Landstar System

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Landstar System Reviews

Updated January 3, 2015
Updated January 3, 2015
32 Reviews
3.6
32 Reviews
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Landstar System President, CEO, and Director, Landstar and Landstar System Holdings Henry H. Gerkens
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  1.  

    Stable and Safe Company

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

    I worked at Landstar System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company with a nice work environment.

    Cons

    Working policies and practices tend to lead toward a general lack of accountability across the board. Little, if any, opportunity for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    BCO compensation too low

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BCO in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - BCO in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Landstar System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The so called "freedom" of non forced dispatch

    Cons

    Agents play favorites, good loads never make it to load board. Load board praised as its life blood for BCO's but in reality its mostly junk freight going to dead holes with no out bound freight or very cheap freight. Percentage of load paid to BCO is dreadfully too low to make money at current rates. Proof is in what BCO's are driving for trucks. Mostly old fleet trucks now. 8 years ago more BCO's had late model trucks O/O spec'd. Just proves how standard of living has gone down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking everything is perfectly fine. Sure, maybe 10 % of the BCO's are actually making OK money hauling good freight. But the rest wash out within a year. Turn over goes up and age of equipment is also going up. Load board is a joke so admit it and find a better solution. Too many agents for the freight available. We don't need 5 agents posting the same dreadfully cheap load. That just proves how desparate agents are and how worthless the load board is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    No organizational structure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dispatch Associate in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Dispatch Associate in Salem, OR

    I worked at Landstar System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good hours, good job, fast paced. If I needed something then the owner would get it for me.

    Cons

    Constantly pulled in two different directions, One wants me to do one thing the other wanted me to do something different. They were not on the same schedule when it came to giving me a job. The pay stunk. chauvinistic/egotistical mentality. They worked for a bad company and they had the same environment in their office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Form a chain of command, Come up with a policy & procedures manual. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Show respect for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company and work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Services in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Information Services in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Landstar System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for progressing, great peers

    Cons

    None of the top of my head

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None of the top of my head

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good place for beginners to learn the Freight Brokerage Business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Agent in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Agent in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Landstar System

    Pros

    They provide excellent online seminars. It's a leading name in the Transportation Industry

    Cons

    They play "favorites". They do not provide a level playing field for all their Agents. Unless you are one of their "chosen few" you cannot cover any Military Freight. Other Landstar Agents stab you in the back and steal your customers. The Landstar Revenue Processing Department does not tell you if there is a problem with any of the billing to the customers - you have to find it out for yourself after they cut off the customer credit for non-payment of bills. Upper Management does not listen very well - heck! Upper Management does not listen at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a level playing field for all the Agents - not just your chosen few. In this tough economy, you need to allow all of us to be able to work with the Military - especially the more experienced Agents and the ones who have freinds/family in the Military who can provide opportunities. Listen to what your people are saying!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Landstar System

    Pros

    Corporate training provided to learn new skills that are useful in any job. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    different locations seem to have different expectations of their employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard to advace, managers love to tell you what you do wrong and never right.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Landstar System

    Pros

    Challenging, use of new technology, close relationship with Microsoft, IBM and other key vendors.

    Cons

    Management loves to tell you what you do wrong, but rarely, if ever, provide praise for things done right. The chances to grow there depend on who's backside you kiss not how good you are at your job. The employee reviews are a joke and you have to wait a year before taking vacation if you're a new hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More positive feed back to employees would go a long way towards making them ever happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, solid company but advancing can be difficult

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Landstar System

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Good Middle Mgmt
    Great Co-Workers

    Cons

    Career Advancement is not easy. It's kind of who you know vs. what you do
    Work can sometimes get repetitive due to the nature of the business
    If you like learning lots of new things and a fast paced environment this is not the place

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manual Quality Assurance Tester

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Landstar System

    Pros

    You get a pay check twice a month

    Cons

    Management is horribly incapable. They buy software systems and allocate absolutely $0 towards training on this software. Please explain to the employees how they can be held accountable for using these systems when you provide them with absolutely no training. No Training. No Training. Did I mention they provide NO TRAINING? They recently had to ditch a data warehouse system that cost the company $1,000,000.00

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be really nice if senior management would mingle with entry level folks, as well as the grunts on the first floor. The only time senior management bothers to come to the first floor is as they make their way towards the elevators. Senior Management NEVER tells other departments that they do a good job. When job reviews are done, employees NEVER get to give an opinion of their bosses, it is always done from a managers perspective of the employee. Gerkens NEVER visits folks on the first floor other than to eat at the Truckstop Cafe. He wouldn't know the names of employees if they met him at any other place socially. Gerkens wants Landstar to outperform J.B. Hunt Transport. How do you intend to do that Henry, while paying a whopping $0.20 dividend? No thanks, I'll put my money elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been with Landstar going on twenty years as both Owner operator and now Agent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Agent in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Agent in Flint, MI

    I have been working at Landstar System

    Pros

    Landstar managers and VP's are always available to help with any issues you may have come up.

    Cons

    Asa in any company a few personel have given some other companies a bad taste with Landstar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that all regional sales agents should work together. Region cordinators should not be penalized for agents who work with other region mangers as we are all Landstar. we should all work together.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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