Any Words On Covenant?

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Amber L.'s Comment
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So my husband and I haven't fully decided but are definitely leaning towards Covenant just wondering if anyone has anything at all, good bad whatever, to say about them. There are of course the normal terminal rat reviews out there. I'm curious what their reputation is as an outsider looking in( eg TMC seems to be known for certain things (clean trucks, money, ect.) is there anything Covenant is known for?). Thanks everyone!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rob T.'s Comment
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I dont have first hand knowledge about them but I've seen other threads on here talk about how religion orientated they are. If I'm not mistaken all their trailers have pro-life and bible verses on the back doors, just something to consider in case it goes against your personal beliefs.

Errol V.'s Comment
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From Covenant's "Our Culture":

“Over thirty years ago my wife, Jacqueline and I founded this company based on Christian beliefs and values. I have never sought to push my personal religious beliefs on any employee but hope we can all agree that a sound value system is a good way to live. I promise you I am committed to making sure these values are known and practiced throughout the Covenant organization and we will hold each other accountable.”
- David R. Parker, Founder and CEO

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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I don’t know anything other than they bought out Southern Refrigerated last year. So they must be doing pretty well

Big T's Comment
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I was a trainer at Covenant and really enjoyed working for them. They took care of their equipment and I never had too many issues with the office staff.

The only reason I didn't go back with them when I returned to trucking is I would have to team and it was important for me to be able to bring my son out with me during summer.

They are a Christian company and they make sure you understand that at the beginning.

Amber L.'s Comment
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Thanks guys! My husband and I aren't religious but we respect those that are as long as they live what they preach. With Covenant being so vocal about their beliefs, I wonder if the people you run into (dock workers, cops, other truckers, etc) will automatically assume you hold those beliefs and possibly treat you different especially if they disagree(LGBTQ!?). Ever experience anything like that Big T?

I have seen Pro-life stickers on the backs of their trailers, which doesn't make me extra excited to work for them but you do have to take the flea's with the dog. I understand the owner holds those beliefs strongly but it seems a good way to ostricise customers and their employees. Personally I would hold my beliefs live by them run my company by them but keep them more to myself, but I'm a private person.

Errol, I have checked all that out as well as every feed on here I could find about them.

I have never sought to push my personal religious beliefs on any employee but hope we can all agree that a sound value system is a good way to live.

As long as this is true I feel comfortable working for them I think.☺️

Big T do you feel they lived up to the above quote? Mainly that they don't push their beliefs on you? I do think all religions are trying to simply tell us to be good to each other so I have no problem with agreeing it is a good way to live.

So thankful for this forum!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Amber, you're way over thinking this. Put all your focus into what sort of driving associates you and your husband want to be. Forget about all the peripheral things that you're concerned with. Ultimately your success is based on your performance. There's not a fork lift operator or company who's gonna care about what sticker is on your trailer's doors. They will just be happy to be receiving or loading their freight so they can move on to the next thing they have to do.

I work for Knight. The Knight family are staunch Mormans. I've never heard a word about religion, or anything close to it. They sure do love the fact that I'm getting a lot done with their truck though. They keep me busy, and pay me very well. Covenant will solely be interested in you being safe and productive - that's it - focus on that.

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Big T's Comment
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Amber they never forced their beliefs on anyone that I saw. They would offer to pray for you. They had a number you could call and leave prayer requests at.

There was some freight they wouldn't haul because it went against their values. They would terminate drivers for parking their equipment at an adult shop, strip club, etc.

As far as treatment by others, I was treated the same as every other driver out there.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I thought about the religion issue before I posted the Covenant Founder's comments. However, as others have noted, you don't work for or drive in a church and get proselytized. But in a secular world, operating your company or your life on some well established "good" principals bodes well for their associates and customers.

As a matter of fact, I have run across "Christian Principles" statements made by two other trucking companies. (Who shall remain nameless here.) These companies are well thought of by their employees and customers, not for religion but for the quality of service.

Moving right along ....

Amber L.'s Comment
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Big T thank you!!!!! Really appreciate getting info from a trusted source! The picture you paint is what I had gathered so it's nice for it to be confirmed. It is a situation I could totally live with. Good to know about the adult shop/strip club thing wouldn't have thought of that, but makes sense.

Errol, thanks for waying in! I know this isn't the most important thing but we are very interested in Covenant so I want to take a little closer look at them.

Old school, I think your over thinking me over thinking. This isn't keeping me up at night I'm just asking a question that came to me not pouring over Excel sheets or anything. We are very interested in working for Covenant shouldn't I learn what I can if something concerns me slightly? I completely understand that trucking is performance based, I am very focused on figuring out everything I can do to make us top performers for the company we go to work for. I have really loved reading your blogs. I appreciate you trying to keep me focused on what I can do to be a top performer, so far I'm top of my class, so I just have to stay focused and find a company we can call home.

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