When I worked there it was nothing like they advertised in the begining but without knowledge of the industry that was mostly my fault for not doing my research but if i had i wouldve stayed away from that puppy mill as when i worked there you were assigned loads and you couldnt say no even if you wanted to even though they say oh you should have enough hours to get there they dont care about the roads if there is a traffic jam or something they will call you multiple times and its almost as if common sense isnt a thing with them and sometimes you have to do things on the road to get your truck there they say safety first but no its loads first health and safety are near the end of their priorities as the drivers though most are nice people they dont know what they got themselves into as the advertisements that drew them in was just nonsense and a scheme to get you to sign a loan or slave contract with them first month you get an hourly wage when you are driving on duty which was 10 bucks an hour and on duty not driving it was depending on your states min wage, but any who when you arrive you get shipped on a * hound (grey hound bus) and experience why you are never getting back on a bus and arrive in salt lake which the ride there wasn't that bad i guess but the school is a dorm style with 8 people to a room and they let you stay there for free* while you go to their school to get your CDL which they charge more than the other schools for a lot less drive time its practicall
Prosyou make money and have a job year round
Consno sleep, no family, no food if you have a family, not enough pay to deal with the bs of the gov't and the micromanaging.
let me tell you something, first of all you dont make near the money they claim you would make. your take home pay will maybe be 300 to 400 dollars a week after taxes. second they dont feed you at school at all, you lucky to get a drink of water for free. and as far as salt lake city they are disgusting.
the house keeper never cleans the bathrooms, all she does is spray a spot in front of the door so it smells at if some one cleaned it, i caught her twice doing it so she has been getting away with it for a while! their other locations have roaches and bedbugs so if you like it go for it, that was one reason i went to salt lake city because i heard about the bugs in other places.
you will share a room with 8 other people on hard bunk beds with small locker to put your items into. if you have a partner you are put into a small room with two beds, i guess that would be alright eh. the training is a joke all the trainers do is talk about each other! you dont no who to turn to for help because believe me your first day you will see you can not trust a word they say and thats just the trainers! they then leave students who no nothing to attempt to help you while the trainers fight and argue, walk to their vehicles and stay there for one or two hours with their gf, or sleep
they have you do a phase 2 where the instructor walks beside you telling you what to do in the truck after you have came back from you phase 1 training. the pay is 16 to 19 cents a mile, unless y
ProsGO HOME ON THEIR DIME AT HOME TIME STAY HOME!!!
There are too many things to include to convey how bad this motor carrier is. First off, they pay the lowest in the industry. Secondly, their training school is a CDL factory that is designed to pump out "drivers" for the sole purpose of making the England's money. What ends up happening is people who go there get defrauded of a legitimate training and get charged $9,000.00 for it. Then they try and lock you into a contract for 12 months so that they can get more money off you delivering their loads. On top of this, C.R. England gets a government subsidy for every "student" who goes through the "school", so they get paid for every student, but still charge you for $9,000.00 and put you under contract so that if you leave because of the bad conditions, you get hounded by them and are expected to pay the full amount. Every co-driver that I have had come onto the truck has not known how to back, and refuse to apply themselves to learn, so that they wake me up out of my sleep in order to back the truck up for them.
When it comes to pay, you will make $24,000.00 a year operating a 70,000 pound vehicle on roadways not designed for them, surrounded by traffic, cramped cities, dangerous drivers, bad weather, and always under threat of DOT officers. You will be started off at .14¢ a mile(Oh boy!), once you pass phase one. On their raise schedule, you will have to stay there for 10 years to make it to 50¢ a mile. To give you a picture of how bad this is, most large carrier
ProsThere are ok paying routes, but you have to be a part of a system that preys on new drivers(phase 1 trainers), and the others are all filled as of 2019.
I've went to England truck driving school, and all in all I had a really good experience. They hired me on right after my training was completed. I did notice that there wasn't to much concern about home time during the over the road training but I was happy to have a job so I paid it no never mind. Once I completed my phase 2 training I went out solo OTR and I was really enjoying myself. I was asked several time to take on a second seat driver but I wanted to get the miles under my belt alone. I really didn't want to take on another personality while going out on my own truck for at least 3 months but I was was intending on linking up with a driver who started training after I did and we were going to go teams. I answered a messaged on my quilcom machine asking me to pick up a phase 2 trainee in Houston and at first I was reluctant to do so, but did anyway. I felt a little pressure as a solo driver to get loads in on time as expected, but nothing compared to once I took on a second seat. I wasn't use to driving during the hours of 3-5am but one instance I had to drive due to a layover at a drop-off that had us there for 13 hours. I was tired and to make a long story short I swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road and ended up on the median which by the way was muddy do to rain so I got stuck. England didn't take to kind to this as I was terminated due to the cost of what it took to pull me out. I really didn't get it. I was due to make them more money then what it cos
ProsVery good School
ConsThey don't really care about your personal life outside of the job duties
Worst place I've ever worked. Apply anywhere BUT here.
