Anyone work for GreatWide?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by LadyDallasDriver, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. TexasMike

    TexasMike "Big Tex"

    Jan 28, 2008
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    Yea, I heard about two weeks ago they may be doing this so I shelved my plans to finish talking to them. After speaking with a number of their drivers things have gotten real bad there very recently.

    In regards to Texas freight, it is bad in many areas. My company pulls tons out of DFW and even we have felt the drop off heavily. When I get into DFW it is hit or miss if I have to wait a day, or sometimes even three to get back out on the road.
  2. goose19726

    goose19726 Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    harrah, ok
    anyone know anything about them? good, bad or otherwise?
    I am seriously considering their greatstart program and have seen or heard very little about them
    from what I do know I think they would be a better option for me than going to soek for some OTR outfit where I would be gone from home 3-4 weeks at a time
    anyone else out there on their lease program? are you making money?
  3. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    near Kalamazoo Speedway
    Greatwide Logistics Services is ranked 23rd in gross revenue, with 727 company tractors and 5,170 owner operators. They are completing reorganization and sale to a lender group after filing for bankruptcy last October. This was last year's largest trucking bankruptcy. Volume is off significantly as it is for other fleets according to CEO Ray Greer who was quoted in Transport Topics 1/26/09 page 6. This article was written by Rip Watson, Senior Reporter.
  4. dsldriver

    dsldriver Bobtail Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Clarksville, AR
    I bought my truck through them three years ago, it's all paid off now. I did okay, but it takes a while to learn how to run for them. There's a world of difference after you've been running 48 for years.

  5. kajse

    kajse Bobtail Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    we are thinking of GW too. I think the balloon payment is $10,000 at end of lease.
    Are neighbor is a driver and is very happy. My husb was a company "stew" driver and was happy driving. Dispatch was good too. The more you prove your ready willing and able they will keep you moving! good luck and let me know how it goes goose!
  6. hauliday

    hauliday Bobtail Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Victoria Texas
    HE is a paid spokesperson for them they pay him to be at the trucks shows back when it was C R L they was paying him about 1800 a week to set up there and talk to drivers im sure its still about the same just good pr work BTW i was there at temple C R L for almost 8 years
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  7. -juice-

    -juice- Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    i agree they do that all the time,everytime theres a change on the system they will bring some idiot from another terminal to try to sell on it ,is so ovbious ,stay away from great wide right now ,too many trucks and not enough freight to keep every body running ,and they change the system now were workin on a central dispatch if u get a call and dont take a load u go to the bottom of the list ,they dont care if what the situation is,my wife was goin into labor and i was still punish,this is what happens when u have some suits siitin behind a desk running a truckin company that have no idea what is like to be a truck driver,i bet most of this people have never been in a truck,,what a shame it use to be a good company to work for,im not the only one with this opinion every body that i talk to fells the same way:biggrin_2553:
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  8. WorldofTransportation

    WorldofTransportation Heavy Load Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Your mother
    I am a contractor for Greatwide at one of the Dallas wal mart dcs.... I wouldnt get close to great start at all... I have been with them for 5 years and I work just about every day but can not seem to manage over 1000 miles a week.. On top of this if you lease on now you will be making .73 cents a mile and not hardly getting any... Last year they went to a central dispatch system and you can not figure it out one day you will be first up and not get a load and the next day you will be 100 and get one.. They say it is not force dispatch but take off a Friday Saturday or Sunday and see if your Tm isn't up your butt threating you with what little work you get..

    We just signed a new contract last week and this contract is not a driver friendly contract it is all for greatwide.. They took away some of the stop pay we were getting along with service charges on our tags that are not going to the state of Oklahoma but a in house charge of 25$.

    3 years ago this was the best company going I took home around 3000 a week and never left north texas .. Yeah I ran 6 days a week and worked 15 hours a day but it was worth it... Last week I ran 6 days averaged 158 miles a day and took home 755$ after fuel and texas required workmans comp.. I looked at my log book just now and I average 4 hours a day for the last 3 month...

    I am looking for something else... This is the Greatwide way... the only thing Greatwide about this company is your butthole after they get done with you
  9. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

    Sep 18, 2007
    Weatherford, TX
    They used to have good flatbed div. We made good money but it has dried up. They tried to put us on Wal Mart. .73 a mile and some small change for each stop. Screw that. I don't mind being tired. But tired and broke is stupid.
  10. WorldofTransportation

    WorldofTransportation Heavy Load Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Your mother
    on the wal mart deal it wasnt bad at .765 per mile 4 years ago we ran good miles and they paided you for everything you did .. 40$ for everyload we pull 21$per stop and they paid detention and wait time back then.... all in all I made about 1.55 per mile before Greatwide got it... and I did what i wanted ... It sucks dangly things now though..
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