Western Express Sucks

Discussion in 'Western Express' started by grizzle, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. grizzle

    grizzle Bobtail Member

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    O.K I tried Western Express for a little bit of time both as a company driver and flatbed lease purchase operator and it was a miserable experience.
    All around ( in my opinion) recruiters make Western seem like a fair and honest company who cares about it's drivers and their needs and I did not see that. The hotel Western Express puts Drivers at in Nashville is a run down dump. The orientation is a bunch lectures and flatbed training was a joke. The instructor I had was lazy and never started training on time and did not cover tarping a load.
    Flatbed lease purchase dispatch treated me like crap and like I was a company slave.
    I had an injury tarping a load and could not get a hold of anyone in dispatch immediately and when I did get a hold of dispatch the next day the dispatcher wanted to know if I got the load tarped ( which I did). I ended not be able to work for a week due to restrictions I was on ( I could drive just no heavy lifting) and my dispatcher threatened to come get my truck and charge me $1000.00. I finally managed to get a load I did not have to tarp back to Nashville ( and I had to fight with Safety to get that) and I turned my truck in. Western Express still owes me _. It has been about a month and they go I have to wait 45 days once I cancel my lease to get my $. They go to me they have to do an audit. That's bull!!!
    The ONLY good thing about Western was I got seat time behind the wheel.
     
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  2. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

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    All bigger companies are the same crap on a different day. All elog now. All about the bottom line. No regard for driver. If you have less than 6months exp, your in a tough spot, you will be looking hard to get hired. Best wishes.
     
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I never think trying lease purchase is a good idea. I think it's an even worse idea if a driver is inexperienced or lacks knowledge of the industry. Lease purchase is more like "lose purchase."
     
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  4. Father Dirt

    Father Dirt Bobtail Member

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    I hear that I have be in Allentown Pa.waiting on a truck for three weeks now heading home this place is insane...
     
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  5. Rocknroller4

    Rocknroller4 Road Train Member

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    ^^^^This. Doesn't matter which company you start out as a rookie. Trust me. I've wasted time surfing this board for answers to that golden ticket company as a newbie and there is none. Best advice. Don't read this board and do what you wanna do. One thing I do agree on tho is never lease btw with these mega companies. Recipe for failure.
     
  6. nomikona

    nomikona Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, definitely seems to be true. Put in the 6 months with whatever #### company that fits you better and find another JOB.
     
  7. Rubicon

    Rubicon Light Load Member

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    Find a guy that knows all the tricks, knows how to make money, knows how to be comfortable or uncomfortable. Give him 2 or 3k to teach you the fundamentals and give insights. Screw cdl school and all that follows. Get some experience somewhere after that in a chip truck or whatever and move up to the creamier stuff by not telling people the truth when you're angry, not running 4 wheelers into ditches, and not so much being perfect but not being cited with stuff that wasn't dismissed or reduced or not being cited at all.
    I've pulled every kind of trailer, paper logs, no logs, elogs, all that bs. And before you get in a head on collision with a drunk, have a plan for your money. Just an opinion; I ain't nobody.
     
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    MadatWE Bobtail Member

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  9. MadatWE

    MadatWE Bobtail Member

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    Looking to file a class action suit for how people treated by western express.
    Orientation and signing employment agreement
    What they call training is new guy exploited while trainer sleeps or drinks!

    Drivers or previous applicants,
    Let’s get a class action suit started against their coercion and tyranny!
    Make it stop!
    For us and others!
     
  10. Rubicon

    Rubicon Light Load Member

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    I ain't no expert here on anything. When I was there a couple times I had a good trainer and good managers. Breakdown worked well with me. It's seems like a lot of it is luck on the trainer and manager or dispatcher and that makes tremendous difference. I only got the run-around when I wanted home time, but I got there. Sometimes I'd get fd up flatbed trailers from guys not fixing the lights which costs time. I ran both flatbed and van there and trained guys.
    I saw a lot of happy drivers for what that's worth. I know a lot of good-hearted guys are warning each other about that company right now and I'm not disagreeing with them. For the most part they gave me a load, I ran it and got paid fairly. I made good, consistent money almost all the time. It was rare not to. If a guy learns more and more tricks he makes more money I believe. Then later on with experience there are some unbelievably cake and lucrative trucking jobs.
     
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