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Groendyke Transport Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Really good company to work for (in 4 reviews)

  • The company is taking a very proactive stance in providing good equipment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Favorites among dispatch guys complain about their loads and they get the short easy ones and more of them (in 16 reviews)

  • Its absurd that this takes place with such a good company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Driver"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, pay is decent could be alot better.

    Cons

    Favortism is a huge problem with this company. Certain drivers come in and cry and complain about their loads and dispatchers will pull loads off other drivers and give to them. Insurance is way too exoensive for such a big company. New drivers come in get assigned trucks and weekends off because they have a family member that works there. Company only seems to promote dispatchers and in order for a driver to get promoted to safety or assistant terminal manger or higher you have to be here for 10 plus years. If you habe to wait at a rack for a long time the hourly pay sucks bad when other companys went to hourly to help their drivers during time of crisis. VACATION AND SICK DAYS you will not see these until your first year is up which is total crap. There are numerous companies that will give you vacation the day you gey hiried or it will kick in after 90 days.

    Advice to Management

    CHANGE its not the 1930 anymore we work to live we dont live to work. Change the vacation policy. Adress the problems with employees not your appointed board or talent office. As usual this will get the same reply as all the others on here and nothing wilm ever get done or addressed so I hope this helps someone not to come here.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Sep 21, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We really do appreciate hearing how our employees feel about the company, whether positive or negative. We also want to take action on their concerns. Some things... More


  2. "Dispatch Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Privately Held company w/401k match
    Good equipment
    Insurance discount for Health/Wellness participation

    Cons

    High turnover rate
    Poorly trained management @ conflict resolution
    Demoralizing attitude
    Higher than average insurance

    Advice to Management

    Step outside of the corporate mindset, and practice what you preach. Family/Vacation time IS important, difficult to take @ the terminal level due to staffing
    Include your people in changes, instead of springing it on them last minute
    Dont be so quick to terminate, because you dont like someones opinion

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We work very hard to supply our people with the best equipment and benefits options possible, so it’s nice to hear it’s appreciated. As for your concerns about... More

  3. "Very good company to work for. We're like a big family"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great bosses my wife was pregnant and I was able to make it to every doctors appointment. Nice equipment ,good trucks dispatch is awesome coworkers are great. They really care about you as a person not just another employee. Great pay quarterly safety bonus.

    Cons

    Benefits are a little high but that's to be expected now a days. Took away million mile safety banquets but will get a end of the year bonus instead

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Bring back the million mile banquets

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Aug 28, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    We appreciate the feedback. It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying working for Groendyke Transport. It’s good to know you feel at home and valued here. We will take your comments about the... More


  4. "Not all they make themselves out to be."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are the drivers and equipment. The drivers are professional. The driver instructors do their jobs well. The company is taking a very proactive stance in providing good equipment.

    Cons

    Non inclusive environment that causes a negative working experience. In addition, the equipment and software is too old to be of any proper assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Train your trainers how to train.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    Thanks for the candid feedback. It’s disappointing to hear that you felt excluded and inadequately trained during your time at Groendyke Transport. As a company, we pride ourselves on our inclusive... More


  5. "Great job to have in the city"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company is more like a family than just a job

    Cons

    I have not experienced any down side

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work here at GROENDYKE.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Jul 7, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    Great to here that you're enjoying your career with Groendyke Transport! If you ever have a question, suggestion or a concern, we're always looking to help and improve. Don't hesitate to contact your... More


  6. "truck driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport full-time

    Pros

    Haven't found any yet I thought it was big enough to keep you moving but I was wrong so I back looking

    Cons

    Poor dispatch they pay 52 cents a mile but no miles they don't care if you sit out and wait

    Advice to Management

    A driver comes to make money not to be told he will then leave him sit and that's why I will be moving on

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Aug 9, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with dispatch at your terminal. As a company, we work hard to ensure our drivers’ pay expectations are met, and it sounds like yours clearly aren’t. Before you... More


  7. "This place is a joke"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I get a paycheck every two weeks.

