K&B Transportation

(800) 851-8651

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Based on 17 Reviews

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K&B Transportation’s commitment to earnings does not stop with our mileage pay. We guarantee our drivers 2,500 miles per week. If we can’t get you 2,500 miles in a week, we will pay you the difference. As of 11/30 we have a new pay package, $1,350/week GUARANTEED! That’s right, or guarantee is just a minimum pay  Our drivers typically out-earn it, but enjoy the comfort of a guarantee. Our compensation package doesn’t stop there, we also offer full accessory pay, paid vacation and very lucrative and achievable bonuses including a $1000 annually in safety bonuses.  When added all together, there is no reason you can’t earn $65,000 plus during your first year at K&B Transportation. Your pay never gets stale with scheduled raises every year you work at K&B Transportation.


Drivers at K&B Transportation enjoy the choice of Midwest or National lanes. We also put the same effort in getting our drivers home on time as we do in delivering freight on time. We get our drivers home on the day they specify over 99% of the time. We also offer tractors spec’d for driver comfort and we give them the tools they demand to make their job easier (E-Logs, Pre Pass Plus). 


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Salary

OTR Pay Package (Based on Time With the Company)

0-6 Months54 Cents Per Mile
6 Months - 1 Year55 Cents Per Mile
1-2 Years56 Cents Per Mile
2-5 Years57 Cents Per Mile
5+ Years58 Cents Per Mile


K&B Driver Benefits
  • Medical, dental and life insurance for all full time employees and their eligible dependents effective the first of the month after 60 days.

  • Insurance is provided through Aetna, which is a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) medical insurance that permits you to obtain care and service from any provider you choose.   

  • Choose between Plan A with lower co-pays and deductibles, or Plan B which offers affordability.


Vacation
  • One week after one year
  • Two weeks after two years
  • Vacation is calculated off of the drivers average weekly earnings for the last year

Reviews Review this Company

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  • Equipment and Maintenance
  • Dispatchers and Managers
Pros
Good pay, simple pay structure, good equipment, regular home time and no East coast.
Cons
Some issues with certain immature dispatchers though I have seen improvement.

Good equipment with fast maintenance response. Home time is regular (11-12 days out) and one is always welcome to stay out as long as desired. Pay is competitive for the OTR (46-50 cpm) and more than competitive for dedicated. Minimum pay of 2500 miles/week for the OTR and $185-200/ day for dedicated. About 2000 miles/ week for dedicated (less is better) and anywhere from 2000-3000/week for OTR (depends largely on driver). All reefers, all company drivers.

RESPONSE FROM K&B Transportation

Thanks for the kind words! Since this post we have actually raised pay on both our OTR (50-54 CPM) and dedicated to $198-$216 per week! I know you were a dedicated driver and on the fleet you were on the salary pay can be up to $1512 per week! Regardless thank you for the great job you did and if your interested in coming back just call us at 800-851-8651.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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    No Rating
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Pros
-Great pay -follow up on promises -management and dispatchers are amazing -great communication
Cons
I haven’t seen anything to complain on yet. Everything seems to be running smoothly.

I am extremely happy I found this company. I just started on Monday with orientation and I have already reached the 2500 miles guaranteed and it’s been less than a week (orientation was for 2days and I started driving Wednesday morning, today is Sunday). The company I was working for prior to this left me believing all trucking companies will Be the same. So I am glad I found k&b they are exactly what I needed. I needed a guarantee! The company answers any questions you may have, immediately! I emailed them a couple of times and I’ve gotten a response in less than an hour.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Just the overall company. Pay good, I know about everyone in the office and shop, issues fixed quickly
Cons
Typical trucking stuff, would like stops besides Pilot, more west coast stuff

Overall a great place to work. I have been driving for five years, a little over three of which were here. Pay is good, got a great dispatcher, support staff is friendly and overall helpful. Micromanaged a lot at first but now as long as I send macros and roll when I should I really don't hear much from dispatch unless I call them. Paychecks are $1200-$1300 after taxes most weeks unless I take hometime then $800-$1000 depending on how long I go home. I just moved into an automatic by choice, not sure how much I like that.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Talk to other Drivers
Cons
Those Drivers will give the same story. If you think you can work with that micromagement that this Compamy may work for you.

Went to orientation, The orators give you the company line... to be expected. When follow up questions on statements made you slighted, dismissed, or out right lied to. Yes lied to! After the first day of two I stopped counting at 7. Completed everything got truck assignment inspected it and ready to rock. Sent home with a bus ticket to await drug test results. I called daily then was told (test results were all good) "they do not have any trucks available" and was also told another lie "that they sent drivers home because of it". Now I do not know that the last thing I was told a lie. Based on my experience I dodged a bullet. The review that was attacked here was 100% correct. And example of how they try to bully you. If you don't allow such behaviors that may be the reason I was told no trucks. they have over 900 units and counted over 80 in the lot ready for drivers. Two orientations each week retention rate? Only a few only really knows the true answer.

RESPONSE FROM K&B Transportation

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your experience with us was less than satisfactory. Please feel free to reach out to us at 800-851-8651 to discuss this review in further detail. Again thank you for that review and we hope we hear from you soon.

