The Indeed.com average salary for CR England drivers is $30,466 per year
CR England offers its drivers the following benefits/advantages:
In phase 2 in phase 2 I was told i would get $700 per week 1st and 3rd weeks were fine the 2nd and the 4th week were respectively $6.99 and $208 Plus . Gave them 18 days to correct the problem and when they didn't I quit working for C R England after 5 plus months. Hope you have a more a successful experience than I did.
CR England is the ultimate second chance company. The CDL training they provide is terrible and is extremely overpriced, even if you work their 1 year contract. FYI, they now hire people as CDL instructors for their backing range who only have 3 months experience driving, so take that as you will. The hotel facilities in SLC are disgusting as others have mentioned so bring disinfecting wipes and shower shoes with you if you decide to brave it. Most Phase 1 trainers (your OTR training phase) are only in it for money, leaving students only with the understanding of how to drive the truck forward. OTR keeps you out of getting a good check but dedicated runs can make you money if you get on a good route or you’re willing to break your back for the dollar store runs. Dispatchers are a mixed bag and can vary on quality. The company micromanages you to a T with safety meetings and videos that not even the CEOs who preach about being drivers themselves care about. They force you into team driving or training unless you’re absolutely lucky. You have to fight tooth and nail for detention pay. Equipment is limited to basic Freightliner Cascadias with a very small selection of Prostars and Petes made in the past 2-3 years, but they are reliable. Qualcomm units are very buggy. May the Lord help you if you’re stuck on the 3 bunk trucks for training.
THREE MONTHS MINIMUM TEAM TRAINING Had to put that first as I was hired as an experienced driver for a solo route and still forced to go through this. Was in three different trucks, only one of them more than a year old. Bout the only upside of the entire company. Recruiters will hook you on lies. The school they ‘pay you’ to go to is half decent, but bring a lock for your bag while you stay the the roach, ant, bed bug and mold infested hotel as the ‘attendants’ will take anything they can get their hands on. Management doesn’t care. DM and training knows, neither care. Good luck getting home time even if it’s for an emergency like a family illness or surgery. Even more luck to you trying to get back on a load or the truck if you’re teams. Team CPM is .35 SPLIT. You read that right. Tons of miles, most weeks. Dispatch is a joke.
Stay away from the Wal-Mart Casa Grande AZ jobs, unless you like to be ripped off! Back Hauls used to pay a full run, then after years it changed to $12.50 even with a live load. You will have to beg and plead for that payment and then there is no way to reconcile the BIG $12.50 to your pay check. Let's not forget they want you there early and wait around for the load for FREE.
Worst driving job. They a finance company not a trucking company. Making money off of putting ignorant young students in lease trucks and charging top $
I used cre to get started out as well. Did otr and was lucky to find a team driver that I got along with well. Cannot complain because cre was fair, I did my six month requirement driving for them and then was able to get an easier job paying around a thousand each week.
Once you are satisfied with your driving experience and ability keep an eye out for a chance to move up.Full Discussion
i pull for CRE, just a rook but that is why i came here first for my career, i got my license and endorsements before hiring on, CRE is considered a "training" company and there are many opportunities here as a new driver
i am on a dedicated fleet and one of my fellow drivers who is a solid veteran driver told me a story yesterday about when he was caught in an adverse weather situation in Washington state, he was hauling $250k worth of avocados in his refer and almost ran out of refer fuel while he waited on the side of the road for two days, this driver siphoned fuel from his tractor into his refer and saved the freight
when he got back to the CRE yard in Salt Lake City,
Gene England was there waiting for him and when he got out of his truck, Mr.
England thanked him for his initiative and handed him a check for $1,000
we have 4,000 drivers at CRE so CRE is not at the bottom of "everyone's list" and please know i am not here to promote or defend CRE, just sharing my personal CRE experience which has been pretty great so far
both of my phase 1 trainers were making six figures--they showed me their pay settlements
you may not believe this story either but here goes: when i was in Phase 1 my first trainer jack knifed on black ice and was terminated, then a couple days into my second trainer's truck, who was mentally unhinged and likely clinically depressed, he flew into a rage and suddenly kicked me out of his truck at midnight at a small ts in the middle of Tennessee, he said i did not accelerate onto the highway "fast enough" so he made me immediately pull off and ordered me and my gear out of his truck, and then he drove off into the night leaving me there alone
a few days later after i submitted my "trainer
review" to the company, Mr. Dan England called me on my cell phone to
discuss the Tennessee incident and he apologized for the trainer's behavior
But for those of us who have actually read the book, our warnings are just that. The decision is yours to make, but you will also have to suffer any/all consequences that could very well happen.
As for their SLC facility, I found it to be their best location... however, beware of bed bugs at both the motels and dorm rooms. Good luck.
