Working at Hallcon: Company Overview and Reviews

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14325 West 95th Street Lenexa, KS 66215
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Overall Reviews at Hallcon

Driver | Fort Worth, TX | Jul 14, 2018
A very mismanaged company, Promises at hiring time are broken within days after being hired.
This company was completely mismanaged or NOT MANAGED!!! Dispatched out of Kansas, the dispatchers were unaware of local conditions and distances, Dispatching was poor and they were always in the weeds and behind. Dispatchers were rude. Locally there was no training at time of hire, they promised a company vehicle and you ended up sharing the vehicle with 2 or more people. You van swapped at any hour of the day. They hired with the promise that you would have plenty of hours and overtime and as soon as you exceeded 40 hours you were pulled from your van. LOCAL MANAGEMENT WAS TERRIBLE!!! THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHAIN OF COMMAND AND NO ONE YOU COULD REACH OUT TO OR TRUST WHEN OR IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM OR ISSUE...AT ALL!!! The RAILROAD PERSONNEL were left to suffer because of the mismanagement and the Kansas dispatch and local management would place the blame on the drivers, and would never take responsibility for their own failed actions Drivers could only work with what they were given which wasn't much. The Railroad BNSF (Crewmembers and Dispatchers) were frustrated with Hallcon and their procedures every time you would picked them up, not with the drivers, but with mismanagement. The pay was ridiculous and Hallcon was making a hefty profit off of every run they did for BNSF but HALLCON paid the drivers a fraction. Drivers were allowed to work 12hrs per day but it could take sometimes over 24 hrs. to get to your 12hrs of work, which means you would not get down
Long Haul Driver | Kansas City, KS | Jan 9, 2013
Not something to do permanently, but great place to learn new things
I have worked here for about a year now, and there are so many things that aren't very good. First I'll start with training. In the Kansas City division we have propane vans that run on both unleaded gasoline and propane. Well, obviously everybody knows how to fill it up with gasoline. But what about propane? ... You would think that we are trained on how to fill up with propane. No, we're not.. At least not formally... the way I learned and the way a lot of people have learned was through senior drivers that have been there for a while, and that's how I taught the new hires, and it was just ridiculous knowing that they were not trained either. Propane is a very dangerous gas and if you're not trained on how to handle it you will be in the hospital. Next, the management shows nepotism and lack of professionalism. There's a great deal of animosity amongst drivers, which stirs up a lot of issues. You cannot miss any calls from dispatch, and speaking of dispatch ...9 times out of 10 they don't always answer or return your calls in a timely manner. We are not commended for dealing with problems we really shouldn't have to, like Van swaps that take up to an hour, irate railroaders and other drivers. Which, I too have been a victim of sexual harassment from some of the male drivers. Altogether, it's a good place if you want to make some quick money, but you're not getting compensated for some of the things you're really doing. I've just been holding on, but if you have a strong min
Prosfreedom, getting to see new cities and towns, and learning what the railroad does and interacting with the crews
Consmanagement, training, pay is really not worth it for all we do, being on call and not having a social life
Driver | Markham, IL | Apr 15, 2014
This was the biggest joke of a job I've worked!
Where do I begin?????? At first sight of seeing the job posting it sound like something that had the potential to be a somewhat productive place to earn money. Well, boy was I wrong! Firstly, the job ad was posted under another company's name. The posting that I responded to had another company's name attached to it, yet when called about an interview another company (Hallcon) responded. I thought someone had shopped my information on the website. But after going to the interview, it was explained that the company was in the process of a merger. Red flag number 2: The pay was far different than what was described in the job description. Red flag number 3: This company REFUSED to provide a formal orientation and company handbook outlining who I worked for and exactly how I got paid. Instead, the supervisor whom I interviewed, kept speaking "pimp" lingo and jargon like he had hoes on a corner. Well I guess you can say in a way he did, because we worked long hours , was treated like trash by Canadian National, which is who the services were provided for. PLEASE KEEP READING IT GETS BETTER! Let's talk the actual work itself: You are available to them 12-24 hours a day. Why indeed you are just driving, and you do get breaks here and there, there is so much work and not enough drivers and the dispatchers make it their business to place you on really long trips before you are scheduled to get off so therefore you maybe working 2-3 hours after you planned to be off. If you have kids
ConsPoor work, ethics, pay and professionalism
Yard Driver | San Bernardino, CA | Mar 31, 2019
If you enjoy driving; or don’t want a too fast paced job.
