I love this company and the people in it. I enjoyed being able to see the world and meet new people.
You get paid to travel the USA. I inspected my equipment to assure it was properly maintained and if it was in need of repairs I requested for the repairs to be completed. I would be assigned a location to take the equipment to to get it repaired and when it was complete would get underway loaded or empty. I would get to my destination walk into the shipping or receiving office and either drop my trailer and hook up to another or back into a designated dock to be loaded or unloaded. When finished at the dock I would then return to the office and retrieve the required paperwork. I would then inspect the equipment if hooking up to a new trailer or reinspect the one I was under to ensure there were no issues. Before I left my location I would then send the bills to the office via my phone to complete the process. I would then put in the co-ordinance of the next location into the Quallcom (the company communications device, to keep in touch with each driver) and begin the process over again.
You can also have animals on the truck and your family too. You can take your home time anywhere you like. But, you don't get to go home very often and it gets lonely out there with no one to share it all with. There is a company store at there Omaha, NE office and they have an exercise room and laundry facilities, showers and you get to make lots of acquaintances.
I love the management team. I became friends with most of them and softened up the grumpy ones. They have a very difficult
ProsWeight room, company store, showers, laundry and driver lounge
ConsThere is nothing to do except sleep and drive. No family time.
Seriously, working for Werner is better than nothing.
Its better to earn a meager paycheck than to be unemployed...however, your family time will also be reduced to nothing!
So if you don't have a family, or really really don't want to be around the one you do have, Werner can hook you up with a paycheck.
The problem is you only get paid when the wheels are spinning...not while you are waiting for a load, waiting to be unloaded, waiting to get a trailer fixed, waiting for a repair to be completed on your truck....there is lots of waiting in trucking!
Werner says they care. In fact, it is their motto: "We Care, Werner Cares!" Which sounds pleasant and is kind of catchy...but watching what they DO shows that whatever they care about, it isn't their drivers' quality of life! In fact, they value the time and effort their drivers contribute to the company commitment to deliver loads Safe and On Time as much as they value the fuel they put in the trucks...that's right...they value their drivers as much as they value gas...flatulence...farts! And while some drivers may resemble big gas-bags...they deserve more respect than Werner affords them.
Honestly, waiting is part of the business, so Werner can't be held responsible for that...but they should be held responsible for the way they handle it...particularly how they handle maintenance and repairs of their trailers and trucks.
Werner penalizes their drivers for doing the right thing. If you hook up to a trailer with a bald tire, lig
Prosyou get a corner office with constantly changing views for a mid-level-blue-collar-wage
Conswerner respects your time away from your family less they value the fuel they put in their trucks.
Werner started off as a FANTASTIC company. I invested 4 years and in the beginning got 11 hours a day driving and fantastic miles. Since then into 2018 Werner has far exceeded their ability to provide driver support from Ohama Nebraska. Despite 2 billion in revenue it is the age old story that they expect the most amount of work from the least amount of people and get the most out of skeleton crews. I understand some drivers make Great money. I was down to less than $250 a week and its getting more common. Canada briefing is run by 1 person. Seriously it could be staffed by 5 minimum. Breakdown took a week to authorize my last repair. Payroll stopped reimbursing me . i faxed reciepts in that got lost. Safety stopped processing my DOT inspections. My dispatcher stopped giving preassigns. Night and weekends there is nobody to dispatch after a delivery.
My point is this. They have flooded the highways with new drivers but refuse to hire proper support. More drivers but less staff. Again some guys on dedicated accounts run and make money while others starve. Its a starter company. Do a year and get out.
That said be very weary of overnight parking. By company policy you are to be in a truck stop or rest area in a parking space . Anything else is a violation of company policy . I received a parking ticket in a rest area in new york in December 2017. Safety put a hold on me in February 2018 and fired me for it in July. Thats how backed up they are. I suggest other starter comp
Pros1 year starer company
ConsIts the luck of the draw if you get a good fleet manager. Extreme overnight parking policy
There is an overall lack of consistency with regards to training.
There is no coaching for positive growth.
It is an environment of unprofessional people who lack the basics in appropriate workplace behavior. Employees are often found sleeping on the job and when evidence of such is provided to management, nothing is done.
The company violates the law by requiring some hourly employees to work 84 hours in one week (with no overtime pay) in a "seven on, seven off" schedule where you must work seven 12-hour days in a row (again, no overtime is paid for this), and then have seven days off. For those employees, no time off is given, as the attitude is that you are only working "half the year", so anything you need to do outside of work should be able to be done on your week off. Even after a class-action suit was brought against the company (and awarded against them), this practice continues.
There are no set goals communicated, no statistics of job performance provided to employees, and once a year there is an annual review that vaguely, and without examples given, paints the employee in a negative light in order to avoid having to give earned merit increases. Additionally, when a merit increase is awarded, rather than annually, it's given at 14-month intervals without retroactive pay to the employee's anniversary date.
