Heartland Express

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  1. Rocknroller4

    Rocknroller4 Heavy Load Member

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    Any one have any insight into this company? Good or bad and do they run automatics?
     
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  3. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    They are a mega carriers. Megas tend to not be aa good as smaller companies. As with any company in any sector they have their pluses and minuses.
     
  4. HardlyWorkingNeverHome

    HardlyWorkingNeverHome Heavy Load Member

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    My experience with them 8 years ago.

    Any time off more than 3 days you get slip seated. They had zero respect for home time. They will not dead head east. If you live in the Northeast that means bringing a load past your house (regardless of when you needed to get home) even if the last load dropped 90 miles west of home.

    The pay is ok, but they pay short miles. Raises are none existent, and the runs are mostly short haul.

    I went to Barr Nunn after 6 months of trying to make it work at Heartland. I've been at Barr Bunn now 8 years making $71K as a regional driver that stays out occasionally.
     
  5. Rocknroller4

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    Well I got an email saying they have a new Western division. Inquired. Get to go home 3 weekends a month so might be under load occasionally for home time I guess. Pay is 39 CPM after training. They bought out Gordon so they share with them when it comes to yards.
     
  6. HardlyWorkingNeverHome

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    Might be interesting to hear about, if you go. That is on the low end of what I know they pay compared to east of the Mississippi. I didn't know they did any kind of refresher or training. I would choose Gordon over Hearland though since I believe they are still being run separate. Not 100% sure on that last bit.
     
  7. SouthernBelle21

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    I would not recommend you go with them. They sound like a good company until you start driving. The trucks are slow and only go 63 so if you are use to going 65 or faster this will drive you crazy. You can bearly get any miles a week because they take a 500 mile run and make the driver swap it with another driver so that they only get about 250 of that load. Which can be confusing as hell to keep up with how many miles you can make that week if you cant even keep straight how many miles of the 500 your drove or the other driver drove and you have swaped every load that you had loaded all week. A load that you could run by your self in 1 day will take you 2 to complete because you have to relay your one load with someone else. They pay good but they are paying you to run in circles. And Gordon trucks are at the Heartland terminals so idk if they are working together or not.

    Idk how well home time really is but my first experience already sucked. I asked to be home Friday because I had an appt that morning and they are not going to be able to get me home until Sunday. Mind you im on the regional account and im supposed to be home weekley any way. How convenient now I had to reschedule and see if they can get me home on time now Thursday.

    They only perk is the APU and inverter but it is on a weak international. I believe they do have automatics if yoh want one but i have a stick. The dispatchers are friendly and they do make sure you are alright if you get sick or they can't get up with you. But if you want lots of miles this ain't it. You just have to weight your own options but for me this company has more flaws the benefits.
     
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  8. jerzeyboy74

    jerzeyboy74 Light Load Member

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    Hello southerbelle21,you said your on the southeast regional would you be able to tell me what's your average miles a week I'm suppose to start next week thank you
     
  9. iraqralph43

    iraqralph43 Road Train Member

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    They don't like paying for toll roads...when ever possible
     
  10. Bry

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    I have a friend who had trouble getting hired anywhere. Heartland hired him out of Florida, and he IS appreciative, but his miles are low, and so is his paycheck, even at 49 cents/mile.
     
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