TransAm Trucking

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TransAm Trucking Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
21 Reviews
2.2
21 Reviews
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John Jacobson Jr.
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  1.  

    A Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at TransAm Trucking full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am surprised at all of the negative reviews and only makes me think that people who have bad things to say are the only ones who will say anything. So I am writing to give a different viewpoint. I have worked at TransAm Truck for a little over 3 years and work with a great bunch of people. It's fast paced environment and I have learned so much.

    Cons

    It's out in Olathe and I live in North KC. The drive can be tricky down i-35. And better raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say thanks more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    it was great

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

    I have been working at TransAm Trucking

    Pros

    great advancment options and loved the company

    Cons

    dont think i had any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was absolutely horrible!

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

    I worked at TransAm Trucking full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seeing the countryside. Not being micro managed

    Cons

    No money to be made as a lease driver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the driver

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great so far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drive in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Drive in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at TransAm Trucking full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Equipment is really nice and is mostly all new and we'll taken care of

    Cons

    Terminal needs some work. Dirty bathroom and needs a bigger driver room

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need dental plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing Experience - Proceed with Extreme Caution

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

    I worked at TransAm Trucking as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Contract drivers get priority in load assignments and will average between 2400 and 3100 miles a week. If you sign a full term lease you can get a brand new truck to drive. A trucks have auxiliary power units, refrigerators, and electronic logs. Nice Kenworth fleet of T700's and T680's. I had a good driver manager.

    Cons

    First, I have read most of the bad reviews on this company and I would boldy confirm that most are true. Even though you get the miles you will not make the money. I'm not sure how they accomplish it, but they do legally by all the waivers and contractual agreements you sign. My first day of getting my brand new 2013 Kenworth T680 was equivalent to my induction day into military basic training. The overall management and policies of the company only benefit the company and not the drivers. There is a ton of smoke and mirrors to paint a pretty picture for new drivers. Also if you are ever a company driver and switch to contract driver you are never allowed to return to company driver status, even if you quit and hire back on. There is a written company policy not allowing it. So don't believe what the recruiters tell you or what you hear at orientation. Upper management and leadership is horrible. You are at there mercy when you drive for them. I must be honest and tell you that I am a very patient and professional driver and had success at TransAm. But it is not a company for the new student, although that's how they market themselves. You must know the industry and proceed with caution if you are to succeed here. Read all the fine print and ask any question you need to make educated decisions. Road assist is very slow should you break down. Forward and rear facing Drivecam cameras are installed in every truck. They record all the time the truck is in motion and up to 4 hours after stopping. However, only a programmed trigger such as an accident, hard break or speeding will trigger it to save a 12 second recording. This recording is only seen by a third party company and TranAm Safety, so they say. Extremely long waits at shippers and receivers with no detention pay for drivers. Long repair times in Olathe. I am college educated, retired and I would not recommend driving for this company unless you have no other options. I am being honest. Beware, the inspection stations I passed through frequently stop TransAm drivers for inspections. I have been told by officers that they pull in most TransAm drivers because of their poor reputation. I never had a write up in an inspection. My equipment and logs were in top shape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over with your business approach and stop misleading drivers. If your business model is so great and profitable, than just be truthful about how you operate and why. You are playing games with peoples lives here.

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

    Bad company.Believe the bad reviews.

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

    I worked at TransAm Trucking as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Dispatchers and load planners don't have a clue. You WILL sit for 5-8 hours at receivers and shippers.They will tell you that if you sit more than 2 hours at a dock,they will drop the customer. That's BS.If they lost the Tyson loads they would be out of business.They can't find loads to get you home near the time you asked for 8 days in advance.If you breakdown you will sit along the road for hours,and that is just with a flat tire. Night and weekend dispatch seldom answer phones.Road Assist dept. has only one person working on nights and weekends to handle over 1000 trucks. You will be lucky to take home any money each week due to how their contract is set up.Anyone backing them up on reviews is paid to sit and look for bad reviews and add only positive reviews to counter the bad reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to your drivers. Fleet Management should be working for McDonalds and be in charge of french fries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    we ain't in Kansas anymore toto!!

    Former Employee - Ex Otr Driver in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Ex Otr Driver in Olathe, KS

    I worked at TransAm Trucking full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good company to drive for just starting out....good equipment,long waits in olathe if you need repairs.

    Cons

    lots of downtime at shippers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try polling your drivers before implementing new procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    T.A> experts on legalized theft

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Olathe, KS

    I worked at TransAm Trucking full-time

    Pros

    The equipment was descent but could be better if they want to claim they give you the best equipment

    Cons

    Experts how to steal your hard earned money to be paid in weekly settlement.
    Illegal (constitutional right of privacy) use of video camera called drivers Cam which not only shoots out through the windshield but also into the sleeper. BEWARE!!! IF YOU TAKE YOUR WIFE OR GIRL FRIEND THEY WILL SHOOT VIDEO OF THINGS THAT ARE PRIVATE IN THE SLEEPER. I accepted (like a blind idiot) things they told me to be the truth only to find out in orientation that everything they told me was a lie. Told me they had group insurance got to orientation "Not For Owner Operators" Wanted $2500 deposit for a trained scent dog which according to FEMA I have to keep with me at all times(Trained emergency service scent dog and also a service dog for hearing impaired)I was also told if I drove 2500 miles I would clear $1000. 00 if I drove 3000 miles I would clear $1500.00. First week I drove 1946 and made $195.00 when asked where my money was they said I over filled (overfilled $695.00= 183 gallons i 2 100 gal. tanks) Second week I drove 2892 and made $85.00 and once again they say I over filled so if I start of with full tanks how do I over fill??? I have talked with other drivers and come across similar events....I TRIED TO GIVE BACK TRUCK WHEN I GOT IT BUT THEY WOULD NOT LET ME AND TOD ME THE WOULD STRAIGHTEN EVERY THING OUT...DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY TELL YOU ONLY LIES COME FROM THEIR MOUTHS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ffirst thng you need to do is learn to tell teh truth and then you need to learn how to treat your drivers better you know they guys and gals out here on the road that is doing the job while you sit on your rear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible, arrogant attitude, no concern for anyone except themselves, they hide behind their voice mail and secret email

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lease Owner Operator in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Lease Owner Operator in Olathe, KS

    I worked at TransAm Trucking as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is quitting.
    Seeing them wiggle when my lawyer calls them and puts them on notice.
    Suggest your attorneys name here if he is a good one, more people need to hold their feet to the fire!

    Cons

    Twice an hour, 24 hours per day their computer sends "canned messages" telling you that you didn't do something correctly, go back and do it again, this will pertain to logs, inspections, reefer temperatures, fueling information, in one week I didn't erase any messages and totaled over 2000 useless irritation messages, they think its funny !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Jacobson may, or may not be a nice guy, but he is not doing his job. He should talk to some of the current employees, and ex employees and work to reduce the turn over rate. I am convinced that he doesn't know what he has created here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TransAm Trucking

    Pros

    Will hire non experienced drivers right out of school.

    Cons

    Lot of sitting around at shippers, waiting on loads, average 2200 miles per week. Do the math with what they pay you, you will make more money at home than over the road, don't forget to factor in, when you do go home, your not getting paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to drivers, work there 3 months, then start applying for local job at home, the best time to apply for that local gig is February, lots of hiring for upcoming spring and summer season. You'll be at home on that 10 to 12 hour break, every day.

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