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Sep 17, 2014
if they only told the truth NEW
by: Anonymous

If these trucking companies would just be upfront with the new driver, and tell the driver what they can expect honestly then if a driver came to work for that company he would have nothing to bitch about. But the recruiters lie like the pieces of s*** that they are. it's a shame that a company like Werner or any of these other companies just don't tell the truth, because if they did they would keep more drivers because there's nothing that I disrespect more than a lying piece of dog crap. I will leave any company at the drop of a hat as soon as I've discovered that I've been lied to. if more drivers operated this way these low down dirt bags that work in those offices would not do what they do. one of these days recruiters are going to get the crap beat out of them by somebody. they are messing with people's lives, people that have kids and dreams, payment and bills ; just to pad their own pocket and they're a bunch of low life piece of crap dog s*** mother f******. so please take your defense of Werner and shove it up your ass. I work there I know what it's all about. from their disrespectful pieces of s*** dispatchers on down... makes me wanna throw up. I agree with you man f*** Warner.

Sep 17, 2014
fuck werner NEW
by: Albert de niro

I was making 200 to 250 7 days a week that's a fucken joke. I drove 3100 miles and I only got 450. Lol Good luck with werner.

Sep 17, 2014
fuck werner NEW
by: Albert de niro

I was making 200 to 250 7 days a week that's a fucken joke. I drove 3100 miles and I only got 450. Lol Good luck with werner.

Sep 17, 2014
fuck werner NEW
by: Albert de niro

I was making 200 to 250 7 days a week that's a fucken joke. I drove 3100 miles and I only got 450. Lol Good luck with werner.

Sep 09, 2014
hey Bill NEW
by: Anonymous

Which Dollar General DC did you work out of? the DC down in Alabama only pays like 10 stp 50 download the trailer and you don't hardly get any miles. it kinda sounds funny to me the way you talk I agree I did the Dollar General count I made between 9 and 1200 a week but it was out of Zanesville Ohio. Warner is still one of the lowest paying companies out there. my suggestion is to get your time and at any of these training companies then move on. you really need two years worth of experience. I think pretty much all the train companies are the same. turn and burn the driver if they stay great if they don't great. My suggestion for any new driver is to make sure the recruiter send you an email stating what they're promising, if they won't do that leave me they are lying. again get the recruiter to send you an email stating what they are promising.....

Sep 09, 2014
Do any of you actually work for the blue screw? NEW
by: Bill Zebub

I did a month of 'training' at I believe $450.00 gross a week. Basicly worked as a team, my trainer (26 yo vet) got me dinner now and again and took care of my showers when we could get them since most places (Pilot, Petro, Loves) have team showers and with some of the programs you can get a shower a day without getting fuel if you get x amount of fuel a month.

The ONLY training that counts is drive time. So like me I had to do like 60 hours, started out as a 140 I think, newbies have to do 275 but most rarely do that. Hell, I only had 60 hours but managed to stretch it into almost a month since I was waiting for a certain account I'm not telling you about, and didn't get anyway (not till Spring). Werner has an absolute shitton of dedicated accounts, you have to research them, some pay pretty good, others barely at all.

So, I took Dollar General. If you're afraid of work, you won't like this. I'm actually surge where I go from DC to DC on 3 different accounts, DG, Family DOllar and Dollar Tree.

I was promised a $2500.00 bonus which after 4 months I havn't received. I did get $250.00 for graduating.

The pay scale is a little confusing since it's basicly a sliding scale. I make .35 a mile (my trainer made .34 and got all the miles and stop pay) but I think it's like .23 plus however they add it up but usually .35. Some weeks it's been almost .60. I have no real clue how they're doing this. We have saftey bonuses, I usually get 50-75 a week for ontime delivery. I also do between 3-5 trailers a week, that's 36 a trailer and 16.50 a drop. If you're not a puss and you run and don't take all day to unload you can gross over a grand. YOU CANNNOT DO THIS UNLESS YOU'RE OFF DUTY ALMOST ALL THE TIME WHEN NOT DRIVING. I try to fit one or 2 stores early and if I have time to go to the third I'll have it unloaded before I even log in. That's how to make decent money. EVERYBODY at the company knows how this works but nudge nudge wink wink.

On the longer runs again if you're not a truck stop cowboy and run, even with the slow trucks (mine btw runs 73 on my personal GPS its a rocket ship and I keep waiting for them to route it to a terminal to slow it down). You know who turns in fast Werner trucks? Slow Werner trucks. Out west here I can do a pretty easy 750 miles a day if I have the hours and a long run. They typical Werner truck should still be able to run 650 miles. Some weeks I can get over 3000 but it's normally 22-2400 since the stores eat a lot out of your 14. I always have preassigns so I can get back grab a trailer and run as far as I can make it.

Again though, if you're scared of work, stay away from the Dollar accounts.

A lot of people have absolutely no idea how to be prepared, let alone save money. Good grief Charlie Brown.

If you stay at truck stops everynight all they are is a big ass 7-11 with showers and much more expensive crap you don't need to buy. I eat for less then $40.00 a week, and much of that comes from Dollar General since I'm already at the store and know the layout so I can grab what I want, go to the truck and cook it with my little gas burner or lunchbox oven. We have ice at the DC so my cooler is always stocked and cool. It's crazy what people spend on the road. Then bitch about not making anything.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER. DRESS LIKE IT. It's crazy watching idiots move 1300 pound rolltainers filled full of water wearing flip flops. Most Walmarts you can park a truck at and get some cheap steel toes to protect your feet. Don't bitch when you end up using your feet at stoppers.

I'm leaving Werner very very soon though, I'm tired of being a 5 digit truck number and 6 digit employee number. The place I'm going to pays less in theory ((%25 gross) but more in practice. I know guys there that bring home 8-900 a week in a 5 day work week running 400 radius from the terminal and the trucks are in EVERY Friday night and dont go out till after midnight on Sunday. The folks that own it are Christian and kinda weird that way. THey also like to carry out routine maintence and repairs on Saturday. You're also home 2 or 3 days a week depending on the route but I don't mind being out.

Werner, I've been home once in 4 months. I'm not complaining since I usually get some choice runs when everybody else is at the house. My 'home' DC is like 3 hours from my house but I never see it. They keep me about 700 miles further from it.

Anyway, with most of these LTL compamies it don't matter who's name is on the door or what color the truck is, they're all closer to being alike then most folks would care to admit.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, LEARN TO BACK THE DAMNED THING UP. At times you'll be in these big pretty empty parking lots, practice your blindside and whatever else you can think of. IT amazes me sitting at truck stops sometimes watching fairly experienced drivers take 10 minutes to back in.

I did have help backing in the other night though, I have horrid night vision. Daytime is kosher not so much night. A place with lights ends that problem though.

Oh, and get some clothes. The place you left may have been 95 degrees but where you're going is -20 with the wind going hurricane force. And it's not the companies fault if you break down and all you hae is a pair of sandals some burmudas and a tank top and they're having their second blizzard of the season.

On breakdowns, just like on your car, road service takes time. Trucks use more speciallized parts then they once did and not every place in the middle of nowhere is a full stocking dealer.
Just try to have some food, something to drink, and some decent clothes. Maybe some books and a lantern so you can read if you lose power.

Anyway, Werner is what it is. YOu can do better, you can do worse but until you do it for awhile one place is about like another.

Aug 27, 2014
it what you make it to be NEW
by: Fabian

I have been with werner on my own for 2 months. I did my training with a owner operator who Drivers for pegasus he introduced me to pegasus too and I signed on with. pegasus. Bring on my own has been ok so far it has it ups and downs but as I said it's what you make of it. I make .30cpm and the truck run pretty good. I see up here there a lot of people came out here exceptin to to become rich in a month but this trucking thing takes time it just like any other job you have to work to get paid. up here complaining won't get you paid. so manage your time and save your money and be positive

Aug 27, 2014
it what you make it to be NEW
by: Fabian

I have been with werner on my own for 2 months. I did my training with a owner operator who Drivers for pegasus he introduced me to pegasus too and I signed on with. pegasus. Bring on my own has been ok so far it has it ups and downs but as I said it's what you make of it. I make .30cpm and the truck run pretty good. I see up here there a lot of people came out here exceptin to to become rich in a month but this trucking thing takes time it just like any other job you have to work to get paid. up here complaining won't get you paid. so manage your time and save your money and be positive

Aug 23, 2014
thinking of returning to werner NEW
by: Anonymous

I worked for werner from dec 06 to around oct 2010 THE ONLY REASON I LEFT WAS MOTHER HAD TO HAVE DOUBLE BYPASS so it was time to go home now im married and these local jobs just aren't cutting it I was a trainer when I was on theroad I ran on the sara lee account I was paid .33 cpm and of course every mile that truck drove I got paid for I did it for my trainer and my students for me so that I understand I averaged 1200-1500 weekly I never got screwed out of money unless I didn't send in paperwork on time then what could u expect but just like any other job there will be ups and downs no job is perfect but like some of the other comments I read its what u make it hope this helps someone

Aug 13, 2014
just finished lying NEW
by: Anonymous

Just finished training, you're so funny, I was just down in Tampa Florida in the truck of a Warner driver. she showed me her paychecks. She has been driving there over a year and she made $700-900 per week.
What r u geting paid per.mile

Aug 11, 2014
Lawsuit NEW
by: Anonymous

There is a class action suit against Werner for violation of the Fair Standards Labor Act. It is Petrone vs. Werner Enterprises.. I will be trying to get my name added..

Aug 11, 2014
Werner Driver just finished training NEW
by: Anonymous

So far I got no complaints, my first check with out Bonudes was just over 1200 for the week. my first trainer said I would make between 200 and 400 a week
for the first few months. Can't wait for 2nd week when my bonuses hit.

Aug 11, 2014
RE: Werner Dollar General account NEW
by: Dan M

Welcome to the "Werner Scr*w the Driver Club". Here we gather by the thousands, where we sit around and trade humorous stories of how Werner stole our money. Like most others, you will leave them, and you will feel good about it too. As you know, the famous Werner logo is, We Care. LOL.

Honestly, I think we all should start a class act law suit against Werner.

Thank you for sharing your Werner story.


