Starting trucking at CR ENGLAND

by Jessica
(Tucson, Arizona)

Hello all. Well I am reporting from the house. My Husband (love of my life) left Saturday to go to CR England by bus. Don't get me started on how bad Greyhound is! Can you even believe they are still in business.

First let tme say he is arriving with his CDL license already he went to school to get it serveral years back but has not been able to use it seems everyone wants 1 year experience. So that is why we thought maybe cr england was an option.

Well he finally arrived in Hammond IN and realized all the people on the bus with him were going to CR England too. HMM> No one had had any sleep and no food thinking they are heading to get a physical and drug test and then to the hotel for bed until Monday morning. The shuttle took them to a rat hole hotel with a strip club in it. made them wait for 2 hours for another bus to take them to cr engalnd for the drug and physical test. Oh by the way if you get caught in the stip club you are gone. Once he got to the location for the physical and drug test he got past that after waiting all day no food no sleep. He said they had trouble getting his blood preassure because he had not eaten or slept in a long time. After that they were giving people ROAD TESTS. No one had had any food or sleep all night from riding the bus and they were having these guys do a road test. Good thing he says they sent him back to the hotel they didn't get to him. They would do his road test thursday he was told. Thank god. well i talked to him a few minutes last night and found out all this. he said he had to be in the lobby to get on a bus to go to cr england at 6:15 am to have 3 days of class. sounds like HR stuff and england orientation. I havn't heard from him yet today and his cell phone is off. so hopefully i will hear from him tonight.I don't know i have an escape plan for him if he gives up but last i talked to him he had high hopes. so we will see. Would love to hear your comments

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Mar 22, 2014
looking for answers NEW
by: Anonymous

what type of test do they do in fontana? is it urine?

Jan 03, 2014
question NEW
by: Anonymous

What kind of drug test do they do I have used weed recently this job just kind of snuck up on me don't plan to use anymore just hoping they don't do a hair test anyone know

Feb 27, 2013
CR England School NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm heading to Salt Lake on the 1st of April and I'm not worried about what anyone has to say about a company because everyone has a different take hows things should be in the world, the only thing I am worried about is passing the drug test because my doctor put me on medical marijuana for about 2 weeks and by the time I get to Salt Lake it will only 4 weeks since I used the THC oil stuff my doctor has me get.

Feb 02, 2013
going NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello to all I'm heading out in the morning, wondering what other shity info I can hear, is this shit all true? What the fuck did I get myself into.

Nov 22, 2012
WoW NEW
by: Crystal Trenton

Hi, you guys my name is crystal trenton my husband left for school on the 22nd of september and he is now entering phase 2 thank goodness i miss him so much like really bad even tho i go down there and see him every 2 weeks but yo for realz this is the first time we have been apart we are newly weds so i totally understand what u guys mean aboutthe grey hound ride it totallly suked for my husband but im thankful for crengland they have a great staff and well some of them seem to care about there employess his recruiter Crystal was outstanding i just wish they had something for the wifeys like freem room once every 2 weeks just so u can see your hisband this last time i went almost a month without seeing my baby i thinking strongly about starting up a group truckers wifes lol to support the husband cause i know my papi is the best man in the world :) and i am glad he doing this for us trust me chicas i see how it affects my husband being away from me were not the only ones going through the missing u changes lol keep strong remember the reasons u made this choice keep encourageing him and when you do get a chance to talk to him and he seems pissed of brush it off with a simple baby i love you and u can do this

Nov 22, 2012
WoW NEW
by: Crystal Trenton

Hi, you guys my name is crystal trenton my husband left for school on the 22nd of september and he is now entering phase 2 thank goodness i miss him so much like really bad even tho i go down there and see him every 2 weeks but yo for realz this is the first time we have been apart we are newly weds so i totally understand what u guys mean aboutthe grey hound ride it totallly suked for my husband but im thankful for crengland they have a great staff and well some of them seem to care about there employess his recruiter Crystal was outstanding i just wish they had something for the wifeys like freem room once every 2 weeks just so u can see your hisband this last time i went almost a month without seeing my baby i thinking strongly about starting up a group truckers wifes lol to support the husband cause i know my papi is the best man in the world :) and i am glad he doing this for us trust me chicas i see how it affects my husband being away from me were not the only ones going through the missing u changes lol keep strong remember the reasons u made this choice keep encourageing him and when you do get a chance to talk to him and he seems pissed of brush it off with a simple baby i love you and u can do this

