Overall Reviews at Central Transport
Dispatcher | California | Apr 13, 2019
Thankless company that doesn’t care about its employees at all
If you ever want to work your butt off every day only for you to not be appreciated this is the place for you.
Long days with no breaks,broken promises, constantly changing, unsanitary, horrible benefits.
Have you ever heard “not all money is good money” well here you will leave every day stressed out and arrive stressed out. Only to be stressed out by corporate.
Ever worked somewhere you had to bring your own water?
Ever worked somewhere where you literally hear people’s butt when in the bathroom because your desk is 20 feet from the toilet with no door?
Ever get written up for something they told you was ok upon recruitment?
Ever been given a day off for a holiday and NOT be paid for it when you’re salary?
Ever had a mouse run up your leg while sitting at your desk?
Imagine being told upon recruitment you get a 1 hour lunch only to be told 3 months in that now it’s half hour and oh btw you need to work an hour later and no you won’t be compensated. Oh and btw we don’t take breaks around here
Imagine your chair that you have to sit in for at least 9.5 hours a day was broken, lopsided, and they didn’t care.
Imagine being a supervisor and talking to a driver only to have the driver almost wanna fight you only to have the manager sit there like he’s waiting to see a fight.
Never reached a single bonus.
Never had a single review.
Never offered a single raise (15 months)
And when I resigned my check was short for my last week.
And I still haven’t...more
ProsIt’s better than nothing I guess
ConsNo breaks, broken promises by management, reduced lunch time, extended shift without compensation.
Driver | Indianapolis, IN | Aug 25, 2018
Laid back environment to those that come in and do your job, home everyday-night linehaul, competitive with top 10-20 trucking companies
Enjoy the laid back environment of being tour own boss in the sense of just coming in doing your job, running to wherever your route is, unloading your trailer when you get back and going home. Same thing 5 days a week. All terminals usually have their own set of rules regarding drivers within company standards like some have dock workers to unload, and some don't. Money is there and increasing with the driver shortages and is getting competitive with new raises and bonuses implemented here in 2018. Unlike some of these mega carriers and having 200+ drivers and being on the "bottom of the totem pole", most terminals have anywhere from 20-40 city drivers and maybe 10-20 road drivers. So when the driver shortage ever ends....maintaining your place in such a small rotation would be to your advantage as your place in moving up. I started 12th on linehaul and 2 years later i am 7th with 4 or 5 guys set to retire soon. I already make more money than those ups and fedex starters at almost $70k with this future cap putting me around $80k+ within 3 years.
ProsHustling the system to find your niche in routes and pay, Always something you can do within your 14 hour max day
ConsEquipment improving with purchases and fixing existing equipment, some days you find yourself fighting the trailers to shut doors or patching a hole in side
Forklift Operator | Hillside, IL | Jul 26, 2019
Don’t waste your time
This was a short lived job! I applied and was advised to come into the location to complete a job application. I went to the location picked up the application and returned it the next day. That same day I was sent to complete a physical/ drug test. Which I passed! I was given a start date of July 9th for a part time position. I worked from July 9th through the 12th. I received a phone call from one of the managers “Beau” on Saturday July 13th asking if I could come in on my off day (Sunday) and work. I agreed to. He stated that he would have to contact corporate and get the approval for me to come in. Upon arriving on that Sunday I clocked in and was told by the supervisor that was on duty it was a “test” to see who was reliable. I was told I could leave. When I returned to work the next day which was that Monday I was told that I had come in on a off day (Sunday) and had “stolen company time”. I was in shock because I was the one contacted to come in on my off day and was trying to make a good impression to show I was not only reliable but wanted my job. This company is VERY unprofessional and I see now why there is such a high turn overrate. Despite the pay rate of 17.00 plus an hour, they don’t offer enough hours worth making the trip to go to work everyday. Don’t waste your time going through the trouble of completing a “paper application “ and the hassle of completing a drug screen etc.
Driver | Phoenix, AZ | Aug 19, 2019
You have set schedule which is nice and you can pick up an extra shift on Saturdays if you want too.
Iv been line haul for over a year now.
You get 5 pto days each year till your 4th year of employment then you get 10 days pto.
However if you call in sick they will take 1 of those pto days. Or if you ask for a day off for dr appt then that will count against you vacation/PTo days
Pay isn't that good. Day shift is 196 plus 22.5 to start for dock work. You might not get dock work every day and never know how much you will get.
Night shift is a little better depending on the route.
1 is 226, another pays 273, and another 325. Then dock work. You dont have to do dock work if you get on the route paying 325.
Equipment isn't good and it can be hard to get mechanics to fix things. Night shift rarely has a mechanic so either they get sent home for refusing to run a bad trl or take a chance with the weight stations in California.
Trucks are new its usually the trls that are old. There isn't any advancement some drivers have been here 13 yrs and still make same money as someone who has just been hired.
Management is write up happy and generally dont tell you how to improve.
For just 1 the health insurance is 80 dollars a week and 1500 deductible. 401k they match nothing and never even bring it up once you become eligible for it.
ConsPay and no opportunities for advancement
Senior Service Coordinator | Warren, MI | Mar 21, 2019
A lot to like if you're interested in logistics.
Central Transport is a company for which I would recommend working only if you have a burning passion for logistics and freight movement. This shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as how it's an LTL trucking company. The fact the work isn't interesting to me comes from my lukewarm interest in the field; I work here full-time because a position was offered to me during my part-time employment.
It's a professional environment, for sure, but the company employs some cut-throat business practices with which I don't agree. I won't get into details, but working here has given me a strong aversion to the hum-drum office life. I'm 100% sure they're not out of the ordinary and are fully allowed to do what they do, but the sour taste in my mouth tells me that it's time for a change.