Aug 10, 2014
Stay away from werner dollar general account NEW
by: Anonymous

Let me put it out there for all that are looking to Werner, especially the Dollar General dedicated account. Just completed 30 days of training and only have 115 hours driving of the 275 required to complete training(FM told trainer that he would knock it down to 225 hours since I was threatening to walk). They sugar coat it good in orientation, saying that you are there to just drive and not help unload the truck. That is BS. I do not mind helping at all, but getting up for a 4am unload and then staying up all day and helping unload the truck, then driving back 4 hours to the dc and driving 5 hours to the next store is getting bad. You unload the truck off duty on the quallcomm so that you will have hours to drive the truck back to the dc and then next store. You are a team driver without team pay. I worked a total of 104 last week, most of which was off-duty. that is just under $4 per hour. Please don't have someone tell you that oh he had a bad trainer. This is my second trainer, the first I left because he wanted to text every 10 minutes while he was driving. I am still currently here until I find somewhere else to go, but I will definately finish my training OTR. DO NOT TRAIN ON THE DEDICATED ACCOUNTS. OTR will get you in your own truck in 6 weeks or less, while DG dedicated will be more like 12 weeks. I am sure that the trainers make good money as they get paid for the miles a student drives, plus they have free help unloading the trucks. Another thing is that Werner pays $15 stop and $40 for empty trailer which will come out to $85 for a 3 stop load plus mileage . Another company here pays $25 per stop and $75 per empty trailer, which is $150 per 3 stop load. 5 loads a week( we did 8 loads this week:pays to have help)puts Werner at $425 plus mileage and un-named company at $600 plus mileage. You do the math and see which is better.
I would also need to point out that you have to pick up empty rolltainers and cardboard at the stores and bring them back to the dc, which you are not paid to do. Dollar General makes millions a year on the recycling of the cardboard that they choose to keep for themselves.
Do your homework to choose a company, but I personally am not going to have to work off-duty on the logs just so I can make my load. Look at the debacle you will be in if you get hurt on the job if you were logged off-duty; no worker's comp for you.Good luck to all those who read this..

Aug 01, 2014
Werner Infomercial NEW
by: Anonymous

So u traun drivers for 1500 per week. u r one out of a rhousabd. Kinda sounded like a infomercia. Lol

Aug 01, 2014
It's what you make it NEW
by: Anonymous

I've drove for Werner since October of 13. Is it the best company out there? I highly doubt it. Can you make good money at Werner? Yes you absolutely can. If you have spent any time at all on this site and others you have heard this a thousand times. 1. Do your homework. 2. Pick a company that offers the most things that you are looking for. After 1 1/2 years of research I picked Werner because I thought they would allow me to do the things I wanted. 1. I wanted a dedicated account. 2. I wanted to be a trainer. 3. I wanted to be left alone as long as I was doing my job. 3. I wanted to bring home at least $1000 a week. Now I did have some old experience that didn't cut any time off my training time but I was confident in becoming a trainer as soon as I was eligible. After my training was done I went OTR for 1 month. I then called and was put on the dedicated Walmart account. As soon as I was eligible my FM recommended me to become a trainer. Now I am left alone they do not bother me with anything. I pick up a load and I am immediately pre assigned the next one. I come home when I want to get home. My net pay last week was $1523. That had $30 worth of scale ticket reimbursements on it. Other than that it was all miles. Do your homework and know what you want. Have goals and stick with them. You won't be near as disappointed.

Jul 20, 2014
Once you get done training, it all goes to hell in a hand basket!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Training was great, I made a friend out of it!! Got paid the 400 bucks a week, like they said they were going to pay me. After that I haven't made over 400 bucks since I started on the road by myself. Of course if I had known that they lie about the .33 cpm, would have NEVER started with this company!! I don't like to sit, I've been "running hard" since the beginning!! As soon as I get my 6 month's in, I'm GONE!! Going to say goodbye to .27 cpm...DONE putting my "dues" in!! And being screwed with no lubricant!!

Jul 12, 2014
Transporter NEW
by: Mayhem Slide

I've read a lot of the comments here. They match my experience. No one is going to get rich driving a truck. The comment about Rookies must prove themselves and Werner makes Truckers out of you is infuriating. I'm not a Truck Driver. I'm a Transporter. I drive a commercial transport actually accordig to DOT it's a CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle. I perfer Transporter, here's why. We do so much more than drive a truck. We take on the greatest risk in the trucking industry for the least amount of pay. We maintain our lane on some of the worst roads in the worst places in the worst weather. We arrive alive and on time. We manage our hours of service and to stay clear of the DOT. When the QUALCOM gets confused we may make an emergency lane change but no one's perfect. You get my drift. Most fourwheelers haven't a clue, we do much more than drive a truck from point A to point B. I don't even like the term Professional Driver, cause I don't just drive. I have to know my HAZMAT rules on top of everything else. Not to mention dodgin the "WEAVERS" because they're talking on the phone or texting. Rookies must prove themselves. NO! Ego Trippin low achievers make that rule. But New Transporters must gain experience and gain it they will with every drop and hook. Those in the industry for years, most I've met are mentors, imparting wisdom and knowledge freely. I agree with those who said that guy is probably Werner Management with such condescending words to those who move America.

Jul 12, 2014
Transporter NEW
by: Mayhem Slide

I've read a lot of the comments here. They match my experience. No one is going to get rich driving a truck. The comment about Rookies must prove themselves and Werner makes Truckers out of you is infuriating. I'm not a Truck Driver. I'm a Transporter. I drive a commercial transport actually accordig to DOT it's a CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle. I perfer Transporter, here's why. We do so much more than drive a truck. We take on the greatest risk in the trucking industry for the least amount of pay. We maintain our lane on some of the worst roads in the worst places in the worst weather. We arrive alive and on time. We manage our hours of service and to stay clear of the DOT. When the QUALCOM gets confused we may make an emergency lane change but no one's perfect. You get my drift. Most fourwheelers haven't a clue, we do much more than drive a truck from point A to point B. I don't even like the term Professional Driver, cause I don't just drive. I have to know my HAZMAT rules on top of everything else. Not to mention dodgin the "WEAVERS" because they're talking on the phone or texting. Rookies must prove themselves. NO! Ego Trippin low achievers make that rule. But New Transporters must gain experience and gain it they will with every drop and hook. Those in the industry for years, most I've met are mentors, imparting wisdom and knowledge freely. I agree with those who said that guy is probably Werner Management with such condescending words to those who move America.

Jul 12, 2014
Transporter NEW
by: Mayhem Slide

I've read a lot of the comments here. They match my experience. No one is going to get rich driving a truck. The comment about Rookies must prove themselves and Werner makes Truckers out of you is infuriating. I'm not a Truck Driver. I'm a Transporter. I drive a commercial transport actually accordig to DOT it's a CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle. I perfer Transporter, here's why. We do so much more than drive a truck. We take on the greatest risk in the trucking industry for the least amount of pay. We maintain our lane on some of the worst roads in the worst places in the worst weather. We arrive alive and on time. We manage our hours of service and to stay clear of the DOT. When the QUALCOM gets confused we may make an emergency lane change but no one's perfect. You get my drift. Most fourwheelers haven't a clue, we do much more than drive a truck from point A to point B. I don't even like the term Professional Driver, cause I don't just drive. I have to know my HAZMAT rules on top of everything else. Not to mention dodgin the "WEAVERS" because they're talking on the phone or texting. Rookies must prove themselves. NO! Ego Trippin low achievers make that rule. But New Transporters must gain experience and gain it they will with every drop and hook. Those in the industry for years, most I've met are mentors, imparting wisdom and knowledge freely. I agree with those who said that guy is probably Werner Management with such condescending words to those who move America.

Jun 30, 2014
worried? NEW
by: Anonymous

Worried...that .33 oer mile included safety bonuses and the .12 per mile per diem. get the low life to send u an email stating all and i mean all of his promises. if he will not do this, he is lying. been there already.

Jun 30, 2014
worried? NEW
by: Anonymous

Worried...that .33 oer mile included safety bonuses and the .12 per mile per diem. get the low life to send u an email stating all and i mean all of his promises. if he will not do this, he is lying. been there already.

Jun 30, 2014
werner vs saia NEW
by: Anonymous

any take on werner vs saia? i dont trust co websites for the whole picture. those are just sales tools. How can you tell when a salesman is lying? when his lips are moving. (dont trust AND verify)

Jun 30, 2014
RE: Dan M NEW
by: worried

Thanks Dan. im in roadmaster school now, so i will see what the other truck company recruiters have to say (my recruiter said there will be others coming in to class to recruit, we'll see) but i'm going to rely on my own due diligence and of course listen to seasoned professionals as well.

Jun 30, 2014
RE: Worried NEW
by: Dan M

I can see why you would be worried. By the time they get done taking school expenses and taxes and road expenses out of your pay checks, you will have little to live on. I would cancel out of school and say good bye to those losers. Get away before you complete their scams.
I've seen too many student drivers go down that road to where they couldn't even take care of their family.

Seeing how you are a student, don't let any recruiter talk you into driving doubles. Get a couple years experience (minimum) before taking on doubles.

Good luck.

Jun 30, 2014
Werner NEW
by: Worried

I'm in my CDL school now and a Werner recruiter came in and said .33 com for single and .36 com for dbl. along with many other promises. After reading through most of this blog I am very worried I won't make enouph to live on at Werner.. Any suggestions on better co's for a noob in Southern California?

Jun 17, 2014
RE NEW
by: Dan M

Dynamo,
After 14 years with a company and Werner let you go? The better companies would have found something else for you. Oh well, Werner lost out.
Regarding, Werner telling you what the pay scale is at before starting work. Yes, that's what they told me. I was to start out at .36 cpm. But then my first pay check was .12 cpm. They said they couldn't prove one of my references, so they dropped my pay rate. Funny thing about that, my old employer called them after I went down to their office. Werner then reluctantly offered me .28 cpm. I immediately quit and went back to work for my old employer. This has nothing to do with what pants one wears at Werner. This board is filled with similar stories of Werner cheating drivers out of money. Best thing I ever did was to quit them, and I never looked back.

Jun 17, 2014
Werner lawsuit for ripping of drivers. NEW
by: Anonymous

Why is Werner being sued? Google it yourself.

Jun 17, 2014
dynos funny NEW
by: Anonymous

Yea right dyno..truth is "werner cares" is a joke.

Jun 17, 2014
really NEW
by: Anonymous

Dynamo
If its so great..why the 250 turnover lok

Jun 17, 2014
Cry babies NEW
by: Dynamo Dave

I put in 14 years for Werner Enterprise the last 7 as a husband/wife team and would be there today if not for a family illness forcing me to get off the road. You get out of Werner just what you put in. If you pull the trips and not bitch your dispatcher will take care of you. If you are a whiner they will do their best to drive you off (do you really blame them). They tell you going in what the pay scale is and how the day on the road vs. home time. In 14 years I was late getting home twice both times due to weather. Put on your big boy pants when you go to work there cause trucking ain't for babies.

