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Challenger Motor Freight Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "Overall good place!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AZ Driver (Toyota Run)
    Former Employee - AZ Driver (Toyota Run)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Motor Freight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training program of about 6 weeks (but comes with 1 year contract). Provide you training throughout the year and keep you updated with the latest laws. Fleet is good - give you new trucks or less than 2 years old to drive. Company deals with mostly long haul and local work is usually given on seniority basis. Would recommend beginners to drive in-team for first few months. Safety department is great. Have 24 hrs in-house mechanic shop. This place is for professional drivers. Very respectful environment.

    Cons

    Pay is just fine but you get quality. Good loads (less stops) are given based on seniority basis.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not stable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Motor Freight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work as the people are nice.

    Cons

    Not stable as was layed off with 50 other employees. No career growth. You are pigeon holed into what you were hired for.

    Advice to Management

    Next time, make sure you lay off the people that don't deserve to be there instead of the ones that worked hard for the drivers and the company. Your left with attendance and attitude problems so good luck with that.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Driver Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Driver Manager in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Driver Manager in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Motor Freight full-time

    Pros

    Nice office building, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    Drivers are number one, administrative are just numbers

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  4. "Truck Driver"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Challenger Motor Freight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of...unless being a slave appeals to you.

    Cons

    Really low pay. I still qualify for Welfare top-up every month even though I work full time and am away from home three nights a week. In four years of employment here...I have received only one raise of $.01 over two years ago. Drivers are consistently disrespected, are only a number...and "meat in the seat". "State of the Art Facilities"???? That's a joke!!! Favouritism runs rampant in this company. I have worked here for a little over four years and have gone through my paces to recently obtained day runs...only to be told I'm now at the bottom of the seniority list and have to do the crap runs again. I'm done being treated like Challenger's personal whipping boy. I didn't sign up for the poop they're shovelling these days. Time to find a job where I'll be treated like a human being and where
     I will be paid what I'm worth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating drivers like slaves and start realizing that you wouldn't have an Ivory Tower and your ample pay checks without them.


  5. "Happy Now"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger Motor Freight full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Finally have a dedicated run.

    Cons

    Kind of low on the pay scale but money isn't everything.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your drivers. We are the backbone of this company.


  6. "Long Haul truck driver"

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    Current Employee - Long Haul Truck Driver in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Long Haul Truck Driver in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger Motor Freight (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company offers great training when you start to get you safely on the road, Salary is good and there is plenty of work. Salaries vary by how often you want to work, can easily make over $60,000 . There is great support structure so you never fear being stranded on the road. Show me another big trucking company willing to take on an older guy with no experience and new Class ! licence train hi m and get him on the road safely. I owe them a lot

    Cons

    truckers always have complaints about dispatch but overall the company is always willing to help out in any situation and if you need time they have always been able to accommodate

    Advice to Management

    just keep doing it the way you are. It is a company I am proud to say I work for.

    Challenger Motor Freight Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Human Resources - Corporate Recruitment

    Thank you for the Feedback - and thank you for everything you do out there on the road day in and day out. It's professional drivers like you that make Challenger such a great place to work! Keep... More


  7. "Shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Motor Freight full-time

    Pros

    Team leaders and management in shop were great and easy to get along with.
    Very well managed and kind environment where they care about the employees.

    Cons

    When on weekend nights it was a difficult shift because of how slow it was. Hard to concentrate without much to do.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a great job. Just remember that you wouldn't be there without the people under you and don't let your position get to your head. Keep your feet on the ground and the company will continue to succeed.

    Challenger Motor Freight Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Human Resources - Corporate Recruitment

    Thank you for your feedback. Challenger goes to great lengths to ensure we foster a positive workplace environment. You are right, weekend night shift can be a slower shift, however as you know we... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger Motor Freight (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenger is by far is the best company that I have ever worked for. I have been in the office for 3.5 years now, and have enjoyed every single day. The working conditions are stellar as we work in a state of the art facility. The management teams are fair and genuinely care about the employees. We are a people first culture and management lives and breathes this culture. I plan on continuing my career here for many, may years to come!

    Cons

    The cafeteria brownies are too big - no really, they are huge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the absolutely FANTASTIC job!

    Challenger Motor Freight Response

    Sep 15, 2016 – Human Resources - Corporate Recruitment

    Thank you for your feedback. Challenger is pleased that our company value of putting our People First is apparent to our employees. Our managers have gone through extensive and continuous training... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CMF"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Company Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Company Driver in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger Motor Freight full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Newer equipment, acceptable maintenance standards plenty of work even in slower times. Overall they are a solid company to work for and if you are will to work at least as a driver you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Lots of chiefs attempting to manage the self organizing indians that usually have a better handle on the situation. Despite a number of efforts employee pay, commitment and communication still lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring managers to managers. The current structure is bloated and the messages from top to bottom get white washed in the grand middle were the only things getting done are trying not to get fired and playing cya games to not get fired. If you really went and looked what most of the middle did you would find that most of them are doing nothing a lot of the time other then busy work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Absolute "NO" value in employees!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langley, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langley, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Newer equipment, and minimal lay overs if you suck up enough!

    Cons

    Poor dispatch, for getting a pitiful $0.35 an hour and you wait and wait and wait. They test you every year to make sure you are being a "proper" driver, when the clowns testing you don't do their do diligence. They may seem reputable with all their advertising, but if you take a critical look it is no different than slave labour. Look who their hire women and immigrants. Don't get me wrong, but that is the demographic to exploit!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect, because if you haven't noticed at the end of the day they keep you employed!


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