Heartland Express

(866) 984-1218

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Based on 22 Reviews

Profile

Heartland Express, founded in 1978, is based in North Liberty, IA. 



Heartland Express drivers are the key to the success of the company. Our drivers are known to be some of the best in the business. As a result, Heartland offers one of the most attractive driving positions, backed by a commitment to safety and better driver CSA scores, a commitment to keeping drivers busy and productive, a commitment to meeting home-time promises, and the very best pay available.

 

Salary

DRIVING FOR HEARTLAND EXPRESS

Regional Drivers

  • Experienced regional drivers earn up to $0.55½ per mile, depending on the region.


Team Drivers

  • Earn up to $0.58 per mile depending on driving experience, and up to $0.62 per mile in the Green Zone (Northeastern United States). 

  • Owner-Operators
  • Offered up to $0.96 per mile plus fuel stabilization, paid licensing, paid base plates, and paid cargo insurance.

  • Shorthaul, Dedicated, and Local Positions
  • We have a variety of shorthaul, dedicated, and local driving opportunities available. Give our recruiting line a call at (866) 984-1218 and we can share all the details!
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The Benefits of Driving for Heartland Express

  • Paid vacations
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with company-matched contributions
  • United Healthcare: Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Accidental/Death Insurance
  • Weekly Payroll - no trip sheets required
  • Direct Deposit payroll
  • Safe driving bonus pay
  • Competitive home time
  • New equipment: average age of tractors is 1.78 years
  • Free WiFi for drivers at our terminals

Reviews Review this Company

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Pros
Late model equipment that is very well maintained. A new and improved service policy should cut down time spent waiting. Dispatchers are friendly and work with drivers. And the pay rate is one if the best around and based on your experience. Facilities at all terminals have been, or are in the process of being upgraded.
Cons
Some lanes have shorter miles than desired. If you want to run hard and see the country, join the "System". If you want hometime run "Regional ".

I give Heartland Express a "4" out of 5 on all counts. Not perfect but they work with drivers to help them get miles AND adequate hometime. Communication is a strong point with an easy to climb chain of command to address any issues.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Good maintaining of equipment
Cons
Miles vary too much

Mile vary too much some weeks get 1600 other weeks might get 2800 but average around 2200 a week consistancy is key for happy drivers

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
You make your own route
Cons
Poor management, And very poor planners working for this company. Nothing but full of lies

They lie to you all the time when it’s time to go home. Say there’s no freight going to your home state to keep you out longer. Then they happen to have a delivery to your home state but won’t let you go home. They will send you south or up North. To keep running, then your stuck being on the road for 10 days when you supposed to be home every weekend. Also the will blame you if loads are late even though the load was days late before you get the load.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Good equipment. Keep me running. Always make it home within a decent time. Driver manager is awesome. Drivers are friendly and helpful.
Cons
Long wait time on inspection at terminals. Local runs at times. Asked to pull trailers other than the reefeers I'm used to.

I don't understand why such bad reviews. My last two DM's have been great. I work 4 to 6 weeks and take 4 days off. Good equipment. Many drop yards and terminals to do a 10. Rarely do I sit and wait for a load. Don't always agree with decisions given me but such is life. This is a great place to work.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
$0.55 a mile not too bad
Cons
Very very rude people very very basic truck. 2000 or less miles a week in a 63 mile per hour truck

Pay is decent and I just so happen to have a good manager but miles are bad very hard to get over two thousand a week. Trucks are just bare bare minimum. Unlike the interstate trucks those were like Cadillacs. And most managers dispatchers mechanics treat you like dirt and talk to you very disrespectfully.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes

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Pay
$55,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
53' Dry Van
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Carlisle, PA
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Company Driver
Trailer Type
53 ft
Years of CDL Experience
2 Years
Location
North Liberty Iowa
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$800 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Dry van
Years of CDL Experience
1 Year
Location
Dunn nc
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Pay
$400 per Week
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Company Driver
Trailer Type
Dry van 53ft
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5+ Years
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$400 per Week
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Discussion


