Heartland Express~Russ Would Be Rolling Over....

Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by pottymouth, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. pottymouth

    pottymouth Bobtail Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    Don't let anyone tell you that Heartland Express is a good company. Ever since the father of the company, Russ Gerden died, it has became more and more driver un-friendly. The company wants to short haul the crap outta you and then try to make up the miles at the end of the week by having you sacrifice your time at home. What's the point of making 48-50 cents a mile, if you're not making any miles? The paychecks still come out to the equivalent of a newbie driver.

    They pride themselves on having new equipment yet the trucks they get are the cheapest ones on the market. Not to mention that the trucks won't run for heat or AC until it is a certain temperature but you pretty much gotta freeze to death or roast like a Thanksgiving turkey until the truck will run. (This ain't safe, there have already been incidents where drivers have gotten hypothermia or heat stroke and DIED from these inhumane conditions.)

    Another problem with them is that the planners insist on shutting the drivers down when they have hours left to run and making them run at night. This is absolutely a safety issue when drivers are exhausted because they can't sleep during the day due to the heat, noises, or just waking up a few hours before.

    I am not the only one who sees the problems with this company; quite a few of their drivers out there complain about the same things. The company is 300 drivers short and those numbers are just gonna go up because the hot weather is here and drivers ain't gonna want to roast in their trucks...and I'm one of them! I have over 5 years OTR experience and driving for this company is just a miserable existence.
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    Then they wonder why they can't get the drivers and keep the ones they have.It serves Heartland and many companies like them right to be in a bind hireing the drivers.I hope they continue to have problems finding qualified drivers.You put in a lot of time with heartland and this is the way they show their appreciation,very sad.
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  4. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

    Jan 31, 2012
    Green Bay Wi
    is it a law if you hate a company you join a forum and become a one post wonder?
    if I quit this company I will get a new accountant to continue the tradition
  5. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    One post wonder or a full time member,the point is he posted in the section he was suppose to and warning others.I see nothing wrong with that.
  6. Jumbo

    Jumbo Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2009
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    Could you please post a link to where one of their drivers died from either hypothermia or heat stroke because of their trucks?
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  7. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    "Short-haul" is pretty much what the entire dry van segment has changed to, all across the nation. Nothing new there. Go to any other dry van carrier, and that's mostly what you're going to get today. The industry has changed a lot the last 10 years. You want longer hauls, you'll need to get into the reefer gig or find a smaller carrier who has a niche worked out that means consistent long hauls.
  8. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

    Dec 15, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    Gee, it's only been an hour, give him, or her, a chance to answer.
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  9. FatDaddy

    FatDaddy Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Katy, TX or Swedesboro, NJ
    How do the planners shut down the trucks during the day? Do they have a magic button on their keyboard that does this?
  10. joseph1135

    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

    Nov 8, 2009
    The Highway To Hell.
    To be fair, Heartland has been putting some sort of HVAC system on new trucks, along with inverters. This was one of the good things to come out of the GTI acquisition. As for drivers having to run at night, that's been a long standing gripe at Heartland.
  11. Treputt

    Treputt Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    Everybody was a one post wonder once, including you...
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