Railroad Crew Shuttle Driver, Long Haul (Former Employee) – Lenexa, KS – August 18, 2018
When I worked there the pay was extremely low, near minimum wage when all was done and said. Always on call 24/7 after some minimum hours after a particular work shift. No pay for driver shuttles. Sometimes the railroad crews and other drivers were not your friends; you never know what to expect next but they were generally OK.
Its a job, you learn all about appropriate precautions around the railroad.
Variable hours, low pay, long periods of time sitting in the vehicle waiting.
Driver (Former Employee) – Hobart, CA – August 16, 2018
This company is a cut throat company i used to work for them and management sucks, they don't about you at all your home life the phone will be ringing all thru the night's it's an automatic machine that will call you on your day's off from work it's a pretty messy job i tell you not enough hrs given per week when you take a vehicle from the yard it want start or crank over at all and don't let a van stall on you on the road when it does and you call dispatch they want help you, you will be transferred from person to person and pushed around pls stall the HACK AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY AT ALL COST YOU WILL REGRET IT FOR SURE!!!!!
Hallcon is a dead end job with no chance for advancement
Site Manager (Former Employee) – Lenexa, KS – August 8, 2018
Working for this company was a time in my life I will never get back. Upper management has never worked in operations. Because this is a nation wide company, each area of the company has different problems with hiring. Upper management does not see or chooses not to recognize this. Middle management to employees are under paid and because drivers are union, which does not know how to negotiate a contract, drivers are severely under paid for job description.
This job is asking for way too much if the dis batch call and ask if you're available and you're available from 10 till 10 so you get up in the morning head and go get a van @10am then sit around till you get a call you might not get a call until 12pm that's when your time starts. So as your ride may end at 2: 30 and the dispatch don't call you but you're waiting for them to call you and driving around in their Company Vans till 10pm just know you're not getting paid you only will be paid or 2 hours in 30 minutes takes up all the time out of the day for nothing you spend 10 hours with their van and only get paid when you're starting trips not fair at all not only that you work amongst conductors that make 30 to $40 an hour so you don't get the respect you truly deserve on the job it's really embarrassing the out-of-towners get paid$50 a day and also hotel room and their regular salary so they make $250 every two weeks so if you're coming from out of town to work for hallcon it's a good job for you but here in town it's no way you can take care your family my check was $400 every two weeks with taxes taken out and I woke up from 10am to get a van and and return it at 10pm 4 9 days straight and my check was only 400 bucks this job take a lot of time out of your day just to be available and no your not getting paid for it good luck if you think this is for you
Driver (Former Employee) – Wishram, WA – August 1, 2018
Job is a 24 hour call notice job where you never know when you are working. You would have 9 hours of mandatory rest time which was unpredictable when you got it. Could be driving 2AM then work a 3pm then turn around and work at 6Pm. It causes sleep deprivation and seriously cut into family and friend relationships.
Not recommended for those who have busy family lives.
Driver (Current Employee) – Benton, IL – July 25, 2018
I enjoyed working for Hallcon, meeting people and seeing different places. They were very easy to work with. Never complained about my work. The train employees were excellent to work with. The hours were hard.
Lead driver (Former Employee) – Idaho – July 18, 2018
pass this company up. No raises for this company no matter how long you work for them, unless moved to supervisor which only pays $1.00 more then everyone else. 24/7 356 day a year job. Expect no family life. Expect to live breath this company. They are short staffed so expect 12 hour days and 7 hours rest before your back Working for another 12. If asked to go out of area to work for two weeks don’t expect much. They had me working out of area all major holidays no extra pay for being a way from family. 30 bucks a day for food when this happens and your forced to take all trips you can not turn down. Must have a DOT card as well for company! After you pass the UA for employement don’t worry they will never test you again. As far as your supervisor you’ll never see her but once or twice a month.
Driver (Former Employee) – El Paso, TX – July 18, 2018
Job is ok . Hours are great . But lack of sleep is terrible. 9 hours of rest but they seem to call you on the 8th hour. Dispatch some not all need charm school very rude . Auditors well they disrespect you and talk down to you. No morals or values
No sleep . Lack of pay. And disrespectful dispatched and auidotrs
A very mismanaged company, Promises at hiring time are broken within days after being hired.
