Company Driver (Former Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – July 30, 2018
i was there for 7 months and had a total of 5 trucks and that was because they kept breaking down for the stupidest things. if you're trying to get your initial experience after getting your license, go with it because you can get road time and make some money and see some new places but dont stop because you wont have that much money. but as far as making $83,000 a year, thats complete bullshyt. no one makes that or even half that.
Western Express is another "bottom feeder" company. Yeah, they welcome folks who may have made mistakes or had mishaps in their past. But, who on earth is perfect? And what gives you the right to judge another person, label them when you can't even look in the mirror? So the "bait system" is in place to manipulate the vulnerable, desperate prior felons, etc. I wasn't there very long, because usually I can read between the lines very quick & get a feel for the culture. No money is worth losing your dignity, self-respect, common decency & humanity over. I'll rather live on the streets & find my own path. This is not to single out Western Express, it's just a disgrace when you see "everyday working people" in any industry being exploited & underpaid & overworked. And it's actually allowed by our so-called "elected officials". Then folks get agitated when tell them something they never heard. You shouldn't be running a business if you can't respect your workers or stay afloat.
Actually is somewhat diverse as it pertains to truck drivers, not sure about in office or higher up positions
Claims of "wage theft", flawed sliding scale, favoritism, underpaid workers
If you are serious about becoming a truck driver Western Express is the place to come to
Van driver (Former Employee) – Nashville Tennessee – August 8, 2018
Western Express is a good company to work for I just had a bad teammate since being away from Western I have family member that I have to tend to but when I do come back to the road they will be the first ones that I call yes they started me in truck driving and I enjoyed every moment of it I would recommend Western Express to anyone that really wanted to work and for those who want to complain you should stay away because there is work to be done if you want it!
Good trip planning allows you to see more of the world
CDL Class A Driver (Former Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – July 19, 2018
As an independent contractor, Western Express did not meet the expectations that I was hoping to achieve as an IC. The low pay matched with the inconsistency of pay from week to week was not worth the long time away from my family.
You are by yourself on the road with no one over your shoulder
You are on the road not making enough money to pay your bills
Flatbed Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – July 9, 2018
This company doesnt care about the ones who matter the most, the drivers. They refuse to give you home time when you've earned it, giving excuses on why you have to stay out another week. False promises, rude people from DMs and up the chain. Broke down in Atlanta for a week, ended up having to pay $420 out of pocket for a hotel room and still havent been reimbursed. I wouldnt recommend anyone, even those fresh out of CDL school to come here. They have 70 people a week come through orientation, whats that tell you? There are plenty of other companies out there. Nothing but a cesspool at Western Express.
Driver (Former Employee) – Nashville, TN – July 7, 2018
Western express not a good company to work for, my experience with western express was the worst experience I ever had the pay isn’t worth being away weeks of time. The management talk to you any kind of way, they’re very unprofessional.
Good starter company but very lacking in many ways.
Over the Road Truck Driver (Current Employee) – Nashville, TN – July 2, 2018
This company is a good starter company for those without experience or someone who has made past mistakes and are looking to get their life back on track.
On the good side: Plenty of miles to drive, some Driver Managers really know what they are doing and they will keep you moving. For the time they are given, the trainers really try to do a good job.
On the bad: Low pay, too many drivers assigned to Driver Managers for proper support to be given when things go wrong, many people not trained properly due to rushed schedule, For the most part you are a number here and it is sink or swim...
Driver (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – June 29, 2018
To all who are thinking of them "caution" this company both endorses and practices and maintains The abandoning drivers policy out on the road and telling them to find their own way home! Yes has with all trucking companies these days, they can disable the truck remotely, send you a message or tell you over the phone you are done a to clean out the truck and find your own way home!. You could be say 2500 miles from home. Do not get into trucking
OTR Driver (Former Employee) – Tennessee – June 24, 2018
Pay is lowest next to C.R. England.They top you off as much as possible.They lie there are no TV's in trucks.weekend dispatch is worthless hard to get load.Unless you are team or trainer tough to gross a thousand a week.Nice trucks.If they promise you bonus or money make them fax it over in writting,or it will be a lie.only good thing its good for students,and ex cons.Most trainers will treat you like trash,hardly train just want your miles top pay for van is .35 a mile.
I enjoyed the driver responsibilities and the open road.
CDL A Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Fontana, CA – June 20, 2018
Truck drivers are the unsung heroes of our economy. They live and work in a drug free culture where public safety is the number one concern of the day. They are required to operate their 80,000 pound tractor and trailer in a safe, responsible and courteous fashion. Drivers must adhere to strict hours of service limitations while still meeting their 450 mile per day quota. Drivers are not micro managed. They are responsible for getting their bills of lading into accounting in a timely manner or suffer the consequence of being short on pay day.
The hardest part of the job is not enough home time. A driver accrues one day of home time for every week on the road, and sometime company Driver Managers do not honor that agreement.
The most enjoyable part of the job is cruising the highways and byways of our country and backing up a 8 foot 6 into wide,53 foot trailer into a 10 foot wide space on the first try, and sharing experiences with other drivers in the driver's lounge.
It's a very slow paced working position. With a degree of solitude. The Management does not answer as often. The hardest part of the job is getting used to the long hours and staying away from home for the long periods of time. They pair you up with great people to learn from.
It was my first company to work for as a Class A driver, flatbed division and didn't know what to expect. What I learned is how important it is to secure your load. Along with other important factors. When it comes to management there needs to be more of a communication involve, at times I felt left out. The hardest part of the job is tarping at times. Tarps weight about 80-90 lbs each. When is your home time you have to be under a load to deliver on Monday Morning. I didn't like that part but that is company policy. What I enjoy about Western Express is hauling a variety of equipment that other company doesn't have. Ex: Aluminum,Flat Steel, Lumber, to name a few.