Marten Transport

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Marten Transport Chairman, President, and CEO Randy Marten
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  1.  

    New branch, high pressure

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marten Transport

    Pros

    I was able to start a career with relatively little related experience with a team of great employees and friendly drivers.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure, disorganization, mismanagement from above and unwarranted big egos. I often felt like I was being scolded by my father, rather than coached and treated like an adult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The better you treat your employees, the more you'll get from them and the more loyal they'll be.

  2.  

    Incompetent Dispatch

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OTR Regional Driver in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - OTR Regional Driver in Ontario, CA

    I worked at Marten Transport full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good clean Equipment with low miles

    Cons

    You'r are always late on the delivery and the dispatch is well aware of this, because you are late packing it up "Why"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Competent Dispatcher's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Definitely NOT the same company it was when I started.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Company Driver in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Company Driver in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marten Transport full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good equipment, like the APU's & inverters that are installed on trucks.

    Cons

    Company takes a "one size fits all" approach to dealing with drivers. Constant repeated nagging messages over the Qualcomm that get tuned out. Dispatches that don't have all required info such as temperature info & unclear pick up info (pick up numbers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell customer service reps to get complete information (temp. requirements for example) for loads. STOP with the nagging, intelligence-insulting qualcomm messages. PLEASE turn off the 10 hour limit on APU/heat/AC usage (it's very annoying to be woken up in the middle of the night freezing or sweating because the climate control shuts off while we're asleep).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    lots of miles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTR Regional Driver
    Current Employee - OTR Regional Driver

    I have been working at Marten Transport full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    they have decent equipment with all the bells and whistles, laid back attitude, very little lay over time and decent bonuses

    Cons

    they have lousy planners, constantly late loading then you have to run like an idiot. lousy support--good luck trying to contact road service--forced per diem--saving them about $.03 a mile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all your planners

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    actually, it was very good.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OTR Regional Driver in DeSoto, TX
    Former Employee - OTR Regional Driver in DeSoto, TX

    I worked at Marten Transport full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    checks didn't bounce. APU on each truck as well as a inverter. automatic detention pay on each stop. showers in most of the terminals. a lot of work.good customers and some still show respect for company.very high on safety.

    Cons

    off on weekends only.minimum work time is 2 weeks on and 2 days off.must give 2 weeks notice for off time and its starts on ether Friday or Saturday morning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but there is a disconnect between managment and training on there floor.

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    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Mondovi, WI
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Mondovi, WI

    I worked at Marten Transport

    Pros

    Very intimate work environment for a large company. Impressed with the management team.

    Cons

    Like everywhere else, there is less and less concern for employees and more concern for the bottom line. Great management team with good ideas, but team leaders and "mentors" responsible for training really have little experience with training. In their defense, they are expected to carry out their own normal responsibilities AND train new employees. They are spread very thin. It is a high pressure job which involves managing what are often times less than desirable employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a "real" training program for new operations employees. Mentors and team leaders need "training" on training! Just because and employee is good at their job doesn't mean they have the skill set to train others.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    its a job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marten Transport

    Pros

    good trucks, steady work, no slip seating, take trucks home on home time, great benefits, great Insurance. some of the people will really work hard for you.

    Cons

    Sliding pay scale is hard to understand., A driver never really knows what they are making on a run. Dispatchers never answering the phone or return a phone call, Going to the shop and sitting for hours and days to get your truck worked on and receiving no pay for sitting. And getting any layover pay takes the grace of god to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with the drivers. because they are only human. Treat us like we are needed there and not just a number. Respect our home time and don't be calling us on our days off. We don't bother you when you are off. Make the fuel books alot like the old ones they were easier to read. and most of all remember if it was not for us drivers none of you would have a job.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Would be wonderful if there were more layover or detention when planners schedule TOO much time on a load.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver
    Current Employee - Truck Driver

    I have been working at Marten Transport

    Pros

    MARTEN has a wonderful benefit package. They have quality top of the line trks{at least the PETERBILT 387 is}. And i guess the pay is comparable to the other large companies.
    Also, unlike a lot of the other companies that EXPECT you to chain in snow & ice,
    marten is the opposite. "Chains required, Shut Down." Feel unsafe driving? Shut Down.

    Cons

    MARTEN does not "PAY" for experience. By that I mEAN A 25 Yr veteran getting hired on for the same pay rate as a fresh out school rookie. That just seems wrong, somehow.
    You get hired on Southest Regional, supposed to get home every wknd only to be told later that you can only get home every OTHER wknd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the "Fleet Managers" or "Dispatch" need to learn to trust their drvrs when said drvr tells them he/she they can't deliver a certain load in the time alloted to do it. They also need to stop EXPECTING a drvr to roll with an overloaded{in any way} trlr. Be it over on the drives, tandems or overgrossed. Even though MARTEN says they would pay the fine & tkt , if one was issued , it would still go against the drvr on this new CSA 2010.
    Also, with the company having such nice looking trks, it would be good if Randy Marten would see fit to allow each trk to get washed at a trk wash at least ONCE a month. Not all drvrs have time when they go to a terminal to take time to wash their trk. All he would have to do is set up an account with one of the widespread TRK WASHES in the nation & each trk go in once a month to get washed. 20 minutes versus a couple of hours for a nice clean, shiny AWESOME looking ride to be PROUD of. Or even if the company would reimburse for a TRK WASH once a month would be good, too!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver
    Current Employee - Truck Driver

    I have been working at Marten Transport

    Pros

    Good equipment. Well maintained. Pretty good about getting you home on time. Have taken extra time off when I've needed it. Decent insurance. Average miles and pay.

    Cons

    Forced per diem. Sliding pay scale based on length of run. Policy on where you can park your truck while on home time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think employees should have a choice as to weather or not they get paid per diem. Think the sliding pay scale should be done away with. Should get paid you pay rate period end.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    satisfying for the most part.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marten Transport

    Pros

    having apu's on the trucks so we don't have to idle, not having to chain up in the winter when chains are required. the equipment is constantly being upgraded, the layover pay

    Cons

    being paid per diem when it should be the drivers choice, being governed at 65 , electronic logging, not getting home ontime for time off, all the short haul freight

    No opinion of CEO

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