I started with HallCon in 2019 as a Road Driver; which is an on call 5 days a week job. You are guaranteed 2 days off. Im my area, Southern California, you can work upto 12 hrs a day. Which means, if you do a 4-8 hr shift earlier in the day, they can call you back for another shift and will try to max you out at 12 hrs per day. I liked it because the sooner I made my 12hrs the sooner I had the rest of my day off. They use a dispatch system, out of KS which isn’t so efficient, they give you roughly 8 hrs after a shift before calling again as ‘rest’ but the company policy requires 9 hrs rest. It does require travel up to 250 miles radius, the further the more hours as benefit though. Locking into a routine is the only way to find a better work life balance at this job. You can put yourself on rest, or if too tired to drive, often times people do this throughout the week to ensure they can get a real 8hrs rest. Roughly 10 hr gaps between jobs, is common. If I work 8am, I’ll get another call about 8 hrs after it’s completed, typically to arrive at the 9-10hrs mark later again. But max of 12 hrs a day, 10hrs driving. I was fortunate enough to move to Yard Driver in my area, which was a $1 paycut but a set schedule, and I don’t leave my town, set 8 hr shifts. But everything is based on seniority for these positions, luckily a position opened up after 2 months as a Road Driver. Both positions are risky though, dealing with trains there are many safety concerns that require pr
ProsLots of hours, lots of downtime (while working, perfect for students), travel, personal accountability (I.E. Independent Work)
ConsWork/life balance, pay is low for area (only about $1-2 over minimum), on call positions
Driver | Saint Joseph, MO | Jun 11, 2019
Do not work here
I WOULD NOT recommend working for this company AT ALL. To begin with you are on call 24/6 and even on your day off you are expected to do work related things without getting paid. You are required to get oil changes and other maintenance done on the vehicle without getting paid. You could potentially sit there for hours and you make no money and they WILL ask you to do it on your day off. They also require you to drive an hour away in your own vehicle or a friends vehicle to go pick up vans. While being on call you sit at home waiting to receive a call from dispatch and the trip could be three hours from that time or the pick up could be five minutes before they even called you. According to DOT regulations you cannot work more than 12 hours in a row without getting a 9 hour rest period, but the company doesn't care if you go over that on your drive home as long as you aren't transporting anyone. Meaning if you live in Saint Joseph, MO and did an assist with a crew in god knows where and then took them to Springfield, MO ending with 12 hours, you still have to drive home and your whole trip could be 15 hours. You would still only get a 9 hour rest period. Also, they say that you can make a lot of money at this job and that may be true, but that's only if you get hours. There were times I got a call almost immediately after my 9 hours rest was over, and then there were times i sat on the board without a trip for 48 hours. You don't get paid unless you are driving. On average I
Long Haul Driver | Fond du Lac, WI | Sep 27, 2018
I'd avoid it unless there's no other option
The Basics: -Hiring time caries, I was hired within a week, but some had to wait over a month due to processing. -On call for minimum of 14 hours per day (in FDL area only) -There is no maximum for your hours -Dispatchers are not your friends, you could be on for 15 hours with no trip and had forgotten to book rest due to being overtired, they will still try to send you on a 6hr+ run, and threaten you or give attitude if you refuse. -Other drivers are not your friends, they will attempt to undercut you at will. -Management does not care about you -Everyone above Site and Regional management cares even less about you. -You will not get more than one day off, unless they have double the drivers for the amount of vans available. -You will only be paid if you're driving. -Paid wait time is ONLY at a yard office, or at a siding for a train, otherwise if you're not in a trip, you're not being paid. -Crews will not like you at first, get over that, you show you're a capable driver and they'll warm up to you over time. Personal Experience: Worked there for the better part of 3 years. During this time, we received ONE raise, of $0.20, and only after a "union" was brought on board. Winter is your bread-earning season, spring and summer are your slowest times. Management is more efficient at wasting your time than they are at management. Fond Du Lac area was the only "trustworthy" yard for the entire time I was a part of it, most other drivers are a hazard to the crew
ProsTravel, Crew members are decent so long as you are competent. Overtime and Big $$$ in winter
ConsEverything else
Driver | Clovis, NM | Apr 28, 2021
Easy job, on call for road driver 24/7
