After deciding to rejoin the trucking industry after a long absence, I've looked at a lot of forums, probably a couple thousand posts and visited a couple of hundred company websites and have drawn a few personal conclusions.
Some companies are scum sucking bottom feeders while others are truly outstanding to work for. Most fall somewhere in between these two extreams.
No matter how bad the company, some owner/operators, lease/operators and company drivers succeed beyond their wildest dreams and some of those with the best companies fail miserably. Again, most fall somewhere in between.
It's mostly up to you and me. Find a company that is at least acceptably decent and honest and then be willing to work hard, put up the miles, haul freight across the country at a high rate of speed and you will at least earn a living wage.