Jun 01, 2012
Getting ready to do it again NEW
by: Sonoma

Back in 1997 i went to C.R. England driver training course, they just had completed building the the driver rooms,restaurant,the class rooms,movie rooms the whole works, it was nice hell some of us had to stay in moble trailers before the builing was done,a few of us started to hang togeter, we started to give nick name to each other, i was Sonoma cause i was from Sonoma CA,another dude was Montana HE WAS FROM Montana,ther was Cali short for California, and Reno he was from Navada,and can forget "Serial" short for "Serial Killer" he just looked mean like a Serial Killer but he was the coolest dude, i remember just about the whole class went into town to some country bar/club and got drunk it was a good time the next day we had to take driving tests a couple people got kicked out, hell you could have smell the alcohol on there breathe what a dumb ass all of our freinds was ok we didnt get busted, well all graduated and went our separat ways i hope those guys are doing well as for me a got married became a owner operator did very well and my wife screwed me big lost everything and know here i am doing it all over again, peace out from Sonoma.

Jul 26, 2011
England
by: Chris

CRE owns the strip club, the motel, everything....its the biggest scam i have ever seen, the other motel where the sc's go is even worse, hookers walking the halls trying to make money..drugs being sold in the back hallway...so bad police officers have a 11pm to 5am detail everynight

Cre is only looking for the people who will follow their 47 rules, and if u break one they send u home...i would compare them to walmart...

They are hiring people who havent even drove a car and burgerflippers to drive an 18 wheeler and kill your family. no wonder their safety record includes 42 rollovers in the year 2011....thats public record by the way

Only good point i had from my burns harbor indiana experience was my admin was pretty to look at and the instructors and trainers were great, as long as u paid attention and could drive...


Aug 22, 2010
CR England
by: RCG

I leave for CRE training in a week. Salt lake city.. I keep hearing all of the rumors about them. I hope I dont have to write the same. Wish me luck..!

May 27, 2010
Bad Experience
by: a truckers wife

this all sounds so familiar, except mine was central refrigerated. they treat you like shit.the bus ride with greyhound,it all is the same story.My husband just needed refresher course being he has his cdl, he just thought he needed the extra knowledge. He gets down there, we live in montana, and goes through all the things you do. Passes drug, background, and driving background, passed it all. They get you in a room with the interviewer which i know that they have to do this, but he treated him like total crap! We by any means are not hillbillies or anything like that, just regular people who owned a business and, at 45 years old didnt think he would ever have to go on the road again. The guy started asking him all about himself, about his business etc and for some unknow reason he folded his papers and said we are done here, escorted him out of the building and that was that! When he called me i just could not beleive it i still cant. Why? what did he do or say?From the forms he brought home they have some pretty strict rules especially if you are husband and wife team.Long story short he has gone to work for jones bros. and they are wonderful!!!

Nov 21, 2009
well thats how it is
by: Anonymous

1st let me tell you if you have a cdlA and you donr use it for more then 3months then you have to take a class and its for insurance thats what that is now you pay 500. then you get it back now he can do that or stay at home why didnt they sent him to salt lake city of mira loma CA always ask questions 1st then talk >>>>..

Nov 19, 2009
Jessica's hubby having fun.
by: Jimmy

Hi Jessica, yeah your hubby is doing the orientation thing. Sounds familiar. There could be as many as 50 in his class. Wonder why he went to In. instead of Ut. He'll laugh about this in future years. And you and him will truly wonder sometimes why in the world he thought trucking was a good idea. In fact, he may decide it's not for him and quit. If he does, just welcome him home and move on with your lives. Good luck...Jimmy

Nov 18, 2009
Sounds pretty typical
by: Robin

My husband went to Swift - he had 3 days of orientation at the terminal closest to us, including physical and road test- even though he already had his CDL. After that he had 45 days with a mentor and NO time at home (that's over 6 weeks). Werner is very comparable as well. That's the deal - take it or leave it, I guess! In order for these guys to get hired they have to jump through hoops. I found out there are very few companies that will take drivers with less than 6 months experience - some need as much as 2 years! You have to remember, these companies are taking HUGE risks with their equipment and freight - they have to be SURE they are hiring people that will stick with it and do a good job. Truck driving has a reputation for attracting people that may not necessarily do a great job, not realizing how hard it is. I hope this helps!

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