I have been driving with Heartland for two months and I will give you the good and the bad.
>High advertised pay rate
>You get to drop and hook alot
>They will fire you for having any inverter or linear such as a fridge that plugs into your 12v accessory outlet.
>The advertised pay rate is based on household movers miles which has a higher variance than randmcnally. My current average is 13% of miles I drive vs what I get paid. If you run 100k miles a year with them 13k will be for free.
>I have never been to prison but I think they would have better shower facilities than Heartland. This is true for all terminals I have been to. I can't testify for the Iowa terminal because that's the only one I haven't been to.
>You don't set your hometime they do. You could be 25 miles from the house, have been out 2 weeks, and they will make you wait to go home.
>Your only going to average 1800-2000 miles a week. This wouldn't be so bad if you were being paid on practicle miles but your not.
>You will be sitting alot and have to pull teeth to get lay over pay.
>Driver grievances are readily available conversation in any lounge you go in. The main complaint isn't miles or pay. The problems I hear drivers talking about is the lack of support and their concerns are dismissed over home time issues. Many of them feel the company doesn't care.
>I met a driver at a truckstop and he said he applied but they wouldn't take him because he was fat. I thought yeah right but then I realized. They don't send you on a physical. You're required to have your dot card and long form. Before you can even go to orientation (which your not paid for) you have to send the long form to the recruiter. I then realized the long form has your hieght and wieght. I haven't seen an overwieght person at heartland since I've been there. His claim could be truthful.
>I left a company I was with for 5 years because I thought I would be giving myself a .07cpm pay raise. You would think since Heartland only hires experienced drivers with perfect driving records they would make as much an effort trying to keep drivers as they do with recruiting them. Coming onto Heartland was a mistake.
I just wish companies would start to understand we sacrifice time away from our families to promote thier brand. We don't expect special treatment but we do expect fair treatment. If anyone knows of a truly exceptional company please let me know.
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