There's more to being a Christian company...

Discussion in 'Covenant' started by nutherchans, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. nutherchans

    nutherchans Bobtail Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    Lebanon, IN
    When I read an interview with David Parker in one of the trucking mags, I was impressed by what he had to say. I began thinking it would be great to work for a company that operates on Christian principles.

    Now that I'm working for Covenant, I'm greatly disillusioned (to put it nicely). There's more to operating a company by Christian principles than posting a pro-life message on the tailends of trailers and refusing to haul alcohol.

    God warns about oppressing the poor and taking care of those who are making you successful. While Mr. Parker is collecting his huge weekly paycheck as CEO of Covenant, those making that paycheck possible are having to put up with a lot of inexcusable nonsense. I'll list them below to make it easier to read:

    (1) "Dedicated" is just another word for "cheated logs". Industry standard.
    (2) Business Expenses - No free IPass, EZPass or PrePass. You're expected to use personal funds for truck expenses. You're expected to turn in receipts for all expenses or get docked for any advances used to pay for them.
    (3) No Paycheck - Unless you turn in your Tripaks. Don't get paid until the week after you turn in your Tripaks.
    (4) Defective tires - Must be carried until you can drop them at a yard. They must be dropped within 30 days or you buy them. The yard must be authorized to accept, but nothing tells the driver which yards those are. Driver must get a signed receipt for dropping tires or driver pays for tires. There's no safe way of carrying them even though we are required to do so.
    Breakdown refuses to replace tires enroute, in violation of FMCSR 393.75, because it's too expensive. Dispatch refuses to route to a terminal to drop tires. Guess what? None of my tires are defective unless I get a blow-out. I hate doing this but experiencing this nonsense one time is too much.
    (5) I've been scheduled loads that blatantly violate FMCSR 392.2 and 392.6.
    I've been scheduled as if a team even though I'm a solo driver. FM is now punishing me with low miles and extended waits because I refuse to run illegally.
    (6) Orientation is worthless. We're told what is required by law and stuff we already know. No useful information is provided about the operation of the company. Do they even know? The rules and regs book is way out of date even though most current book is 2006.
    (7) No after hours support for advances. Night shift claims to respond to the advance QualComm macro but I always have to call and deal with the BS answers about not getting it. Day shift admits that night shift will not respond, true to my experience.

    Need I go on?

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  3. nutherchans

    nutherchans Bobtail Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    Lebanon, IN
    There's also no night shift SAFETY support. Apparently, Covenant believes there are no safety concerns after regular day shift hours, which BTW are 8am to 4pm.
  4. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    These are the exact reasons that I REFUSE to work for ANY Company that has any religious motto in it's company logo, advertisment or employee handbook. I have found that companies that claim to work under "Christian Principles" do not.
  5. Keith48

    Keith48 Light Load Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    You are so right - it takes more to BEING a Christian company than just SAYING you are a Christian company. Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruits."
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  6. Attitude:)

    Attitude:) "Love each Day as if it was your last"

    Jul 13, 2007
    TX NM & CO
    It also brings a bad name to Christians by using names and logos that don't match what they say, do or how they act. Hmmmmm..........same thing with Covenant Health networks. They are the most expensive medical service in our area, and are so high they have til September before Medicare decides to tell their patients/clients they have to stop using them.
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  7. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

    Feb 18, 2007
    Central AZ

    Too true. :biggrin_25514: I'm an atheist, but even I've noticed that whenever someone makes a big flashy deal about their CHRISTIANITY, they're usually about to bend you over.

    I know a few Christians that I respect and trust, whether or not I agree with their beliefs...but they just go about their business and don't have to make a big deal about it. It seems the more you need to display how "Christian" you are, the more you have something to hide...kind of like the "I hate ####" jock types I knew in high school are now out of the closet. :biggrin_25525:
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  8. WiseOne

    WiseOne Inactive contact bullhaulerswife

    Feb 8, 2004
    Truckers Report, TN
    I agree on this 100%...IF anyone ever has to bolster themselves by saying, "we are Christians", you had better watch out and a red flag should go straight up in your mind. I had the same thing once, I worked for this guy that said his family was Christian, (I am too, but I don't use it as a crutch) and he had us write the hours we worked down on a sheet when we got back in to the shop...needless to say he went in every day and would shave off 15 minutes here and there. Covenant is one of the WORST examples of this. They can make an anarchist look like an angel.

    It's called using God's name in vain IF they want to check with the Bible..."let your yeas be yeas and your neys be neys". That should bring something to mind if they have read the Bible.
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  9. Velvet Elvis

    Velvet Elvis Bobtail Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I CANT THANK THE FORUM ENOUGH! As a new guy, I wrote my application for Covenant, not knowing the differences between companies. Havent heard from them but doesnt matter now anyway....THANKS!
  10. choctawblood09

    choctawblood09 Bobtail Member

    they will talk the talk but not walk the walk. it will catch up to them one day.
  11. dannyboy972

    dannyboy972 Bobtail Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    high springs, fl
    covenant should be another way of sayying ( Star Transportation) ? they just bought star a couple of months back and they are bringing that Bs over to star
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