Jun 07, 2014
interesting..... must be attitude at job... NEW
by: Barry

I know now every one says there honest on here...so knowning this the only way to prove i t is giving my name and number but who really cares huh?!? All I can say is.... I have been with werner 2 years 7 months and change I am 35 married 3 kids own my home.. When starting out I got trained by an 7 year owner op trainer. He was honest and truthful the way things run in werner. Told the ins and outs the rights and wrongs with werner and I have lived by those words.. road break down its a joke... I have fixed more problems on tlrs then they have but I am motivated. Pay scale it's not bad there is worst... (covenant ) anyways to the point... I make 34cpm at 2400-2600 miles a week plus $68 a week safety bonus and other bonuses typically I make low week $950 high week $1100.. so that being said.. If you are the type to hang around terminal or truckstops .. yeah dispatch is not going to get blown off loads and held up.. but I am not praising werner lord knows I could go on for hours b*tchin about the trl or dispatch are morons. But if you go to work and actually work do your job.. you will get paided.. As for maintenance Pay my truck was down for 3 days I got paided $40 aday yeah that sucked thank you for your time

May 20, 2014
Dan M NEW
by: Anonymous

My pay check stub doesn't lie.

I didn't want to leave, but when they suddenly dropped my paycheck rate to a low cpm, I couldn't leave fast enough. I gave them time to correct it, and even had a past employer confirmed my record. With my years of experience, it's just not that hard to get on with another company. I do have to say, Werner had me in the best truck I ever drove. (A newer KW with the larger Cummins engine). Nice equipment, but their pay rate drop was a deal breaker. Oh well.

May 20, 2014
Dan M NEW
by: Anonymous

My pay check stub doesn't lie.

I didn't want to leave, but when they suddenly dropped my paycheck rate to a low cpm, I couldn't leave fast enough. I gave them time to correct it, and even had a past employer confirmed my record. With my years of experience, it's just not that hard to get on with another company. I do have to say, Werner had me in the best truck I ever drove. (A newer KW with the larger Cummins engine). Nice equipment, but their pay rate drop was a deal breaker. Oh well.

May 20, 2014
lying? NEW
by: Anonymous

really...I have pay stubs to prove it....:)
and btw I never said that they shorted me. However, watch your miles...dispatchers WILL try to get you to run and they will NOT PAY YOU ZIP CODE TO ZIP CODE...this did happen to me...only once but it happened.

May 20, 2014
lying? NEW
by: Anonymous

really...I have pay stubs to prove it....:)
and btw I never said that they shorted me. However, watch your miles...dispatchers WILL try to get you to run and they will NOT PAY YOU ZIP CODE TO ZIP CODE...this did happen to me...only once but it happened.

May 20, 2014
🙌 NEW
by: Anonymous

Ur all lieing I've been at Werner for 6 months and never got my checks cut or 12 CPM ur full of shart

May 10, 2014
Trainer on FOOD STAMPS at WERNER NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Capt.
How about this buddy. I was a trainer and I had to get food stamps...lol. Give me a break dude. I drove there for almost 2 years before I left. Go tell your bs someplace else.
Been there........Left and I am glad I did. Dispatchers were rude, low miles, garbage pay, great trucks, ok trailers.....Last time I checked the only thing that mattered was what I was sending home to my wife and kids...

May 10, 2014
Trainer on FOOD STAMPS at WERNER NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Capt.
How about this buddy. I was a trainer and I had to get food stamps...lol. Give me a break dude. I drove there for almost 2 years before I left. Go tell your bs someplace else.
Been there........Left and I am glad I did. Dispatchers were rude, low miles, garbage pay, great trucks, ok trailers.....Last time I checked the only thing that mattered was what I was sending home to my wife and kids...

May 10, 2014
Trainer on FOOD STAMPS at WERNER NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Capt.
How about this buddy. I was a trainer and I had to get food stamps...lol. Give me a break dude. I drove there for almost 2 years before I left. Go tell your bs someplace else.
Been there........Left and I am glad I did. Dispatchers were rude, low miles, garbage pay, great trucks, ok trailers.....Last time I checked the only thing that mattered was what I was sending home to my wife and kids...

May 10, 2014
RE: Captain Clayton NEW
by: Dan M

Interesting comments Captain, but you sound like one of the office managers at Werner. (Blowing the Werner trumpet). You claim to be honest, but your words sound a little one sided.
The general consensus of the hundreds of complaints listed here is about Werner cheating drivers out of money. Still other student drivers complaining to being cheated at a driving rate of .28 cpm. I have read on this forum from many many drivers who state this information as being true. I refuse to discount their complaints against Werner. You should take the crap you are shoveling elsewhere to someone who might believe your rants. I have to agree with the hundreds of past drivers who took their valuable time to post the truth about the Werner crooks. I happen to be one of the past drivers of Werner who refused to be cheated on. I'm happy to have walked away.

May 10, 2014
Werner NEW
by: Captain Clayton

I am gonna be 100 percent honest about Werner ! This company gets a ton of negative feedback . New drivers want to start out making .42 CPM with Werner and that's not gonna happen !!! Rookies need to prove their selves to the industry ! Get at least 6 months experience before crying about the pay . Werner is a great place to start and they will give you the best truck ! You will also be treated great if you have a great attitude ! Their system is designed to make you into a real trucker and prepare you for the road of trucking ! If you can't handle being away from your family , then trucking isn't for you ! If you can show a positive attitude and work ethic , and drive safe then Werner will take care of you financially ! They separate the big dogs from the puppies ! Until you prove yourself to them , you are a number , once you put the attitude in with the work ethic then they will make sure you are taken care of !! These words are true ! The turn over rate is High only because one out of every ten drivers are true truckers that are motivated to become super truckers ! Don't fall for the negative crap you here about Werner ! That company is very successful and they will help you become successful ! Work hard and drive safe and I promise that you will be happy you chose Werner !

Apr 15, 2014
Werner Cares...ah...for them self only. NEW
by: Dan M

Understand, Werner is fully aware of how they are stealing student driver money. That's why they are forcing student drivers to sign waivers. Lucky for you all, Werner has that funny sign up that says, "WE CARE". LOL.
Werner also knows, most of their students leave after six months to a year. Werner is depending on most to stay at least six months. Understand, Werner is not going to give a good reference no matter what you do.
When I found out how little money Werner decided they were going to pay. I gave immediate notice and quit them. Honestly, it felt good doing so and I never regretted it.
What you all should know, most other truck companies know what a scam Werner is, so they don't really hold it against you. In fact, I've had several companies ask why I stayed on as long as I did. Best thing I ever did was to quit them, and I never looked back. If you got a piece of paper that says you graduate from trucking, that should be good enough to get a good start else where. It's just not worth staying on with them past six months.

Apr 15, 2014
Werner being sued. NEW
by: Anonymous

Werner is currently being sued for underpaying student drivers....lol what a joke.

Apr 14, 2014
Crazy shit NEW
by: Anonymous

I am currently going thru training for Werner and I been hearing everything everyone is saying on this site from drivers that work for them also right now.... I am a military veteran and this shit is really pissing me off because I thought this would be a great company...but now I see different...I know I will be leaving this company after I get some experience under my belt and drive home locally and make the same damn money that Werner claims you make....smh and I am only 25 years old talking about this....

Feb 10, 2014
Run.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Can u say.....run? That's what i woukd do....run. make more money at Taco Bell lol

Feb 07, 2014
Working for Werner NEW
by: Anonymous

I worked for Werner for 1 1/2 years and all I can say the best day I had when I told them to take this under paid job and cram it over worked and under paid home time was 4 days a mouth and the would cry and complain they would say thats to long at home really messed up sleep times and who ever says it a good company they are full of it the only way you will make it the if just driving is your life or been there 20 year

Jan 12, 2014
He Left NEW
by: Anonymous

I anonymously left a comment over six months ago reference the treatment Werner was giving my husband. After literally being stranded in Wyoming and Montana during one of the worst snow/blizzard cold fronts that moved through this past winter, he finally left the company and has moved on to another. It is unconscionable to leave a driver stranded, literally on the side of the road, with no headlights, in two degree weather. It is worse than poor business practice it is inhumane treatment. Waiting five hours to be contacted by dispatch, after numerous attempts to contact them and finally limping into a garage facility only to be told that Peterbuilts need to be checked by Peterbilt mechanics. That week after having no runs because of mechanical problems our check was $92.26. We may be losing tuition reimbursement and partner bonus, but the new company he works for have been very human in their treatment of my husband. He receives break down pay and everytime he has reported issues, he has contacted immediately and after the issue has been resolved he has received a follow up phone call.

Jan 12, 2014
He Left NEW
by: Anonymous

I anonymously left a comment over six months ago reference the treatment Werner was giving my husband. After literally being stranded in Wyoming and Montana during one of the worst snow/blizzard cold fronts that moved through this past winter, he finally left the company and has moved on to another. It is unconscionable to leave a driver stranded, literally on the side of the road, with no headlights, in two degree weather. It is worse than poor business practice it is inhumane treatment. Waiting five hours to be contacted by dispatch, after numerous attempts to contact them and finally limping into a garage facility only to be told that Peterbuilts need to be checked by Peterbilt mechanics. That week after having no runs because of mechanical problems our check was $92.26. We may be losing tuition reimbursement and partner bonus, but the new company he works for have been very human in their treatment of my husband. He receives break down pay and everytime he has reported issues, he has contacted immediately and after the issue has been resolved he has received a follow up phone call.

Jan 12, 2014
He Left NEW
by: Anonymous

I anonymously left a comment over six months ago reference the treatment Werner was giving my husband. After literally being stranded in Wyoming and Montana during one of the worst snow/blizzard cold fronts that moved through this past winter, he finally left the company and has moved on to another. It is unconscionable to leave a driver stranded, literally on the side of the road, with no headlights, in two degree weather. It is worse than poor business practice it is inhumane treatment. Waiting five hours to be contacted by dispatch, after numerous attempts to contact them and finally limping into a garage facility only to be told that Peterbuilts need to be checked by Peterbilt mechanics. That week after having no runs because of mechanical problems our check was $92.26. We may be losing tuition reimbursement and partner bonus, but the new company he works for have been very human in their treatment of my husband. He receives break down pay and everytime he has reported issues, he has contacted immediately and after the issue has been resolved he has received a follow up phone call.

Jan 12, 2014
RE: Warner Cares NEW
by: Dan M

Sorry to hear Werner took you for a ride. Your words are similar to many other drivers. I often had to laugh at the Werner slogan, "Werner Cares". Wow, 25 cpm is the lowest I heard in a long time. When I was working there, they had promised me 36 cpm. It turned out my first pay check amounted to 12 cpm. I was in the middle of a load when I told them the truck doesn't move for 12 cpm. I quit them immediately and dropped their truck off at their yard. I already knew about their scams and quitting was fast and quick. It felt good and I was working elsewhere a week later.
My best advice, deliver their truck back to their yard and give immediate notice. I guarantee you will feel good about it too.

