Originally Posted by ningi
I drove for Werner for a total of 7.5 mos as a team driver. We were a high mileage team, that rarely asked for time off before 10wks on the road none stop. Our thanks for running so continously? Having our truck ordered to stop at an unauthorized fuel stop for otr trucks, the truck "Stolen", then recovered 2hrs later on Werner Property by Charlotte NC PD. Ordered by werner to complete delivery in atlanta ga, than ordered to werner yd in atlanta ga, then fired, ordered off property, and have been unable to gain re-employment with any transportation company since. DAC reports NOT DRIVER PREVENTABLE, and werner tried to convince CHPD that it was a horrible mistake, the company was only recovering a truck from the fuel stop....Recover my a--, the "Recovered Truck" wasn't even the same type, color, vin#, MDOT# or TR#, plus it was a bobtail. Ours was still in the fuel pullup lane...with a LIVE BORDER DHL LD!!! on the ATTACHED TRLR!
Good luck with the company, cann't tell you how many drivers you are going to meet that werner FIRED, then rehired due the drivers not being able to get work anywhere else, except at a company that denigriates it's employees who operate the vehicles. Get used to your delivery directions in NY and NJ or anywhere else for that matter, NOT EVEN BEING UP TO DATE OR ACCURATE!!!! and Heaven forbid! you should find 6 streets off of a main street next to the atlanta airport with the same name, and the street you need, doesn't even have the proper name showing until you terrify the airport with driving past the rear takeoff fence. Heaven forbid, you should find more than 1 street in the same area with the same for any of your deliveries! Good luck with the paperless log system as well. Don't breath on the QC, pray the wind doesn't blow, and most of all, don't rock the boat climbing in or out, otherwise you will violate yourself/or logs will do it for you to the point you lose your job.
Once again, have fun with an improperly run company. Safety should have been replaced long before. The DOT needs to pull it's head out of Werner's log departments rear, and truly investigate the companies mismanagement issues from the logs on up.
Feeling you there.
I drove for all of 6 months, including training which was extended an additional month beyond the original 2 months because we were literally parked here and there waiting for freight.
Now I will own up to the fact I'm not the easiest guy to train and in fact there were a couple of incidents that would have gotten me instantly canned. But I thank my trainer for his patience (He was my first trainer and had a very dim view of Werner and its policies). He gave me a chance to redeem myself which I did.
Fast forward to almost 4 months later when he had to turn in his truck. We parted ways and I sat in the Omaha terminal for 2 days before I was assigned my second and final trainer.
I was paired with one who had a dedicated route for Dollar General. Talk about some hard work!
I was with that trainer for about 6 weeks and man did we have some adventures. Horrendous weather, weigh station inspections, getting lost, and a slew of other problems but I learned a lot--least of all being the knack to get to any place on the map no matter how obscure and hidden it is.
One of those adventures included me backing us into a ditch in the dead of night (after I got us lost). We had to be towed out.
So... fast forward again to when I finally graduate and get assigned my own truck, a short nose Pete.
At first I am assigned a couple local runs inside of Omaha--which is weirdly laid out. On my last trip there, I went the wrong direction, made a left into a wide privately owned drive way (mistook it for an actual street) to turn around. No problem, I got lucky in that it was wide enough to pull into, turn and come back out to make a right.
Unfortunately this happened not too far from the terminal and I was spotted. What makes it worse is from the angle I was spotted it looked like I had made a U-turn which is against company policy.
So my first trip out of the city I get a call from safety asking me what happened. I told them and they said okay and that was the end of it. Or so I thought.
Now I am due for some serious hometime and they were supposed to be routing me towards CA where I live, but all I get are deliveries going from north to south and one going east with a few false ones to CA that were pulled because of re-evalution or some such.
Finally I get a delivery that sticks and takes me to almost within stone's throw of where I live. There is a scheduling problem with the delivery and I wind up 24 hours down waiting to be unloaded. Then I get a quack message that I need to bring the truck in for PM.
A bell went off in my head. I just got the truck so shouldn't it already have been through that? But I didn't think much of it. After delivery I'm supposed to take it to the Fontana terminal and get scheduled. Plan was for me to be set-up for it at the nearby TA the next morning. Okay, cool, I can relax there before I get to go home.
Well... computer glitch, the mechanics cant schedule me so I sit at the terminal overnight. Go into the shop and they tell me everything is cool and to go on over. So I hop in the truck, hit the gate, and the guard stops me there as I check out.
"You're on lockdown," she says.
"Yeah, Safety wants to see you."
So I'm thinking oh, it must be for the little mishap I had at a consigninee back in Omaha (too embarrassing to repeat here--lol)
So after cooling my heels behind 3 other guys, an hour later I'm called in.
And told, "You made a U-turn. you're fired."
I'm like, "What? That was not a U-turn, I pulled into private property (Maybe pissing off the owners, but hey I was green and stuff happens)
But no, he says I was seen making a U-turn and that I'm fired--no appeal process or nothing, almost 2 weeks after it happened.
I think something else was going on because if it was an issue how come they dint pull me in right away and terminate me? If it was because they needed to investigate, the spot where it happened was only a couple blocks from the terminal. A day.. 2 tops and then pull me in and fire me.
But after I've made a number of deliveries? I wasn't a safety hazard?
I'd been hearing stories of a whole slew of drivers being terminated from Werner and that they were only running teams.
My mistake was that I let them walk me out. Not only that, walk me out without being given anything in writing. Chalk that up to inexperience.
But I think it cost me my career as a driver because now with a couple of dings on my DAC (that I know about), the economy and the fact I got terminated, nobody will touch me...
So the moral of this sad story is: if you do start working for Werner, watch your back.
What makes it so bad is after struggling through training, I finally actually get it, and get decent at it. I was never late no matter where they sent me and in the short time I ws solo, actually got pretty good at trucking.