Everyone says CRST is bad?

Discussion in 'CRST' started by Garzaci, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. 417marcus

    417marcus Bobtail Member

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    Crst is the bottom of the Barrel i went with them for my first and needless to say i made it 4 moths and could not take the BS they tried to cram down my throat and went to a company out of Oklahoma and i was a solo driver team driving does not pay if you cant stand the co driver who thinks they know it all
     
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  3. bamamac

    bamamac Medium Load Member

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    [/QUOTE]I have always thought the best way to make money team driving is teaming with your spouse,then all the income earned from the truck stays in one household.Any way you look at it CRST pay scale is terrible for a married man with a family when you are gone 3-4 weeks away from home. Try explaining to your wife those P.R. checks when you get home.
     
  4. Punky74

    Punky74 Light Load Member

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    I agree. A team works out best when it is a married couple. (The only drawback is when your wife is pissed at you there is no where to go...LOL)

    I have always thought the best way to make money team driving is teaming with your spouse,then all the income earned from the truck stays in one household.Any way you look at it CRST pay scale is terrible for a married man with a family when you are gone 3-4 weeks away from home. Try explaining to your wife those P.R. checks when you get home.[/QUOTE]
     
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  5. rockstar_nj

    rockstar_nj Medium Load Member

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    And it doesn't matter if pay is split or miles are split, it comes out to the same exact amount. It's actually easier to split the pay to figure out what you're going to make. When the starting pay was 22cpm, just divide the total miles by 10 and that was your pay. At 32, divide by 10 and add half.

    The only difference is how they market it to you. But either way, we don't benefit from teaming with some random person, the company does. They'll even tell you that.
     
  6. Garzaci

    Garzaci Light Load Member

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    So I have a big update. I got my CDL. I just finished my Orientation with Melton Truck Lines. I leave early morning today with my trainer. In 3 weeks I'll be solo with a new or almost new truck. All trucks have an APU and 1500watt inverter. Starting pay is 33cpm. I'll be at 42cpm after I hit a year. It seems like a legit company and so far I like flat beds.
     
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  7. baha

    baha Road Train Member

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    Everyone got you into a better place than the 1st CO. you posted about good job!
     
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  8. Garzaci

    Garzaci Light Load Member

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    Yes they did and I appreciate it greatly. I had to make myself sit back and do the smart thing instead of looking for immediate results. To me CRST was immediate results and I'm sure they bank on that. Someone decides that they want to do something and then CRST will immediately convince you that you can go to them and they will train you free of charge if you give them a set amount of time. So if you don't get advice not to go you look at is as immediate employment and a quick solution.

    Im in glad I had the advice from everyone and ultimately once I got my CDL I had dozens of options. It have me the ability to be picky about who I want to work for and for what amount of pay. Especially being a veteran. 2 out of 3 companies that I spoke with immediately perked up when I told them I was a veteran and that as well helped out.

    Again thank you everyone for the advice and hopefully other newbs like me will read this post and can learn from it.
     
  9. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

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    A great company would appreciate your service. Look into the local shops/barns. Would not even have to speak of your service and will know have a great future employee looking at your resume.
     
  10. Wolfyinc

    Wolfyinc Road Train Member

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    yeah a lot of companies not just trucking endorse vets which is a good thing, they probably get some type of tax breaks too hiring a vet just like when they hire unemployed people.

    Its always good to see when someone takes advice and then uses it instead of being hard headed and coming back later whining about what happened to them. As I said in my reply to your pm, congrats lad! You started off better than I did and I was the later of the previous line not getting advice and using it.
     
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  11. smoothreggie

    smoothreggie Bobtail Member

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    Garzaci, first off thank you for your service. I too did four tours between Iraq and Afghan, with Special Ops. Your desire to drive is strong and you will be successful I personally would not go to CRST they have a very bad CSA rating their trainers average 6mos. to 1yr. driving exp. Most are lease operators and they are only concerned with getting from point A to point B. I was a trainer there and resigned because the companies standing in the industry is one of very low quality. Do some research and find yourself a better deal once you sign that contract it's 4,000 or 8 mos. Good Luck
     
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