Jan 12, 2014
werner cares? lol NEW
by: Anonymous

after slimy recruiter why Warner interprises getting sued right now. tell the low live dirt bag that you want him to put everything in writing an email and you'll consider his offer. if he refuses to do that, which she will, then you'll know that you're dealing with a slimy lying company. promises, promises, promises, but all bull shit. been there done that, ain't interested again. they will lie and tell you that you're going to get a shower every night, that's a joke. They will also tell you that the driver trainer is going to buy your food, that's a lie. They will also tell you that they have wifi on their trucks another lie. What they won't tell you is just going to make 25 cents a mile and get about 2000 to 2200 miles per week, which translates into five to six hundred dollars a week last taxes and food to live on the road. Which translates into you bringing home about $400 a week. then your recruiter I mean sorry then your dispatcher will sit there and jerk you around and laugh behind your back because they have no respect for drivers. go to their home office and Alma ha I go sit in the lunchroom and look at how everybody looks at you because you're a driver, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Or try to get in to see your dispatcher and see a while on friendly he is. they have a slogan at war, and it is Warner cares. all werner cares about is how much money they can make off if every dumb drivers that goes to work for them.

Jan 12, 2014
you got to start someplace NEW
by: peter L former driver

I started with werner in 2010 (May) Learned alot about the bussiness, and still remember it. If you knew alot about the buss. then you would not be at werner, (would you?). To start at anything you have to take the first step. Werner is one of many choises. Use it wisely, and time will tell if you can make it here. Like the song says "If I can make it here I can make here I can make it anywere." It's up to you and only you to make the direction of your future, here or anywere. Be safe out there. Peter L.

Oct 31, 2013
Real truck company NEW
by: Anonymous

Please let me know the names of the "real" truck companies because after only 4 mos at Werner, my husband is ready to transfer.

Oct 31, 2013
RE NEW
by: Dan M

Congratulations on not having enough OTR experience for Wiener You are one of the lucky ones who got away. Now you can go on and apply to those REAL truck companies.

Oct 31, 2013
Werner phone recruiter (what a joke) NEW
by: Kevin

Had my CDL since 97' but not enough OTR exp. although I have years of exp. with various kinds of trucks.

After reading most of the comments here I still decided to give Werner a chance. One should always take anything that one reads/views, especially from the internet, with a grain of salt, yes?

After placing my application on a CDL Head hunters website I soon received a call from Weirner recruiting dept. and this is what the young Werner sales man had to say to me. Sign on bonus of $500, 3-4 weeks of training with a trainer, .34 cpm and more was promised to me. Gee that all sounded so good and refreshing to my unemployed life style, right?

However, the abrupt end of the phone conversation came when I asked him to email me a transcript of EVERYTHING that he was promising me over the phone. At that point he suddenly started talking very quickly, the same way some of those radio car commercials do for legal purposes (tax, tag, title ect. not included in the price). Where you can hardly comprehend it, lol. Very quickly the young man said to me, "Yes I will do that." He then quickly ended the conversation by telling me, "When your ready to come work for us give me a call." A last resort sales strategy meaning, "Well Kevin thanks but no thanks and though I'm my dishonest you can still trust me."

Don't know about any of you out there but that there erects a big bright red flag for me. But hey, I'm still waiting on that transcript of werner sales pitch promises. If it does happen to come my way (maybe by sea in a message in a bottle?) I'll be sure to eat my own words and tell everyone about it here, ok?

But don't take my word for it. After all I've only existed on this planet for 42 yrs. Instead call werner yourself and see what happens when you ask these young whipper snapper sales people to send you a copy of everything they promise you. Wonder if any die hard werner driver here can defend against that? I'm very sure that there are werner drivers who've had good & bad times with werner, so I'm not knocking them personally, just the sly sales routines from young so called sales professionals at werner.

If you do call them be sure to let the sales people waste as much time as possible on the phone with you. Something which hurts their precious valuable scheming time for preying & profiting on other unsuspecting drivers, mostly fresh out of CDL school.

If you don't call them and would like to tell me that I am wrong, well then, maybe and only you and god must know what's right and what's wrong.

Sep 20, 2013
dispatcher NEW
by: Anonymous

Is this Dan Schneider

Sep 09, 2013
RE Werner Stealing NEW
by: Dan M

It's your money and it's your right to know why Werner is stealing your money. It would be a good idea to check out what is going on with Werner's payroll dept. You ask them any question you like until you fully understand any deductions.
If you don't like their answers, simply google the Department of Labor for Indiana. You can go online and fill out a form inquiring as to why your paychecks are short. It doesn't cost you any money and it's good way to keep Werner honest.

They tried cheating with me, but I immediately quit them as a result.

Good luck.

Dan

Sep 09, 2013
Lots of false advances from pay NEW
by: Anonymous

29$,34$, 29$ keep getting deducted from my pay and I didn't take those advances. Sombody is stealing my money. EFS says Werner won't allow them to let me see my statements too. Scammers.

Aug 30, 2013
RE NEW
by: Dan M

Unfortunately Werner has the habit of taking full advantage of their drivers. It's all about the dollar and nothing else with Werner. I like their equipment, but when it comes to paying their drivers, they have been known for CHEATING, and then some.
If you can hold out, try working for six months and then get on with another company. From my experience, avoid truck companies that want OTR drivers. Local driver type jobs usually pay equally well and you get home often. Good luck.

Aug 30, 2013
A trucker's wife NEW
by: Anonymous

My husband has been working for Werner for a couple of months. Boy, did they lay it on thick about bonus' and tuition reimbursement.

The truth: His dispatcher gave him a run where he was promised a minimum of $750/wk for a specific period of time. It was never mentioned that if you take every run offered, which you would naturally do to make money, that if you exceed the $750/wk, then that money is deducted from the next week's pay check. So today, we got a whopping $391.00. My husband hasn't been home in 3 months. It costs him a minimum of $100/week for grocery, laundry and that's not eating fast food. He's eating cold spaghetti out of can!

The truth: Tuition reimbursement may be $100/mo, but it's folded into your paycheck so they take taxes out of it. Really?! So you really don't get the full reimbursement for the money you pay out for your school loan when all is said and done.

The truth: If you decide to partner and take advantage of the $5,000 bonus/split 2 ways, you get a monthly reimbursement, which taxes are taken out of, and then after a certain amt is paid, you get a lump sum (which more taxes will be taken out of).

I just wish someone would be honest, up front, tell it like it is, and then let the driver make an educated decision based on what is best for himself and his family, instead of the half-truths, making the scenerio seem like you'll finally be able to climb up out of the hole, only to find someone at the top, stomping on your fingers.

Aug 30, 2013
A trucker's wife NEW
by: Anonymous

My husband has been working for Werner for a couple of months. Boy, did they lay it on thick about bonus' and tuition reimbursement.

The truth: His dispatcher gave him a run where he was promised a minimum of $750/wk for a specific period of time. It was never mentioned that if you take every run offered, which you would naturally do to make money, that if you exceed the $750/wk, then that money is deducted from the next week's pay check. So today, we got a whopping $391.00. My husband hasn't been home in 3 months. It costs him a minimum of $100/week for grocery, laundry and that's not eating fast food. He's eating cold spaghetti out of can!

The truth: Tuition reimbursement may be $100/mo, but it's folded into your paycheck so they take taxes out of it. Really?! So you really don't get the full reimbursement for the money you pay out for your school loan when all is said and done.

The truth: If you decide to partner and take advantage of the $5,000 bonus/split 2 ways, you get a monthly reimbursement, which taxes are taken out of, and then after a certain amt is paid, you get a lump sum (which more taxes will be taken out of).

I just wish someone would be honest, up front, tell it like it is, and then let the driver make an educated decision based on what is best for himself and his family, instead of the half-truths, making the scenerio seem like you'll finally be able to climb up out of the hole, only to find someone at the top, stomping on your fingers.

Aug 30, 2013
Park them now!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Wow has this industry hit the bottom, I was making 1350 a week when I left the industry in 2008, guess that was good timing. Feel for all the drivers out there. My advise get it together organize and PARK THEM. If McDonald's workers can do it, what's the hold up.

Jun 30, 2013
lol NEW
by: Anonymous

Werner pays the recruiters and dispatchers at least 30 to 100% more than their drivers naked. First year recruiters earn a minimum of 50k.First year drivers do well to earn 30 to 40 k. Man the security guard makes more than most drivers. All I have to say is this, recruiters lie like rugs, make them send to you copy or an email of what they promise. Ask them to send you an email and watch them waffle and slime around.
Snap honedt company has no worry and no problem with confirming what is promisd with an email.

Jun 30, 2013
RE NEW
by: Dan M

After reading note after note about the real Werner, then along comes a character from Werner telling us it’s good at Werner and we all are complaining too much. I can’t help but to amusingly reply to his statements.

Werner comment >> we keep you going with good loads ….

Hahaha. You sound like a Werner recruiter. I can clearly recall drivers setting around for hours waiting for a return load to be dispatched. Many other times where I was dispatched too early and I couldn’t get unloaded. Still other times where I arrived at the shipper only to find myself setting in line behind four other Werner drivers. (Lots of unpaid wait time). Under the circumstances, I choose to believe the remarks written by experienced drivers on this board. I have to question his comment about those so-called good Werner loads. LOL.
Honestly, the Dollar General is not what many drivers would consider to be good loads. The Dollar General stores are often difficult to get in and park the truck. And then if your lucky enough to park the truck without dents and scratches, the driver has to unload the truck himself. If your thinking an electric pallet jack would be nice…ah…forget it. Unload all by hand! Most drivers consider “no touch freight” to be considered better than unload all by hand and by yourself. It’s no wonder drivers may want to complain about Werner.

Werner comment >> nobody asked you to work for Werner its your own choice ….

Werner is constantly advertising at the many “truck mill marts”. I had always received post cards from Werner asking me to come on board. I also received phone calls from recruiter Joe. What I didn’t realize is the recruiter gets paid by commission. Many drivers learn afterward, what the recruiter tells you is one thing, and what really goes on at Werner is entirely different. Ultimately, many drivers do what he suggests and go on to the better truck companies.

Werner intentionally recruits young drivers with big promises from the recruiters. They quickly learn there is little money when Werner subtracts the cost of their own driving school. Oh yes, their dream is quickly crushed when their pay check reflects a LOW pay of 24 cpm and less. Good deal for Werner, bad deal for the newly recruited driver. I have over ten years of driving experience, so I can at least feel sorry for the many drivers Werner took advantage of. I welcome all posts on this board complaining about what really happens at Werner.

If you really are a Werner driver for the Dollar General account, do us all a favor and you keep that crappy job you think that offers a good load. Understand well, the good runs out there are drop and hook. Hand unload is never accepted as most drivers prefer NO TOUCH freight. Get a clue dude!