    Cons

    I have been here 15+ years and NOT ONCE have I ever been offered any kind of promotion. I barely get raises..then we have young punks that come to work here that get hired, then fired for a positive drug test, then re-hired then promoted;not once but TWICE! I have never in my life done drugs, I do my job to the best of my ability, and for what?? So I can sit here in the same position doing the exact same thing over and over again. I guess what matters is how much butt you are willing to kiss around here.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize ALL your employees and stop treating certain departments like the scum of the company.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Aug 4, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    Thank you for your 15+ years of service to Groendyke Transport, as well as your candid feedback. At Groendyke Transport, we have policies and procedures in place to protect our most valuable asset... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Love the work,most of the people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good tractors, trailers are being replaced slowly but most are in good shape just old. Most of the the people are great to work with. Mostly great shippers and receivers . Home time when you want it with advanced notice

    Cons

    65 mph trucks,Collison Warning System. Lane Management System, speed gauge. Micromanaging

    Advice to Management

    You tell us we're the best drivers in the business then you turn around and buy trucks with all this so called safety management systems on them. So I guess we're not the best in the business. Speed limits are 70 to 80 mph and we're stuck at 65. We can't get out of our own way non the less get around someone going slower. With the aggressive nature of drivers nowadays we will slow someone up just enough to to have someone shot one of these days. Just sayin'

    Groendyke Transport Response

    May 4, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    It’s great to here that you’re enjoying working here at Groendyke Transport. We appreciate your loyalty to the company. I also notice you have some concerns with the safety equipment on many of our... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Driver Beware"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driver
    Former Employee - Driver
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groendyke Transport full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Adaquate amenities at terminal. Good tractors for the most part. Trailers can leave a bit to be desired. The shop and mechanics were some of the best I've been around and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    That sick feeling in your stomach when you're hit with the truth that the company you work for isn't exactly what they portray themselves to be.
     Pay is well below average in comparison to the competiton in this area. Benefits are expensive. There are better plans out there from competitor insurance companies at a significant lower cost to your employees. BCBS is a group of many independent agencies so the specs and cost of care vary on the company servicing your area. And isn't the entire company covered by BCBS of Oklahoma? As much as I love Oklahoma, it is traditionally always in the bottom quartile in health care. Coming in at the 47th spot in national rankings last time I checked.
      I won't paint the entire management at Groendyke with the same broad brush, but the majority of managers I worked with have not only drank the red kool-aid, they've been baptized in it. Unfortunately, i came to expect lip service and half truths as the norm. If you come to work here, keep records of everything and always always always follow up.

    Advice to Management

    "Drivers are a dime a dozen." I overheard the regional manager in charge of the area chime in with this sentence during a conversation. It was at this point I decided I had seen enough and was time to move on. This, among other incidents and actions, were a direct contradiction to what Groendyke portrayed itself to be. This individual, before any TM, ATM, or OC is the primary representative of the corporate office in our area. Is this a direct reflection of the feelings and attitude of Enid execs? Please understand, your drivers aren't stupid. We are well aware and watch what management is, and more importantly, isn't doing/saying. And trust me, we remember.
    Please take care of your drivers. Remember, they have a choice of where they work. Most are highly employable and much of your competition is working very hard to bring good drivers (YOUR drivers) on board with them. If Groendyke drivers are the "best in the industry" then pay them the money "the best" deserve, don't just give them a nice, little title.
    Please not only train your management, but continue to aggressively develop them. Instill in them that integrity and honesty with their employees is ALWAYS the right answer. Their people won't always like what they hear but will respect them for being straight and upfront. I really wanted to like Groendyke, but the vast disconnect between subordinate and management was simply no longer worth the hassle or effort.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    May 15, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    We appreciate the feedback, and we’d like to clear the air on some misconceptions regarding Groendyke Transport’s benefits. Simply put, facts consistently show our benefits are among the best in the... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groendyke Transport full-time

    Pros

    401 k match
    Decent insurance rates and coverage.
    Paid vacation
    If your military you have it made.
    Alcohol at the lodge meetings
    All is good when they want something from you.
    Work in the bigger cities you get new equipment.

    Cons

    Old school attitude.
    Good boy club - golden children is common practice.
    Hr does not work with management well.
    There is a lot of yes men in the company.
    Lots of drama can be stirred up when you don't cower down to the Enid office.
    Everyone wants a important title - Vice President of __________.
    Small terminal older equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach in meetings - the company is in the people business. And listen to your people. Managment has a closed door policy as old school as they come( We have done it this way forever is why) attitude often the drag your feet in fear of failure and fail because you didn't make a move.

    Groendyke Transport Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Communications and Brand Development Manager

    We’re sorry to hear you had a difficult experience as an employee. While we acknowledge our business is not a fit for everyone, we take great pride in providing a work environment and culture that... More


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