not uncommon for me to sit through the weekends. The company appears to be a leader in moving freight, howeve,. I could not afford to work there..

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    PK February 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I drove with Werner for a little over three years, and I will concur with some of the negative comments that have been posted regarding low miles and bizzare treatment by the company. My Fleet Manager/Dispatcher, whichever term you use, was a fairly nice guy and I can’t hold company policy against him.

    But I can testify as to the terrible handling by the maintenance division, and the logs department was a horrible joke. I’d wake up in my truck with a warning message about having been on line 3 for 16 hours straight, even though the truck had been parked for hours on end. The logs department would then argue endlessly over the corrections I would send in and tell me I was lying about being in the same spot.

    I would also agree that the company went down hill after Old Man Werner gave the company over to his kids, it became a true nightmare of penny pinching and false praise to the drivers.

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    jon February 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    does anybody know about werner dollar general account? is it worth it having to unload your own tralier? im considering going otr for the first time and they are saying this account will get me home weekly

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    ryan May 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I actually like werner. Over the last 12 months they been in my corner..they put up with
    a lot of things that were going on in my life.I had 2 relatives that passed on..I was late
    On a lot of loads and still they managed to get me miles..and yes , I did lose it with a dispatcher
    And was brought in for profanity on the quall com..I am trainer and a good one make good money
    Even as a solo.I have a good dispatcher Aaron, who seems to understand . He some how manages my
    Truck and my crazy life just right!!!! Can’t and won’t speak bad about Werner..

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    Justin May 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

    With the Dollar General account when I was on that account back in 2005-2006 it was a good account to be on. I was home almost every weekend. There was only 3 different weekends in the 4 months I was on that account I wasn’t home. I honestly was bringing home after taxes every week about $700. It was going good till it went to straight rolltainer then one day I got stupid and wore cowboy boots and the heavy rolltainer on the decline I had to part pushed me back. I ended up hurting my back pretty bad on it. After that I switched to the Kraft account due to the back injury, that was honestly my fault.

    Now as far as the company goes I worked for Werner from July 2005-September 2006. My decision to switch companies was due to the low pay. When I went to the Kraft account I was running around 2800-3200 miles a week. I kept a record of all my miles in notebooks. I had a different note book for every month. All loads, miles, etc was recorded in those notebooks that I still have to this day.

    Now I can’t really say anything to bad about Werner; I guess I was one of the very few lucky ones to have good luck there. While I was there I had 2 different rigs. My first semi was a 2005 Freightliner Classic which ran perfectly. My second truck was a 2005 Peterbuilt 379. When I switched to the Kraft account; after being on that account for about a month I asked my fleet manager if I could switch to a Pete 379 which he did get done for me.

    I guess my only complaint about Werner at that time was the paperless logs TILL I started to drive for Interstate Dist. Co. and I started to fudge my logs way to much. Personally I like the paperless logs now cause they do keep you honest. There had been a few times that I had to drive some extra miles to find a place to park for the night, and the log department did work with me pretty well, and fixed the 15 minutes. They also fixed a 30 minute mistake that had to be worked with. There was 2 weeks I ran without the Qualcomm due to a malfunction which I had to do paper logs (Werner reimbursed me for the paper logs I bought), and my fleet manager on the Kraft account called me, and e-mailed me load information. During those two weeks I was still able to pull great miles.

    With the pay they made a mistake on my check one week, and it was a huge mistake of about $300. I complained about it, and even though it took a couple months for the mistake to be fixed it was fixed, and I got the money they owed me. Remember I said I quit working for them September 2006, and last July (2011) I got a $126.87 check in the mail. I called them to ask what I got that money for. They told me it was a error that was made for money that I didn’t get paid. They told me the trip information and everything for where that money came from.

    I think Werner is a great company. It’s just their primary Werner Blue color is stupid looking, but I still made great money, and was able to provide for my son, and pay my bills.

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    sl May 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I am seriously debating between Schneider National and Werner Enterprises. I am told by the recruiter for Werner that the training is 6-8 weeks after you complete 275 hours you will receive $500 then I will go to pick up my truck and take a load home to my terminal and take up to 5 days off. Plus I can take the truck home. When I return I can receive an additional $200 for team OTR also an up front sign on bonus for team driving totaling $5,000 split $2,500 distributed over 6 months. I reside in California and I am looking for any good information available to confirm this. Thank you.