The main con would be their reluctance to give adequate pay increases. After accepting a new position, I was informed my pay would not increase in the transition. After 90 days, I requested a pay increase and was offered $0.60 more per hour, which roughly worked out to $20.00 more per week. I was less than thrilled, seeing as how my last pay increase was a year and a half ago.
ProsLogistical experience, semi-casual environment, strong adherence to professionalism
ConsStingy with benefits/compensation
Truck Driver | Houston, TX | Jun 10, 2019
Poor management skills, theres managers/supervisors with no experience advising you on what has to be done. Good luck on getting something fixed on your tractor/trailer if ones assigned to you. They will try to make you drive an unsafe tractor/trailer if you say nothing, and if you do get ready to get faces and attitude made to you. They are cheapest company to get anything replaced specially tires and recapped at that They don't have a shop for your tractor in Houston, it will have to be driven to Dallas to get fixed when they get a chance to, so get ready to get kicked out of every tractor you hop in to, and ready to hop in the worst in the fleet. Im not even going to start with their forklifts, you get the hint. You will lose your job over being human. Man up if you are sick or dying, or if you needed some time off, or like me that my wife was about to give birth, no excuses!!! Poor work place, and equipment. Pay is fair, but their healthcare blows. There are a couple of good guys there that will show you the ropes and train you. They hire a lot as fast as they'll fire them. I just think it could be a better place if you had the right personal for the job beginning with managers, and equipment. Good luck!!!
ProsSome good employees
ConsAll Of The Above..
Long Haul Driver | Dubuque, IA | Jun 25, 2018
I currently work at the Dubuque IA Terminal and I was referred by one of my friends to work here. So far Im enjoying my job very much. Set schedule each night and for me I most time get the same route to Tomah WI. Some nights if it’s slow I’ll run Chicago. Everyone is very friendly and you are respected as a driver. The pay is above average then most places and I was given a nice sign on bonus. Brand new internationals and Peterbilts. Sometimes I’ll run into a rough trailer when going to Chicago but the shop will normally fix it for you. One thing I think needs improvement is to hire more dispatch personnel. It can take 20 mins to get ahold of someone.
Average day goes like this, you come in, pre-trip your truck and trailer. Check your load to make sure it’s secure. Then you drive to your destination that’s on your handheld. If you go to a terminal like Tomah WI then you’ll hop on a forklift and help load and unload trailers till everybody is set. Then you drive back to your main terminal and unload your freight and load up the city trailers. Easy work cause the handheld tells you everything you need to know.
ProsDedicated route, Pay, Co-Workers, Trucks
ConsBenefits, Some trailers are rough (if doing Linehaul)
Driver Assistant | Detroit, MI | Dec 8, 2018
I've only been here a month so far so, my review has limited insight. I'm 49 and changed careers for the third time. Also, this is my first job out of trucking school so take it for what it's worth. So far, I am really enjoying it. I can see it's not for everyone but, I think it's a great fit for me. If you don't want a lot of hours or if you don't like changing up to work the dock after a run, it might not be for you. What really makes it great are the other employees, dispatchers, and management. Everyone is very helpful. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask anyone. They'll all point you in the right direction if they can't answer it themselves. The equipment is all newer trucks. Home every night. Good pay. There aren't many downsides and the ones that are present, I can live with. Again, I'm new to this so, I still have a lot to learn. I'm glad I came here because they're all cool with that. One of the guys who trained me has been working here for over 9 years and still likes it. That says a lot.
ProsHome every night, Lots of hours, Good pay rate, Great atmosphere, Advancment opportunities
ConsNo direct deposit, pay for benefits, time and half after 55 hours instead of 40
Truck Driver | Wilmington, DE | Oct 30, 2019
Dont let them take advantage of you
Did a year at 198 as a linehaul driver. money was ok. Employees were chill. Constantly had issues with the new peterbilt 579s breaking down. Miscommunication when it came to ETAs. ETAs are "estimated" time of arrival not EXACT. Had to tell off management more then once and linehaul dispatch because they tried to make me take a hazmat upstate when i wasnt hazmat cert and various other things they tried to make me do. Terminal was dirty and constant osha violations all over the place made of of the drivers call osha on the company. Good place to stack up money and bounce. Some drivers had their check shorted a couple $100. Was resigning in 2 weeks but was told to resign right away and wasnt told the reason. For the new drivers coming in: Watch yourself and dont get buddy buddy with the 3 managers they will talk bad behind your back and try to get you fired for not being a yes man. Just keep your head down and make your money. In a better spot now since i switched to their independent contractor side and dont have to deal with any of that anymore and make x3 the managers salary
~I aint unloading S-
Long Haul Driver | Bath, PA | Mar 21, 2019
Horrible Experience please stay away!
Where do I start? Junk tractors, slip seat every day and almost every trailer is damage. No place for an expirence driver. Poor management, you are just a number. Everything is out of Michigan so they have no ideal what the weather is like in your part of town nor do they care. You will ruined your license here so stay away. Broke down doing my run and they left me on side of road for 15 hours and they forgot then refused to pay me. Every driver carries a tool bag to repair their garbage tractors and trailers. Worst company ever. Dispatch will put you on any route he feels so your pay check is never predictable. Don’t be fooled by the sign on bonus or 1400-1700 pay that is all a joke good routes go to those willingly to stay quiet and eat dirt. It was embarrassing working for them they are the laughing stock of the LTL industry. Never one to give a review but I felt it was my job to keep my fellow truckers informed. STAY AWAY!!!!!
ConsThis company is unsafe.