Recruiter (Former Employee) – Blenker, WI – July 24, 2017
This company has the worst work environment I have ever experienced. They have poor management from the COO down to the recruiting manager. They refuse to make any changes that would make the job at hand doable: offering truly competitive benefits to the drivers. If you ever need a day off for anything, be prepared to get treated like you are lazy. And if anyone around you ever makes a mistake, be prepared to have the whole office get into a finger-pointing contest.
Also, if you do the right thing and give notice when you want to leave the COO (who you will see on a daily basis) will ignore you up until the day you leave. Also, working out in the middle of nowhere stinks. There isn't any cell service and the company WiFi is so bogged down during lunch that you still can't do anything, using company computers for personal things (even on break) is strictly forbidden.
A typical day consists of a short recruiting huddle and then 7.5 hours of calling drivers. Most of the drivers are alright, but some get nasty when they hear about the routes that are available and the pay. The vast majority of the drivers want a local route with $60000+ per year which is pretty unrealistic. Most of your day will be leaving voicemails for drivers who won't call back.
When you inevitably fail to meet your recruiting goal, the whole company will talk about how bad your department is.
Recruting new drivers from other states was always interesting
Driver Recruiter (Former Employee) – Arpin, WI – July 13, 2017
I would get a list of potential drivers and call them to recruit then to deBoer transportation. Once I called all my drivers the ones that were interested in coming on board, I would then have to get bus schedules set up for them. How to set up the bus schedules was a new experience for me. The management had their favorites, so the other recruiters would end up picking up the slack for them. It was a difficult job to always remain positive when others were not doing their job. The hardest part of the job was trying to understand some of the drivers since they came for all over the U.S and had different accents. I enjoyed working with my old boss since he was there as well in a different capacity.
Driver (Current Employee) – Texas – October 25, 2016
I would say this company is all business. They treat drivers fairly, but they expect all drivers to pull their fair share. Overall, a good company. I see a lot of guys complaining, but most of them are the slackers who have just been told to step up their game. There are way too many bad drivers coming into trucking. I say if your serious about being a trucker, than DeBoer is the company for you. They don't put up with bad drivers. If you just want to play around and then complain, go somewhere else.
Drivers relative (Current Employee) – Wi – October 13, 2016
Old trucks and older trailers poorly maintained. Untrained driver reps that just don't have a clue. Fellow drivers along the way NEVER have a good word about the company. Charges drivers for repairs when their trash breaks down on the road. HUGE lack of communication with the people in office and it dribbles down to no communication with drivers. Never answers phone or Qualcomm, always too busy. Evidently too many drivers for the number of driver reps. Lot of sitting and waiting. Low miles.
Yes we had many good times there in diffrenat terminals just depends were you're at .
Driver (Former Employee) – Cedar Hill, TX – August 21, 2016
in my thoughts overall DeBoer Transportation is very good Company to work for i say it again and i wish i had stade there more had more expreince but sometimes it happens yes they would recomend me back for sure upon rehire review .
Yes we had a $75 dollar allowence fee at the time
yes sometimes we also had short breaks in between times but that's part of trucking.
Regional Truck Driver (Current Employee) – Blenker, WI – August 2, 2016
Let me start out saying this, it's a company that's been around for decades, but management still acts like they just started. With that said it's an ok company to work for, I work South Regional out of Texas, when I started it was great bringing in over $800/week off on weekends, now I don't get the miles averaging about $650/week big drop off, you have to wait sometimes hours after you drop a load just to get a new one, dispatchers don't answer calls or Qualcomm messages, equempent is so so, mataniance is very so so, they don't really have any contracts almost like they're a bottom feeder compan. They won't give you miles unless you beg for em, which to me is stupid, overall very so so company, I'm currently looking for a way out.
Weekends off, speed governed to 6 MPH, decent pay for new guys.
No structure, leadership, no idea where the company is going.
Claims Manager (Former Employee) – Blenker, WI – March 29, 2016
My typical Day was dealing with company driver/ owner operators, receiving incoming phone calls of Accident(s)/ Incidents(s); the severity of these incidents. Imputing all the necessary criteria into computer system. Making sure that the drivers were aware of company policy and procedure, reinforcing if not. Following incidents up from current to post dates. Working with drivers of preventable accidents/ incidents with driver chargebacks. Working with NON-preventable accidents/incidents, (i.e. 2nd vehicle, hitting a deer.) following up with secondary parties and working claims to resolve claimants dispositions. Speaking with Attorneys/ Insurance Companies/ Private owners to work a claim and resolve claims. Working with drivers on OSD matters, communicating with customers of their product and dispositions. Communicate the needs of the driver, dispatcher, customer service agent, and customer to all involved.
Pre/ Post trip training. Road Testing/ Driver Trainee Upgrade Worked on identifying what to look for during pre/post trip training. Walk around the tractor trailer and identify what the unit should look like, and what it shouldn't . Identify what to maintain on the vehicle for DOT inspections.
safety/orientation (Former Employee) – Cedar hill tx – August 25, 2015
Very bad company, they squeeze all the money they can out of drivers. Drivers are charged for every little thing. They do not value employees. Pay is low. Structure is non existing. Will be treated like dirt and expect to take it. Many people have quit. Company won't survive. Low miles. Rude driver managers. No communication. No support. Set up
Driver - Solo - OTR (Former Employee) – Blenker, WI – May 14, 2015
deBoer Transportation is a family owned company. The equipment is fairly worn, but kept in working order by a hard working crew of mechanics. Dispatch runs you as hard as they can though, and the company does not give but 1.5 to 2 days of home time for every 2 weeks out on the road. This is not a job for a family man. The pay is not that good. The home terminal is exceptional, for it has a big screen TV in the drivers lounge and free all you can drink coffee, and showers, and even rooms to sleep in while you wait on repairs or other things. It's Cold with a capitol C in Blenker, WI. during the winter. This company is a fairly good company to work for if you do not have much driving experience though.
Great home terminal. Good for OTR drivers that do not have more than two years driving experience.
On the road too long and not enough time off, Pay isn't that great, Constantly driving through Chicago.
OTR Driver (Former Employee) – WI – December 23, 2014
Deboer is a decent company it's not real bad in some areas but not real great either. The site in WI is not cell phone friendly and in the middle of no where, if your truck breaks down and you're in that area prepare to be bored out of your mind. its not up to par with companies like stevens and us xpress as far as home base....only yhe bare minimum and that is just what you get. The pay is always on time at least for me. I didn't like that they waste your time on alot of loads. i would get a 1000 mile run on thursday and it wasn't due til monday. there is always someone you can contact f you have a question but your question may not be answered correctly. the truck are decent not great but if need be you can idle all night. if you keep your fm in the loop he will get you home when you ask. you get to drive the route you want no wasting time going thru small towns if it can be avoided, the have a suggested route but you don't have to follow it unlike us xpress that charges one dollar for each mile over 25 miles out of route.
on time pay, home time, drive the route you want, no
OTR driver (Former Employee) – wisconsin – April 5, 2013
I actually got quite a few miles with them, and they have a miles bonus program-which I actually saw from time to time. Trucks are older than maybe some would care for but my 2006 Volvo ran well while I was their. Left cause I found a run where I'd be home more. Safety will call you if you don't approve logs or if you go over on hours. Treated fairly.