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Red Classic Transportation Services Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Exciting, Challenging, Fulfilling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A new company with an admirable team culture. Advancement opportunities. Good pay/benefits. Strong and capable leadership group.

    Cons

    Systems/technology/infrastructure lags behind competitors; will be addressed as company grows


  2. "Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Operations in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Classic Transportation Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast growing company. Great environment. Supportive leadership. Many opportunities. Part of a larger company backed by the Coca Cola brand.

    Cons

    Needs better systems. Still trying to create efficient processes. Sometimes the growth created confusion. Really no downside other than growing pains associated with rapid growth.

    Advice to Management

    Align growth to process and systems capabilities. Keep encouraging staff. Continue to invest in staff development.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Accounts Payable Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Classic Transportation Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company values and upper management

    Cons

    favortism amongst employees and management, lack of training

    Advice to Management

    Be more attentive to whats going on


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  5. "in trouble"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Red Classic Transportation Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    there is no pros to this company anymore

    Cons

    going down hill fast from where it started

    Advice to Management

    take a long hard look at your company and have a real sit down and listen to your drivers


  6. "Went from good to bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nite Road Driver in Bishopville, SC
    Former Employee - Nite Road Driver in Bishopville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Classic Transportation Services part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice equipment if your domiciled from a non end of the line location. Uniforms. Newer line haul trailers. Electronic logs.

    Cons

    Large turn over of supervisors and dispatch planners. Most new people hired to manage are inexperienced and when they begin to understand they get fired or quit. I had seven supervisors in four years. Ccbcc the parent company seems oblivious to the actions of their trucking company. Drivers work an average of two hours per trip for no pay.

    Advice to Management

    Rehire the former coca cola transport people. Some of the best people I have ever worked for. They may have been expensive but they cared about the company. The employees and customer service.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Going Downhill Fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendships I made during my time there.

    Cons

    The company is not what Coca Cola intended it to be. Discrimination is rampant especially where gender and pay are concerned. They DO NOT protect their employees. The department heads and human resources are a joke. Trust me they DO NOT work for the employees only for the department heads.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together


  8. Helpful (4)

    "What they won't tell you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None really.

    Unless you think the name of the company you work for (rather; the parent company for while you work for a wholly owned subsidiary) is worth more than better pay and better treatment.

    * free drinks if you enjoy company sponsored diabetes

    Cons

    Pay.
    Work/life balance.
    Management.
    Benefits.

    All they tell you is that they are the contract carrier for Coca-Cola. In fact, they are a wholly owned subsidiary. That being said, you can get more pay and better treatment somewhere else. Don't let name recognition of your employer have more value to you than personal and professional recognition and growth.

    For drivers:
    It is important to understand that you making money is secondary to the company making money. Yes, they have day runs. Yes, you are home every night (company driver). No, you will not work less than 14 hours. As the night time lead says, "Once you come in the door we've got you for 14 hours." YOU WILL work 14 hours a day and get paid mileage. Unfortunately you are not driving you full DOT drive time every day. You MIGHT get 250-300 miles, you will have 4-5 runs that are impossible to make (not because the load planners are incompetent; but because they have too many loads, not enough drivers, and not enough trailers...and upper management tells them to clear all loads from the load board where it is practical or not).

    If you have to make a stop you don't get paid for each stop and at each stop you give the company 30 minutes for free. Meaning, if you have 5 stops and stop 30 minutes each time you get paid $0 for waiting, $0 per stop, and gave the company 2 1/2 hours free because you only get paid mileage. Otherwise wait time is paid at $21/hour but it doesn't benefit you unless the wait is 4 hours or more (which happens sometimes) because you are not moving.

    As a driver your pay will be jacked up. It is on you to make sure that your runs are closed out properly in their electronic log (Rand McNally in trucks; TMW in the office). You get paid off the miles for the completed runs that show in TMW. However, if you have to go 30 miles out of your way to get a trailer you won't get the 60 miles round trip unless someone in the dispatch office adds the legs...which often times they don't because the folks in the dispatch office are the lowest paid members in the company. Many have no trucking/transportation/logistics experience so you will have people tell you to "bobcat home" because they are clueless about basic terminology. Additionally, if you are unable to close out your run in Rand McNally and you call dispatch and they "forget" to do it in TMW then you don't get paid for the entire run. Your pay is in the hands of those that are either good on the phone with transportation and logistics experience but cannot type or use a computer to adequately update information in a timely manner; or left up to those that tell you to "bobcat" home and sleep in the office while watching Sportscenter on ESPN.

    For non-drivers:
    For non-drivers the career opportunity is limited. If you check out the work profiles of most in management or senior management on LinkedIn they came from somewhere other than Coca-Cola/Red Classic.

    The career path for non-management is as follows...
    contractor/logistics administrator/paper pusher > assistant dispatcher > dispatcher > planner

    That's it. Unless you come from outside with trucking experience and management experience you won't be going anywhere. Good luck with an internal transfer anywhere meaningful. You are the lowest paid members of the company with the highest liability.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like real people. Just because DOT says a driver can work 14 hour days doesn't mean that you schedule them for 14 hours EVERY DAY.

    Hire people that actually know what they are doing and care about what they are doing. Quit hiring people for office work that either: have no practical transportation knowledge/experience, can't type, sleep in the office, or listen to ghetto music when they should be answering the phones

    Ultimately the company will survive no matter how many mistakes you make because having Coca-Cola support you is like having a rich uncle with endless money to throw at problems...but that doesn't mean that certain problems should ever exist.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough room for promotion.


  10. "Do not learn from their mistakes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Class A Driver in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Class A Driver in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright shiny red trucks, new trailers, great infrastructure as far as equipment goes. Nice uniforms, free drinks to stay hydrated for the long hours you will work.

    Cons

    So many to list. SNOOTY corporate management, that do not believe in review sites, even when you tell them the negative info that is lurking on the internet about them. Good management would KNOW that the internet can make or break a company these days.

    Military experience mean ZERO to this company, they will not accept your hard earned better than civilian experience from military service, so if you think it will be a leg up....NOPE...go elsewhere they don't want your experience...SAD SAD SAD.

    On boarding needs to be done , in part, by a driver so the new hires know EXACTLY what to expect and how things actually work. Having an office person tell a new driver how the job is going to be.... makes no sense, because they have NO idea what the job will be like.
    Military experience mean squat to these people, your experience from serving your country will not be a plus on your resume' here.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the 21st century.... KNOW your weakness' and act on them. SUPPORT former military veterans....they are an asset. Get trainers that LIKE to train new drivers. LISTEN to advice. ACT on advice and feedback.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Transport Driver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transport Driver in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Transport Driver in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great equipment, home daily, easy routes to deliver growth potential is possible if you want it best trucking company I have worked for and made a consistent pay check.

    Cons

    Dispatch system needs major do over, and need to have better training for new hires needs to have at least 2weeks to learn system.

    Advice to Management

    Make new planers learn more about what the drivers deal with on their daily routes so that they can can plan a realistic day for the driver and the same for the dispatch team. Get rid of the Rand Mcnally system and go with a better one.



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