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    scott phillips March 16, 2014 at 9:14 am

    you will hav to run several lds before you can get home after training,ive been wit them 7 years,working on the png.st.louis to kc.kc.account for 4years,its a good deal hear,all 4lane.one tm.zone.mostly drp.an hook,fuel stps everywhere,plenty of places to prk.

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    Devlin17 July 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

    i just quit werner working the net ops division from Port allen La to York Alabama and i can honestly say this SL you were horribly misinformed 1 yes the training is from 6-8wks and you will do 275hrs of training now the only way you get that $500 bonus is if you stay all the way through training which means no home time until you finish all 275hrs after that depending on which terminal you decided to go to you will either have to wait on a truck or they will have to send you somewhere to pick one up at which point you have to ask them to route you home you will not go home for up to five days you only get two the only way you get up to 7 days at home is if you stay out on the road 7weeks and no you don’t recieve an additional $200 for nothing you get a sign on bonus of $2500 but you will not get that all at the same time as a matter of fact if at place and time you or your teammate decide that you can’t hack it your sign on bonus for teams stops weather you got paid or not werner sounds out these recruiters and they will lie to get you to come work for werner had i known then what i know now i would never have gone to work for werner point blank it’s a horrible company and they didn’t even pay me enough to start paying back my student loans

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    Bryan W August 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Dunno about these guys. But so far Werner has been ok to me. I am a rookie in 3rd week of training. I signed up for 48 and decided to knock out my training out with no breaks like an adult not expecting to be babied like some of these guys crying about home time. I waited 1 whole day to be assigned a trainer. I guess I got lucky there as he is an owner/operator in their Eagle division. He can yell occasionally but I understand the stakes are high, hes got a rookie driving his truck and shit is serious so that’s understandable. I started out ez, shooting from Cali to the east coast on the 40. Then I went right into runs thru Chicago and New York. it was challenging but city traffic got me up to snuff shifting REAL quick. Much quicker than sitting high gear on the flat open expanses some you whiners want to waste you 275 on. I have seen little downtime. Half a day once, I spent waiting for a load to be ready and that was more the shipper’s fault than anything.

    I guess I’m just lucky. I can’t say much about what things will be like once I’m done with training. I never expected Werner to be a great money maker, merely a way into the industry and so far it seems like a good one. It sounds like a lot of these negative reviews come from ppl who left Werner for whatever reason and just want to complain and burn them. Dispatchers are people too. They will #### up. Heck some of them are probably training like me. Treat em right and they’ll treat you right. That isn’t “sucking up”. That’s called being a decent person.

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    casey August 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I am an owner op with werner and i love it, i run on sams board never leaving texas ot pays great and we have nothing but great drivers on this board the people are friendly but sam can be a dick, i have been with werner now foe almpst 2 years and have been driving for over 5 yeaes this ia by far the best company i have ever been with, but sadly to say i could make more money as a owner operator with diffwrwnt companies.y overall experiance with werner has been sgreat

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    Jeff Neely September 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Had a Great experience so far at Werner, Training was awsome! learned allot about the business. My trainer was a true trucker and tought me things like he cared about his job.
    His name was Lafe Morrison from what I have observed from this guy is he really takes pride in his job and his work.
    He is a perfectionist! From what I have learned trucking isnt a job as much as a privilege responsibility.
    I am a graduate from FFE Transportation Training academy with road experience less then 3 months.
    Offered raise and dedicated run with tuition paid for so i took the job and went to Werner and spent 1 month in training.
    So far so good!

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    Fred September 24, 2012 at 4:27 am

    On the Dollar general acct you WILL work your butt off when you unload the trailer,
    you will get home every weekend but only for 34hrs no more. If they get real busy, and need you, you will not go home. I was on the Dollar General acct in Fulton MO, The people were ok, but the trailers were allways loaded heavy and sometimes took hrs to unload. There are a lot of stores that you have to go to that are very very difficult to get to. Beware You have to unload the trailer by yourself, no help from the store people, and sometimes you have to do their jobs of puting the stuff away for them, but they will not help you. I got off that acct as soon as I could.

