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CRST / driver training

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CRST is certainly not the company they advertise to be . I went to work for CRST only because i had a speeding ticket annd they gave me a chance, which i did appreciate. But after getting to Cedar Rapids and meeting some of the instructors i started to immediately feel like a number not an individual. I sat through four days of 10 to 11 hour classes that were long arduous and fairly uninteresting.The content was nothing but a repeat of what one would learn in school but i can understand them wanting to make sure of some things. The lodging facilities, in my opinion were not up to par for housing so many people. the cockroach infested laudry facility was a joke and there was only vending machines to eat out of. There is fast food a half mile or more away if you want to walk in the freezing temps or wait for a shuttle they provide which is very difficult to get a seat on when you even catch it . <br />
After I finished my orientation i had to wait for a trainer. I was told by the person in charge of training that I had a trainer and a dispatcher on the last day of orientation only to find out that it was not true. I then waited three days for a trainer and when i finally got one it turned out to be some wet behind the ears 21 yr old kid who only had 6 months experience. His training skills were terrible, and he only just went through the CRST driver trainer program which takes maybe 2 days and that made me his first trainee .When I met him he seemed like he was very immature and intimidated by me. We started talking and I sensed immediately that he didnt have a clue about anything. I decided to let him know about my experience and my history; whick consisted of driving for 30 years and driving semi dumps back in the 1980's.Instantly he got defensive and got an attitude with me for reasons I can only guess and made me feel like I was intruding or invading his space on the truck The boy couldnt even drive well. He could not shift to any gear without grinding and downshifting was nonexistant. He quite often disregarded any rules or regs that crst just spent four long days telling about and about how they strictly adhere to these rules and regs. For example, him, as a "lead driver", was not to be in the sleeper birth while I was driving and he was .Second, when he drove, he consistantly listened to headphones, texted on his phone and ate all at the same time WHILE DRIVING!.I tolerated only so much of that because he would weave all over the place. Icould not sleep while he drove for fear he was not in control. I finally asked him to please stop with all those bad driving habits and when I did he became immediately hostile toward me and became less involved in my training to the point that would not pay attention to anything would do while I was driving. I felt completely abandoned by my trainer and felt like i wasnt getting the training promised to me by CRST . I t had been over 20 years since i drove a combination vehicle so I did feel like I needed some instruction. I had an accident making a sharp left turn (without any help or instruction) and received a violation though if the officer would have done an investigation he would have determined it was not my fault but thats how it is with cdl holders. I am no longer with the company because CRST, contrary to what they tell you, does not care about their drivers beyond how much money they make with you . I feel like i was shafted by this company and w ould not recommend anyone drive for this bottom tier company.

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  • Pi
      17th of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    my husband just got on with crst and so far its a night mare i hate it he isnt making any money he is always in the hole he is doing the lease purchase program and i dont know how much more of this i can take we have already split up and we have been together for 7 years and its all being throwed away for another crst company driver, its a shame he went there for a job to benefit our family and in the month he has been there he has made 39 $$$$ to the good and behind again not to mention the other truckdriver

  • Dc
      20th of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Girlfriend you need to get a GRIP, CRST did not break your marriage up YOU DID. Looks to me like you were looking for an excruse. You posted ME ME ME ME ME What about your husband. Hes the guy away from home, family friends and a LOVING WIFE. Times are hard all over but they are getting better. You would do better to SUPPORT YOUR MAN and SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE. You are giving us WOMEN a Bad name.

  • Ma
      29th of Nov, 2010
    0 Votes

    will they let me go wane i was on jury duty they gave me the run a round to get me job back so said f it and want on Unemployment and they try to stop it i won the Unemployment case but now they trying to make me pay for the school now it true they don't care about there Employee be cause they get new Employee every week

  • Dr
      10th of Jun, 2013
    +1 Votes

    I thank CRST for the license and road experience I acquired, If you do your job in a professional manner it pays off. It is totally up to the individual to succeed. Thank you again

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