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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

So.if crst leaves out relevant facts like how much the training costs are that's OK?They say get paid to train.the recruiters e mail said they would pay for the training.which relevant facts about their ad did I leave out.how does a person earn a 74000 income after 10 months.theyve only completed the contract phase after 10 months.so that's just totally senseless.and if it is a 74000 gross for a lease operator then they are not making much after expenses.Yes I made a mistake.but that doesn't justify the way they operate.good luck to you and to me I could care less cause it all worked out for me in the end because I was smart enough to get out before it was too late.im just warning people stay away from crst.It's all out there.i needed to work and I put my trust in them.big mistake.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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How Old is too old to start as a truck driver?

I started later in life too.i don't think your to old to start.It really depends on what you want.you may want to consider how much you need to invest to get started and how much income you'll need plus how many more years you want to work.also consider family life because obviously you'll be spending time on the road.if it's what you really want you should do it good luck to you.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

G town.what you posted was if I am going to bad mouth my former employers to take it to another forum.i did not bad mouth Schneider or us foods.i stated the facts as it relates to me and crst.I made a mistake working for them.if you don't agree with my viewpoint that's fine.but I don't think it's fair for you to try to silence me or bully me because you don't like my comments.at least Schneider compensated me fairly and had loads.crst it stuck in the Stone age because they are cheap and greedy.They are so cheap they won't even get ez pass.the tolling is built into the price the customer pays.i guess they'll have to pay on the Mass Pike because if you don't have ez pass you pay by plate now.so yes that's a bad mouthing.like I said before people draw your own conclusions.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

Thank you Errol.I basically was referring to g towns post about taking it somewhere else.if you don't agree with what I say that's fine.but my comments are on what happened to me.draw your own conclusions.in regards to the ads it states the gentleman had a 17000 income as a kitchen worker and 10 months later has a 74000 income as an otr driver.if this gentleman is grossing 74000 as a lease operator then he's not making much after expenses.he might as well be a company driver.As one person posted it is misleading.that said all companies stretch the truth to suit themselves.they are in business to make money.so.one has to be wary of their claims.So realistically van company drivers should expect .32 cpm for trucking school graduates and .40 to .50 cpm for experienced drivers.All these companies want cheap labor and then they wonder why they can't keep people in the seats.newbies get your experience and the rewards will come eventually.there are car haulers in my areĆ  grossing 75000.but that's a different animal.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

I don't claim to be an expert on anything.i had to do what was best for me.and I was certainly not going to let crst drive me into bankruptcy and lose everything I've worked my whole life for.so I felt sharing my experience would help.isnt what this forum is for?Facts can be established as truth.opinions are not truth.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

OK.so it's my mistake to sign up for crst in the first place.however where in there ads does it say you pay for the training if you can't complete the contract?And where does it say how much that costs.I figured at least 2500 miles a week at .26 cpm.i grossed 5200 in 4 and a half months.thats less than 20000 dollars a year.i made 15000 in 1987.so how am I supposed to eat?All I am saying is that it may be OK for some people.which at least I acknowledged.but the evidence is out there.They have been sued multiple times.they just had one filed against them in California for a serious accident.And they are also being sued in California for there per diem program.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

10 4 moderator.i won't waste anymore time here.I guess we'll take your word for it.Like I said in my earlier post it's easy to criticize people who bash crst.So you can defend them all you want.My experience with them is what it is.i have no reason to lie.but I'll say this.it was the worst decision I ever made and I've been around a while.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I got hired by us foods straight out of school.but that was 10 years ago.That job isn't for everyone though.its a lot of lumping.and I agree with these other posts city driving can be difficult for new drivers.however otr drivers need to city drive at some point.i worked for Schneider otr and we hauled out of some pretty tight spots in new Jersey.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

Thanks for the tip tractor man.I have had my license for 10 years.i gross 1000 a week home everyday and weekends off.Plus I get time and a half over 40 hours.i only work fifty hours a week.so apparently I did do my homework.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

Go to joincrst.com you can judge for yourself.it says 74000 after 10 months.is it company driver or lease.Crst needs to be more honest in the recruiting process.the tuition cost is not mentioned. They should let people know exactly what it is they are selling.a little goodwill and honesty goes a long way in business. Otherwise you lose credibility.If you have to put in the ad that's not a typo what does that tell you?.lol

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Something that has been bothering me about driving governed trucks.

It can be annoying.most trucks are governed at 65 to 70 which I think is reasonable.i worked for Schneider which was really annoying because the truck is governed at 65 but they have an overspend rule of 1 Percent over 62 mph.makes sense huh?If you exceed that you have to answer for it.i got dispatched 2200 miles in four days and my overspeed was 30 percent.i did 2800 miles that week had my best paycheck ever,but I got a call from the safety Manager.How is 62 safer than 65?It's not.especially in the Northeast.try running 495 in Massachusetts in the granny lane all day.theres an exit ramp every five miles and people don't yield.you can't run 62 in the middle lane or you hold up other tricks that are not governed.so in my opinion 62 is more dangerous than 65.and it takes money out of your pocket

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Crst experience and truth

There seems to be a lot of different opinions on crst.so I would like to give mine.i already had my CDL a license but I needed refresher training.i talked to the crst recruiter and she said that I would have a 10 month contract.What she didn't tell me was that it would cost 6500 dollars.i guess I should have asked but I didn't.i found that out when I got to orientation.i figured I could make enough money to survive.after four and a half months I made about 5200 dollars.my mortgage alone is 1000.We went on home time for 2 days and then had no load for a week.no paycheck.no layover pay.that was the last straw.i got hired by another major carrier and quit crst.They asked me if I had a contract and I told them yes but they still hired me.keep in mind I have a certificate from a trucking school.it worked out great I was able to stop the financial bleeding. About a year later crst sent me the bill for 6500 or go back at.30 cpm and finish the contract.i didn't pay them because for one thing I don't have the money and for another thing they didn't give me 6500 in value.Then recently I found out my co driver got released from his contract without owing because he had taken the summer off to work his business but when he went back to orientation they told him he was out of their hiring area.he still lived in the same place.So three points to make here.crst did not enforce the non compete agreement.they still haven't gotten anything from me.and I still am working.My advice to people is try to get your license from a school,and possibly get tuition reimbursement from the company that hires you.just make sure you understand the sacrifices trucking takes.do your research.it pays well in the long run but you work hard and it's long hours.that being said crst may be OK for someone with no money to get started.each situation is different.if you got your license from their school your probably better off sticking it out if you can.but if you have some experience or if you have financial obligations like most people stay away.You probably won't make more than 12 per hour your first year and it could be less.so keep that in mind.i recently saw a crst ad that said 74000 to 100000 a year.After 1 year.dont believe that because that's an outright lie.the company I work for company drivers with 3 years experience get .45 cpm average 58000 per year.thats for a six day work week.lease operators with this company tell me they can make 1000 per week profit.in closing I know there will be those who find it easy to criticize those who bash crst but put yourself in the shoes of someone who has been roped into their program then can't make enough money to pay their bills or support their family.you would be better off with a 10 dollar an hour job.at least you'd be home.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Schneider International Truth

I worked for Schneider good company.i was solo in heavy haul Northeast regional.i made about 50000 in a year and that included 8000 bonus.my friend still works for them he usually grosses 1100 per week.they also pay a quarterly bonus.i don't know about team drivers but I would hope you would be getting more than solo unless you are new.i know 3 year solo drivers get .45 per mile so you should be able to gross 50000 to 60000 per year after 3 years.obviously newer drivers will not make as much.probably .32 to .36 cpm.

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