Currently Employed at Company: No
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Pros
Most of what I have experienced is positive
Cons
Wish other drivers would take the time to drop trailers in better condition

This company has been good to me. In the time here I have met my share of complianers at the company, but upon talking to them they seem to bring on a lot of the problems themselves. Like I told a guy the other day on a relay, they pay me to drive the truck, deliver freight on time and most importantly to do it in a safe, efficient manner, not for my opinion or an argument on everything they ask me to do. For the most part my trips are planned out and all I have to do is drive. If your a nomad, or someone that wants to do it their way, especially if it is the wrong way you won't like it here. In my experience the pay is accurate, truck does the job and they get me home as directed. I am also told that there is more dedicated options coming as well as home weekly in many cities. Overall while this isn't the easiest company to work for as they do expect you to work, the company itself will take care of a good driver. I read reviews before coming here just like I read them on everyone else and the one complaint I never saw was money or hometime. Honestly minus some initial struggles a lot of what I have read don't apply at least to me. This certainly isn't a 1000 mile length of haul solar powered with 3 days to do it place, rather at this place over three days you will have turned 1200-1500 miles and you better be ready to use your headlights!

Currently Employed at Company: Yes

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Pay
$65,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
53' reefer
Years of CDL Experience
4 Years
Location
Rochelle, Il
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$65,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
53' reefer
Years of CDL Experience
4 Years
Location
Rochelle, Il
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$1,250 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Years of CDL Experience
6-11 Months
Location
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$1,500 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Reefer
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
South Sioux City, Nebraska
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$1,250 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Texas
Currently Employed at Company: No

Discussion


Bakari742
K&B Transportation. HONEST review!

This is my first time posting a review about a company. I went through the 'The Truckers Report' page and read some positive and negative reviews about K&B Transportation out of South Sioux City, NE. I'm not going to comment or discuss on the previous reviews posted by other drivers about this company, because I don't know the reason why they were happy or unhappy about their whole experience at K&B.

I will try my best to explain and give my feedback about K&B. And before I proceed, I want to make this clear, I'm NOT a dispatcher, recruiter nor a spokesperson for this campany. I'm just a driver trying to help others out there. I promise to keep it 100% honest with you guys. I started with K&B back in October of 2013 after months of research and finally decided to give them a shot, and I was happy with them until when I decided to leave on May, 2014 and become Owner Operator. But things didn't work out well for me as an O/O, so I decided to come back to K&B on August of last year and I'm not planning to leave unless they fire me, which I doubt will happen because I do my job. K&B is one of the few best companies left out there because of the following 17 reasons;

1- Guaranteed 2500 miles or $1,250 a week minimum! The only time you'll be disqualified from the guarantee is when you refuse a load, when late for pick up or delivery out of your negligence and when at home for home time. By the way, I've never missed my guarantee and most of the time I go over the minimum miles per week.
2- New trucks and well maintained trailers.
3- APU on every truck!
4- Refrigerator in every truck!
5- CB in every truck! And it's pre-installed.
6- GPS on Qualcomm. FREE!
7- Your day Dispatcher knows and address you by your name and not your truck number!
7- Amazing home time (1 day off for every 7 days out).
9- The shop guys are faster than anyone I've seen in my 6 years driving.
10- Free truck wash every month at any truck wash place (Mostly Blue beacon).
11- $100 for every clean DOT inspection regardless of level!
12- PrePass and EZ-Pass on every truck!
13- FLY to orientation!
14- ZERO waiting for your truck after a short 2 days orientation.
15- Friendly faces at the terminal. Open door policy. No prison Windows!
16- $500 bonus after every 6 months with zero accident and no violations.
17- $900 sign on bonus on your FIRST two paychecks!

K&B would be the the perfect company if they didn't have these two issues which I believe are fixable;

1- The motel they put driver in is just bad, but that's my opinion maybe some of you love that motel. I think they'll improve on this issue in the near future.
2- NIGHT DISPATCH! Not good, not at all. Every company out there has problem with night dispatch and I understand they are under staffed at night, but they shouldn't be like that, professionalism should be 24/7. I really hope K&B employs more night guys to handle drivers with respect.

But on top of the above issues, I don't think there is any OTR company out there that is better than K&B! I'm glad I chose them over the others. Please don't believe every negative thing you hear or read from former drivers, most of the time it's lies. Focus on the positives and follow your instincts. Good luck and I hope this helped you a little. Drive safe!

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dogtrucker
K&B Transportation is treating me allright

I don't see much here about this outfit (medium/small, about 600 trucks) so, I'll share my experience and answer questions.

K&B runs mostly for Tyson. They are mainly a mid West co. They have a "minimum pay" guarantee based on the starting wage of 41 cpm and 2500 mi/week. That is $1025 guaranteed for OTR.

insurance is good with very small deductible and co-pay and costs $62/week for single. Other benefits are pretty minimal: 1 week vac at one year, no paid holidays or matching 401K. Safety bonus is a modest $500/ 6 mos. with no tickets or accidents

Their Hillshire/Sara Lee account is good (that's what I am on).It is a regional job and pays a weekly salary of $1145 for 11 days out and 3 off, or $1335/week if I keep rolling. I work anywhere from 40-55 hrs per week and run any where from 1800-2400 miles/week. This come to over 50 cpm or $23+/hr however you want to slice it. I like the salary position because I don't worry about miles anymore or get upset when sitting at a customer for long hours.

Maintenance is always prompt and dispatch is reasonable, though they micro-manage a bit.

My dispatches are almost always planned in advance so I know what is coming and when I have to be ready to work.

This is a simple meat-and-potatoes company that is (from my experience) pretty easy to work for and get along with. They don't work me too hard and are paying me over $60K/year for average reefer work - I am pretty comfortable here.

They only ask one year of experience but might take less.

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