BTW, I hope you will resist the urges to buy all of the overly expensive CRE jackets/t-shirts/mugs/etc that will on sale at the school. That crap is nothing but a waste of money and the school is simply taking advantage of kids who don't know any better than to buy the junk... and it certainly won't help you pass the tests or get an actual job/LEASE offering.
Plus, be sure to lock all your stuff up -- CRE roomates have been know to steal stuff as they're leaving to go back home.Full Discussion
I really didn't want to drive for England either after 7 years off the road but so far as I'm about to complete my phase 2 training, it hasn't been as bad as I was led to believe..... I'm sure that my previous experience help me a lot and I understand many positive changes have been implemented in the past few months.... Having said that, I doubt very much I'll be staying after my 6 month comitment is up......not a solo friendly company.......teams/training is push and so far that's what I've done..... I have been training my phase 1 and 2 trainers, lol, a scary thought...... Drivers with 6 months or less experience have no businesses training anyone..pay has been OK.....$9 to $10/hr while on duty or driving, in my case I've done well...good luck to you....Full Discussion
Well that good attitude and positive attitude I
went in with got me through and I stuck with it to get my cdl. And the
instructors do teach u how to drive the England family is the problem and how
they treat everyone that works there I'm still positive I'm not going to let
that place bring me down its only goingto make mw so much better
Met a driver trainer with 10 months at CRE and truck driving today at the pumps. He was training two girls in his truck at the same time.
He asked about my company.... Just waiting out his two months.
He said he knew he was at the wrong place right away but he couldn't just incur that amount of debt and be unemployable.
Then he asked me what I make... Not really sure how to answer this question. Is it normal to discuss these things at a gas pump?
"I am well compensated for my time."Full Discussion
I work for Cre running a dedicated lane. I don't train but do run as a team. Money is good and don't plan to leave anytime soon.Full Discussion
Cr england has some decent dedicated accounts. When I was training with them my trainer was making forty something cents a mile for both him and me. We were doing the jc penny accounts out of Spanish Fork Utah. Pretty much the same routes all week then a 34 hour reset on Friday.
After my first day of driving my trainer said Nice Job and spent the rest of the time in the sleeper when I was driving. He was making around two grand each week for a virtual team operation that month.Full Discussion
I'm currently working for cre. As with comments
you've read before about how bad it is mostly true they don't take care of
their drivers in any way. I'm in a dedicated fleet out of front royal va at
there best payed account. Currently being payed 40c/m 2-3000 miles a week
(solo) so that's not to bad. Our record of being accident free is 28 days
(three years ago) on average we get 10-20 people a month replaced due to
wrecks, log violations, dsp points and in general where a lot leave. that's
just what I've personally seen myself. If ur on I-64 and see a red peterbilt
that would be me
Q: Are there any experienced drivers that came over to C.R.E. even after hearing the negatives and you came over and are doing pretty well. Just want to get some feedback. I have 4 years experience and they want to bring me in as a trainer. I've heard a few drivers say they are doing well.
I'm guessing you want to stay a company driver?
You will make money as a trainer. You will spend all your time living with a stranger, that doesn't know anything about trucking except what he's going to learn & experience with you. 6 or 7 out of 10 of your students are going to be FREAKS. You will not sleep a whole lot while you have a FREAK, they don't have much common sense, hence they become FREAKS.
If you consider doing it as a lease op, take some sand paper, rub your balls with it, that's about how it's going to feel if you lease a truck.
Just stay company and let the students tear up the company truck.
Take the extra accidental death & dismemberment insurance.
CRE is a weird place. BUT they do have some hot women.
You probably make 65 to 70 a year as a company trainer. Probably make 45 to 50 as a lease trainer after you pay for all the stuff the students do to your truck. Just do it as a company driver if you do it.
As long as you do it as company you'll never lose at least, just sleep lol. I use to have them back when we had a down day, and you will, at truck stops, until they get tired, they only learn so fast. When they were exhausted backing, then map, always map, after their shift, constantly, CRE has it set up so that a chunk of the students pay comes from them completing training module every week while they are with you, and taking a test on the QC. They really do have a good training program. And the student must pass their obstacle course before he's hired to even get on your truck, that means he's got at least a little bit of a clue. So many of them just do such dumb stuff though, omg, you'll see lol.Full Discussion
A: They booked me for orientation in a few weeks, I have four years of experience and I already know their reputation. I've heard mostly bad and a few goods about CRE. I was told by the recruiter that the trainer pay is "0.34 cpm" for all miles. I've been off the road for about 3 months and one thing I can say about CRE is that are a true 48 state company which I am looking for Just don't like the negatives I hear, but that is at every company. Still praying about it.
A: You'll make money at that rate. You should average 4500 miles a week. If you get a strong student you'll do almost 5000. Yes CRE you will get around lol. They have some long runs.Full Discussion