Jun 30, 2013
WERNER is okay NEW
by: Anonymous

I work for Werner for a while on Dollar General .
Since the day i started i had no problems at all and never had problems . The money comes in every Friday and i keep track on my runs by writing every trip down , you can check what you made every Thursday on the Qualcomm and its always right to the Dollar .
Its hard work but end of my week im tired but that feels good .
If you can't go for it look for another job , and stop complaining , nobody asked you to work for Werner its your own choice .....
If your dreaming make the big money coming out of school than this is not the job for you .....
Get your 2 years experience and move on to another company , lot of drivers return to Werner because they find out that it wasn't that bad .
Anyhow i'm one of a happy driver and get good runs because i deliver every week without complaining because i made the choice to unload trailers and again no complains about Werner ....
1 other thing they told me straight up when i started at Dollar General : if you can do the job right and solve the problems you will run in to (store managers , backing into difficult places ,
good unload times .....) we keep you going with good loads ..... till today they kept their promises and i had never 1 problem with Werner

Jun 14, 2013
RE: Werner, My Experience NEW
by: Anonymous

I see Werner is cheating drivers out of their pay again. I don’t know any driver that can live on .25 cpm.
I can relate to what you’re saying because Werner tried to cheat me out of my money too. When I started work at Werner I was promised .36 cpm. When I got my first paycheck, it showed I was receiving a pay of .12 cpm. Werner reluctantly agreed to pay .24 cpm but never did pay what was promised by the recruiter. I never did like being cheated out of my money so I immediately quit. With my work experience, I went to work elsewhere for .40 cpm. Looking back, it felt good telling Werner where to get off.

Must be a little shocking to find out your stuck paying back the loan. Sounds like you went to the Werner school located in Indy. The recruiter should have given you complete details before starting. Agree, don’t get injured on the job with Werner, I heard some bad stories on that subject.

I think you should tell Werner where to get off, and hook up with a better truck company. Not all truck companies are bad. I have since limited who I work for. If it’s an OTR truck company then I never apply to them. Running local pays good and better, plus I get home nightly.

Jun 13, 2013
Werner: My Experience NEW
by: Anonymous

Came with 3 months experience. Recruiter lied to me. She said that they would pay my student loan. No one told me that they were not paying it. By the time I figured it out, I had been there for 8 months. IF YOU ARE GOING TO GO HERE: get the recruiter to email you the stuff they are promising you; like pay per mile, how many miles average per week, are they going to pay your student loan? etc...Then I had only made $18K from Jan-Aug.
I was also a trainer for the company. Werner hires 600 drivers per month. They only have 6000 drivers, and of the 6000 drivers at least 1200 of them have been there for at least ten years. What does this tell you? Well, the turn over ratio is over 150% for new drivers.
Also lets figure our your pay: at .25 cents per mile you will be lucky to get 2200 miles per week. That's $550 per week before taxes. Ok,lets say you spend a lowly $100 PER wk on the road. You are going to be a able to send about $375 per week home to your family. THIS IS REALISTIC. Everything else is bull and a pipe dream. If you can handle any starter company like Werner, hang out for at least 3-6 mths then move on to a real trucking company, a company that does not train new drivers.
The dispatchers are rude, the people who work as support are mean and nasty. Security is sometimes pushy and rude. The mechanics suck, for real. This is real life talking here. I drove for them for almost two years, I know what I am talking about. Werner Cares, is their slogan and its a load of crap. Oh yea, better not get injured on the job, they will deny your claim and you will have to sue them to get medical treatment. TRUTH!

Apr 26, 2013
Trucking is not a Job it is a Lifestyle NEW
by: Curt

Most "Rookie" Truckers aren't Truckers they are "Job" seekers. With romantic dreams of money and travel. Though the money and travel is there these "Job" seekers will never become a successful "Trucker" because they are not ready for, nor really want, the "Lifestyle"

Apr 25, 2013
full circle NEW
by: peter L

Hi Guys. It's me again Peter L former werner driver. The other day I was in a Kmart shopping cntr in westwood nj. I trucker was haveing a bitch of a time trying to get back up into a slot in the loading zone. I went over to him and asked if he would like a spotter? He said yes and I got him into the spot with no trouble. I talked to him awhile and this was the same one that I cut off one day (by accident) and he said that he remmebers me becouse I was respecful to him. Over the last two years no one and he says no one is that polite anymore. Even in trucking. He's left o/o driving couse it got too expesive to do and went into company driver. He tells me that even withthe new regulations on drivers there is still a lack of manners on the road. I asked if his company is hireing and he told me to look somware eles. He's leaving. I told him to remember any job is only as good as ether you or the people in it. If you want to be better at it then you have to show them (the company people) the right way to do things, starting with yourself. Respect those around you and don't put others down. Respect is like yest, alittle goes a long way. Be safe out there Peter L.

Mar 03, 2013
RE NEW
by: Dan M

Your note is sort of like a half truth lacking the full details. You would need to read many of the past notes here that have been posted by many drivers. The dollar general account is dedicated but the driver unloads every trailer by himself. Try delivering to this account and you will soon learn parking your rig at these little stores is difficult. The other dedicated runs you speak of are usually taken up so getting on the Target account does not happen often. Most likely, drivers get the regional runs that are always marked deliver non stop driving. Many drivers out of their school are paid less than .28 cents per mile. What a great deal for Werner considering the student driver should be getting more. Again, read past notes from here as pay for student drivers has been a common complaint. Your note sounds like you are really a recruiter for Werner or you got one of the few good runs. No, the past notes here have not been all bull.

Mar 02, 2013
GREAT NEW
by: Anonymous

lol I see all the bad things people are saying about werner.For the most part it is all bull,I have worked here for a year and had no big problem at all,I see people on here talking about the pay,Some say 22cpm
I know they pay more most new fresh out of school make 28 cpm and 4 cpm pd.Not bad for no exp.Most places that pay better will not talk to you unless you have at least 2 yrs exp.As far as qualcomm and dispatch same every where.I have been in this for 12 yrs.If you think you are going to make great money from the get go this is not the job for you.Most people on here complaining are on regional and thats where werner puts the jack legs.If you have a good work ethic and personality you will been put on a true dedicated.Most of this start off at $900 a week.Ask to be put on Target or Home depot,The Dollar store pays good but it is hard work.

Dec 19, 2012
RE Pre Trips NEW
by: Dan M

Pre Trip Inspections are always completed by the driver. The driver is expected to know if the tractor and trailer is in good working condition. So, the driver usually completes a Pre Trip Inspection and a Post Trip Inspection. Good luck.


Dec 19, 2012
pretrips NEW
by: Anonymous

Im not a truck driver but shouldnt a pretrip be done first by the company at least on the trailer before it is loaded. then by the driver.

Dec 02, 2012
W E R N E R - no thank you NEW
by: Anonymous

i made couple mistakes in my life but the worst mistake was start work for werner.why?.......
...that' s my answers: they pay only 22cpm+ 4 cents for accident free so that is only 26cpm.pretty sh...y money. night time dispatchs are disasters.i sit and wait for 14 hrs because nighttime dispatch not be able fix problem,so when morning dispatch show up my problem was solve in 1hr.toooo much safety ,,werner,, regulations,after 6 months of driving you earn 1 cent per mile more....yes only 1 cent per mile more after 10 months you get 3 cents more per mile,i tried write down anything positive about this company but really i dont know. every hometime i look for another job ,make applications and wait and hope something comes up. that will be my the happiest day leave werner.but best experience for you is go to truck stop and asked drivers about werner and you find out by yourself

Nov 18, 2012
Low pay rates...Werner likes students. NEW
by: Dan M

A good attitude with help and suggestions toward fellow drivers is always good. I see this with other truck companies as well.
Nothing wrong with a little inexperience, but be careful because an accident/fender bender with company equipment could end your job with Werner. They won't hesitate to quickly let a driver go for minor accident. Sounds like you are a recent truck school graduate from Werner. It's nice that Werner is giving you a good start to learn about driving semi trucks. Unfortunately, the rate Werner pays is incredibly low for a start out pay. I won't ask what your start out pay is, but I have talked to many student drivers who are less than .22 cpm. The going rate for a driver with a couple years of experience is .36 to .42 cpm, depending on the run. I hope you can survive with Werner at these rates for a couple years.

Nov 17, 2012
respect NEW
by: Peter L. former driver

I've been out of work for about two years and have yet to have anything bad to say about werner . I'm not the perfect person to complain about something unless I'm the one getting screwed. Werner was good to me in giving me a chance to drive and learn the bussiness. The biggest thing I've seen and learned is the basics. One most of all. G.O.A.L. .Get out and look. So many people don't and they get to ether damage somes truck or hurt someone. Werner may not be perfect but like i said it's what you put into it to get out of it. Once I cut a truck off (not on purpose), at the next truck stop the driver was talking about some werner driver that cut him off, I said it was me and if you want to knock my head off go rite ahead. I'm sorry i was wrong. He went into shock for about a minute, I told him that I did not see him and I'm glad he was paying more attation then I was. The biggest thing that we ended up doing was who was bying lunch. (I did ) He was gland to meet an honest driver. We talked about trucking, and got alot of info from him. The secret? treat people like you want to be treated. About three months later I'm having a bitch of a time backing into a spot. Along comes this driver and helps me. His name is Steaven. He reminds me about that cut off I did to him and says from one driver to another thanks to your curtisy and respect. That all it is is respect for other drivers . Be safe out there god bless

Oct 18, 2012
get out what you put in NEW
by: Peter L. former driver

I drove for werner for eight months. April 2010 to Jan. 2011. My trainer was named Joe, O/O. Hard ass to train a thick head like me, but he finally got to know me. Two months of traing and ended up in fla. Got a team partner named Doug, Learned alot from him. If you want to learn you have to want. If i was to go back to Werner I would ask for them to let me train a newbe. This way I can get to understand the otherside of the training. I'm patiant and can be helpful to others. Met alot of other werner people that didn"t know one end the truck from tha other. These are the ones that I love to talk to. Exchange info, ideas ect. Keep trucking and always be patiant for the other guy, you were like them once. thx and be safe out there.

Sep 10, 2012
Regarding: My own experiences NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice story, but the same Dollar General account is also offered by LandAir, US Xpress, Jacobson Companies, and others, and not just Werner. The Dollar General account at Werner only pays .28 cpm and 16 per stop for those with three months experience. I have to say, the .28 cpm sounds a little cheap as I don’t know any truck company that would pay as low as .28 cpm.

