OTR Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Morton, IL – March 10, 2017
Driving for Star was my first and only experience driving over the road. Several years after I left Star they went bankrupt and out of business. I drove for 1 + years and didn't really like being gone from home so much.
Tended to have an edvarsarial relationship between the functioning parts of the company.
Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Morton, IL – December 27, 2016
I worked at Star almost 19 years so in that time you often form a love/hate relationship with a company. I liked the job and unlike the other jobs I reviewed, I didn't have much contact with anyone in the company, which was great, as long as you did your job, dispatch didn't want to hear from you. Everything was done via on board computers. At first it was great, I got to the top pay in about four years, top pay went up once and then nothing for 13 years, in fact after 2008 they stopped contributing to our 401k. So I lost any enthusiasm for the company and being over the road. I took leave in Dec 2013 but due to a error in HR I was listed as voluntary termination which was a surprise to me since I still had a week of vacation but they paid me for my vacation and offered my job back but I decided to find a local job instead.
Driver (Former Employee) – Morton, IL – June 27, 2016
I'm sitting here reading some of your reviews of this company and I find it utterly ridiculous the love-fest that is going on. Let me tell you my truth.
I started off out of school. The mile started off decent, nothing to right home about. For whatever reasons my miles started getting lower and lower. My final breaking point was when I did a whopping 900 miles for the whole week. So imagine what my bring home amount was.
My second breaking point was when I received a phone call that my mother was rushed to the ER. I let them know in plenty of time but they gave me that BS about they didn't have any loads heading home but promised me that they will send me there the following week. Well the next friday came around and they sent me to NY instead of home. I told them about it and another lame A excuse was brought to me. They would send me home from the East Coast. Instead of sending me home they found a load sent me through Tennessee to pick up a driver who had broken down and the reload sent me to Green Bay. That's when I gave the driver my truck and load since the whole reason for picking him up was to go to the terminal to get a new truck.
As for home time I have had moments where I literally spent as much as 6 weeks on the road before I ranted enough for them to send me home to see my kids.
I've lost a home, a car, and my family thanks to Star.
Sorry to see other drivers out of jobs but as for the company as a whole YOU REAP WHAT YOU SEW!!!
Giving new drivers a chance to get started in the industry.
Claims Representative (Former Employee) – Morton, IL – June 7, 2015
Hardest part of the job was I had never worked in claims before had to learn all the different steps it takes to file a claim with a trucking co.
co-workers were very friendly and easy to work with would help me any time I needed it or if I had questions . We would have a few min. to joke around and then back to work
A typical day get to work get my cup of coffee lol turn on computer and check work ph. for messages . check e- mails return calls to drivers needing to make a claim on an incident or accident they had after hours or over the weekend. Follow the steps to process the claim. take my lunch between 12 - 1 back to work till 3:30 or 4:00 pm then home for the day
some days a pot luck lunch with fellow co-workers and everyone got a cake on there birthdays
Tractor Trailer Operator (Former Employee) – Morton, IL – May 19, 2015
It has been too long since I worked there to write a proper review. When I was there they had the same problem as many other companies, good working conditions & decent pay scale but managers poorly schooled in employee/management relations. Hopefully; they have used the information available over the last 15 years to fix that. It IS a good company!
A typical day work consist of droping and hooking trailers from one location to the next. I've learned how to operate a tractor trailer through out the city street vs driving on highways. Co-workers @ my job we work as a team in order to get the jobs done in a timely matter. The hardest part of the job is the constant cranking of dolly legs. The most enjoyable part of this job is the team setiing.