DRIVER (Former Employee) – Ft. Worth, TX – July 14, 2018
This company was completely mismanaged or NOT MANAGED!!! Dispatched out of Kansas, the dispatchers were unaware of local conditions and distances, Dispatching was poor and they were always in the weeds and behind. Dispatchers were rude. Locally there was no training at time of hire, they promised a company vehicle and you ended up sharing the vehicle with 2 or more people. You van swapped at any hour of the day. They hired with the promise that you would have plenty of hours and overtime and as soon as you exceeded 40 hours you were pulled from your van. LOCAL MANAGEMENT WAS TERRIBLE!!! THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHAIN OF COMMAND AND NO ONE YOU COULD REACH OUT TO OR TRUST WHEN OR IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM OR ISSUE...AT ALL!!!
The RAILROAD PERSONNEL were left to suffer because of the mismanagement and the Kansas dispatch and local management would place the blame on the drivers, and would never take responsibility for their own failed actions Drivers could only work with what they were given which wasn't much. The Railroad BNSF (Crewmembers and Dispatchers) were frustrated with Hallcon and their procedures every time you would picked them up, not with the drivers, but with mismanagement.
The pay was ridiculous and Hallcon was making a hefty profit off of every run they did for BNSF but HALLCON paid the drivers a fraction. Drivers were allowed to work 12hrs per day but it could take sometimes over 24 hrs. to get to your 12hrs of work, which means you would not get down time to rest, then you were dispatched exhausted and a danger to yourself or others on the road, letmore... alone the crew. Drivers were also responsible to pay to clean the vehicles that they use out of their own pocket, but since you didn't get to keep the van, you ended up paying for another driver to only mess it up. There were No guarantees on getting the vehicle back in the condition you had it. Maintenance on the vehicles was not maintained and it was the drivers responsibility to take it to the shop if it was needed. THERE WAS NO ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE IF YOU HAD A PROBLEM. I cannot express how terrible the local management was. I cannot speak for the rest of the country and its management, but would say it was probably the same? I can say payrates very for drivers across the county, they were not equal.
As for the job, if it would have been run correctly and the pay was appropriate, it could have been a decent job. Hallcon never took into consideration that every time a driver hit the road with a crew they had more than doubled their chance of a wreck or injury and in this line of work Hallcon showed no empathy. And based on how Kansas dispatches and drag out the drivers days, the drivers end up fatigued. BUT "It's never Hallcon' s Fault"!!! Based on local area for drivers positions, the job payrate should be about $30K per year plus bonuses, but there were no bonuses, no incentives to work for this company, no "GOOD JOB"! Hallcon was making good money off the richest Railroad company in the world, but the employee was not being compensated fairly. They were also not open to suggestions at all, if so, you were a threat.
DRIVER TURN OVER was probably around 75-100 new hire drivers per year based on how many I saw hire and quit yet HALLCON REFUSED to change their procedures or culture. It's was always about the company never about the employee. Benefits were worthless and covered nothing.
BNSF could save a fortune by dumping Hallcon and Creating their own Internal Crew Transportation company and they could still afford to pay a decent wage to their employees without hurting their bottom line. That and it could make sure their crewmembers would be much safer. That or HALLCON could change their ways.
No company is perfect, but this company cared about itself, not their employees.less
It could be a good job
It was mismanaged so it was not a good job, Pay is absurd!
Manager from my shift (Nights A) is a procrastinator and is not loyal to hard workers
Dispatcher (Current Employee) – Lenexa, KS – July 14, 2018
Management above the manager were pretty cool and actually cared about the workers but a lot of sneaking things go on there. Like a supervisor on a different shift was sexually and non sexually harassing women. And my manager took his job as to just chill or be a co-worker and not a manager. The people you work next to are great for the most part unless they're the ones that have attitudes and have no room for other's mistakes. Your expected to work 12 hour shift 3-4 days a week all year and only get 5 days of PTO available. They don't have that much space for family issues as mine was dealing with a member who had cancer systems (per the Doctor) and they felt was not excusable.
Meet some cool people
some Management are not reliable&you feel like your job is all that matters in your life here.
Driver/Dispatch (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – June 9, 2018
Cool work environment, consistent work. The job wasn't hard and you knew what to expect. Not much room for growth or advancement. I was told that when I moved to AZ that I would get a promotion, just the opposite happened. I didn't appreciate being deceived. It my family and myself in a very difficult position.
work long hours and with little reward. lack in health benefits and no personal time. the people you work for are judgmental and the company doesn't give raises or even good training . they don't care about the people that work for them there just a number. get called out at all hours of the day or night mostly night and given crazy places to meet up with train and train crews. they take forever to reimburse you if for some reason you have to pay out of pocket for gas or to wash the vans. they don't take care of the vans very well. it takes forever to get hired.
its almost impossible to get fired after they hire you.