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Western Express Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Trailer Mechanic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trailer Mechanic in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Trailer Mechanic in Portland, ME

    I have been working at Western Express full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Do not pay overtime, But they keep you busy with trailer repairs such as replacement of dolly legs, sub frames, swing doors, flooring and cross members, roofs, top and bottom rail repairs, axles, nose rails, hub and drums and brakes, pin plates, Road calls all hours of the day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying overtime and you would keep more Mechanics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Chaotic and stressful work environment.

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

    I worked at Western Express

    Pros

    Some good people in operations office up to middle management.

    Cons

    Upper management seemed disconnected from the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good place for patient people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Western Express full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    in house promotion is common...promotions usually based of performance...

    Cons

    10 hour days, plus a saturday schedule. really hard to have a life. pay is enough to survive, but not at all proportionate to the workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hold all employees to the same bare minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    The orientation is pretty good after that things pretty much goes down hill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Western Express full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall the orientation was great for flatbed. They get you right into a truck less then a week and they are switch all their trucks to automatically, could be a challenge for those who get hired and might go to another company that has manual trucks.

    Cons

    With no experience you going start off make a little over 200$ a week for 4 weeks with your trainer, then your trainer can be anybody, Mines can't drive for nothing in the world, he is a good person , but not a good trainer. He doesn't know his left from right . Plus he got a ticket in my first week of training. Then the dm is kinda off track . They sent us to New jersey. Just to tell us why are you in jersey the loads supposed to going to new jersey. They pay is not good for anybody. I'm on my way out. This is not the company for people who like to get paid and exactly know how to drive and want to put the miles in. Then for flatbed you start off making .27 cents a mile putting in average 2500 miles or more in otr.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    stay far away

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

    I worked at Western Express

    Pros

    they did provide rooms and transportation the food was garbage

    Cons

    treated employees like crap had no respect for new drivers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are your most important asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible Company

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

    I worked at Western Express full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great trainer. Hands on training��. Lots of loads all over the USA.

    Cons

    Lack of support and communication from company to driver. Left driver stranded in another state and went home before getting driver setup with a hotel. Hotel staff called company to help driver out and was yelled at for explaining the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get office staff that care!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A boys club management team that's as bad as the Obama administration.

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

    I worked at Western Express full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a great company, almost like family. After the old man died, it went to hell in a hand basket.

    Cons

    Management functions on an atmosphere of intimidation on one hand and who's in the boys/girls club on the other. Employee who really care and are vocal regarding issues that would improve the company are considered trouble makers. Lack of ethics, which rolls from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, disband your boys club, from the top down. Listen to your employees and not the ones who are kissin' butt and telling you what you want to hear. Some of them actually care about the company and where it's going. You have a horrible reputation in the trucking industry...you have a horrible reputation right here on Glassdoor. That in itself should be motivation to clean up your act.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Never received a dime in pay.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Express

    Pros

    Orientation was good and very thorough.

    Cons

    No pay !
    Pulled o.d. for them did not get paid.
    They played the paperwork game, ie. We didn't receive your paperwork, resend and we'll pay you next week. HA !
    Mean while I'm loosing my home and my family is doing without me or the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should pay !

  10.  

    Good resource if you have been out of a truck for a while

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Express

    Pros

    They offer newer equipment.and good freight companies

    Cons

    MONEY,Respect of hard working drivers,and MONEY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TAKE CARE OF THE SAFE DRIVERS WHO WORK HARD FOR THE COMPANY!

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    One of my worst experiences and I have had some pretty bad experiences

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

    I have been working at Western Express full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They will take you with little experience, they don't even require a road test. They will feed, house and pay you during orientation.

    Cons

    Driver trainers are angry broken people and will be personally offended with mistakes you make and many you don't make, like you wanted to make them or you did it just to anger them. Then they will berate you nonstop until it causes you to make more mistakes. Then threaten to fail you if you don't have a sunny disposition while they are doing this.
         .The company says they want you to report safety issues but use your best judgement there. I don't know how anyone makes any money, no one knows where empty trailers are and they give you loads that are already late so you spent 24 hours on a parking lot waiting for a new dock appointment.
      Shippers have lost respect for the company, I saw a memo on one of their whiteboards that said "give your old loads to Western". They take advantage of nice agreeable drivers and give them the crap runs because they know they won't complain.
      IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER OPTION DO THAT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some teaching method classes to driver trainers, put tracking devices on your trailers. Get Qualcomms mounted on the dash with routing solutions for city congestion and traffic jams. Get some logistical software that keeps drivers from spending 3-24 hours sitting around. They could be making a lot more money then they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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