After 3 months, I never once saw home. Not a single day. My family moved from Georgia to Missouri to be closer to highways more typically run by England, and was within 80 miles from home, but was never given home time. Their training department offered to let me do phase 1 and phase 2 on the same truck since my trainer was going on vacation soon and they did not want a new trainee to get on the truck and then get back off, I accepted since I was supposed to still be given my 1.00 an hour raise from 9.25/hr to 10.25/hr. I was never given the raise.
I was called over the Qualcomm back to Salt Lake City on Friday evening, saying my training was complete, upon arrival I was put into the dorm all weekend. On Monday morning I was told I was supposed to be in my upgrade class for phase 2. I corrected them, they told me that another 19 hours on the truck was required, I said No, they called ME back. A few hours later I got another call saying I needed another 19,000 miles. I said No, they called ME back and my trainer had left back to California already. They finally let me take the test to be a driver. I took and passed the test and all other requirements. Filled out the driver log as required to get paid for my driving time for the day.
My wife and I were tired of the BS of me getting no home time when I was promised several times I'd be given some. I got no home time unless I personally paid for all transportation, this is NOT what I agreed too when I signed up, they said
ProsNone, they lied about EVERYTHING
ConsThey lied from day 1 to the day I left, they are full of BS.
If you have a wife, girlfriend, kids or family you want to see regularly, turn away from this company. You WILL be gone for atleast 6 weeks atleast. First 3 weeks you will be in a disgusting hotel, unless you live close to the school. You have to pay for own food, and you are not being paid for those 3 weeks! They also vaguly tell you anything about what to expect that would make you turn away, and make you sign their contract which binds you to them for a year to pay off that tuition from their school. Once you sign it you have become their slave. They arent teaching you ANYTHING useable for when you are on the road either, they are just teaching you to make you pass to get your CDL. For the driving portion of the lisence they have their own examiners, will pretty much pass you as long as you dont hit anything. Right as you finish their school you will be imediately put onto a truck with a trainer, possibly another trainee doing Otr long hauls for the next 3 weeks. The trainers are terrible, only caring about the miles you get, not if you are learning and they are usually harsh people to, forcing you to do things you arent comfortable with yet, the pay for these first 3 weeks are terrible, making as little as $600 before taxes for 70 hours of working a week. During training you will be worked like a dog. After all that do you finally get to go home? NO! They make you do another test called the "upgrade" which they just teach you a better way to park and take you on the road
I am a brand new driver. I went to their school in Cedar Hill TX. They are extremely unorganized. The sent me to three different hotels. The first two were booked and the last one I never found. Lucky enough I live within 50 miles so I drove back and forth everyday. They dont pay you during your time at the school earning your CDL. Then you either wait at the hotel or at home in my case for a trainer to call you, you wait and wait and wait....They dont get in a hurry about anything. My first phase 1 trainer was a nightmare. I am a nonsmoker with lung issues and they put me on a truck with a chain smoker. He also had me sleep on the top bunk which is against policy and drove so rough that I was almost thrown from the top bunk several times. I ended up having someone pick me up at a truck stop becuase after three days of no sleep I just couldnt take it anymore. I went to the school (in Cedar Hill TX) to tell them about my experience and they stated "We dont need to hear your drama we will get you another trainer", they also said this same thing to the trainer of the truck I was on. How is anything ever going to get fixed if they never want to hear about it. They are all about safety supposedly but when you go to talk to them about an issue they dont want to hear it. Then I sat and waited another week for a new trainer. They told me they would pay me while sitting at home since it took so long waiting for the second trainer. But it never happened. My experience with the second t
First they lie and then they lie and then they lie some more
Pay Its a joke. I went to school thru their program. It's a big con if you have a choice to get your CDL by any others means do it otherwise it's like selling your soul to the devil. Faze one of training don't expect to make any money an average of 300-350 a week before taxes they will tell you 505 it's a big fat lie. Out of 100 people very few make that I would sau up to 10% and I'm talking truth and numbers after I done my research and I talked to other drivers beside myself
Faze two of training they tell you that you will make between 564 and 700 a week and in upper 700 up to 800 truth two weeks of faze two for me. Pay about two hundred and fifty a week To survive on the road necessities and food and that's been cheap are around 150 dollars. Managers well let's put it this way to them you are nothing but a number. Trucks are mostly automatics and they are fairly new no older than 3 years problem is more then half are very poor maintained cleanses wise that is. Communication with upper management it's nonexistent, The health insurance well let's just say if you are perfectly healthy then sign up for their cheapest one but God help you if you get sick.