Lucy in the Sky
Heartland express-90 day review

Hey all as the title says I've been here at heartland around 90 days and just thought I'd give my 2 cents. When I started I went with a refresher. My refresher was an awesome guy, very nice and easy to get along with. When I got into my truck I went Midwest regional. Trucks are newer as they sell them after 300,000 miles, and trailers after 3 years. I've had horrible luck with trucks tho. Slept in an ice cold truck twice and have been towed 3 times. currently on my 5th truck. They are very basic single bunk mid roofs. They do have small inverters in them (450 watt I think). My biggest complaint is simply I don't get enough miles. most runs are around 250-450 miles and have loose windows on them (its 8:00 now, pick up at 15:00 go 350 miles and deliver between 20:00-23:59 tomorrow). I really wish they did long hauls...Couple weeks have been good (2500 miles ish) but that's the max. a lot of 1400-1800 weeks. I'll see how it is going forward past the 90 day mark but for now I'm not a happy camper. really wish I could just make around 1,000 bucks a week and come home to my family on the weekends....and drive a long nose pete with a stack of paper logs ahahaha

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Rocknroller4
Heartland Express

I would not recommend you go with them. They sound like a good company until you start driving. The trucks are slow and only go 63 so if you are use to going 65 or faster this will drive you crazy. You can bearly get any miles a week because they take a 500 mile run and make the driver swap it with another driver so that they only get about 250 of that load. Which can be confusing as hell to keep up with how many miles you can make that week if you cant even keep straight how many miles of the 500 your drove or the other driver drove and you have swaped every load that you had loaded all week. A load that you could run by your self in 1 day will take you 2 to complete because you have to relay your one load with someone else. They pay good but they are paying you to run in circles. And Gordon trucks are at the Heartland terminals so idk if they are working together or not. 


Idk how well home time really is but my first experience already sucked. I asked to be home Friday because I had an appt that morning and they are not going to be able to get me home until Sunday. Mind you im on the regional account and im supposed to be home weekley any way. How convenient now I had to reschedule and see if they can get me home on time now Thursday.


They only perk is the APU and inverter but it is on a weak international. I believe they do have automatics if yoh want one but i have a stick. The dispatchers are friendly and they do make sure you are alright if you get sick or they can't get up with you. But if you want lots of miles this ain't it. You just have to weight your own options but for me this company has more flaws the benefits.

 


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PastTrucker
HeartLand Express Unaccountability

When I showed up for orientation, it only took an hour to realize that I had been lied to from my recruiter Nate Rieken, and what a mistake I had made by trusting what I had heard.

So I left. Smartest move I ever made.

I tried numerous times requesting reimbursement for my travel expenses, but was routinely ignored, so I wrote a letter to CEO Michael Gerdin. As expected, complete lack of response and accountability.

At first I tried to be diplomatic about issues, thinking there was a misunderstanding, but now I realize that it was a misrepresentation about expectations, AND LIED TO. And no accountability to anyone's actions.

I have given HeartLand Express over a month to be accountable, now I turn to forums and reviews with the hope that others don't fall into the same trap as I.

Only been in trucking for 2 years, tired of being #### on, and have moved on to another profession.

Truckers need to be treated with respect and dignity, not constantly #### on, and maybe there wouldn't be the turnover rate there is.

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jays1120
Heartland is terrible

heartland Express don't care about drivers they recruit,they charge u to get advance on comdata when comdata don't charge. They have no prepass,they don't pay tolls,. All their loads are the most 350 miles and if u go home every weekend your screwed. They are terrible.

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pottymouth
Heartland Express~Russ Would Be Rolling Over....

Don't let anyone tell you that Heartland Express is a good company. Ever since the father of the company, Russ Gerden died, it has became more and more driver un-friendly. The company wants to short haul the crap outta you and then try to make up the miles at the end of the week by having you sacrifice your time at home. What's the point of making 48-50 cents a mile, if you're not making any miles? The paychecks still come out to the equivalent of a newbie driver. 


They pride themselves on having new equipment yet the trucks they get are the cheapest ones on the market. Not to mention that the trucks won't run for heat or AC until it is a certain temperature but you pretty much gotta freeze to death or roast like a Thanksgiving turkey until the truck will run. (This ain't safe, there have already been incidents where drivers have gotten hypothermia or heat stroke and DIED from these inhumane conditions.)


Another problem with them is that the planners insist on shutting the drivers down when they have hours left to run and making them run at night. This is absolutely a safety issue when drivers are exhausted because they can't sleep during the day due to the heat, noises, or just waking up a few hours before.


I am not the only one who sees the problems with this company; quite a few of their drivers out there complain about the same things. The company is 300 drivers short and those numbers are just gonna go up because the hot weather is here and drivers ain't gonna want to roast in their trucks...and I'm one of them! I have over 5 years OTR experience and driving for this company is just a miserable existence.

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Chinatown
Heartland Express~Russ Would Be Rolling Over....

