• Report: #440451
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Marten Transport, Ltd.

  • Submitted: Fri, April 03, 2009
  • Updated: Tue, April 28, 2009

  • Reported By:New Orleans Louisiana
Marten Transport, Ltd.
129 Marten Street Mondovi, Wisconsin U.S.A.

MarMarten Transport, Ltd. Former Marten Regional Driver Mondovi Wisconsin

*Consumer Comment: Watch what you say

*UPDATE Employee: Regional v. OTR

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My tour of Duty with Marten Lasted 6 Months. My Recruiter told me that Marten had the freight to get me home at least once a week. I left an OTR job with a 'Reefer ' company to persue Regional run that would get me by the house more often. Big Mistake on my part was trusting the Recruiter in Mondovi. After three days of orientation in Dallas, Tx , I hit the road only to find out that regional sucks. Runs are 450 - 600 miles and delivery next day. I was averaging 5 -6 deliveries per week loading and unloading at shipper and reciever, We had pleanty of frieght and not enough drivers and would use OTR drivers for short hauls. I live in New Orleas, LA and my regional terminal is Irving, Tx. so my dispatcher would run me out of DFW.

Then the bottom fell out! Freight was falling off so fast that he started putting me on Long Haul loads. I was staying out for 3 weeks again. Getting home was near impossible and the only way to get a day off was goto Irving Terminal. The Irving dose not have a shower, lounge or driver amenities. It is three small rooms, one for dispatch, one for training and one with a transflo fax and coke machine. we rarely had fuel at the location. There is a Sunset Trucking Repair Shop on-site.

the Nearest Pilot is 20 miles away and never had parking. I was forced to get a hotel room fora much needed bath and nights rest. If you live in DFW area fine but if not. don't plan on getting home weekly.

It's true that Marten Started Firing Drivers with 4 Points (1 Incident) after A driver had a major accident with fatalities last year. Randy Marten as CEO demanded Zero accidents to remain employeed. While I often ran 2800 to 3200 miles per week it was the number of appointments that made me crazy, Drivers get 36 cent p/Mile and sitting 4 -5 hours at a customer and still running 500 miles for early am delivery next day was tearing my body up.

My advice is to live near Dallas, Atlanta, LA, Or Chicago if you work for Marten as a regional driver. If you hire on as OTR, good luck getting miles because they are averaging less than 2200 as of 01/2009.

Marten Is a Common Carrier that brokers it own freight and rarely runs broker loads. Dedicated and Regional National Accounts is the focus. Marten is a financially strong player and over-all I would recommend them if you can follow their Rules and put up with forced dispatch. Trucks are speed limited to 65 or below (63 MPH) average. Less than 4% idle time(APU on Most). Qaulcom Dog Chain included. No pets allowed!

New Orleans, Louisiana

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#1 Consumer Comment

Watch what you say

AUTHOR: Benn - (U.S.A.)

As a public stock offering company, it is NOT wise for an employee to publish remarks about the company health (this case the health of freight movement) on any open-viewed website. This shows possible or current investors of shares that the company has some financial (or future) financial issues that may or may not effect the stock value in the future.

I do not know your position with the company but never less, I do not believe you are allowed to discuss such issues with anyone. (I do remember that in orientation they hand out a few pages on this issue, and violations of such are subject to termination).

So my suggestion is NEVER discuss company internal issues (such as the health of freight movement) as you posted here, and see if the operators will remove your posting from this site due to violations of your employment contract.

Just my suggestion. Do what you wish with it.
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Regional v. OTR

AUTHOR: Deborah - (U.S.A.)

Like many companies, Marten has lost business due to the economic downturn.

However, there are a couple of things:

Generally, as a rule, Marten requires drivers on regional or dedicated fleets to live within a certain radius of either the terminal assigned to (regional) or the primary customer (dedicated). They might make exceptions, but they are very rare.

When the economy took a huge dump, freight went away. People can't buy things if they don't have money, at least not anymore. People don't buy things, then there is nothing for you to haul, it's pretty simple. I'm sure that you are learning that right now, as trucker jobs are getting real scarce, and pay is dropping at most companies right now.

You were given OTR runs in an effort to give you some sort of work, until things picked up. The whole company is hurting right now, as is the whole industry. As for Marten's policy of zero accidents to remain employed, that applies to drivers with 12 months or less at the company. The rest are based upon a point system, the seriousness of the accident, etc. The reason for this is that too many new hires were wrecking new rigs, killing and injuring people along the way. The companies safety record determines the quality of freight and the income from it, and our safety record went into the toilet in 2007 because of the sheer numbers of wrecks and log violations by drivers with less than 12 months with the company.

Marten isn't for everyone, no company is. Hopefully you will be able to find a company that is a good fit for you soon, especially in this tough job market.
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