Werner Enterprises Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
126 Reviews
2.6
126 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of miles if you are willing to work for them (in 4 reviews)

  • Their training program is not the best, but you will get the experience you need (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay for student driving, some of the student trainers (in 7 reviews)

  • The worst part about this place is communication not only with drivers but with management (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to start with after school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Werner Enterprises

    Pros

    Good starting company they will run you far if you are team

    Cons

    Very unorganized don't keep their promises. The dm's have no clue as to what's going on in the driver world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn to listen to the drivers more they may learn a thing or two from the drivers.

  2.  

    Low compensation rates, not enough shop staff to perform repairs in a timely manner so drivers sit losing money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Company Driver
    Former Employee - Company Driver

    I worked at Werner Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively new trucks and trailers in most cases.

    Cons

    Not enough home time between runs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never met any of them, would not know what to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Werner Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    provided the needed training, anyone can do it. Gives you the opportunity to learn how to manage people older than you if you are right of school.

    Cons

    little care among middle management. Salary is low for hours worked, drivers make more than the managers in many occasions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    High stress long hours little time away from work for not nearly enough $

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Werner Enterprises

    Pros

    There is most often a run for u each day

    Cons

    Low $ and constant attempts to hinder your work by safety even when its qualcom malfunction or hos violation due to moving broken equipment to safe location after being fixed on interstate . Complete lack of reason when explaining situation to paper pushers in office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work 6 weeks straight but do not go home every day just crawl under your desk sleep and start every day this way then u can tell me how I should do my job and when I say I need time away from work I don't mean 2 weeks or more from that date I asked for .

  6.  

    Fleet Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Werner Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, very competitive. You are quickly given a lot of responsibility, and the freedom to make your own decisions.

    Cons

    The time off policy is arcane. You get 6 days your first year, then move up to 10 days for the next three years. There are no sick days or personal days. Also, you have to work one saturday a month. I wasn't told this until after I'd already strarted working there. The work days are also 10 hours long by schedule, but I worked an extra 1-2 hours every night. Almost everybody stayed late, or took their laptop home with them and worked extra from home. Those who didn't were fired in pretty short order. Senior management had highly unrealistic expectations, and there simply wasn't enough time in the day to complete all of the work that was piled on you. When you combine the late nights, and the extra day every month, I averaged about 60 hours a week. The pay would have been fair for a standard 40-45 hour workweek, but this simply wasn't the case. Drivers were nickle and dimed at every corner, which was hard to watch, since they are the backbone of the company. Within the office, there were several abrasive personalities. I don't think this is because the staff was particularly mean, but rather because they were all very stressed and overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Driving for Werner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Werner Enterprises full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good miles when my fleet manager is working. I think Werner is trying to improve, but for this driver, the process is too slow, and I will be moving on.

    Cons

    Lowest pay of all the large companies. As with many large companies, night and weekend dispatch don't have the resources available to keep drivers productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of portal videos stating the spending of $250M on new equipment, raise driver pay across all boards. You might just retain alot of quality drivers. Furthermore, you might be a bit more selective in your hiring process...perhaps hire fewer drivers, but improve the quality of new hires...AND PAY THEM!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Net Ops In a Nutshell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Net Ops Driver in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Net Ops Driver in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Werner Enterprises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Home nightly barring rare events.
    Few problems resolving issues with home office (Safety, permits, etc)
    Consistent miles ~2500 a week

    Cons

    Loss of major holidays (Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day)
    Low base pay and salary cap keeps people out of the division.
    Certain "incentives" are rigged in such a way as to not actually pay for performance. (Fuel Mileage Lottery, extra run bonus program)

    Seniority matters very little, due to high division turnover.
    Division requires HazMat endorsement, but offers no premium for hazmat loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep drivers you must compete with the rates offered by the other local employers, this town alone has several viable competing jobs that pay 25-45% more than you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lateral raises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Werner Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of movement.
    Easy to get employed.

    Cons

    Most "promotions" are lateral movements, so don't expect to move up.
    Production driven, with little care for efficiency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gained lots of experience at sitting still

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Driver in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - New Driver in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Werner Enterprises full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got a brand new 2015 freightliner cascadia with only 18 miles on it shortly after I finished my training period and my trainer was the best.

    Cons

    a normal day was spent: sitting waiting to get a load all day, then when I did receive a load, it would already be late to be picked up, after spending 1-3 hours finding an empty trailer, I would then either have to have maintence done or registration updated. roadside breakdown was laughable. they were constantly offering me a dedicated route promising me xxxx money, then pull me off that do something else without even telling me. two weeks in a row, my check was for $0.00 because they couldn't keep a load under me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your trip planning department, and tell your recruiters to stop telling lies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good training company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver in La Canada, CA
    Former Employee - Driver in La Canada, CA

    I worked at Werner Enterprises full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good training company with good trainers

    Cons

    driver managers indifferent to needs of drivers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    schedule more home time and allow the driver to take it

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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