crst orientation

Discussion in 'CRST' started by Temptinfates, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. deeproller

    deeproller Bobtail Member

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    CRST treats you like pretty much any trucking company would treat you. Until they know you, and you are proved to be someone they can use, you're just an number. Even after you're proven, you still have to be careful with them. What are you expecting?

    When you're new, they treat you like an ignorant slave (which ain't far from the truth, the overwhelming majority of cases). And when you've been there a while (and I don't mean a couple of months), they treat you more like the experienced driver and employee that you are...just like they did me all those many years ago.

    It's all about expectancies...if you're a brand new, inexperienced driver, and you don't know anything about the industry and a lot about how things are (and that you're not going to change), then you're probably gonna be shocked--a sort of culture shock. But if you're already experienced, nothing will come as any great shock. But that's what you'd get anywhere.

    With regard to CRST's idle policy, I'd have to say it's just like any other trucking company's: they discourage idling when not necessary. The good news is, CRST trucks tend to not sit long enough to worry too much about idling. We do mainly LTL freight that has to MOVE! And we don't sit around. If, however, you find yourself sitting somewhere...oh, at the Fontana yard, for instance...and it's over 100 degrees and those convection currents are sweeping across there (as they almost always do in the summer), no one expects you to sit there in that and just get happy. Of course, you can run the truck. But they don't want you sitting in the yard at Cedar Rapids when it's 60 degrees with a light wind, and be idling in a situation like that. Just use your good judgement. Only 75 of the trucks have APU's, though...and actually, some of those are probably off the fleet, now.
     
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  2. phroziac

    phroziac Road Train Member

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    I don't get treated like a number at my company. I call them and tell them my first name and they know who i am.

    CRST wants your idle below 10%. They dont get you the loads, therefore you idle, therefore you get yelled at for it.
     
  3. LimpyLegs

    LimpyLegs Light Load Member

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    temptinfates i can tell you one thing about crst yes they will show you how to chain up in orientation but I never did once.I always shut it down if I thought it too dangerous and the only thing I had to hear about was my co driver ######## to me,but he was a serious ###.so far as the schooling goes I just don't know because I already had my cdl when I went in.
     
  4. LimpyLegs

    LimpyLegs Light Load Member

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    by the way,don't ever go solo company driver.if they don't bring it up in orientation ask the guy who's giving it in front of the class about them paying you about 20 cpm if you're co driver quits on you.happened to me and they didn't bother telling anybody,that's when i put in my two weeks.
     
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  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    If your staying at the same motel we stayed at just around the corner theres a nice place to eat called the western sizzler it'll take your mind off the drudgery of CRST orintation wow having to do a refresher if you've already got driving exp sucks i personally wouldn't do it.
     
  6. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    i just got a letter from crst wanting me to come back to work, although i talked to a recruiter last week and they wouldnt hire me due to my uturn with werner, so im confused lol, i just wanna finish my contract and get that over with.
     
  7. Dawg Gone

    Dawg Gone Bobtail Member

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    I was wondering are the trucks governed and how is the epuipment overall?
     
  8. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    they are governed at 65 and equipment is alright
     
  9. Everett

    Everett Crusty Shorts, What???

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    :biggrin_2556: im in the same boat with you, i was told same thing , threw my 11 years away, wish we coulda met ,we coulda went too class together, i drove for crst back in the 90's and there pay hasnt change at all, a whopping 22 cents split with trainer or 11 cents a mile, thats fine with me as i only need 6-12 months in , for new exp,i still have my cdl and medical:biggrin_25514:my only worry is i dont want too quite my job now as they only source of icome too pay rent so it will have too wait till i get vac buildup and if they hire me crst i wanna know for sure and no games as i will be on the street if they dont:biggrin_25521:far as home time , get me by the house at lest one time end of the month too payt rent-storage ect and aft that im good ta run anywear ecept canada which i also dont have a passport, and as i read on site , you have too get your hazmate too and they will will pay you back too, so im studying for that,cause says on net you need it after 90 days with crst.and crst is mostly team opertions with three people in the truck,:biggrin_25513:
     
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  10. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    yea its .22 a mile, its 2 person teams but there is a 3 man team option. Werner just put that stupid discharge thing on my dac but eh. I just wanna come back and finish my contract.
     
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