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I have been working at CRST Malone as a contractor (More than 3 years)
I've been with Malone for 3 years and have made a pretty good living. Pick your loads from the board and working with agents. You have to do both. Some areas will show no freight because they don't have any, others because it pays so well the loads are gone before they can post them. Once you figure out where the good freight is, you should be able to put together a profitable little business. Try to get booked out a day in advance so you don't waste time sitting. I usually run mon-fri but I can go home whenever I want. Nobody bothers me.
Very poor communication. Everything goes through your DM and I'm frequently blind sided and put on stop dispatch for pretty petty reasons. I have a phone.If there's a problem call me. The LP guys complain constantly about maintenance and other issues. My advice is bring your own truck and cut out 80% of the aggravation.
Advice to Management
Communicate directly with drivers. Put together a website where drivers can bring up issues and management can respond. The conference call is 90% a waste of my time. Your system does not work. Stop treating drivers like criminals because of Malone's CSA scores. We're only half of the problem.You have agents and shippers that put drivers in situations where they can't play by the rules.
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Flatbed freight hauler CRST Malone operates a fleet of more than 1,600 trucks from about 100 field offices throughout the US and Canada. The company, a subsidiary of CRST International, provides long-haul and regional transportation of steel and other freight best transported on flatbed trailers. The carrier also provides less-than-truckload (LTL) services, hauling both partial and full loads. (LTL carriers consolidate freight from multiple shippers into a single truckload.) In addition to for-hire trucking, CRST Malone provides dedicated contract carriage, in which ...