Training on that one I'm just going to talk about my personal experience
The school I went to was ATDT in Molton Ala Good people and good atmosphere also good trainers that really care. They will help you get financing and they will help you get a j
ProsNone except seeing the country
ConsPay is bad, trainers are incompetent, the management don't care about you, you are a number, will be sleeping in a moving truck, Sharing your bed with another man pay you will work almost for free literally
I went to England to get started into trucking. Family is full of drivers and I've always be fascinated with big trucks and machinery. Their school literally teaches the bare minimum basically to move the truck, you have to hope you get a good trainer in order to actually learn anything which I lucked out with. Placed on a dedicated Walmart account right out of training but it was a fleet out of another state which meant even though it was dedicated, I rarely saw home and my family. I made good money there and the other drivers were fun to hang out with on my off time but the office staff didn't care about anyone's personal life aside from the night shift which didn't really have any pull. I had to quit to finally get home and transfer to my local dedicated Walmart fleet with them. I made even better money here, home most every night, and had a decent truck. That was until my load planner quit my first month in. The main load planner filling in was a complete moron. Playing favorites was a major problem with him. My weekly pay checks went from averaging $1000 after taxes to averaging $300-$500 and my miles went from 2500 to barely breaking 1000 per week. I was switched into a truck with major brake issues, steering problems, and air leaks. It took them a month to finally fix the brakes, a few weeks to fix the steering, and over 2 months to address the air leaks. Mind you, I kept reporting the issues and put that truck into their shop after each load I did. Because I was const
If you ever understand how pimping works. This is what CR England specialize in.
They recruit, train, and hire almost anyone. The training is pretty much self-taught. You are just a number to them. I had to go to court one time for child support. I put in for off time 2 months in advance to go to court. Keep in mind that if I don't go to court my license will be suspended. when the day came. they did not route me a load headed home. I call my transportation manager and all he said was "this is the trucking business and I am dispatched based on the demand". They do not care about you. Period. They left me and my team driver broke down in California for 3 to 4 days before someone came to help us. We had to fight to get paid for those days and we only were paid 2 out of the 4 days for a total of $75.
If I could give you any advice. Please.... don't go to C.R. England. When they assign you to a trainer don't expect to get the training you need. Most of the trainers are only trainers because of the money. You may need to go through 3 to 4 trainers before you find a decent trainer. Trainers are paid on all the miles that you drive. They do not want to stop to take showers, eat, etc. because when those wheels are not rolling they are not making money. When you are with a trainer you are paid $10 per hour only on the time that the truck is rolling. The trucks computer system is designed to track when you are moving. If you are sitting in traffic for a period of time you are not getting paid. You have a 14-hour daily shift 7 days per week and will only see a $
ConsEverything about CR England is a con.
Questions And Answers about C.R. England
After training how long do you have to stay with C.R.England?
Asked Jan 14, 2017
Those are Q-U. from long time ago.
TO me, I believe your Company is great for being in busines for so meny years
Answered Apr 14, 2021
Presently your agreement with paramount lending is 12 months unless you are a qualified veteran, then it is 9 months
It does not include the days you spend in
Premier trucking school because it is not considered employment.
The contract is exactly 12 months after your start date. Feel free to contact paramount and they will tell you the exact date.
It is not 13 months it is 12
You just are not an employee while in school
Answered Feb 15, 2021
What is the best part of working at C.R. England?
Asked Dec 9, 2019
Answered Jun 29, 2022
There's tons of support for mechanical problems and the company pays for almost everything. They'll also reimburse expenses that aren't covered up front. If you get a good Fleet Manager, they can help you with any problem you're having.
Answered Jun 28, 2022
Do you have to take a urine or blood test
Asked Aug 6, 2016
They will give u a urine test and a hair folic test...
Answered Sep 24, 2019
Yes they do hair as well as hair test. I honestly think wither you get tested multiple time depends on record. my trainer as well as one of my codrivers were tested about 3 times in their first 6 months in the company. i had some fun but never got arrested, so on paper I'm law abiding citizen. i was only tested once and that was the third day of being at the school.
Answered Aug 30, 2019
If you were in charge, what would you do to make C.R. England a better place to work?
Asked Jan 19, 2018
Treat drivers like people. Be fair in your dealings with us.
Answered Dec 5, 2020
Actually care about the drivers and work place.
Answered Oct 22, 2020
What is the work environment and culture like at C.R. England?
Asked Jun 15, 2016
No matter how much you bust your butt, you are not "appreciated" by CR England as a driver. Even though someone who has had over 46 years as a truck driver (semi) and knows more about truck driving than C.R.England could imagine.
Answered Jul 17, 2019
Everyone is nice to your face...(Fleet manager) until you get a snarky phone call 2 -(two) days later after hire saying someone doesn't like you and you can't work there. WHAT?????? YEah - that happened.