Central Refrigerated Service

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Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Over the Road driver

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    Former Employee - OTR Driver
    Former Employee - OTR Driver

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Traveling not having to be tied to a desk all day

    Cons

    Being away from your family for weeks at a time

    Advice to Management

    Be sympathetic to the drivers, and their needs


  2. OTR DRIVER

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    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Newer trucks, routes and fuel stops pre-planned. Great driver-mentors, thorough training for brand new drivers

    Cons

    Dispatch is horrible, had 5 different driver/managers in less than a year, and none EVER remembered who I was even after 5-6 weeks. Bonuses of any kind are a joke after first quarter. After a year still never received 2, 3, 4, quarter bonuses for previous year, told every excuse in the book. Final straw, out for 5 weeks( never out less than 4, 5 was typical.) put in for 5 days off, AGAIN told I could only have 3. Too bad they couldn't work as hard for me as I did for them! Look long and hard at different companies!!

    Advice to Management

    Care about your drivers, not just the almighty dollar.


  3. Helpful (1)

    OTR Driver Training

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Central provides a good school to get your cdl. I had a decent OTR trainer and learned as much as I could in my four weeks out in the road with him. Starting pay once solo was more than other companies.

    Cons

    Being away from home for weeks at a time. This is to be expected of an OTR driver though. Sitting waiting for loads. Or shippers/consignee taking forever to load or upload, often without you recieving any pay for your time.

    Advice to Management

    Left right before swift officially purchased the company. Operations could make you feel more like a human and less like a number, but you'll get that at any starting company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Confusing! Received monthly memo's describing excellent customer service then terminated...

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    Former Employee - Driver Trainer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Driver Trainer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    After becoming an Owner Operator it was very difficult to please this company, and get a pay check.

    Cons

    Will never work for this company again. They look out for themselves, not the drivers.

    Advice to Management

    Drivers leaders have to do what there told. My driver leader did not want to fire me.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good school, grossly suppressive and controlling management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OTR Driver, Lease Operator in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - OTR Driver, Lease Operator in West Valley City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Driver instructors are down to earth working class citizens.

    Cons

    Management in contact with drivers see them as guilty till proven innocent. Are all about controlling every aspect of your life. Deficate on your constitutional rights by virtue of corporate policy. Have no respect for your sacrifice and care less if they destroy your family. Former drivers in mgt are artificially elevated on cubicle life looking down at the very core that makes their livelihood possible as with the academic corporate privelidged. Condescending conversations as an arrogant communist government would talk to working class but with the shareholders and investors to answer to and not the drivers.

    Advice to Management

    This organization is beyond advice due to its suppressive, controlling and right in their own eyes style of management. All whom know they are guilty must look in the mirror and prepare to pay for your transgressions since the cloud of greed makes a paradigm shift impossible. I wish you the best of luck and made the right choice by walking away when I did.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Company driver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Central Refrigerated Service

    Pros

    Seeing the country and have the freedom to stop and enjoy it.

    Cons

    Poor management, company is owned by swift and swift is the worst company to work for, and don't care about their drivers.


  8. It is what it is

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    Former Employee - OTR Driver in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in West Valley City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service

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

    Pros

    Good training; nice trucks; great DM

    Cons

    Even if you accept every load, the money isn't there sometimes. Had a great DM that got me whatever loads she could and sometimes was able to run me from coast to coast, but so many more little jobs with little miles. Did good getting me home when I needed to be. just didn't have any miles to offer.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A great start.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in West Valley City, UT

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Central Refrigerated was a great place to start. They taught and helped you acquire your Class A CDL and first on-the-road training.

    Cons

    It's not the best company to work for, their pay isn't as competitive as others and they have issues with their truck lease program.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rip off owner-operators by doing the repair work on your schedule as opposed to the driver's schedule.


  10. Helpful (3)

    horrible treated badly disrespected, talked down upon

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    Former Employee - Otr Delivery Driver
    Former Employee - Otr Delivery Driver

    I worked at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    nice trucks ....... get to see a lil bit of the USA

    Cons

    500 a week are u serious?!?! lied to about home time treated like i was stupid you are just a number unless u have a lot of problems dispatchers are rude as all hell they don't care they get to go home every night y should they care company gives out used truck to students and hold your certificate hostage until you pay off tuition or complete contract

    Advice to Management

    give drivers more money don't hold certificates hostage how are people suppose to pay them off


  11. This company was great to work for. They really took care of their employees.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in West Valley City, UT
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in West Valley City, UT

    I have been working at Central Refrigerated Service full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff, upper to let management were excellent!

    Cons

    They sold out to another company and a lot of the staff were let go.

    Advice to Management

    To Swift management, Central had the right ideas to keep longevity of the staff, you should follow their example.



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