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    Default SRT - Southern Referigated Transport

    Any one familiar with or worked for this company recently.

    Went back and read some of the old posts, not that many and
    they were either very postivie or very bad.

    Any current info ?

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    I last drove for them in January '07, what are looking for?

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    You drove for them for 1 month are have you drove for them since Jan '07.??

    Just tell me what your experience was with them .

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    I started with SRT as a brand new driver, and I left them in January. After about 4.5 months solo experience.

    With SRT you will be pulling both dry and reefer vans. Lower 48 plus Canada. They want you to have or get hazmat, but there are a number of drivers there that don't. It is forced dispatch. They were supposed to be starting direct deposit into checking/savings when I left (otherwise they use COMDATA).

    The dispatcher I had was good at getting me home when I asked. The only major time that I did not get home when I wanted to was not the dispatchers fault, but the failure of another driver to do his job.

    I'm assuming your an experienced driver, so I'm not going to say anything about the training program.

    They are a part of Covenant, but they stay pretty much out of your hair - unless you get involved in an accident or there is bad weather.

    There is only 1 terminal (Texarkana, AR), but several drop yards are used. You will also frequent the Covenant drop yards.

    There were very few times that I sat for more than 18 hours to wait for a load.

    Hope this helps.

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    I drove for them for 2 weeks. As a veteran driver I found they want to micro manage their fleet. Many qualcom messages that were needless for anyone with experience. Even though I was only there 2 weeks was charged $500 pet fee, they call deposit but is a fee as it is not refundable even with no damage. They say I owe them $100 and sent it to a collection agency.

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    How many miles did you guys get? I though about driving for not sure. Still thinking about it.

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    very rarely sat for more that 18 hours for a load???huh. i think i would not sit for 18 hours for a load...maybe in my living room watching tv and drinking a beer, but that is the only time.

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    So thats why Ive been seeing SRT trucks pulling Covenant reefers alot down here in california

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    Many times I would get my next load assignment as soon as I sent the macro saying I was either at my final destination or empty. The vast majority of times when I did have to wait, it was like on the order of less than 5 hours. The longest I had to wait was 18 hours.

    The reason why you see a bunch of Covenant trailers behind SRT tractors is because Covenant dropped their refrigerated division.

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    yet again another driver who knows it all. Driver you need to step back and look at something. You say all Covenant has dropped there refer Division. Well driver you are wrong. I have been there now for 6 months and have pulled 90% refer. They are 95% of there solo drivers to the newest company they bought "Star Transport, outta tenn" then they are also moving some solos to SRT. Covenant made a name for its self to its customers by providing top notch team freight relocation. Just wanted to let you know before you miss lead someone

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccmj_big_daddy
    yet again another driver who knows it all. Driver you need to step back and look at something. You say all Covenant has dropped there refer Division. Well driver you are wrong. I have been there now for 6 months and have pulled 90% refer. They are 95% of there solo drivers to the newest company they bought "Star Transport, outta tenn" then they are also moving some solos to SRT. Covenant made a name for its self to its customers by providing top notch team freight relocation. Just wanted to let you know before you miss lead someone
    Must be a recruiter.
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    No I am not. I am a driver who has been in meetings with alot of the higher ups.

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    Star transport used to be a good company. I feel sorry for the drivers now that Covenant has bought them. Not that any of them will stick around.
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    When I called and talked to a recruiter at SRT the first one told me that Covenant had nothing to do with them anymore and the 2nd recruiter said that Covenant owned 48% and that SRT was in the process of taking over Covenant's reefer division. But Covenant has SRT listed on their website as being one of their companies.

    Since I personally would not work for Covenant, I can add SRT to the long list of companies that I would not consider.

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    Just like every other company. there are many companies out there that have bad reps. I look at is as until I am done wrong I will not bash them.

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    The pay scale is a big negative. Sliding pay scales are not considered driver friendly.

    Then I was told by the recruiter at SRT that Covenant charges their drivers for using trip pak ????

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    Yeah they do a small fee of 1.35 a week. But I have not yet had to pay that. Not sure why but I am not bitching

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    Quote Originally Posted by kips41
    The pay scale is a big negative. Sliding pay scales are not considered driver friendly.

    Then I was told by the recruiter at SRT that Covenant charges their drivers for using trip pak ????
    What is the problem with sliding pay scales? Would you rather haul a 100 mile load for the same pay as a 1000 mile load?

    I would rather make extra money for those short runs.

    Getting charged to use trip pack, transflo etc, especially as a company driver is a load of BS.
    Finding the right trucking company is like finding the right person to marry. I really comes down to finding one whose BS you can put up with and who can put up wih yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccmj_big_daddy
    Yeah they do a small fee of 1.35 a week. But I have not yet had to pay that. Not sure why but I am not bitching
    In the FMCSA profile it shows that Covenant has 3,256 trucks

    3256 X 1.35 per week X 52 = 228,571.00 yearly

    Why would a company that is worth working for charge their employees to send in paperwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uturn2001
    Quote Originally Posted by kips41
    The pay scale is a big negative. Sliding pay scales are not considered driver friendly.

    Then I was told by the recruiter at SRT that Covenant charges their drivers for using trip pak ????
    What is the problem with sliding pay scales? Would you rather haul a 100 mile load for the same pay as a 1000 mile load?

    I would rather make extra money for those short runs.

    Getting charged to use trip pack, transflo etc, especially as a company driver is a load of BS.
    In the case of this company they advertise .47 cpm for top pay with 7 years of experience. trips of 500 miles or less is .47 , 500-900 @.41 and trips over 900 @.37

    So iif you figure that you haul 10% of your loads at the highest rate and 40% at the next and 50% at the lowest. You will make .3960 for all loads.

    Why do these company's do this, because they can't or are too cheap to compete with the better paying companies. And they know that most drivers will not take the time to figure out what they are making for all miles and compare to what they could make somewhere else.

    In reality you are not making anything extra by pulling a small number of loads at a higher rate. With 7 years experience one can do alot better than .3960 for all miles driven.

    This is one of the reasons that this company has a very bad reputation.
    and throw in charging for trip pak and all of the other things that you hear and you get the picture

    You do not need to drive for this outfit to figure out that they are not one of the best companies to work for.

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