Ripped up my check in front of me!!Beware of Raider Express in Fort Worth Texas
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I know it is a bit late in responding to this post, but I do feel a bit compelled.
I've been on these forums for a while so some folks know me. And I've made no effort to hide the fact that I work for Raider Express, and have since I started trucking.
So, let me first start off by saying that Raider, on the whole, is a decent if not good company to work for. At least from my perspective. However, I will not sit here and defend the company nor will I take Opeth72's side.
Raider Express is a trucking company, and all trucking companies have good and bad sides. It does perhaps seem that Opeth72 saw the bad side of Raider, at least in the end. I can definitely say that things in that office can get heated at times, I've seen it. I've seen new drivers come and I've seen them go just as fast.
Working for Raider takes a very specific frame of mind to make things work, some folks just can't fathom it and don't last, either due to their own issues or how the company operates.
So, with that said, let me point out a few things that I know to be fact.
Raider does not pay student trainee's $400 per week, nor have they ever to my knowledge. It is roughly $350 per week, actually is is $50.00 per day of time while on the road. Time taken off during the week, does not count. The pay is fully taxed just like everything else, so obviously it is going to be lower after all the deductions and the govt get's their cut.
Next, training is a minimum of three weeks, and on average a maximum of four weeks. If you were training for five weeks, baring any dispatch issues while on the road then you went over your time because your trainer thought you were not ready for your own truck. Though, if you got stuck out someplace due to load availability I can see this happening. I don't know, I wasn't your trainer. And your comment about having to go out with a "finisher" is the first I've heard of it. Maybe it's something that just started in the last few months, I can't say.
As for "D.R."'s final conversation with you, I won't even begin to speculate. Things get heated between folks, and most shouting and cursing matches between folks go both ways, not just one way. As I said I'm not going to defend him or the company here, not my place since I wasn't there.
This is a bit rambling and more long winded than I intended, so I'll leave it at this.
Raider Express is a Trucking Company, and every trucking company in the world has good and bad points. It is all on the matter of the perspective of the person or persons involved.
These forums have many good and bad points, and unfortunately from my perspective the bad is discussed more than the good. So here is a very small breakdown from my views of Raider Express:
- Freight, and lots of it. I rarely sit waiting for a load, with the exception of meat plants. They can't be figured out, sometimes you are in and out in less that 15 minutes on a drop hook, sometimes you have to wait 24 hours. I can live with that.
- Miles. I generally average between 2800 and 3400 a week, very few times have I gone below that. And usually my fault because I took time off.
- Time Home. On average I spend ten days on the road and am home two days. And could probably take more if I could stand being home more. I am generally back in Fort Worth every 5-7 days with the way our trip routes work.
- Trip Flexibility. They generally give me a choice of where I want to go when given loads. I do not have to go to the east coast if I don't want to. I can even refuse any load I choose (though they will beg if they are desperate.)
- Pay. Well, this really isn't a pro, though it isn't a con either. I get paid, and I get paid on time. There have been two errors with pay since I started with the company. One was my fault because I didn't do my trip sheet correctly. The other was their's and it wasn't really their fault either. Stuff happens.
- They want you to work ALL the time, and take no time off. But, every company is that way.
- You get rushed quite a lot. The old axiom 60 mph truck, 100 mph dispatcher holds true here, just like everywhere else.
- Dispatchers (some not all) can be a pain, and are a bit rude at times. But nothing you really can't deal with if your an adult.
- Company drivers (which I am not) are under the gun for their fuel mileage, idle times and driving habits. And I do mean hard. The company can be quite ruthless if you are a poor driver and idle away for no real reason at all. Though, company drivers who keep to the below the levels they want can earn serious cash through the fuel bonus program.
- Insurance. It is expensive, and at times not the best, but that is just the way things are at times.
That's pretty much it, I could probably go on but I won't. I'm not a recruiter for the company, nor would I want to be.
With everything said, for me Raider Express is a good company. Yes there are problems, I get frustrated and pissed off and sometimes it takes forever to get things fixed if something is busted. But as I said, this is a trucking company, and you get what you put into it.
What a WONDERFULL relationship!!!!!!! Cussing employees, tearing up checks, "surfing boards" just where ITF had this industry gone????????? This is, unforturnatly, where we have arrived. We can't even agree in the price of a free cup of coffee!!!!!! And you ALL wonder why we get F*(&^D???? Jeezes folks can't we all just get along?????? New-bees need a bit of coaching but when they come across with the "You drive your truck & I'll drive mine" the "senior" guys just hang the mike up, ####, wonder why? Likewise when the remark is made "get out, I'll back that up for ya" Give the new-be a break, Heaven forbid that we "gray beards" might actually help a new guy out!!!!!! Too many of us have forgotten how we learned & too many new guys have a log on their shoulder!!!!!!! BUT,,,,,, being definde as "unskilled labor" by the Government, what can we expect????????????? SIGNED A GRAY BEARDppbr2001 Thanks this.
Very unprofessional, by no means should anyone ever act like that.. Got a laugh out of, their website, brags so much about family oreintated.. Seems the only family and friends, our all in the office..
Their payroll, recruiting, driver training program... May want to call swift to see if their are any training programs available for them.. And of course with pay of $50 a day, screw it up numerous times, then have some flunky recruiter lie and make excuses for their short comings.. Then tear up the check drop the F word... Several times... The only different outcome would be that recruiter would be out of a job. Because it wont be friends and family protecting him from his childish behavior.
I'm seeing a lot of strong opinions based on a couple forum posts. It's ALL hearsay at this point, from where I'm sitting anyway.
I've had a student badmouth me pretty vehemently before, spreading all sorts of stuff about how evil and nasty I was, and that I was a slave-driver, wanting him to drive all the miles while I sat back and collected all the pay. Then, when I just couldn't take him any more, I left him at a motel. The last part was true, but only after I learned that he couldn't drive two hours without getting beeyatchy and whining about needing to stop and rest.
By the time I got back to the home terminal, he had a group of new drivers begging not to be sent out with me, after having been told the "real story" by this punk, who... by the way... was also fired by the next trainer who took him on.
My next student did fine, by the way, and decided he shouldn't have judged me on the word of someone he didn't know, and that he'd forgotten that there's ALWAYS another side.
I don't know what really happened here. Whether there was shouting, and who might have started it. All I really do know is that I can't pass judgement on either party because I WASN'T THERE.DirtySideDown Thanks this.
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