Professional Driver (Former Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 14 October 2017
Being a truck driver is a lot of long hours working and especially doing team driving is stressful because your always on the road. I got 1 vacation day added to my reserve of vacation days that I can take whenever I want. do the math and thats almost 2 months of work sleeping on a bed smaller than a twin size in a moving truck for 1 week off. I couldn't do it anymore because the pay wasn't worth it. I got payed really good and they guarantee a weekly minimum pay which is good for when its slow.
My time at Covenant has been an overall excellent experience. It is a christian based company. They incorporate christian based principles in all they do. Executive management is very approachable and friendly. Covenant is a great place to work.
An overall excellent place to , very well managed however co drivers will cut throat hard. Co drivers with less experience will be chosen before and put before those with more experience. New drivers panic i know i did and before i knew it my co driver with more experience was let go. I felt terrible. I was let go against a first time driver while i had 6 mnths experience. It is a great starter company but not for the more experienced. The management team is great always respectful. A very dignified job. If you want a respectable place in life here it is. If you want a more fulfilling lot in life here it is. However fair warning do not trust a blind meeting co driver. If you plan to drive teams make sure you know your co driver nevet go blind. Couples have the best chance.
I really liked working for covenant transport the only things I didn't like was dispatch does not want to work with you they want you to run, run, run and you never get good home time, I got 2 days a month
Good pay but long hours, poor communication with dispatch
Over the Road Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 12 September 2017
Loved working for Covenant Transport except for the communication with Dispatch. During the weekdays it was ok, but during the nights and weekends it was awful. We would spend hours sitting in places waiting for dispatch to find us an empty trailer for a load only for it to not exist in the location we were given. Very stressful in that regard, but other than that, everything was really nice. If you do request time off, though, make sure you don't plan any appointments for that first day. We found out the hard way that their policy is to get you home some time before midnight on the day you asked off. So you could be working till 1159 on the first day you asked off for a vacation and they would still consider it getting you home "on time".
Driver (Former Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 11 September 2017
Great Co, but I needed more miles..Covenant is primarily a team oriented company and I am a single driver. Although my first year I was 8th in the company for most miles. All I wanted to do was drive and make the money.
Company Driver (Current Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 1 September 2017
Started off rough but after gaining experience I understood procedures a lot clearer and was fairly compensated.I drove over the road and after leaving the company for a job with better home time, they are diligently working to find a route that will best accommodate my wants and needs to come back with the company.
Solo Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 31 August 2017
I learned how to use E-Logs by Quail-Com. 6 Months team Pre-trip and post-trip inspections. (DOT regulated inspections). Drop and hook. Used paper logs. I was put on a truck with a trainer for a minimum of 35 days for to learn and master their requirements, before being put in a truck with someone who has either just got off a truck with a trainer or someone who has some experience. You learn how to do paper logs. I ran paper logs for two years. Then I was required to learn how to run E-Logs by Qualcomm. I learned how to do a drop and hook (to drop a loaded or empty semi-trailer. You had to pre-trip and post trip inspections. The pre-trip was a visual inspection to make sure you did not over look anything on the post trip. Post trip is done at the end of each day a minimum of, both inspections logged at 15 min required by DOT. I ran six month with a team partner which was required by the company. The requirements to you had to learn how to read your BOLs or bills (bill of laden or shipping papers). You had to know if the load has hazardous material or no hazardous material. Solo OTR for the forty-eight (48) states.
the day started with a 15 minutes pre-inspection and log book recording. as a team member driving consisted of 5 hours sleep and 5 hours driving. before each driver got on they would do a 15 minute check of the equipment.
different cities and mini-vacations while waiting on loads