YRC Freight Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
93 Reviews
2.7
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Pros
  • excellent pay and benefits Union Contract (in 10 reviews)

  • good pay & benefits, lots of jobs home every day with weekends off (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Broken internally, work life balance not good (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management continues to make decisions which benefit themselves only (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for experience, but not much else.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Road Driver in Montgomery, NY
    Former Employee - Road Driver in Montgomery, NY

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good way to obtain driving experience if you haven't had any. The benefits are good, and medical coverage free of charge so far as I understood.

    Cons

    1. 15% of your paycheck goes back to the company.
    2. Pension is not secure if looking to stay long term, specifically that there may not be one in the coming years.
    3. Insufficient training of newly hired people by any designated instructors who have plenty of experience and teach you everything you need to know about various tractors as for the reasons for single or double axle tractors, along with practicing with them or how to do a log book right.
    4. Having to be on-call for a uncertain period of time even when they "need help"
    5. Having to keep "bidding" for a slot even when you have no chance with someone who has seniority.
    6. If one wants to transfer from the yard or line haul, to the city they lose their seniority within the same terminal.
    7. On probation for 3 months without union protection
    8. One can apply for a position there and if hired may not get any info to proceed from there or hear anything from the company.
    9.If you"ve been dismissed they won't tell an employee unless they call in to someone find out what's happened while still thinking you're still "On-Call".
    10. Equipment is mostly out of date and not reliable to use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more honest, responsible, place more emphasis on reliable, and experienced drivers who can properly instruct new people coming in. Also not rush those while training to feel pressured until they at least a few months experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Barely hanging on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at YRC Freight full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    really none mkst all pros eroded over a few years

    Cons

    Integration.loss of stock value bad equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose good ol boy style of mgt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    too many frustrations for hard workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very good people and challenging work. Experience with tasks above your pay grade.

    Cons

    Even if you excel at tasks above your pay grade, you won't be rewarded for it. Lot's of people issue since they have a hard time attracting talent. No opportunity for advancement. Some upper mgmt is very good - some VERY bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too numerous to mention......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A sinking ship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dock Supervisor
    Current Employee - Dock Supervisor

    I have been working at YRC Freight full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    +Great management experience you will never learn in college.
    +Gain insight about the union and teamsters.
    +Fast paced and chaotic. A good challenge if you appreciate one.

    Cons

    -Many teamsters are some of the most negative, lazy people you will ever meet. Half of them care about the company, the other half does not. They have a reason to be upset (loss of pension, pay cut), but their sour attitude towards work and local management are childish and unreasonable. It is difficult to get the most simple things done unless you play their "seniority" games. I have great respect for the ones who actually earn their pay, but some of them don't even deserve a minimum paycheck. Letters and accountability do not work. Many supervisors they do not like have been chased out. Turnover for management is crazy high, it is comical. Fortunately, I get along with the majority of teamsters, but some people will always be a thorn in your side.

    -12 hours shifts, but most of the time I don't even get a break. Too many reports to type and things to plan. I don't mind walking and working 12 hours straight, but it is mentality exhausting to deal with the most inane teamster complaints the entire time.

    -Unrealistic goals are set by upper management. Guys in suit and ties who have no idea how difficult it is to work the floor. These goals are nearly impossible to meet because the company is so cheap, they cannot get us enough equipment to even meet these goals. Many forklifts are too old, unsafe. The company is so poor, some trailers with holes in the roof are being used. A severe lack of deckbars means the customer freight is being damaged or cannot be serviced.

    -The company almost closed its doors a few months ago, the outlook is bleak, and loss of customers is rampant. Planning by upper management is nearly braindead, not enough people are even scheduled or hired to even service the customer. 1 hard working casual replaces 2 average teamsters.

    -Poor financial control, the company relies too much on paying overtime to senior teamsters who run less than 2bph moving one timers. It is strange, to say the least.

    -Ultimately, the pay is competitive, but when you consider the ridiculous problems you encounter in a union environment, is it really worth it? 80% of the issues you deal with would not even exist in a non-union environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not understand how we can even compete with Old Dominion or Conway. Invest in new equipment and better freight software. Please give us the tools to do our jobs right. Show people in lower management and teamsters that you actually care about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Went through the change from Roadway to YRC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was great at the time it was just Roadway. They had great Ops Management, HR/LR Professionals and a fantastic training Department.

    Cons

    When YRC (Yellow Freight) got involved the entire company methodology changed. I got out of there before many of the changes but it will not work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the importance of the individuals that are working for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    YRC job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YRC Freight

    Pros

    Steady work but long hours

    Cons

    Union workers make the job hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling company can't offer what's needed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in West Valley City, UT

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entry level pay is usually higher than other industries. Benefits are okay in a currently horrible benefit world.

    Cons

    Very poor culture. No room for growth as they keep downsizing because of their financial state. Employees aren't valued and are seen as dispensable. Loyalty is not rewarded. Little to no training. Technology is outdated. Company equipment is aging and falling apart with band-aids not big enough to fix. Internal division between departments-lack of synergy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technology. That's the only thing that will save this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    36 yrs with YRC (Roadway Express)

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    Former Employee - Driver/Sales in Stroudsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Driver/Sales in Stroudsburg, PA

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    While it was Roadway Exp. it was a demanding copmpany to work for . But very well managed, debt free compnay

    Cons

    When Yellow purchased them it went down hill very quickly. Now a company that can not begin to pay down its debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of everyone in Management from Yellow and bring in people who know FREIGHT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bottom line manipulation at it's finest.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Combo Driver/Dock in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Combo Driver/Dock in Toledo, OH

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many people in management and on the Union side, put their heart into doing their job.

    Cons

    Many front line supervisors lack a sense of urgency and courtesy. When you get to the management, it all depends who your friends are to advance; never mind your ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Warren Buffet would laugh you out of his office if you came to him to borrow money. He knows what standard accounting practices look like. Quit giving each other bonuses and perks for losing money and manipulating the book keeping. Roadway was worth $ 2 1/2 billion, debt free when the get rich quick board sold. Good job board members for running a great company into the ground. Why don't you give each other another round of bonuses, lol.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard on the family

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

    I worked at YRC Freight full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not a lot other than good health insurance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours no human compassion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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