Transport Corporation of America

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Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Great people, weak freight and pay

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

    I have been working at Transport Corporation of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have a great fleet mgr and most others are good, though weekend/night help doesn't know much

    Cons

    Poor planners. ALWAYS getting loads impossible to pick up on time, no detention until after 3 hours of sitting..this happens a lot! Lots of short runs

    Advice to Management

    Get with your competition.pay after 1 he delay. Use PC Practical miles, instead of hhg..That's old. Better pay. In 2 months I can go to a company that offers this and .10 a mile more with a $1000 a week guarantee


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for especialy starting out

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

    I have been working at Transport Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Their dedicated accounts are the way to go because a lot of them are on a salary base where you dont have to worry as much about the miles

    Cons

    I was never a big fan of their otr because you have to hope they get you a decent amount of miles in order to bring a decent paycheck home and I have had a lot of times where I found myself sitting and waiting on loads.

    Advice to Management

    Management could use better communication skills at times but other than that they do a pretty good job helping you out and working with the drivers on most sotuations.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fast Food Service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Cashier in Boise, ID

    I worked at Transport Corporation of America part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Supervisors went out of their way to make you feel comfortable at your new job, and the learning process was great.

    Cons

    The need for more hours.

    Advice to Management

    From what I could tell your team doe's their jobs well, keep up the great work.


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  5. Not a bad company to work for. Typical trucking company. They will not get you home on time

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

    I worked at Transport Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Fair equipment minimum down time

    Cons

    Good accounts FedEx. and General Mills


  6. Drivers are family. Some fleet leaders great. Some very bad. Shops suck 99% of the time.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OTR Driver in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - OTR Driver in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Transport Corporation of America

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good miles if you show them you can work. Drivers are diverse and like a family.

    Cons

    Some fleet leaders think they own the company. Very demanding and rude. Extended coverage in Eagan - aka night dispatch should all be fired immediately. They are worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to treating driver's with respect! Especially the ones who work their butts
     off for you! Hire new shop mechanics.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start

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

    I have been working at Transport Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Plenty of miles honest people will get you home.

    Cons

    There are people in the garage. Who do not care about you or the company

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the driver's


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great deal of possibilities, unfortunately upper management does not follow the servant leadership they promote.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Weekend Operations Manager in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Weekend Operations Manager in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Transport Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Good group of employees. Wish the company would have seen them as team members
    - Technology - 1st rate systems, industry leaders here
    - diverse group, both office and drivers

    Cons

    - top down leadership, front line has little to no power
    - Benefits, healthcare plan is rough (child birth figure 3.5K-4K out of pocket)
    - Feeling of your a number and easily replaced
    - just bought out, sure to see huge changes and positions lost

    Advice to Management

    Promote and follow the company values. Leadership needs to know they have a voice in the process and not to fear that their opinions will be used against them because they differ. Allow them to get there ideas heard, and you will find more buy in from them even of it is not their 1st choice.


  9. Office/Corporate employee - company is unsure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Transport Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits are OK. You are not just a worker, people get to know you. Great coworkers and peers.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent. Both fleet management and customer service is broken into multiple teams. The management from team to team is VASTLY different. Also, if you want to change roles, prepare to jump through hoops. It's one thing to take charge of what you want in a career, it's another thing to have to literally break your back to get where you want. Especially if you want to go from extended coverage to days, you'll have to prove yourself worthy 5 times over. Also, management appears to know what they want for the future of the company, but trust me, they don't have a clue. If you take a job here, you will enjoy yourself, however if you have multiple job opportunities, seriously consider the others ones before pursuing this place.

    Advice to Management

    Create consistency. Offer better pay to those you value (which should be all your employees).


  10. Helpful (2)

    There is no such thing as OTR here.

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

    I have been working at Transport Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and they will get you home time when you ask for it, you just need to give a weeks notice

    Cons

    Low miles. There is no real OTR, they do not send solo drivers out west. The furthest you will go is the Dakotas. They also believe 3,000 miles a week is an unreasonable request, be prepared for under 2,000. The average load is between 200 and 300 miles. I have been here a year and I have only seen 4 loads over 1000 miles. They claim they can only give teams the long runs and only teams can run west. I spend most of my time between Ohio and Iowa, that is not OTR, they are a glorified Regional Carrier with OTR Teams. Fleet Leaders love to micromanage and will blame the driver for missing the unrealistic delivery appointments. They claim no forced dispatch, but refusing a load counts against you. I have been told to falsify my logs and disrespected. Like all companies, nights and weekends could care less.

    Advice to Management

    Give your OTR Drivers, OTR loads. Run them out west, save the crappy 200-300 mile loads for the regional drivers or you will continue to lose drivers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Everyone is expendable if you are not a driver. This is a thankless job and any issue will be your fault.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Transport Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Gained some industry knowledge. Newer building which is relatively nice and a relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Training Program is virtually non- existent and changes with every new hire. Mine consisted of sitting in a training room for 2 weeks having the same person read documents and regulations to me for 8 hours a day in a monotone voice.

    Onboarding is horrible. I was never even introduced to my team or shown around the site. After training, I was dropped at my desk in the middle of another team on a job where you are on the phone all day and then later challenged because I wasn't making myself "part of the team."

    Management never followed up on anything they said they were going to do or look into. I met with my boss twice in the year and a half I worked there and was provided conflicting feedback on my performance. Pay was a little low and no raises for office staff were given during my time there.

    Driver retention is the only thing that matters to them- everyone else is expendable. You are held accountable for your retention even when the issues are completely out of your control.

    This position is designed to fail. You are held responsible for every load failure or issue encountered and spend all your time having to explain issues to customer service that you knew and said would fail at the beginning because the planners are unrealistic and you had to push your drivers into doing something they didn't feel they could do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your driver recruiters are giving realistic expectations for drivers. They keep coming in looking for big mile loads and then quit because what they get are so small. Do not say we can do home weekly if they do not live near a terminal or along a major freight lane. You need to get more experienced drivers to balance all the new ones. You also need to stop recruiting out of Atlanta only or gain some more business in the area to support all the home loads and back out loads needed due to driver home time.

    Understand that your office employees should count as much as your drivers do for retention. It is very discouraging to work in a place where you are treated so poorly and told to do whatever it takes to retain your fleet. Empower your fleet managers more on their opinions of the loads that have been matched with their drivers.



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