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Cornerstone Systems Overview

Memphis, TN
51 to 200 employees
1997
Company - Private
Logistics & Supply Chain
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Recognized for our exceptional customer experience, Cornerstone Systems is a leading nationwide provider of solutions for transportation and logistics. We offer intermodal, railcar & railcar consolidation, truck brokerage, container drayage, LTL, on-site ... Read more

Mission: Cornerstone chose to create a purpose statement instead of a mission statement. Our purpose statement, the reason we were formed in 1997, is to Provide a Better Place for People to Work. Our core values are Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Loyalty and Never Satisfied.

Company Updates

  • Cornerstone employees in Memphis joined the "Fast & Furriest 5K" for the Humane Society's race to save a life! Back for its 10th year, the fitness event is the only 5K where dogs are not only welcome...they are encouraged to join the fun.

    Great job to our two-legged and four-legged runners!

    #HumaneSociety #FastandFurriest #5K #fitness #wellness #bestemployees #dogsrule

  • Shout out to the nice thank you message we just received...

    “The planning and attention to details given to this from beginning to end was truly remarkable and greatly appreciated. There was such a warm welcome and culture of family felt during my visit that I couldn't believe this was a transportation company. This is a true testament of the people and the pursuit of excellence to every detail of the organization. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!”

    The truth is that we are blessed to work for an amazing company led by an outstanding Senior Staff. Our leadership sets a tone of excellence supported by strong core values that we live each day and respect in every way. You will not find many companies like Cornerstone or leadership like ours. When visitors walk through the door we want them to feel truly welcome and understand who we are and what we believe. Our amazing corporate culture, exceptional employees and outstanding leadership sets us apart from our competition.

    Thank you for the nice thank you message!

    (photo: Cornerstone's Purpose Statement/Core Values)

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Cornerstone Systems – Why Work For Us?


How We Began

In April of 1997, the 21st to be exact, Cornerstone Systems was incorporated in the state of Tennessee. We started the company with four people in an empty 5,000 sq. ft. office space and six cell phones (talk about optimistic). Our goal was to create one of the finest transportation companies in the United States.

"We have always believed that the best way to care for our customers is to care about each employee and their families. People are what make Cornerstone Systems valuable to its customers. People doing their jobs, being involved and caring about our customers' freight is what we are about. We are all in this together and what sets us apart from our competitors is our focus on the customer and our employees."

Rick Rodell
Chairman/Founder

Cornerstone Today

Rick indeed met his goal.  Cornerstone has grown into one of the finest transportation companies in the United States.  Still privately held and operated, Cornerstone Systems is a leading nationwide provider of solutions for transportation and logistics, offering intermodal, railcar & railcar consolidation, truck brokerage, container drayage, on-site logistics, warehousing & transloading services and more.  Now with offices located all over the country, and service coverage that spans all of North America, Cornerstone’s proven professionals vow to offer Rock Solid Transportation Solutions.  As a nationally recognized award winning company, Cornerstone Systems is the clear choice for Rock Solid Results.


Employee Owned Company

Our Employees Take Personal Responsibility For the Success of Every Shipment And the Satisfaction of Every Client

Cornerstone Systems offers many options and freight solutions. We take pride in what we call customer longevity. Our top customers have stayed with us for over 10+ years and there are many reasons why. Cornerstone is able to offer the best of  both worlds – Asset Experience with Non-Asset Flexibility.

Why Choose Cornerstone?

So why is Cornerstone an award winning organization? How do we maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau year after year? Simple. Our employees make it happen. They take a personal interest in our customers and their freight.

TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

Let’s work together to determine which option is the most cost and service effective for your freight.

  • INTERMODAL
  • OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK
  • RAILCAR/RAILCAR CONSOLIDATION
  • CONTAINER DRAYAGE
    • DOMESTIC TRANSPORTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL CARGO
  • LTL
  • WAREHOUSING/TRANSLOADING
  • LOGISTICS
    • ON-SITE, SINGLE SOURCE, DEDICATED
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS

SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS

  • SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTING & MODELING
  • END-TO-END, INTEGRATED TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  • WAREHOUSE & DISTRIBUTION OPTIMIZATION
  • LABOR MANAGEMENT
  • OUTSOURCED SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS SERVICES (Complete or A La Carte)

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

  • QA Process
  • Kitting
  • Packaging
  • Product Fulfillment
  • VMI Solutions
  • Reverse Logistics
  • And More...

Customer Care

  • Request a Rate
  • Request a POD
  • Track/Trace Your Shipment
  • File a Freight Claim / Damage Report
  • Account Access 1
  • Account Access 2

Shipper Forms

  • Broker Shipper Agreement
  • HazMat - Shipper Agreement
  • Credit Application and Agreement

Cornerstone Forms / Information

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Broker's Operating Authority
  • Surety Bond
  • HazMat Certificate of Registration
  • SmartWay Registration

Set Up Packets & Contracts

  • Broker Motor Carrier Set Up
  • Broker Drayage-Intermodal Set Up


Cornerstone Systems 1997 - 2017, Celebrating 20 Years!

  • Founded on April 21, 1997 by Founder/Chairman Rick Rodell
  • Now Employee-Owned (ESOP)
  • "Then and Now" - Click Here to Read More

(Photo - Our awesome 20th Anniversary t-shirt design team.  #Lucky13)


Cornerstone Systems Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
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    I have been working at Cornerstone Systems full-time

    Pros

    The culture is what stands out the most for me. Every department is managed differently which allows for upcoming leaders to learn from various leadership styles. Despite the differences, the core values remain the same and the purpose of Cornerstone is fulfilled; "to provide a better place for people to work".

    In order to fit in at Cornerstone, you have to embrace the culture and continuously improve. We do not settle for mediocrity and excellence is what we stand for. It's not a good fit for everyone but for those that are willing to learn and go the extra mile, you'll look forward to walking in everyday and serving your colleagues and of course your customers.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for excellence, nothing less.

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Cornerstone Systems Photos

Cornerstone Systems photo of: Corporate Headquarters
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Cornerstone Systems photo of: Julian Prewitt wins top honors in 2019 Superbowl Chili Cook-off Contest. CFO/COO Pat Nieman heads up judging panel.
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Cornerstone Systems Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cornerstone Systems in April 2017.

    Interview

    First was the phone interview - the person was grossly late calling at the scheduled time. The in-person interview breached on unethical questions and sexist generalizations. The company is primarily built on intermodal logistics and throwing darts at a moving target for their brokerage department.

    Interview Questions

    • no questions regarding skills - the person talked about themselves -   Answer Question
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Cornerstone Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Top Freight Brokerage Firms, Transport Topics, 2016
  • Who's Who in North American Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Armstrong & Associates, 2016
  • Top 100 Private Conpanies, Memphis Business Journal, 2016
  • Top 100 U.S. Domestic Transportation Management / Freight Brokers, Armstrong & Associates, 2015
  • Great Supply Chain Partner, SupplyChainBrain, 2016
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