This company is only about keeping money in the family, and doesn't seem to care about work-life balance for their employees.
Bullying in the workplace
ProsWhen you say you work at Werner, people are impressed.
ConsWhen you actually work at Werner, the life is sucked out of you.
I think that the overall business aspect of this company is wonderful. if it had more good employees than awful people that take their positions for granted because they hire drivers that live far away. Too far for any outside resources for -HELP. It is basically impossible to do anything about the way they treat drivers. The treatment I witnessed and was subject to while employed here was horrific until I finally got my Fleet manager after going thru I believe four of them. I also wrote a complaint letter that got somebody's attention because I was able to get my two years OTR experience with low level drama. By this time the damage had been done beyond repair and the treatment became hilarious. It got to the point I awoke extra early everyday anxious in wonder as to what nonsense was in store for me. They exposed me to mold in their truck on company time. told me what it was, took the evidence via of starting a fight with my dog, and told me it was not a workers comp issue so if I was gone past thirty days seeking treatment I voluntarily quit and laughed about it. I didn't find it funny. I refused to quit and wrote a complaint letter, despite everything they threw at me. I do give them credit because after dealing with all the chaos I learned to become an excellent driver. Thank You Werner for this. Not that it's doing me any good now. They terminated me one month prior my two year goal for a completely bogus reason, no proof, no explanation, they can do what they want. Now
Prosgood driver facilities, good benefits, many options, if they dont make you they will break you
Conshorrible chain of command, arrogant, hostile, aggressive, dishonest, did i say dishonest
Well a lot of people have bad things to say about werner when i finished training i went otr and my fleet manager was awesome she gave me great miles and i was going home 2 days every week sometimes not on weekends but hey some people barely get one after my fleet manager left i got on the target dedicated account in huntsville alabama it was a little different but it has to be one of the most easiest accounts werner has the problem is you only get one day off and sometimes its only half a day depending on your load but i live close to the dc so alot of times after running a load ill just go home the dispatch are the coolest they buy lunch from time to time they really care about safety and they work with you with any problems you have out on the road and their response time is almost immediate even with 26 other drivers on the fleet cant say the same about night dispatch they seem as they dont kno anything about the account and if you have any problems be prepared to wait a few hours but they do have flaws just like any compay they trying to encourage drivers to get their idle time under 15% which i think is bs thats almos impossible in the summertime my dle time has been the highest on the target account because i refuse to sweat in my truck and they dont allow inverters in their trucks which i think is another policy they should revoke i got a 500 watt that plugs in the cigarette lighter which they allow but it wont pull but 120 watts unless its wired to the battery i thin
Prosgood home time, pretty decent dispatch, ok pay
If you want to make money, then by all means come work for Werner. I was averaging paychecks anywhere from $1100 to $1800 a week depending on where I was driving. But you will work 70 hours a week, make no mistake and home time is very limited. I thought I was safe because I was working a home daily account, but I was wrong. The only difference between home daily and OTR are that you are either sleeping in your own bed or the truck bed. You will still have almost 0 personal time.
When I was hired, I was told that we can take up to 30 personal days per year, no compensation of course, but that's fine with me.
After working on the Anheuser Busch (home daily) account for 4 months, I was informed that we are only given a max of 13 personal days per year and that they wanted us to make up those day eventually.
I was already working 5 and then 6 days a week. Not even sure how that would be possible with the Federal hour regulations.
Then on January 3rd of 2020, they had us sign a form that acknowledged that we would only be getting 8 days of personal time from now on. 3 sick days and 5 personal, per year. All the while working 6 days a week, 70 hours a week. That's a recipe for disaster.
After that, I began the process of preparing for a new job. Who can sustain a job where they work 70 hours a week, 6 days week, and get 8 days off a year.
Being in the process of moving, I had taken 11 different days off in 2020 to help my wife. On day 11, I was threatened with my
You are only a number. A truck number. Not even an employee number. All they care about is protecting their equipment. If there were no federal regulations, they would work you around the clock until you died. Then they would throw you on the used trucker pile and put another body in the seat you just died in. They micro manage you technologically. You have little control over the truck. The truck actually controls you. This company is one of the lowest paying truck companies in the US. They have zero regard for their drivers. They implement infinite safety guidelines you MUST follow, but fleet managers will require you to break them without actually telling you to. The driver is 100 percent liable in EVERY scenario. Werner communicates with drivers primarily through a tablet messaging system. The driver cannot see the messages until the wheels stop rolling. They constantly send irrelevant messages and expect you to respond, but when you send messages they are extremely slow to respond. There is ALWAYS excessive Down times for manager miscalculations, equipment malfunctions, and communication issues. There are Many disgruntled drivers in this company. Many of them do not inspect trailers and you will usually end up with a trailer that requires some kind of maintenance. Most drivers overlook the trailer maintenance needs and pass it on to the next driver until the honest/safe driver reports it and eats the down time. Most of the Werner fleet equipment is rolling with safety
ProsNewer trucks have good tires. Few blowouts on the tractors.