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    Darryl September 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    been with werner 2 years been good to me great 401 k ins is great great stock plan about 28 30 k = miles per week what I found in werner the harder you work for werner the harder werner works for you get me home when i ask no hassle from dispatch as long as you keep yourself ready for a load

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    Gary October 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Try Hutt Trucking in Holland, MI. I used to work for them. Made about $.34-.36/mi, 2200-2500mi/wk. I was home every weekend. They treated me very well for only having 3mo experience. Newer Century Class Freightliners. Kept me busy!

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    Francisco Gomez October 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This is great first-hand information for those looking to come to where you’ve already been. It creates a transparency that would otherwise be missing if a driver was relying solely on a recruiter’s presentation to make his or her decision. If someone is willing to take all that on, then he or she will probably be better off by knowing it from the start. Thanks for the honesty!

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    keith paysinger October 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I been with werner for 4 months now. 2 1/2 months were training the last 1 1/2 months were running the family dollar acct out of front royal, va. Werner been a good company so far. the trainers i had were awesome. my first trainer taught me everything there is to know about backing up and we practice everyday when we parked the truck. my second trainer taught me how to be a soloist and do things on my own.

    Yes otr doesnt pay well but i only did one trip to get from a terminal to my dedicated account terminal. it was 800mls and it paid decent for being a split trip. Anyway my acct im on now is pretty easy for what it pays. it takes longer to unload the trailers compared to DG accounts but we get paid slighty more for it. at this monent i average between 1000 – 1600 mls a week. It not alot but u dont make ur money by just driving. U make ur money by how many stops and trailers u do a week. I personally do 3 trailers a week and can range from 6- 12 stops a week. The only downside is that were in the mountains and werner trucks are deregulated so they dont use their full potential.

    Overall it a good company. If u got questions send me a message in the forums. My name is koolguy.

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    lee November 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Trying to read through all of the reviews am scheduled to start student training with Warner in three weeks. Have my CDL already but no driving experience. Want to drive as much as I can unload as little as possible. Is this really possible?

    Thanks

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    Gwen October 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Did they provide you with a list of Substance Abuse Professionals as they are legally required to?

    If not – you need to reach out to them and request it.

    You must complete drug counseling with a DOT approved SAP. After this, you may begin the application process again. Some companies will turn you down but I believe that with diligence you should be able to work.

    Remember the most important thing – you can’t do drugs and be a professional driver. Take this as a hard lesson. Good luck.

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    Peter L. October 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Drove for Werner for about eight months. Learned alot about trucking. Trained for two months and ended up in florida for teaming. They gave me and my team, his name is doug a new 2010 int. pro star with 15k on it. my last month i was solo, and was not that organised. There were told that I was not happy to be solo and could of put me with a new recrute. This is what they should of done but they said after 4 incidentses good by. I would go back to werner if they asked, but like people said stay clear. I say it’s what you put into it to get out of it. I put in time, I get experious. Be safe out there. Former driver

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    KC October 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Has anyone ever been provided a pay rate schedule for driving with Werner? The recruiter told us 32 cents per mile. For teams that is split (part for per diem, part for line haul/deadhead.) First week driving solo I was paid at 33 cents then next week at 21 cents. Is there any form of compensation when the truck is being repaired, for training time or when the offloading at a delivery location takes hours? I’ve been at this for 3 months after completing truck driver school and doing the 6 weeks of student driver training. The pay sucks and I am getting deeper in debt.

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    Peter L. October 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    to KC, don’t remember the rate, but I’ll tell you that i’ts the time you put into the job. I had a team partner that worked me hard,( no goofing off) being on time and always watch your hours. We had the older quell com so the clock always got messed up if you did not watch it. ANY new job has i’ts up’s and downs, just work past them, be curtious, friendly, and caring. Sooner then later (without gripes) some thing good will happen and the rest is gravy. Remember one day you will look back and say That used to be me. Pass that experious on. You are not along. Good luck and be safe, god bless Peter L. former driver

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    Spencer November 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    wWhat kind of trucks they have 9 or 10 speeds?

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    tj December 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I’m currently in school right now and I’m thinking about coming to warner but still not sure..

