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Updated Aug 19, 2019

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3.4
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Roehl Transport CEO Rick Roehl
Rick Roehl
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  • "Dispatch will call you during your sleeper time to put loads on you, despite if you're awake enough to take the loads or not(in 25 reviews)

  • "Fleet managers having managerial discretion when they are not actual managers(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to get your foot in the door of a career in trucking"

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    Current Employee - Driver Trainer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Help you get your cdl and pays you while you train. Dispatch is helpful and will try to get you as many miles as you can. Safety oriented company Best hometime options that I've been able to find Good van and reefer owner operator lease program Good equipment most trucks and trailers are under 4 years old. Maintenance takes care of your truck. If you're a good driver and not hitting anything dispatch and... safety leaves you alone Trucks have APUs or have EPUs. Fridges allowed in trucks. (Have to bring own)

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    Cons

    Flatbed owner op program needs a overhaul. Safety department can be quick to pull the trigger but if you cover yourself you will be fine. Cameras in trucks.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul flatbed owner op program.

    Roehl Transport2019-08-19
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Get your CDL program good, that's it."

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    Current Employee - Class A Truck Driver in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The training is A+ they really want you to succeed your first 3 months. You can move to any fleet without much trouble. You can get .11 CPM tax free. Benefits aren't bad.

    Cons

    Dispatch will call you during your sleeper time to put loads on you, despite if you're awake enough to take the loads or not. Your dispatcher is not your friend and will only want the loads to get there so they can get the bonuses for early delivery. We dont get anything for that stuff. Just get your CDL A and start looking for other companies. Not enough pay for the stress they put you through.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your drivers health and wellbeing and actually stand up for them when things go south. We are out on the road away from our families for long periods of times, receiving compassion goes a long way in making sure we are successful.

    Roehl Transport2019-07-30
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical"

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    Current Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Marshfield, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The phase 1 training, out of the Appleton, WI terminal, was great. Felt prepared, informed, and passed my CDL. My OTR trainer, in phase 2, also an excellent experience.

    Cons

    Phase 2 training has you out on the road for a minimum of 19 days. I was fortunate to be matched with a knowledgeable, and conscientious, trainer. Sadly, the trainer and the actual work of driving, and visiting customers, were the only bright spots. Training was a harried experience at the beginning, because dispatch scheduled us as a team, instead of trainer/trainee. That meant more than a week of 16 + hour days.... My trainer was finally able to wind down the length of the days, but we were still given dispatches with impossible timelines, that would guarantee a domino affect of late arrivals. A lesson to learn in this business, if you’re late for an appointment, you will not receive detention pay when the client retains you over two hours. At the end of phase 2, while coordinating my transition to a solo driver, I was explicitly asked to lie. Roehl does not practice the ethical guidelines they’ve listed in their Driver Reference Guide.

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    Advice to Management

    You will not retain quality talent if my experience is the standard at Roehl.

    Roehl Transport2019-07-11
  4. Helpful (16)

    "AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS. HERE'S WHY..."

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    Former Employee - Regional Driver in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roehl Transport full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Driver orientation is the only legitimate point regarding this company. But it comes with an unjustified and potentially damaging cost.

    Cons

    Fleet managers having managerial discretion when they are not actual managers. They are dispatchers and are not part of the hiring process and should not be a liaison to Human Resources, acting as an alternative to such, or any other departments within the company. Since everyone in dispatch are classified as managers, there are no supervisors or HR reps at any of the terminal locations. PLEASE NOTE: This... Company participates in predatory practices in the form of their debt contractual agreements used in the hiring process of new employees and apply this practice to their orientation class. DO NOT SIGN THESE CONTRACTS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!! Once you sign you are automatically in debt to Roehl, and they can terminate you without cause, especially if they deem you an unfavorable employee. They WILL draft your final paycheck immediately following termination. From recruiters to dispatchers, the employees at this company will lie to you about everything, and are not forthcoming and transparent. They will also interfere with your pay, delay detention pay, dishonor home time requests, and subject you to unprovoked hostility, intentionally poor communication interactions and hostile work environment because they know they have you on the hook with a contract. This is in part how they make their money. They will sell the so-called debt contract to a collections agency. They will also alter your HOS, force loads regardless of safety concerns, AND WILL USE HIRERIGHT AS A REVENGE TACTIC FOR ALL TERMINATED EMPLOYEES. This company also engages in coercion, which is a federal violation of FMCSA.

