This post was last updated on July 20th, 2019
Brown Trucking offers services across the United States, with a primary focus on the southeast. The company is proud to offer experienced drivers and integrated services with over 65 years of experience in the industry.
Brown Trucking Company History
James W. Brown started Brown Trucking in the 60s, but the operation was much different than it is today. The company started as a dump truck business in West Virginia, but the company decided to move to Atlanta to grow their operations in the 70s.
The business was transformed into a contracting and trucking business.
Navigation Capital Partners purchased the company that Brown helped grow for 40 years. Over time, the company has been able to enhance their capabilities to offer:
- Dedicated truckload services
- Regional truckload services
The company’s focus in on the Southeast, but they have partners across the United States to offer brokerage and warehouse services.
Brown Trucking Careers
Brown Trucking pay is on the low-end, according to Indeed, which has the average salary per year being $38,453.
The company’s salary range, based on information submitted by drivers, ranges from $17,000 to $67,000.
In comparison, the average salary is 44% below the national average.
Information About Brown Trucking’s CDL-A
There’s a lot of information about driving at Brown as a CDL-A driver.
When you work with the company, you’ll enjoy:
- 90% of the freight being no-touch
- 80% of the freight being drop and hook
- Pay packages that increase
- Being home every weekend
- Being out 2-3 days per week
- Performance incentives
- Comprehensive benefit packages
- 401(k) options
- Company matches 401(k)
If you want to apply to be a CDL-A driver, you will need to have at least 12 months of verifiable experience in the last three years. You will need to have a valid CDL-A license, and you must not have been found guilty of a DWI or DUI within the last 7 years.
Owner-operator positions are available across the country for dry van hauls.
When you work for Brown, you’ll be offered:
- Paid vacation time
- All the miles you can handle
- Medical insurance
- Dental insurance
- Prescription insurance
- Paid holidays
- Company life insurance
- One driver manager
- Detention pay
- Weekly settlements
- Fuel discounts
- No insurance surcharges
- Low deadhead
- Discounts for physical damage insurance
Work availability changes from location to location. The JFC terminal has a lot of miles, and you’ll have a lot of freight to deliver every week. Office and shops are often praised, but management continues to be an issue.
Brown Trucking Reviews
Drivers have a lot to say about Brown Trucking. The drivers and former employee reviews (which are easily available) claim the following:
- Equipment is often worn, and break downs are very common
- Drivers earn only 23% of the load, which is on the low-end
- Terminals are run on a strict budget, and dispatch is not available 24/7
- Maintenance turnaround time is slow
Brown Trucking is not all bad.
There are a few good points when working with Brown:
- Freight is lightweight
- Offer an initial guarantee
There was a time when Brown Trucking offered a weekly guarantee, but this guarantee of $800 per week quickly disappeared. Since pay is already on the low-end, a lot of truckers have reviewed the company poorly since the removal of the guarantee.
Driver turnaround time is very short, and you do need a decent amount of experience to drive for the company.
Morale among drivers is low, and this is predominately because of the management of the company. A lot of managers and dispatch leave their positions, so the office can be very chaotic at times.
If management was better, driver morale would be much higher.
You’ll notice that a lot of the reviews claim that low pay and dispatch is inadequate.
Brown Trucking may be a good fit for truckers that are just getting started in the industry or in need of a temporary position or some owner-operators that want to fill in their schedule.
Otherwise, there are a lot of trucking companies that pay much higher rates to their drivers.
I do want to mention that the more recent reviews, particularly in the North Carolina and South Carolina area, claim that the company’s vehicles are newer. A lot of the vehicles in these states are 2018 or newer, so this may be a turnaround for Brown.
Dispatchers in Georgia have seemed to improve, too. The dispatchers in the area have a lot of recent reviews claiming that the dispatchers have learned driver names and really work in the best effort of the driver.
The new dispatchers resolve issues quickly and keep loads moving quickly as a result.
Brown Trucking has a lot of mixed reviews, but based off of the Brown Trucking pay data, it’s easy to see why drivers are not happy with the company. The pay is low, and turnaround time in some offices is very short for driver managers and dispatch.
We would like to see the pay and dispatch issues addressed and plan to keep our information updated as soon as we see some changes.