Pros: Travel the country for free, meet nice people
Cons: Dispatch is unprofessional, pay isn't enough to survive
A typical day at CRST... pre-trip the truck, waiting and hoping you get a load if you're not on one. Daily e-logs about safety and time management, if you don't get a load you're sitting for days waiting to get one while not getting paid for it.
What I've learned while working for CRST,... they helped me get my Class A, I learned that what the dispatcher says isn't always accurate, I learned how to live on the road, I learned how e-logs work, and I learned how to navigate.
Management for CRST is horrible. If they make a mistake they will sometimes blame you for their mistake. It's better to save messages for proof, sometimes they will blame you for something your partner did. If you have a good dispatcher they will answer back quickly on the Qualcomm. On the other hand if you have a dispatcher, it will take up to a day to get a response.
My co-workers...some are gang members, some of them you can't understand due to them having a really thick accent, some are nice and will work with you and walk you through things you may not understand. If you're having trouble with the truck every so often they will lend a helping hand but the others are lazy. They will not get out of bed to help. It's best to find a co-worker you get along with or your experience with CRST will not be a pleasant one.
The hardest part of the job is dealing with unprofessional dispatchers and co-workers, along with some unexpected weather changes. It's also difficult being gone from my family for long periods of time. I miss important things.
The most enjoyable part of the job is I get to travel across the country and got to meet some interesting people. I got try new foods in different states and I got to see some nice scenery.