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    Advice to Management

    You are the very reason why there is a driver shortage. You ignore treating drivers as actual employees and do not apply federal labor laws and/or rights to them. Instead you view them as contractual obligations. ALL of your employees should have access to Human Resources reps on site, but they don't. You blatantly engage in a greedy predatory practice of willfully and unjustly applying $7000 of phantom debts to new... employees for a one week new hire orientation. Absolutely ridiculous!! Who charges newly hired employees for orientation??? You are the ONLY so-called company do such a despicable thing. Consciously using Hireright to ruin and damage all employees terminated in an effort to suppress and render subjects inability for employment makes you THE worst company doing business. You should be investigated, audited and shut down

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    Roehl Transport2019-02-28
  5. Helpful (18)

    "once was, no more"

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    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roehl Transport full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Trucks are maintained for the most part.

    Cons

    1. trucks are maintained, with the exception of heat. once ran 3 weeks in the dead of winter with no bunk heat. wasn't fixed until 500+ dollars of fuel went to waste by idling the truck to use cab heat overnight. ran in a different truck with the same issue except with ac in the summer down south. 2. "No forced-dispatch -ish" : meaning they don't force you to run the load or run at all. but if you don't want to... run, you don't have to, you just can't stay in the truck and will be resigning from your position. 3. Hometime - go OTR national and earn an average of 1 day off per 6 days out on the road. stay out for 2 months and request a load to get you home and you will be sent the opposite direction. not once. not twice. but many consecutive times your request will be made lower priority than ANYTHING in the company. 4. Average load vs. Average pay : average load for OTR national fleet driver is around 350-400 miles. *** "Average pay for OTR drivers(directly quoted from their fleet operations manager) is about $16.50 per hour after all numbers are accounted for." *** drove for them for 18 months, averaged $10.50 per hour over the duration of my employment with them. 5. Safety department. The company "cares" about safety, but will argue to no end with you about their sly attempts at altering and syncing logs from the office to the truck while you sleep. They will break 14-hour clock laws and regulations in order to succeed a sale, meaning the driver will work (off clock) to ensure the load is complete before going to sleep for the night, and will still be expected to but up 'n at 'em 10 hours after the end of their 14 clock(give or take 15 minutes for restroom, changing, and coffee in the morning) - which boils down to the driver getting 4 hours of sleep and referring to #2 in this description. 6. Efficiency: the company completely ignores the driver's natural ability to be the most efficient person at their job. you WILL run THROUGH chicago during rush hour, reguardless of the availability of routes around. you will NOT shutdown early outside of chicago to avoid the rush hour waste of hos(hours of service), reguardless of your 14 clock only having an hour remaining. 7. Hours of service resets(34 hour reset) are pretty strictly avoided. You WILL wait 32 hours for a load during an industry slump in the middle of nowhere with no wifi, and 2 hours before getting a fresh 70 clock you WILL take a 50 mile load to keep moving and making money, reguardless of only getting an hour back for the following day. How's that for the "Safe Seven" Roehl? Onward, it's a good company to give your heart and soul to if you never expect a return. Not a good, not even a mediocre company, if you plan for career progression, or basic human understanding. Contracts for schooling, a job, a truck purchase, or even a retirement account can and WILL be held and if broken, the company(Roehl) will obtain every cent possible back from you, even earned wages.

