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Landstar Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  • 70% of their freight never makes it to the load board -- agents hoard the good freight for their trucks or favorite drivers (in 5 reviews)

  • Low Pay, care more about Agents than employees and BCOs (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Well managed, but kind of a grind"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Landstar full-time

    Pros

    Management was fantastic. I was a freight broker in an office of about 12 people, and my manager was extremely competent and genuinely wanted to help the team succeed. He'd bring in successful brokers from around the company to coach us and field questions. We were regularly invited to 1-on-1 lunches with the branch's GM, where he'd ask us how it was going and if there was anything that he could do to make our work easier.

    Cons

    Freight brokering is just, overall, a monotonous and disappointment-intensive field. That being said, the only real cons at Landstar (for me) had to do with the industry itself and not the company or the management.

    Advice to Management

    I think there is a huge opportunity to be an industry leader in technology that a larger corporation with lots of resources (like Landstar) could easily pounce on. For example, we still relied on faxes for sending rate confirmations and checked carriers' insurance / DOT status with an awkward & outdated system. It would make the entire company more effective to streamline these processes using modern practices and would help to position Landstar as a true leader in the industry.


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good. The work environment was pretty casual .

    Cons

    the work environment was sometimes too casual and it felt more like a high school setting.

    Advice to Management

    be more involved in whats going on with your employees within the departments. don't let them get too off track.

  3. "Dependable but cheap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very steady company
    lots of tenure of current employees
    Dont do layoffs
    good culture and for the most part good people

    Cons

    lots of tenure leads to no upward mobility
    stale talent needs to go
    very poor pay leads to weak hiring pool and weak talent

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the problem employees and get rid of them. It's way to hard to get fired and lots of people know that and take advantage of it


  4. "50% luck 50% people skills and patience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Landstar full-time

    Pros

    The sky is the limit with income potential as long as you are willing to put in a LOT of effort and time and are not dissuaded by multiple "nos" in sales. I have been working for Landstar for nearly 3 years and my second year i grossed $48,900 ... and in this part of AR that is an awesome salary for non-professionals.

    Cons

    Anything can happen ... and does... Contract didctates that you cannot work in a similar capacity for 10 years after working if you quit. Management can be harsh and the training is ... marginal at best. Like many jobs.. there is training and then there is real life.

    Advice to Management

    Transformational leadership. If you tell a person they are doing well and can or if you tell them they are doing poorly .... you are probably setting the pace for the rest of their career. Teach, encourage, comfort.... can work wonders for increasing loyalty and effort. If you want respect, give it.


  5. "Depends on your agency - Jansson LLC"

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    Former Employee - Lead Generator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Generator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Landstar part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. It was a waste time.

    Cons

    At Jansson LLC the work is very repetitive. They tell you there is room for growth but will not give you any other opportunities. Wants you to stick around and then takes all your leads and funnels them to their sales executives.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to employees about what they will be doing. Train your employees. Communicate with your employees.


  6. "Sales Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Landstar full-time

    Pros

    potential for great pay, good people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of calls


  7. "Dispatrcher"

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

    I have been working at Landstar full-time

    Pros

    Cash potential, great place for

    Cons

    early grinf for the early birds

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Only Landstar makes the money while you'll get pennies:("

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    Former Employee - BCO in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - BCO in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Landstar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only reason anyone wants on their own is freedom. Your freedom comes with a high price with this company:(

    Cons

    Agents lie and cheat the drivers. 70% of their freight never makes it to the load board -- agents hoard the good freight for their trucks or favorite drivers. Landstar charges you fees up the wazoo -- they nickel and dime you for everything. Landstar acts like god when enacting new rules on their whims:( I was here 16 years and wouldn't look at these people again! Actually, I wouldn't be an O/O again because the agents make the money:( I pulled one load that was double brokered. It wasn't paying me great -- about $1400 before Landstar took their cut. I found out how much the load actually paid. That 1st broker took $1000 for what -- making a few phone calls. The system is rigged against the honest person:(

    Advice to Management

    ALL BCOs should have equal opportunity for all freight! Lower the oppressive fees and percentages. Put more back in the hands of drivers. Reward drivers for longevity by increasing their percentage. Get rid of crooked agents!


  9. "Family issues"

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    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Landstar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the fast paced environment

    Cons

    Too much family in the office


  10. "Modern Day Sweat Shop"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You receive a small check twice a month

    Cons

    The management has no clue how to run a logistics company or how to create an environment conducive to high employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Give up because you do NOT know how to treat people


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