Werner Vs CRST

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Stella G.'s Comment
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New greenhorn trucker wanting information on CRST trucking company. Haven't signed paperwork yet. Roadmaster pushed Werner, everyone says they are a good starter company, but through my investigation CRST is #3 best company based short of Walmart..... If you had a chance to start over who is your choice and why? Thank you for your time and input..... Stella

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Army 's Comment
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Stella

Welcome. Many drivers on here have experince in driving. I dont not. But I have been on here for a few months. CRST, is my first choice if I wanna team drive. We have a trainer, and a few drivers from CRST. I have not seen much traffic on anyone currently driving for werner.

There are dairies for people who post while in school. I would use the search function and reason some.

I would encourage you to not thinnk ot either as a starter company. They are both very large successful carriers.

This website offers a ton of honest valuable information if you look for it

Chris

Old School's Comment
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through my investigation CRST is #3 best company based short of Walmart

Stella, I can't even imagine how you came up with that rating. To be honest with you, there is no such thing as one company being better to start with than another. Trucking is a completely performance based career. That is something that every successful trucker has to wrap his head around. Everyone I've encountered who thought the name on the doors of their truck was vital to their success is constantly switching to another company based on some sort of hypothetical algorithm in their mind about how many positive things they've heard as compared to how many negative things they've heard. It's a completely illogical and irrational way to make a start in such a challenging career.

If you are trying to decide between Werner and CRST, then the major thing that you should be deciding is if you want to sleep in a truck while it is barreling down the interstate , trusting your life to another person at the wheel. At CRST you will be in a team driving situation, while at Werner you can be a solo driver. If you want to be a team driver then go with CRST, but if you want to be in charge of your own truck and make the decisions that are going to affect your paycheck and success, then I'd say Werner should be your choice.

Forget about all that "starter company" nonsense you've been reading on the internet. You've obviously been indoctrinated by the naysayers. Listen to this podcast concerning Starter Companies. It will help you understand what I'm talking about.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Old School's Comment
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Stella, I just now realized this was your first post in our forum. I'm ashamed I forgot to welcome you! So, welcome aboard Stella, we are so glad you're here!

Seriously, if you'll hang around and try to participate in some of our conversations, I'm convinced you will be able to learn a lot from the others in here. It can be very confusing starting this career. We understand that completely. That's the whole purpose and intention behind this website - to help newcomers to trucking sort through all the misinformation out there. We've got a ton of helpful information for you to browse through. Here's some great stuff to get started with...

We also have our Ladies Forum if you want to read some of the goings on over there.

Again, welcome aboard!

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Chip Bagg's Comment
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Always heard great things about both companies. Like already mentioned Crst for team and One thing about Werner I always heard was if you are looking to run hard Werner is the place. Not to say Crst also doesn't have the miles they do. Also Werner is very veteran friendly if that applies to you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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if you are looking to run hard Werner is the place

To be honest, that's true of all the major carriers. There's no such thing as a major carrier that can't get their top drivers around 3,000 miles per week. They wouldn't be in business if they didn't have enough freight to keep their trucks turning a lot of miles.

Now if you're underperforming, there are no guarantees in this business. You're going to get the leftovers, and it won't be much, no question about it. But that's not because the company doesn't have the freight. That's because an underperforming driver can't handle the freight.

Chip Bagg's Comment
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All I am trying to say is I've heard Werner more than once that 3,000 miles is very common that's all I'm getting at. Maybe just a little more common than other companies. She asked Crst vs Werner so why give a 2 cents on that alone? Want to team? Heard Crst more than once never say CR England.

G-Town's Comment
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All I am trying to say is I've heard Werner more than once that 3,000 miles is very common that's all I'm getting at. Maybe just a little more common than other companies. She asked Crst vs Werner so why give a 2 cents on that alone? Want to team? Heard Crst more than once never say CR England.

CRST’s annual revenues topped 1.5 billion $$$ last year, CR England topped 1.1 billion $$$ last year.

What’s better; platinum or gold? They; CRST and CRE are both doing something right to get over the billion dollar threshold. That’s a lot of freight, a lot of miles and a whole lot of satisfied customers.

What you heard is only as good as who you heard it from on any given day. What you actually experience carries far more weight and credibility on this forum...than what you have heard.

Chip Bagg's Comment
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Stella came on Here with a simple question looking for help that was "If you had a chance to start over who is your choice and why? Thank you for your time and input..... Stella" on the fence between two companies wanted some simple imput. That was it. I don't understand what the issue is with that. I've heard good things about Werner from drivers from Werner because I was also looking at them, and did research. Heard good things about Werner from my cdl instructor who drove for Werner, and other companies and said was the best company he had ever driven for. So I heard great things FROM experienced drivers about this company.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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Chip Bagg wrote:

Stella came on Here with a simple question looking for help that was "If you had a chance to start over who is your choice and why? Thank you for your time and input..... Stella" on the fence between two companies wanted some simple imput. That was it. I don't understand what the issue is with that. I've heard good things about Werner from drivers from Werner because I was also looking at them, and did research. Heard good things about Werner from my cdl instructor who drove for Werner, and other companies and said was the best company he had ever driven for. So I heard great things FROM experienced drivers about this company.

Maybe because it’s not a simple question. My simple answer is neither; because I have no experience with either company. And that was my point to you Chip; offering what you have “heard” during your limited experience out here is of lesser value than what you have actually experienced. Put a different way, no one should base their decision on second hand information. Yes it can be helpful, but it has limited, tangible value.

The OPs comparison of CRST and Werner is to some extent apples to oranges because one is an all team OTR operation, where as Werner is predominantly Solo.

My final suggestion to anyone entering this is to consider more that two options, especially two with remarkably different operations. Look at all the possibilities...

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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