Working For Crst

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Mike T.'s Comment
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Wanted to know peoples experianc traing with and working for crst

Stevo Reno's Comment
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My experience with them was/is fine.....Still there my 1 year is on Sept 25th....Its like anything, its what you make of it.....Took me 3 co drivers to find a good 1 in #4 lol

Got a better Sr DM now and he keeps us runnin.....We get our next loads ,while still under 1 with 1000 miles to go !!

So we are burning up our clocks turning 6000 to 7300 mile weeks which helps on them checks lol...

Riverside, Calif. terminal outsources schooling which is good too....easy to learn especially the maneuvers taught. Had my CDL in 10 days since 3-4 Of training is spent back at the terminal for orientation paperwork etc.....

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.

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.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Wanted to know peoples experianc traing with and working for crst

I trained there as my first OTR company. I attended their recommended school, Careers World Wide, in Keenesburg, CO. After that, I went to a three day orientation in OKC, then met up with my trainer. My training time was 23 days, including four, 34 Hour Resets. After completing that, I teamed with a gentleman I attended CDL school with. We did a lot of sitting around, too.

I was at CRST for less than five months, with a total of only 25,787 individual miles that I drove. Team driving was not my preference, so I've been solo ever since.

Things may be much different now, but these are from my notes of December 2015 to April 2016.

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.

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.

Mike T.'s Comment
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Thanks Stevo Im just seeing alot of bad reviews on the company and the program. I know it's what you make of it. But damn .11c a mile? It's a quick cdl but the reviews kill it. Yours was one of the only posative one's of the 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.
Dan67's Comment
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Where did you see 11cpm? I would call and conferm a cpm for teams before going.

Thanks Stevo Im just seeing alot of bad reviews on the company and the program. I know it's what you make of it. But damn .11c a mile? It's a quick cdl but the reviews kill it. Yours was one of the only posative one's of the 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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I started at 31 cpm got whole penny for my navy short stint At 41 cpm now 43 soon to max out after 1st year done in books

Most them youtuber bad reviews couldnt cut the mustard....

Out of my class of 64 day 1, thinned 20 some by day 2s drug tests n physicals.

24 of us graduated of which might be 5 or 6 of us left. Others jumped the fence for their " greener pastures" to be left by the fence !! Lol. Finding out breaking that contract aint no joke......

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Mike T.'s Comment
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So it's not 22 cents a mile split?

Damien's Comment
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I am part of a tandem team that went to school together and stayed together for the whole process.

We are looking to see if an owner-op will buy out our contracts. This is nothing against CRST - they are fine, about average as a corporation - but we would like to get a flat $1200 consistent weekly rate each and run the tires off!

A great way to break in if you are down to your last $200.dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Thanks Stevo Im just seeing alot of bad reviews on the company and the program. I know it's what you make of it. But damn .11c a mile? It's a quick cdl but the reviews kill it. Yours was one of the only posative one's of the 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.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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24 of us graduated of which might be 5 or 6 of us left. Others jumped the fence for their " greener pastures" to be left by the fence !! Lol. Finding out breaking that contract aint no joke......

Just curious with crst since I've heard they're lower on the totem pole from some for training megas, do they not let you buy out the contract and then work elsewhere or do they just hold that non compete deal stringently?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Stout Danhope said::: "Just curious with crst since I've heard they're lower on the totem pole from some for training megas"

And how do you know you weren't hearing from idiots? We have some drivers here who did great at CRST. People talk badly about Prime all the time but we have one of the best retention rates for drivers... Including the new ones and a great rehire rate.

My suggestion to the team: Work out your contract and come to Prime. We now have a $1425 per week each driver guarantee for company driver teams. Most are averaging $1800 to $2000. I did better but im experienced and know how to trip plan etc better.

Working for an owner Op you will lose all benefits and be reliant on them to get you good paying loads as well as repairs. Why bother when you can have a 401k and repairs as needed?

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