A&R Transport Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. good benefits and good pay , leader in their industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Decatur, AL
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Decatur, AL

    I worked at A&R Transport

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people and ability to earn a good living.

    Cons

    training was very lacking. too many things i was not trained on when i was turned loose.

    Advice to Management

    restructure training process from begining to end on all aspects.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work at one time

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

    I worked at A&R Transport

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not to many pros to put on here

    Cons

    Management disconnect from the drivers,terminal s against each other,pay structure and old trucks an trailers

    Advice to Management

    Respect your drivers an listen to them they do the job and get your pay up to pay the same m/t or loaded


  3. Helpful (1)

    Wolf in sheep's clothing. Beware!

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

    I worked at A&R Transport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Descent benefits. Honest dispatch (when I left), descent equipment and maintainance. Servicing equipment typically takes too long but they do a pretty descent job of finding and repairing issues. Experienced mechanics.

    Cons

    After a six year tenure, I watched a company go from one of the finest run trucking companies, to one of the most upside down trucking companies, in a short period of time. Confusion and total lack of communication as well as high employee turnover rates in all departments and extremely low employee morale has taken it's toll. The company has seen two different investment groups in a relatively short period of time. As a local driver based at the Morris, Il. terminal (headquarters), I began to regularly deal with long delays in the yard due to equipment shortages (primarily trailers) and railcars being pulled from one track and switched to an adjacent track while we waited and long waits to get to the scalehouse. The tank wash is also very slow to turn trailers around. All of these things cripples a local driver, especially when you're restricted by e-logs. I listened and waited patiently for two years, as management told us how much they wanted to improve the company operations and driver's salaries. They finally announced two different pay package improvements, neither of which was helpful to a local driver. Finally, I was forced to make a change after I watched my income steadily decline and I was getting nowhere voicing my concerns to various terminal management and corporate management. The management comes almost entirely from large dry-van and reefer companies (Schneider, Swift and Prime etc..). Very few, if any, have dry-bulk experience and it shows. It's my impression that they would like you to believe that they're listening to your concerns and complaints but based on the employee turnover rate, they clearly aren't. I believe that there are much bigger changes ahead for A & R, sadly, I don't see any of them being positive.

    Advice to Management

    Based on my own personal experience, management doesn't seem to be interested in taking a driver's advice or any other emloyees advice, whether it's dispatch or customer service or maintenance. The management seems to think that their approach is the best and only approach. Apparently, they have failed to realize that experience is a valuable commodity not to be taken for granted, because they have lost alot of their experienced driver's and it shows in average loading times, net load and contamination events. Ego seems to be something that they would be well served to have alot less of. If they did more listening and less talking, they would be far better off.....in my humble opinion.


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  5. Losing the Morale and Integrity

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

    I worked at A&R Transport full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Among the older veterans, what's left, there seems to still be a since of family oriented energy. The work load is available, busy and fast -paced, which is GREAT in the transportation industry! The ability to transfer among other locations is a good plus as well.

    Cons

    This company was viewed by it's peers in the industry as one of the elite places to be employed. The founder and his values created a platform for a dynamic company , that should be or could be so much more. However, since new owners have taken over , the morale is down, family spirit is gone, and the crabs in the barrel have begun. It seems as though many in management and upper management are all battling to be the "leader" but are clueless how to lead. Growth is necessary and change is inevitable , but when done in a disgraceful manner it won't be well received. Would you rather loose an empire or build one? The atmosphere is disconnected. Drivers don't know executive staff, executive staff don't know warehouse/scale house , terminals are not acquainted with other terminals. The disconnect is obvious and embarrassing.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise being a Man/Woman of your word! Implement change in a conducive manner. Be willing to address issues by spending time with(shadowing) and acknowledging the concerns of all of your staff, especially drivers. It's hard to point and dictate with the same level of respect as you would get if you saw things 1st hand from the other point of view.Don't be politicians. Earn respect and trust don't demand it. Show & Prove. Mostly acknowledge that as a whole, the company has lost an EXTREME amount of good,veteran,loyal , and even new Drivers in the past 12 months. As well as experienced lost in the office staff, customer service,fleet managers, and we all know the list can go on..... The point is , if you look at these facts and numbers in hind sight, acknowledge that somewhere you are going wrong. Things have to get better and accept the part you're playing in the demise of what used to be Phenomenal company! There are a lot of great people that are trying to stick it out hoping that things will turn around. But if not sooner than later , there won't be much to salvage. Support your people and constructively move forward. Although I've moved on, I hope the right person takes the time and makes the right decisions that will make A &R one of the elite places to be again. Wish you luck from my rear view mirror.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Down hill slide since the company was bought out by investors and is being managed by former Schneider execs.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in Morris, IL
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in Morris, IL

