Any Info about Heartland Express??

Discussion in 'Heartland' started by EaglesWay, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Amtrucker

    Amtrucker Bobtail Member

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    Atlanta terminal is decent. It has a good size driver break area and all the snack machines anyone could ask for, including frozen pizzas and ice cream amongst many. Better take plenty of singles if you want any of it though because the change situation sucks. They have showers there, tv and leather couches. You can idle your truck as you need to, you will not be uncomfortable. Their new trucks will have electric a/c and diesel fired heaters, so it's only a matter of time before thats full swing. They just had several pro stars already equipped a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta ready to go.

    Only cons I've seen so far is fleet managers can be dicks (in attitude, not work) and they start pulling out health insurance premiums over a month before you receive them. They say 30 days prior, but they pulled mine out today and I don't get them till Sept 1.

    Any truck issues have been handled wonderfully by breakdown. Couldn't ask them to do any better than what they have. No apu's, only place that is a problem is in no idle zones.
     
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  2. D'nice

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    Still debating about coming aboard...I have a year under my belt...the cpm and hometime on regional run sounds good(home every weekend) ...hope this is true...Jus wanting to make sure i'm making the right move...bc recruiters are recruiters...
     
  3. Florida Girl

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    Most of what every one has said is true, they seem like a decent company. Hubby has been happy until his truck broke down and was in the shop for a week no work no miles got it out and 2 days later in another shop for same thing. Not sure about breakdown pay I am sure it is not as much as he could have made, but the office sure seems concerned about him staying with the company, he got a call last night from one of the higher ups asking what they can do to make his time off worthwhile, I say pay him what he could have made but you know that's not going to happen.I drove all the way to Jacksonville just so he could be home instead of a motel so we have saved them that much but now when his truck is ready I have to drive him back that is an expense I neither need or want. Stay Safe and have a wonderful day
     
  4. Bumper

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    I had a nice 5 day hotel stay in Dallas when my truck broke down. The best part was because I was on the salary fleet I got paid no matter what. So I relaxed and took it easy. They finally just put me in another truck, a newer one, and I went back to work. Salary fleet did have its bennies.
     
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  5. ChromeDome

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    I never waited more than a day for a truck repair. The one time that it was going to take longer they had a driver pick me up the morning of the second day and bring me to the terminal for another truck. That was also on a salary fleet though. The Ohio and Northeast salary fleets the trucks had to earn a set amount before we could get the salary. But the amount was low enough that you could make it easy in 3-4 days. If your mileage rate was higher than the salary, then you got paid mileage. So it worked out ok.
    The fleet I was on in Florida was just a dedicated fleet. Lower than regional mileage rate, which sucked, but at the beginning the miles were higher than regional, and was home every weekend. So it was ok. Less money than up north. But the rates are lower in the south, so it made since.
     
  6. Florida Girl

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    It was not the Jacks. terminals fault at all, no trucks people coming out of orientation had no trucks, the repair place kept it a week and then after 2 days same problem went back to another shop they had it for 4 days money not so good. Yes he does the deadicated which is lower mileage rate but home week ends so that's a plus for us. Salary would be ok maybe. Oh well truck is back so he is out again tomorrow lets hope they fixed it right this time LOL you stay safe and keep them wheels a turning.And yes in the south they are lower even though I do not know why its is expensive to live here also. Later
     
  7. ChromeDome

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    I pass thru Ocala every couple days. Running for Badcock Furniture out of Mulberry. Deliver from the DC to the stores. Home every day.
     
  8. xlsdraw

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    How is the pay at Badcock?
     
  9. Florida Girl

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    didn't realize they were that close, we live outside of Ocala, not a whole lot of choices as far as deadicated or regional goes, he did OTR and it was to hard on me trying to work and keep up the house and yard and all of our critters ( which I have reduced the size of lately) so that's why he is doing what he is doing, still gets to keep his OTR status since he crosses state lines by the house a couple times a week and home on weekends works for us Pay is not as much as OTR but I guess in the long run its ok, I thought you worked for heartland ? any way have a good day and stay safe
     
  10. ChromeDome

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    I worked for Heartland till Feb. That is when I swapped to Badcock. Was at Heartland almost 4.5 years. If I could have gotten a little more money in FL, with the hometime I needed, I would still be with them.
    For the pay question. I am on track to make about 52k for the year. Not bad for home every day. Well, almost every day, we do stay out one night every week or so. They rotate the long runs. But when we have to go to Panama City or a group of stores north of Tallahassee in FL and GA, we don't have enough hours to make it back. So we stay at a hotel those nights and come back in the morning. Hotel is paid by company and they give us 35 dollars for the night to cover food etc.
    Not dream job, I work as many hours as I did OTR, and I have to help unload at stores. But I am in better shape than I have been in years.
     
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