I have been with this company for a year and a half and have watched it go down hill. It started earlier this year when they took over several hundred trucks from Covenant Transport. Regardless of what anyone says, Covenant Owns Southern Refrigerated. One only needs to check the financial statements that Covenant files every quarter to verify ownership. This in and of itself explains a lot of the problems going on at SRT lately. If you have any doubts check this site for Covenant Transport and you will see a long list of complaints (most of them true I'm sure).
Some of the big things I have Noticed change over the last year: Reduced pay scales .04, Home time is optional, getting reimbursed for road expenses is somewhat difficult, their hiring standards have gone way down, Lots of accidents due to poor hiring decisions, night shift and weekend duty schedulers are absolutely useless (take care of issues Friday or wait till Monday), Pay is sometimes a week late, they eliminated security in the day time because they could not afford it anymore, the truck wash has been broke for many months and they refuse to fix it, they fired the guy who used to run the truck wash cause they could no longer afford it (which means you get a pressure washer and a scrub brush to wash their truck), Constant qualcomm messages about using mirrors to change lanes and to not get into accidents (this really needs to be said???), Most long term drivers quit earlier this year (new guys are cheaper) when they took on the new trucks, reduction in miles, extremely poor planning or preplanned loads, no trucks for new hires because the shop is backed up, and so on.
I can only say that I came to SRT from Covenant and am sad to say that I watched SRT become Covenant. It is little more than a revolving door (bring em in and push em out). I don't quite understand the mentality but then again, it's not my company If you look at how many millions Covenant has lost over the past few years you gotta wonder how they keep afloat. Perhaps they are squeezing returns from SRT and Star transport to hel cover their losses at the parent company...who knows. These next few weeks will definitely be my last. As soon as I line up something else I am gone as I have a good record and intend on keeping it that way. I wish you all well and would not recommend this company to someone looking for stable, reliable income and a good work environment.