Reed Boardall Transport
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Held together by a few decent lads, transport management is deluded, no rewards or thanks for hard work. You are just another number, you aren't appreciated and you never will be. Your mental health is not worth working for this company.

Pros

You get paid each month

Cons

No appreciation
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Make sure you are spot on at reversing or you will come unstuck at some tricky drops in London.

Trampers start on 1st day just after midnight on day shift & your hours will be pushed back all week & your last shift of the week you will be back in yard with minutes to spare at 22.00 with a bit of luck & a back wind

Pros

Lot of hours if you want to earn & have no home life

Cons

If your face dont fit you get some terrible drops
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New Equipment. Lots of hours available. Lots of training available.Bad/ Poor planning.

Good fleet. New with brand new vehicles often. Heavily invested in Gas trucks which are good also. Vehicles interiors left in a state as a lot of agency drivers don’t care about the vehicles. I ended up cleaning the whole cab before getting in for my shift. Good opportunities for training and the driver trainers will help with questions and queriesSome planners are good and some are really bad. Examples are running you over your hours. They don’t seem to care when advised. Expect day drivers to sleep with no kit when out of time. Always ringing to ask for ETA’sCommunication poor between planners. You are told one task and then it changes around about 5 times until they agree on the task. Money is not the best. Not sure on current rate with the pandemic but you were on around £10.35 or around the £10 mark when I was there.

Pros

Lots of training available New trucks Driver trainers supportive

Cons

Poor communication from Planners, Vehicles left in a state from other drivers. Constantly being asked for ETA’s
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Good Work and trying to change things for the better

The hours are there if you need them. You can work hard but they do give you the option of a planned 12 hours rather than simply always push you at 15 hours. They are really trying to change and the interviewing and training staff were really pleasant and helpful.There is still some stuff to sort out but its definitely better than I thought it would be.

Pros

Clean and new vehicles

Cons

Can be pressed for longer hours but not always
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Rubbish job

Great if you want to be worked all the time, management are useless, couldn’t organise a p*** up in a brewery, always sent to places that don’t have a load for you, tell you a start time then change it and expect your night or day driver to wake you up in the middle of the night to change even if you’ve only been asleep for a couple of hours

Pros

Your paid, half decent vehicles

Cons

Long hours, treated like trash, not appreciated, paid the same as a day driver, never know what your doing
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Long hours

Managers are ok, but give the planners any flack and it’s recorded what you said if and when you are up for a disciplinary nothing more to say you will make your own mind up

Pros

Get plenty of overtime

Cons

No respect for drivers
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Bad employer

No training given no support from management bad shift changeovers bad work practices throwaway culture one driver in one driver out no consistency lack of communication
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Good for starting off driving

If you want a job. Go there. There is a shortage of drivers and shaunters everywhere. And Reed Boardall has casual contracts aswell as full time. The induction is very nice and relaxed and easy to adjust to. And the vehicles are always newish and well maintained.
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Worst place to work

To many chiefs and not enough Indians. Not enough gears for the work which needs doing and they do nothing but complain. Reed boardall need to spend money on the place. But they are to greedy.
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Great place to work, friendly people, excellent

Very good place to work, lot of new office staff at the moment who are not quite upto speed but overall good. Currently employed by R&B , hgv Driver, plenty of hrs, yes they do push you but what Company doesn't these days, went into Gloucester tonight to find the night Man on Reeds desk watching a film on his ipad, its either that or he is on facetime to his Mrs and screaming kids, oblivious that i was stood at the window, even the shunter was shaking his head. But overall i have no complaints about reeds, alot of driver's would disagree, you can't please everyone, keep up the good work.

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Company Health scheme

Cons

None
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Hilariously funny place to work

Had to divert into our out base at Gloucester a couple of days ago , all office staff feet up on their smart phones or watching tv , I was told it was urgent but in reality I’ve been told and seen there are more class one drivers in the office with their feet up than drive out of Gloucester, no body in charge at Gloucester mates it a great place to night out tho

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Hilariously funny company to work for

Cons

Having to take them seriously
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Very interesting company

As a day driver they would still run you out of hours and you find yourself stuck out for the night. Started to take a small over night bag just incase. If you said you couldn’t do a job within your hours they would use the line “are you refusing a reasonable request” They had me starting at 0200 despite not wanting to! There is a reason why they struggle to get local drivers and the company is now full of foreign drivers with interpreters on the transport desk. If your happy to get treated badly fill your boots, if not there is plenty of other companies out there.

Pros

Take on new drivers, get a few months experience then move on.

Cons

No self respecting professional driver will stay here long
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Good company in general - Some downfalls

Great company to work for. Over 300 members off staff. Prove yourself and you have a good chance to progress. Good set of colleagues. Every day is a new day with different challenges. One downfall - Some management can belittle you, may you feel unwanted.

Pros

Inhouse progression, great team

Cons

high staff turnover, some bad management
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Multiple reasons for the extremely high staff turnover.

Multiple reasons for the extremely high staff turnover. You can never do enough but get abuse hurled across the office for minor mistakes caused ultimately by being overworked as they can't keep hold of staff. Viscious circle which they are seemingly unaware of!!
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a well know company in north yorkshire.

an excellent employer offers various shifts and tramping duties. excellent communications from the transport planner and dept.
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