The truth about heartland.

Discussion in 'Heartland' started by josainjr, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. josainjr

    josainjr Bobtail Member

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    Ok here goes. :biggrin_25516:I have been a driver for 19 years, been in the industry for 30, and have worked a number, and variety of companies. I have watched the industry change from something you could enjoy doing into an industry today where no one cares at all, especially for the driver, and even less for their families, or home time. The OTR companies today will, AND DO BOLD FACED LIE to the driver, then line their pockets at their expense. The only thing that matters is individual profit, and that does not mean the driver. You as a driver are a disposable commodity for their use, AND THE WORST OF THE WORST IS HEARTLAND (HEARTLESS) EXPRESS. They wil lie to you on their advertisements, through their recruiters, in orientation, all the way up to the minute you get in the truck, then all pretense goes out the window. Three out of four weekends home? :biggrin_25523:Forget that and turn it around, three to for weeks, (or longer) out and home for 34. During that time they will get you to within 2 hours of home, then send you the other direction. If you complain they will let you sit 5 to 8 hours then give you a load and expect you to split log or drive all night to do the load, and refuse? Dont even think about it! Heartland is forced dispatch, you argue, your fired at which time they will back charge you for anything wrong with the truck, keys, tech books, and anything else they can imagine to steal from you, and punish you for leaving, and the do all of this (and more) knowing full well their doing it, and blatently enjoying every minute of it. I never worked for a company more blatently cruel, corrupt, vile, pathetic, decietful, vindictive, or vengeful. Thinking about heartland? RUN LIKE HELL!

    :biggrin_2554:If you feel that you must drive over the road here are your choices;
    :biggrin_25511:1- US Express. 3 to 5 weeks out, lies are minimal, a day for every week your out, non forced dispatch.
    :yes2557:2- JB Hunt INTERMODAL/REGIONAL, I stress intermodal/regional. The otr is being phased down if not out and are as bad as heartland. The intermodal division will not lie to you, and you will be home every weekend for 2 days. They will work with you. Good equipment, decent people, no strings.

    All the rest? Dont bother unless you simply have a desire to be treated like crap, taken advantage of, lied to, and belittled, I.E., :ky:
     
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  2. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    i DIDN'T LAST 2 DAYS OF ORIENTATION AT HEARTLESS. REFUSED TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT OF LIFT AND CARRY 100 LBS 100 FT. (THINK IT WAS 100). I AIN'T UNLOADING A FULL TRAILER OF 100LBS BAGS. TOO OLD .LOL

    OH,AND I SIGNED ON FOR SOUTHEAST REGIONAL AND SOMEHOW NJ WAS INSERTED AFTER I GOT THERE
     
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  3. okieboy

    okieboy Light Load Member

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    U S Xpress is FORCED DISPATCH....I REPEAT...FORCED DISPATCH.. They will repeat that several times at orientation that they are FORCED DISPATCH... U S Xpress is absolutely one of the worse companies in the trucking business....Anyone that says they are any good, have never been to a halfway good company...I don't know about Heartland , never worked for them....
     
  4. sdaniel

    sdaniel Road Train Member

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    If in their hiring area, check out Epes transport.
     
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  5. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

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    I have been here almost 3 years.
    I was Columbus Regional for 1.5 years, running wherever. Getting home every weekend was a pain for a while, but over time my dispatcher and I worked things out and I got decent miles and home weekends. Yes, I was normally home around noon on Saturday, then headed out Monday morning. So was not full 2 days, but was regular.
    For the past almost year and a half I have been dedicated. I am home every weekend, and have steady miles, only about 2100 most weeks, but steady. And I can actually make plans for hometime, since I will be home.

    On the Carry 100 lbs thing. I have never had to unload a truck. That is just part of the fitness test they give at orientation. Driver assist unload is rare, and only on 2 accts that I have run. Even then, it is assist if needed. I have had to help pull a pallet or two on a dock when it was stuck. But that was it.
    I have turned down loads I could not do. On many occasions. If I can do them in my hours, and it will not effect me getting home, then I take everything. This is trucking, not a pleasure drive.
    I have never had to sit waiting on a load when I had to refuse, unless nothing was available in the area. And hey, guess what? that is trucking also. Not every company has every contract. And other loads in that area may have already been assigned. I am always planned at least 24 hours in advance. So I know if I can do the load when they give it to me. If it will be tight, I let them know that also.
    Are they the best company I have ever worked for? No. The best was a small carrier that I was laid off from when the recession got bad. For a large carrier they are not as bad as many. I get paid on time, and what I am owed.
    And since they are debt free, I do not have to worry about being laid off when freight goes down.

    On the regions.
    Regional drivers are expected to run their region, and to the end of the next region. Normally I do not see drivers cross into the second region very often. The load is swapped by then.
    So as a Columbus regional driver, I will run all of the Northeast region, into Atlanta region, Kingsport region, Iowa region.
     
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  6. Bman20

    Bman20 Light Load Member

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    hey chromedome, I think we spoke once but i was wondering you work for hearland right? do you like it there? here us the truth i am with Us Xpress right now ( been there three weeks now) I am not seeing any good miles and PAY!!!!! I feel used iwas wondering in looking for anyone esle...could you direct me is heartland righ tfor me I live in Vt and been otr driver for over 10yrs now and drving reg. 15yrs I am trying to find a good miles,paying,equipment job..is this it ????
     
  7. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

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    I have been at Heartland almost 3 years. I work Columbus region.

    I am not sure if they are hiring in VT. That would be the first thing to check on. We deliver to stores in VT several times per week. All over the state. I do not know if they hire from there though. Since the freight to get drivers home for the weekend would be limited, so they limit the drivers they hire.
    Much of the time we only have a couple contracts to get drivers out of the state also. I know of 3 in VT for outbound, and they are in 3 different parts of the state. Otherwise they deadhead people to Maine.

    Milage wise in the Northeast region it is not as good. The pay per mile and the green miles (4 cpm extra for all miles east of I-81 North of VA) help to make more money. But the freight is all short in that region.200-390 mile loads.
     
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  8. Bman20

    Bman20 Light Load Member

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    thanks chromedome for getting back to me....i guess since the economy is crappy and no sight of it getting better trucking no will be BAD!!! I guessI wil have to looking for the "dream" job for now i will stick it out @us xpress until something better comes along....switching to heartland probably will not be any better by the sounds...i just wish my job two yrs ago didnt tank.....all well i hope for the best for you and thanks...if you hear of anyting let me know...
     
  9. josainjr

    josainjr Bobtail Member

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    Used to not be that way, sounds like they took too many lessons from heartland! THATS why their advertising sign on bonuses and still cant get drivers!!! THEIR SLEEPING WITH HEARTLAND!!!!!
     
  10. josainjr

    josainjr Bobtail Member

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    Nice to know it wasnt just me.
     
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