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    Advice to Management

    Revert back to Roehl circa 2014 before the change in management completely destroyed the company and it's career focused drivers. Make the DRIVER the top priority again, reguardless of cost. **If you don't sacrifice for what you want(quality drivers), then what you want becomes the sacrifice.**

    Roehl Transport2017-12-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Truck Driver"

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    Current Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Gary, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good hometime and safe company

    Cons

    Dispatch leaves you hanging and a lot of pay discrepancies. Keep an eye on your pay stubs.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your experienced drivers better.

    Roehl Transport2017-10-23
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Driver oriented company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very driver oriented. I've been here 10 years, I've been OTR, I've been local. I've always been treated with respect. I had problems with one dispatcher, Roehl made it right.

    Cons

    Pay raises are hard to come by. As a local, don't expect one. The one place that irritates me is pay. Yes, I get paid well, but we should be getting annual reviews and raises. OTR, regional, dedicated are offered raises based on preformance, however the catch is amount of loads and miles. Drivers can't control that. Some dispatchers along with the owners love to micro manage. Roehl is taking full advantage of... technology.

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    Advice to Management

    The micro managing in most cases is unnecessary. The lane mitigation, unnecessary. Adaptive cruise control, unnecessary. All this waste could go to higher wages and bugger bonuses or larger profit sharing.

    Roehl Transport2017-06-25
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Choice"

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    Former Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roehl Transport full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    New equipment Freightliners and Internationals

    Cons

    Terrible dispatch and fuel and routing solutions. Slow to pay missing trips. they go through driver managers like i go through socks. No home time and forced dispatch.

    Advice to Management

    Run your drivers like owner ops. We know how to get places dont need a computer with crappy routing.

    Roehl Transport2017-06-06
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Awful experience"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Madison, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roehl Transport full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good training company. My advice to new drivers is work for this company and then get out. They will treat you like crap if you work for them more than a year. They want you to resign because they get money from the Government for training drivers. So if you resign then they have an excuse to bring in new drivers. They will deliberately make your life miserable so that you hurry up and quit and open up a space... for a new driver.

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    Cons

    Terrible, belligerent, ignorant, and lying dispatchers out of the Gary terminal. Making $300/week. Bad directions in the Qualcomm. The management treats the drivers like crap and sees that they get paid crap. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the drivers with respect, and insure they get paid decently, and see that they get some decent benefits.

    Roehl Transport2017-04-22
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Driver"

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    Former Employee - TX Regional Driver in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roehl Transport full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mike & James at Grand Prairie. Equipment as it relates to the Trucks. Being assinged your own truck.

    Cons

    Fleet Mgrs, dispatchers. Not getting you home as stated. Force trips out of your area. Was a TX Reginal driver, was force to take runs to Green bay Wi, Chicago Il, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Force runs, even though you didn't have the hours, so you end up sitting hrs/ days under load. Numerious runs with unreasonable delivery times, even recived runs with pickup times where in 2 hrs, which was 2hrs... away, but was still under load from the last pickup, which hadn't even delivered. Would tell fleet mgr of the time, No way to make the appointment time. They tell you don't worry, they will get the time change. You finally get to the customer, only for them to tell you your late, they never got the change, so you have to wait. Force routes, they tell you which routes to take. Even when you have a better route, taking the major hwys vs going through back roads, which takes you longer. Too many sitting and waiting for loads. Arrived 2 hrs early for schedule to pk up, ended up waiting 24 hrs for it. Very very poor pay, at lest with the TX Reginal runs. One run added up to making about $6.00 an hr.

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    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your drivers and asst them when they have family issues. No force runs outside their contract agreement with you. Hold Fleet Mgrs and dispatchers accountable for bad runs, drivers late due to unreasonable appointment times. You can not make an appointment which is in a few hrs, and your still a half day out. Pay your drivers for waiting automatically. They shouldn't have to request it. Show that... you care and pay them.

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    Roehl Transport2017-03-21
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