ConsLong hours. Angry disgruntled fleet and fleet managers.
I've been with Werner for a year, they started me off at 30 cents per mile, then after 6 months 35, a year 38, and about a year from now 40, I would say everything but the pay is great, health insurance, dental, vision, 401k etc, new trucks, some peterbilt and kenworth, mostly freightliner, no apu in my trucks I've driven 2 solo, no fridge, full size sleepers though, current year or 1 year old, both trucks I got had about 175,000 miles on them, for 2016 their 60th anniversary, they got a lot of brand new trailers, they're the white trailers that say "we keep America moving" on them, a lot of freight you hardly ever sit, they do have layover pay I believe after 24 hours not entirely sure because never sat like that, they get you home good, 1 day off per 6 days out, I take at least 12 days out OTR, but sometimes I get an extra day or so, if you have a nice dispatcher which I believe one of the most important things is how nice your fleet manager is because a micro manage one will make you think bad of the company, but I didn't I got a different one much nicer and it made me want to stay, gave me extra days off, anyways qualcomms, they pay for tolls, reimburse scales, lumper loads/unloads, antigel, tuition etc. drop and hook a vast majority of the time, dry van mainly, but some reefers, super rare flatbed, about 13 terminals, terminals and hotels near them are ok for some, awesome for others, free showers at the terminals, safety meetings once every season something like that, o
My husband is in training and he always calls me upset and down due to how his trainer was so disrespectful. and the funny thing is, my husband reacts back in a respectful manner and even gave the trainer a good review even when he treated my husband as if he were a dog. yet the trainer fails him with a bad review that he needs more training and doesn't know how to do this when my husband is a GREAT driver!! The trainer has a friend that does the backing exams at the terminal and had him failed him in backing. The guy who did the backing with him cursed at him just like the trainer did and rushed him to hurry up and gave him a 6% when he should have passed! ABOUT HIS TRAINER: Always cursing at him such as "Hurry the Eff up" and "What the Eff is your problem?" ect. smokes with the windows up, doesn't let him roll down the windows, makes him drive in an uncomfortable position and forced him to drive in a way the trainer wants him to drive, doesn't let him eat some of the times nor eat in the truck, when the trainer went home for days he wanted to drop my husband far away from home so he cant go home, wouldn't let him charge anything in his truck or talk on the phone while off duty. I haven't seen my husband in 3 months!! Keeping him held back! My husband worked so hard to do extra studying and practicing non stop and they still manage to do that to him! I wanted to call and report these people myself but my husband told me not to because he doesn't want anyone getting in troub
ConsThe trainer and instructor (i know the names as well)
Questions And Answers about Werner Enterprises
What is the best part of working at Werner Enterprises?
Asked Nov 30, 2019
*Many Positions - Local, Regional, OTR
*Take Great Care of their trucks (With 24/7 Maintenance)
*Terminals, feel like home
*Great start, for new truckers
Answered Jul 5, 2022
Being treated with respect and the willingness to help the drivers with their issues.
Answered Jul 2, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Werner Enterprises a better place to work?
Asked Sep 1, 2018
I would make sure drivers know how to properly pre trip a trailer don’t just hook it and go and learn how to properly drop a trailer stop cranking the handle after the feet have already touched the ground and pay a little more
Answered Jul 15, 2022
I would make it more welcoming for minorites, I would pay a lot more, and I would treat people like people not numbers
Answered Nov 29, 2020
How often do you get a raise at Werner Enterprises?
Asked Feb 12, 2021
Answered Aug 9, 2022
Answered Aug 3, 2022
What is the most stressful part about working at Werner Enterprises?
Asked Mar 5, 2018
Picking up loads and on time deliveries.
Answered Jul 2, 2022
Dealing with the fleet managers
Answered Jun 29, 2022
Why did you leave your job at Werner Enterprises?
Asked Mar 22, 2017
Waiting for repairs to be completed on a brand new truck. You'd think if Werner really cared they'd give you a loaner truck so a guy could make some money to feed his family! Without going into details, my experience with this company was bad from start to finish! On the positive I had excellent dispatchers who were always helpful and fun to work with. The company as a whole at the Nebraska terminal drivers beware!
Answered Feb 12, 2020
I was terminated. My boss is very two-faced. She puts on a smile for upper management but doesn't care about her own team. She would make horrible comments about everyone on her team. Moral is very low. She didn't even know how to do half of my job. I had to ask others for help. I would suggest looking elsewhere for work.