Watkins & Shepard Trucking, Inc. - Missoula, Mt.

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by Passin Thru, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Passin Thru

    Passin Thru Road Train Member

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    I was leased to Watkins-Shepard of Missoula, flatbed division.Just like anywhere, I had complaints. However, using diplomacy and negotiation skills taught to me by my wife I learned how to make my problem their problem. For example, picked up load in Spokane, 2 drops in Rockford Il, 1 sheet of 2 in. 6x10 aluminum left for Indiana. I told dispatch 3 times I would be in Rockford Monday at noon and could take a full load on to Baltimore but they never did anything about it. I called the OO supervisor and said, ' I told them for three days I'd be in Rockford and they did nothing. Now it has cost you and I both money because I have to deadhead to Chicago after unloading (made it sound like I was in S FL) and pickup this load." Boy did he get mad. After that I got my way every time by calling him and saying it was costing him money, rather than fight with a dispatcher who could make life really miserable. They paid ontime, got me home every 3 weeks for 1 week and would pay more for a cheap load of moulding from OR to MD just to get me to take it and then make it up with a great load back. Use your heads, there Aint no easy run. Take the bad and dont gripe and youll get more good than bad cuz they know you wont gripe. :biggrin_25518: No complaints, they wanted to make money and so did I. Totally honest, never once lied to me. Had to quit due to a ruptured disc but would go back. Keep your stick on the ice. Passin Thru
     
  2. cruzer

    cruzer Bobtail Member

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    This' seems' to be a' pretty darn good Trucking Company overall..
    Dry box and Carpeting' all over the United States. Well. hay!
    The driver is running. thats a plus can anyone else give us a.
    New review on Watkins Shepard Trucking.:biggrin_2559: Cruzer.
    Please Come Back On Watkins Shepard Drivers Former Drivers.
     
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  3. NoCoCraig

    NoCoCraig Road Train Member

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    My wife and I have been researching our tails off as we prepare to run team xl. We have decided WS is the one after talking to a number of their drivers (teams) and looking at lots of forum posts. These guys appear to be a straight up good company. I will keep you updated on our experience
     
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  4. kenworthw900

    kenworthw900 Light Load Member

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    check out the watkins shepard thread under the carriers thread lots of stuff there about them. Im going to missoula on the 29th for my 10 day training.
     
  5. Lowbed

    Lowbed Light Load Member

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    Are they the ones that took over Bitteroot Transport ????
     
  6. gdyupgal

    gdyupgal Medium Load Member

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    Kewl..good luck to you..are you driving here..if you are and you want a great place to eat go to Eugenes in Frenchtown..Yummyyyyyyy..:biggrin_255:
     
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  7. kenworthw900

    kenworthw900 Light Load Member

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    i dont know where i'll be driving yet but i wanna drive around the northwest if i can or around there
     
  8. walstib

    walstib Darkstar

    I go to Conover tomorrow for Monday Orientation...WS really seems to be a rare company with more good said about it than bad...I'm excited...

    That was my plan, no matter what they ask, "yes sir, I can do it", whether I like it or not...It's not like they have 10,000 drivers and I don't want to be thought of as the guy that biatches and moans...Sorry to hear about your back but thanx for the info!!!
     
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  9. johnny0207

    johnny0207 Bobtail Member

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    Hey...I'm new to trucking...recent grad...I"m considering starting with WS...will be going for 10 day orientation....how did you make out? Appreciate any feed back on this company. Thanks.
     
  10. Rknightpd

    Rknightpd Light Load Member

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    Hi NoCoCraig
    I had read on another post You guy's had we're driving with another company. My Wife and I are in school now and have been in contact with Roxy for months, W/S is high on our list which is very, very short. So I was wondering if you did start with W/S and if so how things were going and if you changed your mind what were the drawbacks. Either way Good luck.

    Thanks
    Randy & Susan
     
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