Knight Transportation

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Knight Transportation Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
88 Reviews
2.7
88 Reviews
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Knight Transportation Chairman and CEO Kevin P. Knight
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Freight Ready, Operate Everywhere, Yards all over, great phone apps, good local directions, not forced dispatch (in 4 reviews)

  • they have good home time, and new trucks (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • work long hours, poor management, don't really tell you what to expect in the position (in 9 reviews)

  • I had a mediocre driver manager who didn't have any listening skills (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not a bad company to work for, but certainly not the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knight Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    With one or two exceptions, I've always been well treated and respected by fleet managers, safety, and maintenance personnel.
    They've always tried, (not always successfully), to get me where in the country I need to be.
    They have been upgrading their fleet the last couple years with new tractors and lots of new trailers, so the overall condition of the equipment is pretty good.

    Cons

    The fleet managers need better software for planning and dispatching loads. J B Hunt had better software ten years ago.
    Fleet managers tend to be overloaded with too many drivers, resulting in long waits on hold when calling in to resolve problems. A problem which could be at least partially alleviated with newer, better software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade the software for fleet managers.
    Increase pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Knight Transportation

    Pros

    Always running
    Great people
    Your a name not a number
    Great equipment

    Cons

    Driver managers need some sensitivity training.
    They need to understand when they talk to the drivers they might be talking to a driver that is dealing with traffic, snow, ice, equipment failure and so on. Learn how to validate the efforts of the driver frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Validate the efforts of the driver. They are underpaid. That is industry wide so talk to them with respect. Without them you don't have a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Knight Recruiter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Knight Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for lesser experience, May be a place to earn experience.

    Cons

    Not organized whatsoever: each department feels that they are in charge without any set policies and direct leaders, they do not hold interviews for leadership positions within the recruiting team, Weak moral ambiguity: Money before the law mentality. Pay is much less than direct competition. Benefits are lacking compared to other companies of this size. Hiring criteria toes if not crosses the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a training platform for new coming employees; organize yourselves. Stop saying the company values and appreciates the drivers when there are clearly many people in direct contact roles that do not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I work for the Memphis Terminal as a Refrigerated driver.

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

    I have been working at Knight Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great miles, good dispatchers (I do have issues with some of them but they will all help me out if I need them to do something), reasonable home time, and there equipment for the drivers that have been there isn't too bad at all. If you have any time with them you will more than likely get a very clean truck still a company truck but not bad.

    Cons

    No APU's on the trucks,
    trucks are governed at 62, with a max of 65 with fuel economy
    they pay dispatched miles for the shortest rout yet plan your rout on the fastest rout and get there info from Google Maps so your payed miles is around 90% of actual miles.
    Sliding pay scale
    Benefits are not affordable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay hub miles / raise pay.
    Adjust the sliding pay scale.
    I don't know what you can do about the benefits but its Obama's fault.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Market manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knight Transportation

    Pros

    Coworkes share same goals as you.

    Cons

    I do not see any cons at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to share at this poiny.

  7.  

    Overworked under paid

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knight Transportation

    Pros

    Get vacation pay and holiday pay

    Cons

    Awful Benefits expected to woke 10 hour days w/o Amy it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was on management to much favoritism

  8.  

    Work with good people but get used and abused.

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

    I worked at Knight Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work with good people who try to make work fun.

    Cons

    Salaried. Work long hours and weekends. No pay raises or an adequate review program. Upper management promotes via nepotism and friendship rather than merit. Upper Management threatened when you show an opinion and dont "roll over" . Constantly changing business strategies and programs. Out dated technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the people in the offices. Take care of office staff as well as drivers. An adequate yearly review and cost of living raise would go a long way. Get rid of upper management bullies and get to know and treat those under you with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Full time employee for 2 long years

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

    I worked at Knight Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have some decent dm's. And they will try to let you run all 48 if you want. Pay isn't horrible.

    Cons

    Tryin to get home seemed to be more of a hassle than it should have been. They tell you that the dm pays attention to all their drivers logs so that they can keep you moving with the hours you have left. Ya ok, I always had to remind them I didn't have enough hours to do a load. Then load still was put on me.
    You will be on a sliding pay scale which sucks. They base the pay on the miles of the original load so if you on have it for say 150 milesthe won't compensate the mileage pay difference. Oh a last thing, depending on your terminal, good luck getting that safety bonus.

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

    Acceptable to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTR Dryvan in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - OTR Dryvan in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Knight Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Profitable company, with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Need an updated training program and more trainers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement an updated Company-wide training program for new hires and existing workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lawless, rough, but latent with opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Recruting Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Recruting Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Knight Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Knight's unstructured environment allows a lot of autonomy - but getting results is critical.
    The high level corporate executives are intelligent, and for the most part, have good people skills.
    Most entry level employees work hard but are uneducated and often not disciplined - this makes it easy to distinguish yourself and rise up quickly.

    Cons

    A typical mid level manger has little to no leadership skill.
    The culture of the company in "the trenches" can be negative and unprofessional.
    There is virtually no on boarding process for any office position -- come ready to sink or swim.
    Compensation is low - entry level positions pay okay but as you rise up pay increases are small. One would have to become a VP to reach a six figure income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership training to mid-level mangers
    Promote based on merit and not tenure
    Compensate better if you want to stem attrition
    Manage the culture among entry level employees better - this is why most people hate/leave the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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