Werner expects the driver to unload all trailers by hand. (No fork life or pallet jack). I was one very tired truck driver after unloading trailers all week. Unloading trailers can really drag you down.
Also, trying to deliver to some of those Dollar General stores was a nightmare or an accident waiting to happen. Not much room to get your rig docked and scarey for those with only a few months of driving experience. The $900 is before taxes or the gross amount. The Werner paycheck is greatly reduced after taxes, medical deductions, living expenses out on the road.
I would not recommend buying a multi thousand dollar big truck at Werner. It’s a nice thought to own/lease your own truck, but I will pass on those big monthly payments to the bank. (1500.) Don’t forget $600 just to fill the tank up once with diesel fuel. Cost of plates is like $2100. State road tax, $800. Insurance, $200 /mo. The turnover rate at Werner is way too high to where I would spend big dollars on a truck.
The $2400 a week is gross amount and not enough money when looking at others in the business. The real owner operator running on his own authority makes more.

Good luck.

Sep 10, 2012
My Experiences at Werner...... NEW
by: Anonymous

Ok.......its like this..I came to Werner with 3 months experience from USA TRUCK.....
The best accounts at Werner is the Dollar General account in Zanesville Ohio. I was making 900-950 per week...but you have to unload trucks.
I have ran OTR, Super Regional, and Dedicated. I finally became so frustrated that I decided to become a Trainer.
The best thing I ever did was become a owner operator at Werner...so far so good. Training, and I mean training for real........not goofing off....first week I made $2447 before income taxes. Now I have averaged between $1800-$2400 per week every week since.
Is that awesome or what? As the other owner opps that drive for Werner!

Sep 07, 2012
RE: werner sucks NEW
by: Dan M

I have also had this problem with Werner not taking care of truck problems needing repairs. Trust me, you will get a DOT ticket for being in violation, and Werner will not back you up.

•If you feel your employer is violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Immediately go to the following web site and report the problem.

http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp

Next, click on the link that says, "Summit a Safety Violation Complaint". I strongly suggest you start keeping a hard copy of your pre trip inspection reports that you will need to provide to the FMCSA. Do not trust Werner to take care of it and don't give your copies to Werner. Thank you.

Sep 07, 2012
werner sucks NEW
by: Anonymous

Werner sends u messages about doing pretrips all the time and when u do them and find stuff they won't fix it and its stuff dot will shut u down for so tommrow I'm heading straight to dot to turn them in

Aug 18, 2012
Steven D NEW
by: Steven D

Can someone please help me out I a trying to find out about doing teams with Werner and am told I have to call other Werner drivers (numbers provided) to see if they will team?? Does anyone have experience with this I for example don’t smoke so I feel like I have to interview other drivers please if anyone went from solo to teams please let me know the process??

Aug 18, 2012
Deceptive pay NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember going to work for Werner. The recruiter told me with my years of experience I would be making .32 cpm. So I finished up with orientation, got an assigned truck and started making runs. My first paycheck was three weeks late and was only for one run, and my pay rate was changed to .24 cpm. So I called payroll and they stated they can't pay .32 cpm until all my work has been verified. I replied back that I don't work at that rate so I took an immediate leave of absense. Payroll claimed they didn't get BOL/invoices from my runs. I resent all BOL and another three weeks went by with no paycheck. Regarding my work references, they were all verified according to the calls i made to my old employers, but Werner now claims they have to enter it into their system and get it approved before any pay increase. That was two weeks ago and my pay rate is still at .24 cpm.
I finally accepted work elsewhere. I never did get paid anything and my pay rate was never changed to .32 cpm. Payroll keeps promising they will get me paid. Uh huh.
The Fleet manager attitude was go to work at .24 cpm or turn the truck back in. I gladly turned the truck in as I need to get paid weekly, not monthly. I don't work for .24 cpm...period. Werner is one of thoese places you simply don't work for. Driver beware, stay away from Werner.

Aug 18, 2012
Pay Rate NEW
by: Dan M

I remember going to work for Werner. The recruiter told me with my years of experience I would be making .32 cpm. So I finished up with orientation, got an assigned truck and started making runs. My first paycheck was three weeks late and was only for one run, and my pay rate was changed to .24 cpm. So I called payroll and they stated they can't pay .32 cpm until all my work has been verified. I replied back that I don't work at that rate so I took an immediate leave of absense. Payroll claimed they didn't get BOL/invoices from my runs. I resent all BOL and another three weeks went by with no paycheck. Regarding my work references, they were all verified according to the calls i made to my old employers, but Werner now claims they have to enter it into their system and get it approved before any pay increase. That was two weeks ago and my pay rate is still at .24 cpm.
I finally accepted work elsewhere. I never did get paid anything and my pay rate was never changed to .32 cpm. Payroll keeps promising they will get me paid. Uh huh.
The Fleet manager attitude was go to work at .24 cpm or turn the truck back in. I gladly turned the truck in as I need to get paid weekly, not monthly. I don't work for .24 cpm...period. Werner is one of thoese places you simply don't work for. Driver beware, stay away from Werner.

Aug 18, 2012
Going into teams?? NEW
by: Anonymous

Can someone please help me out I a trying to find out about doing teams with Werner and am told I have to call other Werner drivers (numbers provided) to see if they will team?? Does anyone have experience with this I for example don’t smoke so I feel like I have to interview other drivers please if anyone went from solo to teams please let me know the process??

Jul 21, 2012
not for me NEW
by: Anonymous

werner practices deceptively,you have be overweight and a slob and be a kiss ass to work for them,they leave you hanging,but expect you to jump,there drivers lounge in dallas is filthy and i have seen cleaner homeless people.

Jul 15, 2012
RE NEW
by: Dan M

After reading your note I'll be sure to stay away from CR England. I think they are all a bunch of crooks. Another TRUCK MILL TRUCK company! Hired or in front door at record numbers. And...many are fired and leave out the back door in larger numbers.
If you live in the truck for many weeks at a time without ever going home, then you will be acepted for a while. Stay away from the ones who get you back home late by two or three days. They are the ones who don't hesitate to get you back on the road early from your time off. Be careful of the truck company who imposes many rules. (No idling, no inverters, no pets, no speeding, no avoiding qualcomm, etc). Beware of the truck companies with the many fines or hidden cost. (accident fines back to the driver. insurance deductable back to driver. Late delivery fees, or the fine for failing DOT inspection, fines for not messaging in.
Best approach is to come up with a long list of questions to the company should be answered before ever going to one of their long winded three day orientations.
Uh huh, that should cover the basics. :-)


Jul 14, 2012
Scumbag Werner NEW
by: Anonymous

Do not even go to an orientation. When its over, they send you home and wait. They'll call you. If you're unlucky enough, they'll give you a trainer for whatever your required OTR hours will be. The trouble is that have very few trainers and not enough trucks or freight to the number of drivers they push through every week Then they send you home, or, if you're really unlucky, they will put you on a truck. You see, they get subidized by the federal government evertime they they train a driver. In other words, its a seperate buisne within a buisness. But its your choice to get screwed, and that's exactly what'll happen and they ruin your DAC. They'll find any excuse to fire you as that's all they do. This way they pay no unemployment... GOOD LUCK. Also, take all the above and imagine must worse, and you have C R ENGLAND..

May 22, 2012
get what you put into it. NEW
by: Peter L. former driver

I was with werner for eight months. Two for training, rest team otr. Learned alot, mostly dont have to many incidentses. I'll tell you that It's what you make of it. You work, drive rite, do your end of the job, no problem. I would go back there if they pay me more. The traing was good. The trainer joe D. was good. My partner Doug and i had a good relationship. When you start trucking I would with werner. Remember. Safty is your choise. Use it wisely. Be safe out there

May 20, 2012
RE: NEW
by: Dan M

I wouldn't know about Werner's pre hire program. What little I heard was it was based upon miles the trainer would be out with you.
I hope you get a good trainer.

May 20, 2012
Question NEW
by: Anonymous

Yeah I was just wondering I got my pre hire with werner and was wondering how long do you go with the trainer otr.

May 20, 2012
Question NEW
by: Anonymous

Yeah I was just wondering I got my pre hire with werner and was wondering how long do you go with the trainer otr.

Mar 20, 2012
New JOB NEW
by: Dan M

Robcri,
Sorry to hear you opted to leave Werner after a short two year stay. I'm not surprised, as many people leave for one reason or another.

Last truck company I worked for, I also drove a new truck. Most truck companies let the newbies/rookies drive the old trucks. The company I worked for was over eight long years. I'm now on my second truck company, going on 3.5 years now.

Good luck with your new job.

Mar 20, 2012
Werner was decent NEW
by: robcri

Stayed with Werner for 2 years. They were my 1st job after getting my CDL. Started out at 32 cents. Had the same fleet manager for all but 3 weeks of my stay there. He was a great guy. I had numerous sucky weeks but most of the time after having a sucky week he would run my butt off the next week. My first year I teamed and made mid 40K. I trained others during my 2nd year and made low 60K. My 1st truck was crappy. I had it for 3 weeks. They moved me into a nicer truck with 450 k miles on it. 6 months later they moved me into a new truck. I came on with a clean record and left with a clean record. I am moving on for better pay but my memories of Werner are good ones.

Mar 16, 2012
Oil work NEW
by: Dan M

Here's a few links for work in the area you are looking for. It's looking like ND offers more than the other two states.

http://toptruckers.com/trucking-job-search/Oilfield%20Driver/ND/

http://toptruckers.com/trucking-job-search/Oilfield%20Driver/SD/

http://toptruckers.com/trucking-job-search/Oilfield%20Driver/MT/

http://www.oilfieldworkers.com/transportjobs.php

http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Oilfield+Truck&l=ND

A good start is completely scope out the internet. Good luck with your search for a good job.

Later.
Dan M

Mar 16, 2012
relocating/oil ind job NEW
by: Anonymous

Dan u have been helpfull so far,im looking to relocate to ND,SD,or MT,to work in and around the oil ind as a driver.So far each state i menthioned has little or know help.All i get is web sites that bring me to other web pages and too company apps.I have tried to find places to live,how much to live and would it take(if i get a job)to maybe get an RV too live in..but nothing.Would mind emailing me if u get anything that i have mentioned above.stv528@yahoo.com.tnx

Mar 16, 2012
Refresher certificate NEW
by: Dan M

Steve,
Same with me, driving truck is something I do when I'm unemployed from my regularly career. For me, driving truck is better than unemployment. I never heard of a need to have a refresher certificate. Although, I have 8 years experience plus a truck school 10 years ago. With the new CSA rules, I suppose there might be new requirements. Your right, it's getting so everyone wants a piece of the pie. The CSA has now made it so renewing my CDL license increased to like $170. (Government scams). Ok, good to know you have a work plan.

Regards,
Dan

Mar 15, 2012
reguarding werner info NEW
by: steve d

this is for dan,thanx for the info i have decided to get some part time work and then get a "refresher certificiate",apperantly everone needs one.I think its just to make the ATA,the trucking schools and the big bad insurance co filthy stinking rich.Because to me it seems the same applies to to wether u drive for a 100 yrs or ride a bike.This all pertains to if a driver has been out of a truck for more than a year.....makes no sense at all.

