I would use the experience to move to a company that values your work ethic, and pays more, This company was a good company when the original owner was in charge, at that time the company valued their employees, and showed it.
Bad management & horrible work ethics. Lack of communication amongst from dispatchers and planners and csr's.
This company is not bad. What makes it really bad is the management. Nashville dispatchers are the worst people ever. They do not care about drivers or their families. Its like us drivers have to be on top of them to make a move. We have to babysit grown people. Their miles varies as well. Fight for hometime as well. Miles are never consistent. Sucks.
I worked for Western Express for 7 years in various roles as a driver manager, recruiter, orientation admin and seating manager. It is a fast paced environment with the opportunity to meet a lot of people. I enjoyed my time there, enjoyed the people I met and worked with. I would recommend it for an office position (whether driver manager, orientation, seating, etc), or a driving position (find a recruiter and division you are comfortable with).
Prosmeeting new people, fast paced, pay and benefits.
this was a typical trucking company. this was a typical trucking company.
a typical day of work would have been driving up to 11 hours in a potential 14 hour day in all kinds of weather depending on how safety conscious you are.
Western Express is unique in the sense it gives most people a shot if they cannot get hired elsewhere.
As the only company I have worked for I am biased inmy experience. Just finishing my 10th week as a New England Regional dry van driver i am satisfied as to my expectations of an entey level job in this rough neck industry.
Pay is 750$ After taxes after 5 loads or 1700 miles that 5 day week and 100$ bonus for a 6th load as well as higher pay per mile. Highest paycheck to date was 1064$ after 6 loads and 2439 miles at .36cpm thanksgiving week. Lowest pay was after 2 loads 263$ and 800 miles at .36c. Totally my fault for not submitting paperwork so will get loads on neext paycheck.
Took me about 6 weeks before I found my groove and things went more smoothly. The stress starting out solo is normal but will get less with experience. My miles over these 10 weeks have been great and loads consistent. If you mess up you may be put in detention for a bit until things catch up but will eventually so have patience and own up to your mistake if it was your fault. As you get better and prove yourself to be consistent in your daily work you will get better loads and will continue to do so until you mess up. After you will have to fix yourself and get consistent again and loads will improve based on trust. Don’t sweat the small stuff as this company is used to newbies breaking stuff. Just learn from it and move on as quickly as you are able. The biggest thing to avoid
there is always tension between operations and safety departments and the work environment is one of constant change and stress.
don't mind the variety of tasks (change) but would feel more comfortable knowing my work is appreciated.
the busiest desk always seems to inherit the bulk of the work load "if you want something done quickly give it to someone that is already heavily loaded - they will deal with it quickly and move on"
Managing the placement of Security supervisors and guards at nine units. Labour unrest was at peak. Had to liason with Police to face agitation and unrest expressed by the workers.
Learned to face the tough situation arisen because of unpaid vendors and suppliers - unhappy and unpaid workmen.
Management with out a strong policy or objective. Not law abiding.
Coworkers very supportive despited of many adverse conditions.
Had to manage distant units at Vandavasi during labour unrest.
Though the working condition was not good it provide ample opportunity to learn facing challenges and chalking out strategies to face the situation.
ProsManagement given opportunity to face the challenges.
ConsNeither the employees and the suppliers were taken care.
Questions And Answers about Western Express
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Western Express a better place to work?
Asked Nov 16, 2019
Let us have an inverter and a fridge at the very least. I love this company. However, their frugality shows in their fleet of trucks. I've been on 3 months and went through 3 trucks already. Had to buy and pay someone to install the inverter. And moving all of that 3x is a pain in the neck!
Answered Jan 11, 2021
Stricter criteria for hiring drivers.
Change the policy and requirements for becoming a driver trainer from 3mo of experience to , 2 .5 yrs of driving experience with 6 months of continuous employment at western express with an outstanding safety, service, and hos compliance history.
Reinvest profit to the drivers
Bid at a hire rate for freight.
Stop undercutting the drivers shippers and receivers
Put a minimum weekly pay of 800 dollars if worked for more than 3 days.
Allow accumulated pto/vacation/hometime based off of time spent away from home.
Allow inverters. Instal fridges, microwaves and allow an discounted option for TV satellite.
And teach the managers planners and dispatchers proper etiquette. So much more
Answered Dec 6, 2020
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Western Express?
Asked Aug 15, 2016
Just walk out because they don't interview you. It's not worth the head ach you are going to have
Answered May 9, 2020
Your company pay is not good..been that way for years..starting pay should be .50 per mile..toss out that sliding scale..seems like you are intent on taking advantage of drivers..period
Answered Apr 1, 2020
What is the best part of working at Western Express?
Asked Nov 29, 2019
You can drive a truck
Answered Dec 6, 2020
Vermont was beautiful....
Answered Nov 9, 2020
Is there orientation pay
Asked Jan 2, 2017
You only get paid once you are with a trainer in a truck on duty. The time you sit in the motel waiting for one you get nothing. If you do flat bed you do get paid for the securement class. Orientation pay is only 400 a week so once they take taxes out on you. You will get abot 320 a week
Answered May 9, 2020
No they dont pay for orientation, and if they tell you they do they lied, 400.00 dollars a week now that's a joke. You only make 400.00 a week if you work 7 days straight with a trainer and thats if your trainer feels like working. You get paid 57.14 a day while in training. dont recommend taking a cash advance because that's pretty much half your first check. Your constantly waiting on loads and the DM does ignore you which burns your clock and your pockets. You have to stay on them for your money.
Answered Oct 6, 2019
How flexible are your working hours at Western Express?
Asked Mar 20, 2020
Depends for the first few months they will push you hard and lie to you about the rules and regulations. Do your research.
If you need rest to a break just let them know
But they will call you day in day out while you are resting.
Answered Dec 6, 2020
I'm a truck driver I dont have flexible working hours