    I worked at A&R Transport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll get plenty of exercise doing the job. Driving is only a fraction of the skill needed to operate a pneumatic trailer. Loading/unloading is physical and requires lifting pulling climbing pushing 60 to 100 lb stainless hoses.

    Cons

    Management is now holding your hand and breathing down your neck from start to finish. The company and how you do your job is being systematically changed. The result is you make less money. I made 7k less last year than the year before due to these changes. Ie: e-log, turning down the trucks to 66mph and dispatch procedures.

    Advice to Management

    A&R was once a great company with very little turnover and a waiting list of drivers wanting to get into the company. Since you took over you have lost a great % of your experienced drivers and the new ones are washing out after 2 or 3 months. Drivers are quitting faster than you can hire them for a reason. This is a bulk company not a dry van Schneider company. Try putting things back in place that had made this company the great place it was and it will continue to grow. At the rate you're losing drivers you will soon lose customers. Put the drivers first and if you're going to put a whole new set of expectations on drivers that reduces their production you'll need to fix the pay package and not drag your feet. The pay versus all the new expectations you've put on drivers is the reason so many have and are quitting. There needs to be a better balance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Bullied

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A&R Transport

    Pros

    Most of the drivers are friendly. Occasionally decent paychecks. Always trying to send you through the house.

    Cons

    Forced dispatch. System drivers are just fill ins for local work. Can't depend on trucks to get you anywhere. Truck going into shop will take 3+ weeks every time. Complain about driver, manager, dispatcher and you'll be in a three way call making things worse. Insurance very expensive and you'll still pay $1500 out of pocket for any service. Harassment by micro managing ego maniacs and broken down equipment keep drivers running away regretting ever signing on.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach! Drivers are what makes this company thrive. Get rid of reginal/terminal managers, dispatchers that multiple drivers have complained about instead of sweeping complaints under the rug. You're going to bankrupt this company keeping them employed.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Small company trying to run like a big company

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

    I have been working at A&R Transport full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of work Load/Unload yourself Customers are pretty driver friendly

    Cons

    OLD run down equipment. (trucks and trailers) Breakdown procedures Communications between dispatch and maintenance

    Advice to Management

    Hire for your need. I was hired as an over the road driver, but all I've run is regional and local Assign drivers to dispatchers so we know who we're supposed to talk to


  9. Helpful (1)

    Everyone is nice, they just don't pay you what they say they will.

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

    I have been working at A&R Transport full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. They want you to work there, they really do, and they will be VERY nice to get you to work for them.

    Cons

    Low pay. They tell you that you will make, to start, $1250 a week or more, only you don't. They tell you you'll work Monday through Friday, but then want you to work the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what you say you will.


  10. Every year has gotten worse. They've lost their best drivers.

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

    I have been working at A&R Transport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent insurance and vacation paid in full whether you take it or not

    Cons

    Where to begin. The pay package is a joke. They've taken more money out of drivers pockets than anything else. My YTD pay is down over 8k compared to last year. I've tried everything to get it up to to last year to no avail.

    Advice to Management

    I'd be wasting my breath.


  11. Greatly fell short of expectations.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouseman
    Former Employee - Warehouseman

    I worked at A&R Transport

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a truck driver, the rate of pay is good, but this is not the A&R of twenty years ago. There's a great disconnect when dealing with people on a personal basis now.

    Cons

    Unless you were a truck driver or upper management, you felt your position was unappreciated. The culture seemed to point to people being expendable.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good if this new leadership didn't seem to value only their worth. Everyone in a company lends to its success.



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