The Indeed.com average salary for drivers at Estes Express is $49,070 per year.
Drivers at Estes are offered the following benefits:
I have been their 37 years and my truck is junk they give new truck to new employee I do not tell people to work hear their are much better company out their
Equipment is mostly newer with some very old trailers still in the fleet. Buying more automatics lately too which are a pain but because they are new have very few issues. Getting trucks that do have serious issues fixed is one of the company's biggest weak points. It really doesn't appear to matter who works on them either. Very frustrating. Slow time of year is typically Jan & Feb and that's it. Easy to get 5-10 hrs OT/wk and that is over 40 hrs (not 52 or whatever they make you do in the backward parts of the country).
Management locally stinks. They fire you after one occurrence don't believe the handbook it doesn't matter. They do not care. 6 years top on safety one mistake your gone and they won't tell you to your face
Stay away the company is ran by managers that don't have a clue on what they are doing. they get hired by friends, dock workers become TM,s don't know what to do as a manager. No formal training, just read paper and sign. all they do is write drivers up, when they voice their opinion. not a good place to work.
The equipment is mediocre. You’ll hook up to some trailers that are very nice, and then some where the landing gear is very stiff and will barely move. I am an Extraboard/Linehaul Driver. Home time is 104 days per year. You work 5, off 2. You can volunteer to stay out longer, then take extra days off. I try to stay out 4 weeks, then take one week off. No one has had a problem with me doing this, and I’ve been here 9 months. Extraboard miles never drop below 3,200/wk... unless freight is slow. So when the freight is booming, and you’re at the bottom of the pay scale, you can honestly bring home $1,600-1,800/wk., but when the freight is slow, it’s closer to $1,100-1,400/wk. 100% drop and hook, terminal-to-terminal. No dealing with shippers/receivers. Just get in your truck and drive from A to B with whatever setup they give you. Hooking and breaking a set of doubles isn’t hard, plus you’re paid to do it. The dispatchers can get in a mood and take their frustrations out on you from time to time. Not all of them do this, but one or two or them will. Just depends on who you get when you call. Most of the time, it’s pretty smooth. Your ten hour break is up, so you call dispatch to get lined up on a load. You go into the terminal, do whatever you were told, and start your day. You will run until they tell you to lay down, or until you’re out of drivetime. Pretty simple.
They are hard to get on with, but once you do...NEVER let it go, I worked for OLd Dominion, and my buddy works for Estes, and they pay excellent, good equipment, and they work you... some of thier policies may seam strange, bt Its a small price to pay to make 70 K plus a year, and many of thier drivers are in the 80K range
i worked for estes for 7 yrs between the dock and driving..and i also got my cdl thru them ..they have their own drvier training classes(payed training)...i did local p&d for 3.5 yrs before i moved on...the company overall isnt a bad company...just wanted to run the road and at the time they didnt have a run for me so i moved on..they have good hourly pay...i was out of the northest...im sure it varies depending on what part of the country you live in...benefits were good,quartely bonuses...
My Daughter and her husband work for Estes. He has worked there for 15 years. She got her cdl three years ago. She has to have a years exp. to get on with them. They now run from Dallas to Calf. twice aweek. They do pay good. The trucks leave a little to be desired at times. The break down rate is high. But again the pay rate makes up for it. sometimes he wants to quit, but she talks him down. She likes the money and he does two. I recently got my cdl and my goal is to the year that I need to apply to them.. Hope this helps
I worked there for 10 years and was very happy untill ____ took it over then the place went to hell in a handbasket. he stopped buying new equipment, and repairing the old. got rid of most of the tm's that new anything, and took care of there people. they stop hiring full time and started that utility driver crap and dropped the starting pay from 17.50 to 15.00 and they could use you anywhere. senuroity went out the window with it to. i never missed a day untill i got sickwith a intestinal infection and had to go too a doctor and hospital alot. got so aggravated by TM wrighting me up even though i had doctors letters. i said forget it and moved on dont make as much money but am alot happier
Hi, all. Been at Estes since July of last year. I have to say I'm real happy here as a hub driver after 2 plus years for another LTL carrier that will remain unnammed at least for now. It sounds like they have you slated for an extra board position. I've run into guys that like this and some that don't. It seems to get down to how many miles you're getting and thats completely understandable. They will run you where ever they need you as runs come up and possibly cover regular runs when someone is out for 1 reason or other. The only downside to linehall here is that if you're running meet and swaps, you have to rely on another driver, his equipment, and his terminal getting him out on time. As an extra board guy, you may not have to deal with this all that often though unless you are covering existing regular runs. Most of the guys out of my barn seem to be happy as I haven't heard very much at all I'd consider negative as opposed to my last position where there were quite a few drivers that weren't happy.
Im a local driver for them, and not very happy with the pay vs the work. Been here for a year and was about to give it up. I started running line haul more, got to say its way better and the pay as well. May just stay after all, there seems to be plenty of line haul work.
A quick update, I decided to go with Estes over FED EX Freight.... I been here at Estes for a week and a half, and I think I made one of the best decisions Ive ever made. I've been driving for over 10 years, I 've worked several jobs, in several different industries including 6 years in freight with another major carrier and this feel like a perfect match for me. I ve always heard good things about them, and SO FAR..... I can echo the things I heard about them.. great company.Full Discussion