Mar 15, 2012
Confuzed NEW
by: Dan M

Again, take that job on 3/16 but keep sending out your resume. I'm sure you could get comfortable with them until you find better.
Next, go to the following web site where I want you to register for work with them and fill out their job application.

http://www.mtsdm.com/

They will actively search for the better truck jobs out there for what you are looking. They usually find me new truck job offers regularly where I don't have time to search for the better jobs.
Good luck.
Dan

Mar 15, 2012
Re: Start work. NEW
by: Dan M

Sounds like you are in a bad way. Better hold onto the job scheduled for 3/16. It's better than nothing and your dog needs you.
Take the job, but keep sending your resume out.
Remember, if the truck job requires going through a recruiter, it's most likely another truck mill company where they hire drivers by the dozen. At lease it will be an incoming paycheck. Good luck.

Mar 14, 2012
confuzed NEW
by: Anonymous

Im suppose to start orn on 3.16.12.herd many horrer stories.dec wether or not to call rec tmr o and cacel.problem is i have no money left live in ct..no jobs here and a good driv rec since '92 and hv a dog to.not many comp take dogs.been out of trk for moore thn a year(ins co)signed confused...any suggestions were i can go

Feb 13, 2012
Money
by: Joe

When you are in training you will make more money than you will driving...All i go was pick up a truck in Allentown pa. then they keep you running form Allentown to upstate NY.300 or 350 miles a day.. you cant make any money that way...

Had a load picking up in S. Karny NJ to Omaha called dispatch and asked them if i can run it all the way they said no take it to our drop yard in Youngstown oh and ill have a load coming back...You get stuck up in NY and pa for weeks...

Feb 11, 2012
Better with other truck companies!
by: Dan

Weiner likes those drivers who don't look too closely at what they are actually earning. The complaints on the boards are numerous. It becomes difficult to accept any position considering all these reports.

I don't regret having left Weiner over the same issues I read here. I get home every weekend now and sometimes during the week. The pay is better than what Werner ever paid.
:-)

Feb 09, 2012
yall r dicks
by: Anonymous

all yall people r just pissed cause yall couldn't cut it out on the road and need someone to blame i have known many people to go to werner and enjoyed the hell out of it

Jan 29, 2012
Werner Sucks
by: Anonymous

Don't go there as a Canadian for sure - cost you more to live on the road than miles you get with all the down time and lack of pay and oh ya Canadians are not eligible for the training pay days like they tell you. Worst place EVER!

Jan 15, 2012
Regarding: liers, please do not go to werner.
by: Dan

I heard similar stories from other Werner drivers, so what you said is accurate.
I was being generous about some Werner pay. In your case, they are like cheating you out of hard earned money.

I don't know many people who can survive on that small amount of pay. I hope you can get out of there ASAP. Good luck, getting on with a better truck company.

Jan 14, 2012
Thread?
by: Anonymous

Collin Barnette you said you had a thread/post of some kind to follow, where is it? You never posted the link. Thanks!

If you could email me your experiences at werner I would greatly appreciate it!

valsler1@gmail.com

Jan 14, 2012
liers, please do not go to werner.
by: Anonymous

This company has some of the rudest people you will ever meet. The pay is not .39 or .32 starting out either, it is .22 with a 4 cent per mile safety bonus if you have a safe trip.

Otr is a total life style and the pay with Werner is not worth it. Unless, you can live off of 200 to 600 dollars a week solo and 200 to 700 a week team.

Please though I strongly urge you not to think you will get 600 or 700 ever week. No way more like an average of 400 every week. Is that good for 7 days a week 10 to 14 hours a day away from your family and keep in mind the rude people there to add you have to deal with?

If it is, go have a try. This company is run by college kids at least that's the feel of it. The mechanics are nice but you'll learn real fast they are payed by the hour and will soak ever hour of their time, meaning you will spend days at a terminal for something easy such as a oil change.

You'll see just try these moral sucking leaches out.

A werner driver.

Dec 30, 2011
Weiner, just another truck mill
by: Dan

Yes, I've seen many students that graduated from their truck school. Their offer of .37 a mile is more than most get. The cost of this school would not be something I could recommend. Usually Werner gets many recruits this way where the drivers work for less in order to pay Weiner back.

Understand well, Werner is nothing more than another "truck mill" truck company. Meaning, they mass hire drivers in the front door. What you don't see is an equal amount of drivers leaving out the back door.

They offer newer trucks, but Weiner makes the driver pay for those trucks by a smaller pay check. So, Weiner pays a driver .37 when he should be getting .39 to .44 or more.

I could tell more about Weiner, but this is enough for now. :-)


Dec 28, 2011
Werner treated me right
by: Acura89

Ive never had any problems with werner.. I started out a 37cpm right outta orientation. I average 2800 miles a week and i run midwest solo. I only had 6 months of experience when i came to werner..i got a 2010 volvo with 65000 miles on it and its in great condition.

I'm tired of people thinking that Werner sucks but in reality every company whether trucking related or not has downsides. but ive been treated very well with them.. they get me home when i ask and i always have a load ready when im ready for it.

like any other place in the world, you gotta have experience to make more money.

Dec 01, 2011
WERNER
by: Anonymous

W - WHERE
E - EVERYONE
R - RECEIVES
N - NEWLY
E - ENGINEERED
R - RECTUMS

Jul 31, 2011
Weiner, not Werner! LOL
by: Dan

To many lies for me to want to go with them. OTR can grow old real quick so I'm not going there. I prefer getting home nightly. Nice truck, but they got PeopleNet tracking inside so the driver will get no rest. (More like a puppet on a string).

If you want a very honest answer, first check out the driver lounge at the main office. The existing drivers will tell you straight. The complaints are off the wall. Pay rate is incredibly low for most.

Good luck with Weiner

Jul 31, 2011
BS regarding weener enterprises
by: Bobby

ALL OF YOU INTERESTED TO WORK FOR WERNER PAY ATTENTION TO THIS, I GOT MY EXPERIENCE WITH THEM SO FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL,BUT IF I KNEW WHAT WAS TO COME NEXT I WOULD'VE NEVER EVER STARTED WITH THEM IN A FIRST PLACE.

POST ORIENTATION: I HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY TO FLORIDA FROM DALLAS TEXAS TO GET MY 2005 CENTURY CLASS TRUCK, NICE LOOKING TRUCK BUT BUG INFESTED BADLY SO I BOBTAIL TO THE ATLANTA TERMINAL AND THE STUPID LADY THAT WORKS OR WORKED AT THE SHOP TOLD ME THERE'S NOTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT THAT AND SHE REFUSED TO GIVE ME A NEW MATTRESS.

SO I CALLED SAFETY AND GUESS WHAT THEY REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT AS WELL.

NOW WITH PER DIEM IT SUCKS BECAUSE IT CUTS YOUR CENT PER MILE RATE IN HALF SO ITS REALLY NOT A GOOD DEAL. AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN MAKE DECENT MONEY IF YOU WERE ON A CERTAIN DEDICATED ACCOUNT LIKE SARA LEE WHICH I WAS ON FOR A GOOD WHILE.

AFTER A LIL OVER A YEAR WITH THEM I DECIDED TO GET MY OWN TRUCK WITH THEM AND OF COURSE THEY WILL SELL YOU A TRUCK WITH ZERO DOWN BUT THEY WILL MURDER YOU ON THE PAYMENTS. I GOT A VERY NICE MIDNIGHT BLUE CLASSIC XL AND I TOOK VERY GOOD CARE OF IT AS A MATTER OF FACT AND I ALWAYS GOT COMPLIMENTS ON HOW NICE AND CLEAN IT LOOKED.

BUT ONCE I GOT MY TRUCK GUESS WHAT THEY RAN ME VERY POORLY AND I LITERALLY LIVED OFF OF $200 ADVANCES A WEEK FOR A WHOLE YEAR I WAS WITH THEM AS A OWNER/OP AND THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO GET ME TO DO SHAG LOADS WHICH MIND YOU THAT'S PRETTY MUCH LOCAL RUNS AND MORE SUITABLE FOR A DAYCAB DRIVER.

ON TOP OF THINGS VERN WERNER THE DIRECTOR OF FLEET SALES IS A SELFISH PRICK AND HE IS LUCKY I DIDNT SMACK SOME SENSE INTO HIM BECAUSE HE HAD THE NERVE TO CALL MY MOTHER A BITCH, HE THINKS JUST BECAUSE HE HAS MORE MONEY THAN ME HE THINKS ITS OK TO TALK TO PEOPLE HOWEVER HE WANTS TO.

AND THIS ISN'T EVEN THE HALF OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING MY TIME WITH WERNER. TAKE IT FROM ME, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU TRY TO TALK TO THERE TO GET ISSUES RESOLVED YOU WILL GET NOWHERE WITH WERNER ENTERPRISES CAUSE EVERY ONE OF THEM ARE INCONSIDERATE TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL RUDE PEOPLE.

THEY PAY YOU AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE AND THEY TRY TO KEEP YOU OUT ON THE ROAD AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, AND IF THIS HELPS YOU, MY ENTIRE CLASS OF 24 PEOPLE THAT WERE EMPLOYED BY WERNER GUESS WHAT NONE OF US WORK FOR THEM ANYMORE.

AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED WERNER NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY.

May 21, 2011
Werner scam tactics
by: Dan

I see Werner is up to their same scam tactics. Yes, I saw the same web site last year where it shows the driver making .39 cents per mile start.

Same thing with me, I soon learned after orientation the pay rate was .32 cents per mile. I also called them and they claimed the web site is not their site, which really is their site. Same with their runs, I found out after orientation the dedicated run was no longer available but they were offering OTR.

Be careful about driving to orientation because they never paid me for gas in travel expenses. I would have stayed with Werner, but then I was listening to what the drivers were saying in their driver lounge.

Many many dissatisfied drivers being lied too. I was happy to have left Werner and never looked back.

May 19, 2011
Woman trucker
by: gypsywoman

I'm thinking of going baack to OTR. Have been driving locally but, my company went out of business. Having trouble with signing on with another company. Wonder if its my age. Have a good driving record-no tickets or accidents. Any suggestions?

May 19, 2011
Woman trucker
by: gypsywoman

I'm thinking of going back to OTR. Have been driving locally but, my company went out of business. Having trouble with signing on with another company. Wonder if its my age. Have a good driving record-no tickets or accidents. Any suggestions?

Apr 28, 2011
Really, there can't be anything different here than anywhere else.
by: ???woman driver

I've been driving since 1989. I have been lied to and lied about by every company I have worked for. I have been provided free booze by trucking companies and their customers also...hard to believe?? Hehehe!