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    Jc December 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Werner can only drive 62 wow that’s pretty bad

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    Peter L. December 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    tj if you go to werner see if a trainer named joe denton is still there. he’s an o/o and trained me. Id he is still there say hello from me. He tought me alot and I still retain some of it. Werner is a good start up from company. Hopefuly you will get a good trainer. After a year then you can judge who and were to go too. Listen and learn and be safe out there. Remember ” safty is no accident” it’s up to you. Be safe out there Peter L. former driver

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    Peter L. December 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

    To Jc 12/16/2012: 63 may seem slooow, but I have found that if you plan your trip the right way you will figure out you eta to your next stop. EX my partner and I would get a run from say east coast to west coast. They would tell you the time and date it was due there. You always allow for traffic, weather, break time, (fuel, rest,) and CONSTRUTION, along the way, you add that to time as a guesstamate. When you’r driving you allow extra time. Remmber, YOU are driving not the dispatcher, so it’s up to you to be on time within reson. ALLWAYS be safe, no matter what. Safty is no accident. We were mostly on time when the odds were agents us, again weather traficc ect. Allow for it within reason, if not let your dispather know, (thats what qualcoms for. ) Be safe out there. Peter L.

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    scott phillips March 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

    63mph is plenty fast enough in these bigtrks,believe me.

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    Peter L. December 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

    When I drove for werner I had in training a eight speed with a auto nine. (ninth gear was auto). Most of them when I worked at werner were eight or ten, depends on what came with the fleet when they ordered trucks. When I left they were getting alot of volvos and int. pro stars. Unless you go into heavy contruction you will see eight or ten speeds. Good luck in your endevers. Peter L. And be safe out there.

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    Mike December 27, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thats a reasonable attitude…for breaking into trucking…Endure for 1 year…PATIENCE.
    It aint a whole lot of fun..try to make it Bearable….you have to put in your TIME before you can go to other companies..as a solo. Try to stash MONEY in the bank….The Road is likely your HOME for quite awhile…not much time off…..until ya get a regional or dedicated.
    Patience to get that 1 year…and build a good reference for the day ya quit Werner if you do
    decide to try another company..Your record follows you…..Patience and Save Money.

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    thunderf4 December 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    You had to unload the truck and stock? Thats your own fault, your not a dollar general employee no matter what your DM says or dollar general says you are NOT responsible to put there stock away for them. Unload the truck have the papers signed and be on your way. If they will not sign the papers then you immanently contact your DM.

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    fuel desk girl January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Werner is great at one thing; it gives you EXPERIENCE. So take the experience and then after a year GET OUT!! But be grateful that someone is willing to give experience, in a lot of fields people don’t have that opportunity. It’s hard to get a job without experience, right? So it’s good there are companies that will give it. Another thing; I recommend you make sure you buy your own food/drinks and keep a cooler with ice at all times. You will spend much of your time at truck stops waiting. The prices at truck stops are outrageous because the truck stop owners know that with the new Qualcom systems you can’t move your truck to run to Walmart or a local restaurant. You are stuck at their truck stop where you will pay anywhere from 100-500% markup things you could buy at the grocery store. The truck stop knows you’re bored and hungry, and they know you have no where else to go. Be prepared. Make sure you have a laptop, another great way to kill time. Netflix is $8 a month, and you’ll get your money’s worth! If you don’t have a laptop then you should take up reading, it kills time and you will learn things (even if you think you don’t like to read-trust me, you will learn to like it!) Werner isn’t the best, but like any job, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up, so it’s good that they give you the chance. I don’t know many people that stay longer than the first year. I met a lot of great people that started driving for Werner; hope they’re doing well now.

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    Peter L. March 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    To fuel desk girl: Like anything eles about a larg company there are alot and I mean alot of things that the upstairs doesn’t know about the downstairs problems. If werner was so bad and unsafe then dot would have to answer a lot of questions. They are self insured so they can cover up alot. Also they must know what there doing or nobody including there accounts would use them. Look at the trucking companies that arn’t around today. Some were boughtout others were shut down for reasons of safty and more. Lets say werner has a truck that involved in a serious accident that kills one of there own people. ( a werner that is) I think that would get there atention. I feeel that werner like any body eles will be around for quit awhile. It’s still there problem to be safe even if you bitch about it. I know it’s up to me to do the right thing when driving not somebody eles. be safe out there . Peter L

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