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.