If you're a long-haul driver AKA road driver then you work on call for about 24/7. They tell you, you get a day or two off but generally they're so short staffed they can't really afford to give people their days off. Management is a joke, some sites don't even have a supervisor that is in or near the town you work in. It's difficult to get management support when you need it, everything is done over the phone. The way on call works is you work up to 10-12 hours and then you have 9 hours of rest and then you can get called out again at any point and work another 10-12 hours. There have been times where you work over those hours because they need you to take a crew somewhere that puts you out longer and they don't take in account for the time it takes for you to drive back to your site. They can have you work up to 60 hours a week, which is great for the paycheck but you'll find yourself burned out. Starting pay is 10.50 an hour for the road, it is 10.25 an hour if you work in the yard. Some sites are union and some are not, you will have to ask management during your interview process if it's union or not. Yard is pretty easy, set schedule, but lower pay. Some shifts are a full 40 hours a week and some are less. This job gives zero incentives and benefits that are offered are insulting. There is a position called the Lead Taxi driver, it is a literal 24/7 job. You have to do your driving job and then the van maintenance responsibilities on top of that. But there is so much m
ProsCan work overtime, not micromanaged, get to be outside, get to travel, don't have to use personal vehicle to drive crews around
ConsNo lunches for yard drivers, expensive insurance with minimal coverage, ONE day of PTO a year, union dues, no on site manager, they will hire anyone with a clean driver's license, some vans smell like smoke because chain smokers smoke in the vans
Driver | Galesburg, IL | Feb 13, 2015
Worst job ive ever had
By far the WORST job ive ever had... A typical day at work involves being woke up out of bed by phone call at every hour of the day, to have to drive to the office, get in a company vehicle, then be at the railroad office all with in 40 minutes of your phone call. All to drive anywhere from 20 miles to 550 miles you dont know really til your at work and your way. You are on call 6 days a week 24 hours a day. and cant refuse a call for any reason with out getting wrote up, even if the reason is simply that you are to tired to safely be on the road and drive. Once you get to work, you wait for railroad crews who more often then not, are arrogant and wont hardly speak to you... Sometimes talking down to you, yelling at you, and throwing garbage all over the van that you are later responsible for picking up. Every single paycheck they rip you off a little here and there, all the while sometimes forcing you to break dot saftey laws about the amount of time you can legally drive in one shift with out rest. In which if you get caught is I believe a $1500 fine to you. You constantly have a camera in your face that goes off and records you for things like hitting potholes, if you have so much as a drink in your hand you get wrote up. Management is a joke, half the time they wont answer thier phones, when you need them to. Then most of the time that they do they answer your question then hang up on you befor you can ask anything else. They are extremely unprofessional as they w
ProsIts a paycheck, and get to travel and see scenery...
ConsEverything imaginable not mentioned in pros
Crew Member | Burlington, WA | Mar 31, 2019
Do the impossible without sleep for near minimum wage
After training for a position in Skagit county, I soon discovered the hours were awful, management is clueless and indifferent (unless they need you). Let me paint you a picture of what your "days" will look like. 1) You get "two" days off. And by two days, I mean if you got off work your last work day at 3am on Mon and your days off are Tues and Wed...you will go to sleep Wed night only to wake up in a few hours at 3am Thurs. 2) Hope you don't plan on making friends with the rail crews. These guys are trash. Rude, most of them expect you to magically know where the railroad names for areas are. They DO NOT provide you with any information on where to meet or pickup crews. You must magically know through osmosis that "hole in the fence" means a specific location in Burlington. And if you don't get the instructions exactly correct, the engineer for the train called the "Burlly" will yell at you on the radio. It's great fun. 3) The call center that handles your dispatching are out of state and usually making arrival promises that are impossible. And should you happen to miss one of their phone calls for a drive, expect to be scolded by your tragic supervisor based in Everett. Pro tip: If you need to get a-hold of her, but she's dodging your calls - just miss a shift, then magically she's available for a phone call. 4) You will be on camera at all times. Not just the drive, but all the time. Also, any sudden braking (such as to avoid an accident) will be met with a
ProsYou aren't going to be shot for quitting...but you will wish you had been.
