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Covenant Transportation Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Covenant Transportation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Parker
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Pros
  • Good company for students or newbies though (in 6 reviews)

  • Lower management and coworkers are great and willing to help (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not to mention, the title as a Fleet Manager might as well be "Glorified Secretary (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work life balance - even when you're at home, you're focused on work due to the stress level (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "it's just a job..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covenant Transportation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great co-workers, fast paced, rewarding in a sense.

    Cons

    management is unprofessional, family life:work ratio sucks, work weekends, micro-management of employees with seniority, too much "training" that doesn't train on anything helpful or new; drivers are allowed to treat fleet managers like crap without ANY discipline.

    Advice to Management

    stop treating people like they are dead to you all if they miss a day of work or need your help. If they do not agree with you, that is their right! you cannot retaliate in anger because someone hurt your feelings or proved you wrong. GROW UP!!! Send management to a training seminar of some sort, might do them some good.


  2. "If you like living at terminals and drop yards this is the company for you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Team Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Covenant Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a 1000.00 guarantee

    Cons

    Sit in drop yard for two days
    Sit at terminal for two days
    Pulled loads for other drivers took to drop yard
    If you want to run local miles this is the company for you
    Ned teams to run solo runs so they never run out of time


  3. Helpful (2)

    "OTR Truck Driver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Covenant Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Good company for newbies...recent grads.

    Cons

    Empty promises, lots of sitting, lack of communication. Costantly having to chase payroll to correct paycheck only to deal with attitude and no sense or urgency. Lost out on a ton of money because you get tired of dealing with the attitudes. $1000 a week guaranteed pay is a crock.

    Advice to Management

    Considering your truck drivers are the ones who really sacrifice their families for this company....hire fleet managers who give a dann about their workers


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  5. "Grrat OTR company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver in Pomona, CA
    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver in Pomona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covenant Transportation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They truly respect their drivers and work hard at keeping them rolling.

    Cons

    Too much time away from home for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Covenant transportation is not as great as they make themselves sound, but they are ok."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cdl Class A Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Cdl Class A Driver in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work if you dont mind being away from home for a month or more at a time.

    Cons

    They promise the moon and stars....they say that they really care for thier drivers....both seem to be half truths. But in the trucking industry they are actually pretty good. First of they say they have paid training. You go to the covenant training center in chattanooga tn. Stay in a c- former motel, they get you through training for a week. The "paid" training is actually a $100 advance on your first paycheck. Then you get pared with a trainer for about a month. Then you come back for another week of "finishing school" where they teach you how to manuever through an obsticle coase. If you are expecting to make big money real fast you will be disappointed on how long it takes. But if you can get through all that then they are ok, the pay is ok, lots of time away from home and family is the biggest drawback.

    Advice to Management

    Don't call it paid training. Thats deceptive. For a company based and founded on christian principles i expected better than that. I was willing to do the work i needed to do and you expect honesty and integrity from me, you should be held to the same standard.


  7. "OTR Driver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driver in Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Driver in Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covenant Transportation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great in house staff, always on top of maintenance. Paycheck is fair

    Cons

    No mistakes to be found.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for a great employment relationship, very professional.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Hutchins, TX
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Hutchins, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covenant Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are none. This company is so messed up and finger pointing is rampant. Such a varce of saying they are a good company.

    Cons

    This company is a lie from day one. To think the founder supposedly made a covenant with God. Safety runs this outfit and they are not very good at doing their job. They hire many foreign drivers and the tail is not connected to the body. They beat you out of mileage as they pay post office to post office. Nights it is nearly impossible to get them to answer the phone. As a driver you are every week having to fight to get the mileage that you are owed. I choose this outfit for principles and they have none. Everyone including the drivers are always trying to blame someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to God David Parker your company is terrible. Somewhere long the way your company has gone to hell in the garbage. Fire all your safety department and start over. The lies in this outfit is terrible.


  9. "Covenant Transportation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Student Driver I in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Student Driver I in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covenant Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Will hire you straight out of school. You don't have to have a spotless driver's record.

    Cons

    They are deceiving when it come to your pay. Do not except per diem!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Review (Planners, Fleet Managers, Account Manager)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great starting pay, and at least starting in December 2016 they should start having to pay overtime for all the late nights and 10-11 weekends you have to work per year.
    - Lower management and coworkers are great and willing to help.
    - Enjoyed the fast paced atmosphere, while it can be stressful it is kept fun.
    - 6% 401 K match
    - 2 weeks paid vacation (No vacations allowed November- December)

    Cons

    - Bad work/life balance with daily work load, 10-11 weekends per year, and 1-2 holidays per year. (if there is snow you still need to show up to work, they pay for you to stay in nearby hotel)
    - Disconnect between upper management and people working in ops.
    - Unequal division of work, some people have time for multiple ping pong games, lunch, and still leave at 5pm while others are working straight through for 9-10 hours.
    - Employees are overworked and turnover is high, so there are poorly trained people training new employees.
    - Layoff or force long time employees to other positions.
    - Health insurance, I never used it but I heard it was terrible and the option is health savings plan.
    - Upper management is very vocal about religious and political beliefs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the turnover and the complaints from the people that are working their tail's off. Things need to change, building a break room is joke of a fix for the plethora of issues Covenant has on its hands.


  11. "Fleet manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary for recent college graduates, most coworkers are pretty cool, the VP over the whole floor is a great guy and helps out when he can, on site gym and workout classes 3 times a week, and open door policy.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, not much room to grow, dealing with unprofessional truck drivers on a daily basis, and workload can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, put more effort into deciding where each employee fits best in the company, BETTER TRAINING!



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