I say just go with the flow. I have seen good drivers who were THE BEST and tried the hardest with their companies try to lease-purchase and have their whole lives destroyed by it; and I have watched company drivers systematically steal from trucking companies their ENTIRE careers (Some of them 30 years or more)and never get caught!

And then LISTEN to those companies PRAISE them as if they had discovered toilet paper!!

Just be HAPPY to drive the crappy equipment you are given to drive; at 65 and at 30 up-hill, and NOT be replaced by a bunch of people who aren't the people that their CDL'S SAY they are, and DON'T speak a word of English-and never INTEND to learn, and ABSOLUTELY intend to STEAL that truck they have been assigned to and drive it back into Mexico and put their name on it and make a ton of money with it. And know that they WON'T be stopped by the U.S. border or the Mexican one either.

They are above U.S. federal law. And THEY will be enjoying YOUR retirement saving or 401 down in Mexico as soon as they hack your bank account number...

Yep. Tilt your head a little to the left and you can hear ALL OF THE U.S. TRUCKING COMPANIES sucking the SAME way. Enjoy your free pizza and the fact that they all want some of your piss!! NOW-THAT IS FUNNY to me!

Dec 22, 2010
pay rate?
by: Anonymous

I went through orientation and was assigned a truck, but then I learn the dedicated run I was suppose to be on no longer exists. I also learned my pay rate was suppose to be at .39/mile according to the following Werner web site.

http://www-wps.werner.com/content/drv/ops/longhaul/pay/

The Werner recruiter said the rate is .32/mile. Werner claimed the site I just listed here is a fake site, yet it looks like a werner site to me.
No big deal, it just means I will not drive for a company that will openly cheat their drivers. I have pleanty of experience so it's not that hard to work for .39/mile. I told Werner to go to this site, but they replied it doesn't work on their computers. Something not right with this Werner outfit. It's way to easy to go elsewhere. Please check out this site and let me know if it's a fake site. Looks like a Werner site to me. :-))

Dec 01, 2010
rookies
by: Anonymous

trucking is trucking,,,i've trucked for over 20 years and there ALL the same small co and big companies,,,,its trucking,,.its not a walk in the park,,.you have to love it,,,and its A WAY OF LIFE ,, not a job... that's what you rookies have to learn,,,,,LUST KEEP THAT LEFT DOOR SHUT

Nov 16, 2010
Find out the Hard Way
by: Maxwell Mclain Doctor of Divinity

Some people won't listen to advice and have to find things out the hard way! Please, all you new drivers read and soak in the posts. My motivation for joining Werner was simple.

They had a small local hub in my town that offered local runs. My goal was to get one of these local runs and be home in bed every night.

ORIENTATION:Springfield OH:
The wife drove me down from Detroit to the Holiday Inn in Springfield OH. Not a bad hotel with a pool, hot tub and food within walking distance. Two hour wait in the lobby because Werner never verified my reservation.

After several calls with no reply I finally got my room. Paid the extra money for a single room because I value my privacy(I recommend this to those who can afford it). Stowed my gear and decided to head down to the bar for some libations i.e beer.

The thought of leaving my family and being on the road for a couple of months was stressful. It was 5:00 P.M and orientation didn't start till 8:00 A.M..

Arrived at the hotel tavern and ordered a Miller Lite. The bar maid asked me if I was here for the Werner orientation? I replied yes and she puts the bottle back in the cooler. The puzzled look on my face turned to consternation when she said students weren't allowed to drink.

This was the first of many red flags on the bumpy road of Werner. Last time I checked our flag did not have a sickle and a star on it. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, this was one of those times.

Calmly walked out of the bar and down to the beer depot across from the hotel and bought a six pack. Returned to my room and enjoyed my tasty beverages, problem solved.
to be continued......

Oct 14, 2010
WERNER SUCKS
by: Anonymous

WERNER SUCKS

Oct 13, 2010
WERNER WANTS TO SCREW YOU SO THEY CAN SUPPORT THIER COCAINE HABITS AND WILD PARTIES
by: Anonymous

werner lures you in with their "office with a view" campaign then feeds you crappy pizza and provides crappy hotel accommodations then puts you with a trainer who is there to make money from your miles and don't teach you anything but how to steer.

Then when you get a truck its a rattle trap that's anything than safe and if your lucky to make 500 a week you never stop rolling cause your team driver is an idiot making the same as you and your lose sleep training a drooling fifth grade dropout who cant read or speak English or read a map.

Dont let werner screw you. They are out for government tax breaks for every invalid that completes their training. Team driving only benefits werner, and their trucks are more important to them than you are.

Oct 02, 2009
Oh No Not Werner
by: Collin Barnette

Yea I was all excited about going off to be a Truck Driver. Got my license and went to Werner. The experience was so horror full i wanted to run from trucking all together.

Jul 13, 2009
IK Werner
by: Anonymous

I went to Werner after I got my Class A. What a joke! An eight hours buss ride full of stinking Mexicans just out of prison took me to a hotel full of angry people with more questions than answers. No one to ask those questions and no answers once we found a real Werner person. The orientation was a couple long days of redundant paper work, some outdated videos and a 3 minute physical. Literally the so called doctor never got out of his chair.

After some more sitting around in a hotel with orders not to leave the room, I found myself on a truck with the worst example of a human I could have imagined. The truck was in sad condition and the driver didn't care to try and have it repaired because the company would penalize him, or us, for it. Minus 12 degree weather in NE with no heat and required to sleep in the truck anyway.

My driver manager and even the supervisor were very non communicative. I found this to be a common to all Werner people. Oh you can ask the questions but they will not actually talk to you and get quite hostile if you keep asking.

If you want to drive and work your maximum allowed hours every day of the week, get poorly thought out routes to pick up or drop off a load, operate unsafe equipment, be paid less than 300 per week and then be treated like a bad step child, you should run to Werner.

If you want to drive a truck and make a living, stay wherever you are at and find something small and local.

Jul 13, 2009
New to the trucking Business
by: James T. Allen

Hello I'm new to the trucking business and have heard the good and the bad also. I'm going to start out trucking with Werner enterprises and see how far it takes me. The best I can do is experience it for my self. See you with my pockets full or hitching a ride home.

Jan 08, 2009
hiring on at werner enterprises
by: jimmy

Werner is a well established co and they have nice equipment. they have terminals spread thru out the country.

However, they are a large co. when you try to get on board with a large co, you will sometimes get lost in the shuffle. From the first day in orientation to getting assigned a truck. everything is subject to change on an hourly basis.

Remember, the logistics of operating a large fleet, with 5000 drivers or more is no easy task. That's why i suggest you go for a small to medium co. equipment, pay, lifestyle, etc is the same.
Don't be discouraged. sounds like the one guy did get lost in the shuffle.....jimmy

Dec 23, 2008
Tell us all the facts about Werner
by: Collin Barnette

Jennifer,
You said your Husband was impressed with Werner. Tell us how Please!

Also you said there were advantages and disadvantages. We are all very curious about the Good and Bad?

As someone who is seriously looking at Werner I'd really like to know and I feel like the only way to learn is from someone who has been there.

Dec 23, 2008
Trucking Life at Werner Enterprises
by: Jennifer Schnittker

I think it is what you make of it. My husband started off with Werner Enterprises, he was impressed with it. HOWEVER! It was not for him.

I do know (something that was not added here) they give you BACK your perdium in the amount of 52.00 a day added to your pay if you so choose.

Also, We have made a friend that was with them for 8 years. As with almost any trucking company. There are advantages, and disadvantages to each. Everyone has a different outlook on it.

Dec 15, 2008
Werner Enterprises
by: Michelle

I FOUND THIS "RIP OFF REPORT" ON WERNER ENTERPRISES AND THOUGHT ID PASS IT ON TO YOU FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH.

I did find many reports on the company and ONLY GOING BY WHAT I WAS READING, Id have to say that I would NOT want my Husband to even think of seeking A career with WERNER after the information in these reports.

Hope it helps you. I am still looking for any advice about PRIME INC. So, If there's someone that maybe helpful I'd like to hear for you. Below is the report, I just copied and pastes it. God Bless



7/2008: Wanted a better paying job. Decided to try truck driving. Paid Roadmaster of Orlando $6000 to get a CDL-A in 3 weeks.
9/5/08: Passed with high scores.
9/10/08: Hired by Werner. Went to 2 day orientation. Very disorganized.
9/12/08: Got a Trainer, on my way to completing 275 hours. Great Trainer.
10/28/08: 275 hours, 30 breakdowns later, was asked to do 50 more hours. (Truck has over 600000 miles on it, and its in bad shape. Just about every trailer we pick up has flat tires or other problems). Trainer gives me great scores. Says that I am more than ready to go solo. I'm very confident and excited.
11/7/08: 325 hours, stay on truck at same rate of pay, or go on LOA (leave of absence). Sent to Omaha terminal.
11/8/08: Stranded in Omaha. Would not test me out because they stated accounts were closed for at least 2 weeks . SDM said when a truck comes available, I would be tested out and issued a truck. After sitting in lobby of hotel for 5 hours waiting for a room & new trainer, I decided to take the LOA my SDM suggested.

Found out after the fact that they would not help get me the 1000 mile journey home, and I HAD to take the LOA.

Spent over $600 for plane ticket and went home to wait on truck. No problem, Ill be making good money soon. (so I thought)
12/5/08: End of LOA, told to return to terminal for new trainer because no trucks available. I get to hotel, no room reserved for me after I was told there was.

I call to get voucher for room, was asked why was I there, their are no trucks available. I drive back home pretty disgusted.
12/12/08: Still getting the run around. Cant afford having a NON-PAYING job anymore, I give up and resign.

Total money spent (incl expenses on the road for food, travel to & from terminals)= $-1834.57

Total wages (Gross) from start =$+2753.26

Total money made after 3 months =$+918.69(WOW!!!that's $306.23 a month)

Total in the hole after 6 months =$-5081.31

WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE CHOOSING WERNER. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY GET THE WE-CARE CRAP FROM!

Shane
Daytona Beach, Florida
U.S.A.

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Dec 09, 2008
I'll let you know about Werner Enterprises
by: Collin Barnette

I know this doesn't answer your question but, .......... I am off to start life in the trucking world and I have the same question.

I have heard good and bad. Most of the bad reports I have read read as if they were written by illiterate negative people who are most likely unhappy with life in general.

Werner Enterprises has a great web site and their recruiter seemed positive but a bit on the apathetic side. I imagine they get tons of calls and get burnt out answering the same questions over and over that can be answered by their site.

Their drivers I have talked to say they are happy and believe it is a good company. They did say that you start off at a lower pay if your new to the industry but once you prove your skills the pay comes up.

Watch my page on this site as I go through school and find a company myself and I'll promise that Werner will be one of the companies covered in my report.

Stay positive and thankful for each day. It will be worth it.

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