ConsIs there a number lower than zero? Run away
Driver | Texas | May 8, 2013
Think about this really hard
While the actually job of driving RR crews to and from various locations is not very hard. And some of the locations can be less than desirable to sit at for hours in the wee hours of the night. The real challenge with working for Renzenberger is that they run you for 24 hrs a day period. The dispatch group is clueless as is the management staff. The expectations of what u do for nothing is over the top. 2 driver types Road Driver or Yard Driver. You would think that Road drivers would be at the upper end of the pay scale as they are expected to haul crews on long extended trips with multiple stops that could have you out for in excess of 13 hours and driving from Mid day till Midnight or later. Personally I have done a 13 hour haul and all i got for it was a lip service from dispatch and management AFTER the trip was over. But during the trip did anyone in management or dispatch even suggest they send another van/driver to take the crew......of course not. This is a knee jerk reactive company nothing here is even close to positive or at least in the region where I am. Everything is confused and last second. Got a call at 4am to be at a location at 4:15am that was 20 miles away. And when dispatch was told NO they were like why not. All this for 7.25 an hour when sitting in the ghetto or .17 cents a mile while driving. To be fair the hourly rate goes as high as 8.50 in some months IF u remind management of that. Yard drivers have a fixed shift and haul crews around local
ProsSome(few) of the RR crews are actually great folks.
ConsOn call 24/7

Questions And Answers about Hallcon

What is the best part of working at HALLCON?
Asked Nov 27, 2019
Some of the people you get to work with are pretty cool.
Answered Jul 1, 2022
For me the best part is that there's no one over your shoulder watching. You drive interesting people around to their destinations. As a road driver they do tend to over work you, if you let them. If your a workaholic this job is for you. Pay is biweekly. Sucks at first but then it flies by.out of the 2 years I've worked for hallcon I've probably had 4 bad days. Otherwise I enjoy coming to work
Answered Jun 30, 2022
What is a typical day like for you at HALLCON?
Asked Apr 8, 2020
Wake up and wait for a car all day
Answered Aug 12, 2022
You drive
Answered Aug 9, 2022
How much does driver make a hours
Asked Nov 8, 2016
$12.00 in Colorado
Answered May 18, 2020
$12.50 in Washington state
Answered Oct 17, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at HALLCON?
Asked Jun 19, 2016
The railroad crews are amazing, and some don't even acknowledge your existence. The overall environment is pretty good especially because you don't have to deal with a lot of people like you would at another job. The company says "The driver's safety and safety of others is most important" but its not. If you hit something they put you on a hold to where you can't be put back on the board which means you're not getting called for trips which means you aren't making any money. They say on a recording every time you start your trip "If you're feeling tired or need a relief driver call dispatch its part of our culture" that is a load of bs because if you're feeling tired you have to stay with the crew until your relief driver gets there. This job is not worth what you have to put yourself through.
Answered May 18, 2020
You have a poor excuse for a supervisor in central texas. he's the most rude, uncaring and clueless guy we have ever seen. The vans are absolutely filthy ALWAYS, The drivers are either way overweight and smelly, or stuck up and won't help if you need it. The railroad crews are great! That's the only good thing about this job. The pay is at least $3.00 less than anywhere else. The crews complain about the vans on a daily basis.
Answered Apr 24, 2019
What is the promotion process like at HALLCON?
Asked Nov 21, 2020
There is none
Answered Aug 4, 2022
You are trained very very well you are given months of it if needed. It's very smooth an they make sure you are comfortable doing whatever your being promoted to do. And have literal 24/7 help anytime of day or night.
Answered Aug 3, 2022