The complaints about Heartland have been consistent through the years. It's not like one guy said "They Suck" and another guy said "Thry don't pay me!" Reading through threads here, other forums and hearing from current drivers, it's the same story, almost like it's written for them. Heartland is a financially stable company with new trucks and trailers and lots of customers. And they also now own Gordon Trucking. The problem is, they don't listen to their drivers. They listen to their shareholders. Until that changes, the problems with being employed at Heartland Express will continue and the complaints will still be consistent. It's a good, strong company for the shareholders and Mike Gerdin. For Joe Trucker, it's a never ending struggle to make ends meet there. 55 cents per mile doesn't mean anything unless you can run.

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KW Cajun
Heartland Express~Russ Would Be Rolling Over....

Iam a Heartless driver, been with them for 7months, absolutely hate this company! I sit at truck stops for 20h at least once or twice a week, get paid .39 cents mile, have to work through weekend to make up for miles(cant get 2000 miles!?). Last check 400$ , this week 650$, next week ill have 400$. ####tiest trucks in industry, in my 5th truck now, did i mention i've been with them for 7monts. I put a towe hook on gas pedal to idle my truck 24/7 HAHAHA. Oh and dispatchers always have an attitude....

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77smartin
Heartland Express~Russ Would Be Rolling Over....

I can confirm all except the part about drivers dying from extreme temps. But, I had a heavy comforter that kept me warm below freezing and screens and a powerful fan for the summer. Anytime those things weren't enough, I idled the truck. I'm not sure what it was like when the old man was alive, but I averaged 2200 miles a week even with all the relays. However, they liked to run me so tight on hours that often times, I had to shutdown at a customer, then have that customer knock on my truck multiple times, waking me up to back in and such DURING my break. Once done, I never could go back to sleep. Then I had to leave out a few hours later, driving on 4 hours of broken up sleep, if I was lucky. Couldn't catch up on rest at home because I always got sent home with a load and had to leave in the middle of the night to deliver on time. If I called the driver liaison with a problem, she yelled at me. I had a hard time getting into a truck stop long enough to shower. Always had dispatch up my a#s. The one Christmas I was with them, I got sent home for exactly 24 hours, then had to drive Christmas night. I constantly got harassed to get a hair cut even when I kept it within their guidelines. The only good thing about them was the high pay and well maintained equipment. But when you get so tired that you start making dumb mistakes and have no personal life, it's time to hand them the keys back and move on. Money isn't everything. Being treated like a machine isn't worth it. I dealt with it for 15 months before finally moving on. They can go take a flying leap.

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Giovany
More details

Q: Anyone knows how is the training program for Heartland express and Schneider?

A: heartland your either 2 or 4 weeks, 2 being a refresher and your trainer can let you go whenever he feels your ready. I only did 1 week. 4 weeks he has to keep you the whole time. with either you make 20 some cpm. Your trainer wont force you to team, but if he feels your ready and you agree you may run on each others clocks a bit. this isn't swift so not every other guy with 6 months under his belt can train. most have 5 plus years with heartland and more time in with other companies. since the gti merger Gordon trainers are now heartland trainers so you may not have to wait so long for a trainer, but it used to be we only had abot 20 or so trainers. usually guys waited a month or so for a trainer.

I will say my refresher was awesome. couldn't have asked for a nicer, friendlier fella. we still call each other every few days and catch up.

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Kidfifty
Rider policy

Q: Can anyone tell me what the rider policy is for someone who is doing the refresher course?

A: The refresher they do is not like at most company's. They require more experiance and some not too far in the past. It is just going out with another driver for a week or two. No riders with you during this time, and I cannot remember, but I am pretty sure they do not allow riders for the first few months, but do not hold me to that. I never had a rider, so never asked. I can tell you that the trucks for non teams are all single bunk trucks. So your rider will be sharing your bunk. While with other driver doing refresher you will be in a double bunk, but that will be the last one you will see unless your a team driver.

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t.smith901
Any Info

I'm a current driver, depends on what you are looking for in a company. The heartland side of the company stays east of the Rockies. A "system" driver runs anything in that area, regional drivers area depends on the region they choose. I run Midwest regional. I get home most weekends but, loads determine when and for how long. If you take time off (more than 3 days) you have to turn in your truck at a terminal, and possibly get a different truck when you return. From what I'm told after 10 years or 1 million miles you get to keep your truck. Like all companies there are things you won't like, think about what you do and don't like and talk to some drivers before you hire on. The red trucks are trainer trucks, so I would advise talking to guys in the white trucks for more realistic info. BTW Heartland bought Gordon and is currently transitioning to all Heartland with a dry van and a refer division.

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