Do yourself a favor, Choose another driving company.
Freight Driver (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – February 3, 2016
The first thing I can tell you is that I was relayed from loads more then I can possibly keep count. The fleet manager they issued was a moron, No knowledge of what she was doing. The pay was horrible. Truck was always in the shop for PM.
They send you to driving school and cover your stay.
Professional Commercial Driver (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – January 8, 2016
Lack integrity and don't treat their drivers with appreciation, from the training facility to the road, and that insidious per diem that literally is stealing from their employees. Ironically I appreciate the experience, yet I wouldn't pass this paradox on someone else.
Fleet Manager, Phone (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – January 4, 2016
This company screws over its own employees to remain a company in the black. Several different practices put in place drive this company to get around DOT regulations and destroy the lives of their employees if they make it through training. Recruiters lie to get these people with no job and no money up to Cedar Rapids from all over the country. Once here and stuck they have no money to live on and if they flunk out of trucking school CRST doesn't send them home. They're on their own. Terrible.
Driver (Former Employee) – Riverside, CA – December 14, 2015
The company is managed well with an eye on increasing profitability and longevity. Unfortunately, this does somewhat come at the expense of the general employee. They basically thrive on a steady flow of new and inexperienced drivers, pulling in hundreds of employees a month, filtering out the ones that cannot make it for various reasons and then the rest are used up for their contract length and then either resign or leave for other companies.
That being said, if you have no family, no ties to anything outside yourself and can function under a constant state of motion it is likely as good a place as any to start and better than some. Do not do this, if you love anyone, for you will never see them.
The will get you your Class A and Endorsements.
Long hours, lonely work and too much down time on the road.
Great training opportunity for inexeperienced truck drivers to gain experience for a trucking career.
Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – August 16, 2015
This company will give most people an opportunity to drive the big trucks across the USA. After arriving at the training facility, you must pass a DOT physical (which includes a drug test), then training begins at the Community College (a fast paced course, like 10 days), then they check out your job history and background, and then you are selected by an OTR trainer to learn the trucking business. CRST is a team truck driving company, so you will have a driver sharing a truck with you. You drive , they sleep. They drive, you sleep. It can be tough, but rewarding. Pay is not that great for beginners, remember you are there to gain experience. Trucks are good, loads are good, drop and hook. Good experience.
Great way to gain experience in the trucking industry
Sharing a truck can be challenging, pay is not great for beginners.
Professional Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – August 12, 2015
Never a dull moment was a typical day. Driving 6-7 hours as new driver. Learned safety is first and foremost. Management was stressful due to the high volume of new drivers. Co-workers were hungry and very eager and easy to get along with. The hardest part of the job was the limited support system from management. The most enjoyable part of the job was the encouragement shared from driver to driver.
Professional Driver (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – June 10, 2015
during my time with this company I had the most horrible time. They do not care about their employees only their freight. I don't have a lot of love for this establishment. So i don't have much to say. However their driving school is very good.
OTR Driving if you want to travel the country
Pay, time off, home time, team driving, split miles.
Long hours on the road driving in high winds and inclement weather
Class A CDL Truck Driver (Current Employee) – Cedar Rapids IA – April 16, 2015
My manager was terrible he didn't know how to talk to people I learned how to be a professional driver and I do my job well. The hardest part of the job is being away from my family,and the most enjoyable part I guess is seeing the world.